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I just bought a 437 that someone began--and then abandoned--a restoration of.  The building is almost completely disassembled, and a poor previous paint job has been primered over.  

Until I actually have the tower in hand, I don't know my exact approach, but I suspect it will begin with a clean strip.  This process will leave me with options as to the new paint scheme.  I would like to duplicate an original paint scheme, but I don't know which one I'd like to use.

So please show me some pics of your 437s.  I'd like to survey a variety before settling on a choice.

Thanks muchly in advance!

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Thank you!!

Let's see:  that roof is Peacock, and the windows frames are orange, I think.  The door is red (too bright for maroon?), the base Mojave, the lower walls Terra cotta.  Are the upper walls cream or yellow?  I think the middle floor/cornice is ivory.

I especially appreciate the photo of the label on the bottom, which my piece lacks.

OK, this is interesting.  It arrived today, and there are a couple curious colors here.  What's left of the upper walls paint (inside) looks much darker and more yellowish brown, sort of like a mustard color.  Did Lionel use something like that?

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The windows were apparently peacock and the roof pea green.  the base was Mojave, and the lower walls were Terr Cotta, so they matched what I expected.  there is just a hint of ivory (or maybe cream:  too little left to get a good idea) left on the upper floor/cornice.

  The door and the round part Under the bay window were apparently maroon.  (Riddle uses the term "vermilion in one of his descriptions, but no pic.)

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So I think I will try to come close to the original scheme.



I am not going to try to take it any further apart.  I can feel how delicate the tabs are already.  Reassembly concerns me.

I will try to finish the exterior stripping mechanically with a wire wheel in a dremel.

It came with the knife switch panel and all 6 switches as well as a pair of switch controllers and the necessary screws.

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The later version with the orange roof w/ cream sides is a rare bird I think. Didn't one in the OB just sell for big money at a recent auction?

As an aside, the early versions had the knife switches mounted to a block of painted wood whereas the later ones used what looked like fiber board of some kind. The fiber board is often warped.

Edit: Here's the auction result...

https://connect.invaluable.com...ower-hard_B514848A52



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Wow.  Just wow.  That is a beautiful piece but so far out of my league, I closed down the window lest I somehow get it dirty or scratch it by looking at it.

And the thing is, I briefly considered duplicating the paint scheme, but I don't think it looks as good as the two-color ones. 

Well, I sure appreciate ALL the posts so far.  Keep posting anything of interest.  It will be a couple more days before I can shop for paints!

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