If the green is too light, that doesn't bother me. There were plenty of shades of green, depends on where it came from. It's better than the mint of the 4-6-0's. What does bug me is the BLACK smokebox, I have seen a few pictures of SR engines with black smokeboxes (or extremely filthy). Either way, black smokeboxes were very few and very very far between. I may paint mine.
Seems like every SR engine Lionel does lately I end up painting. If I going to have to do that why bother ordering??