I had hoped that that paint scheme would have been applied to the rest of the fleet but unfortunately that never happened. Even the half and half paint scheme was better that the faux silver and blue. The only modification I would have preferred on the racing stripe scheme and its variation is that the ends should have been painted solid turquoise like the R-36 WF. A preferable paint scheme to the “Ronanization” would have been a white and dark blue like the buses.
I once heard some old time IRT crews talking about “Bluebirds” and “Redbirds” even before the R-29s came in. It seems that they were referring to the R-12s and 14s as being the Bluebirds even though they were 2 tone grey, although they could have been referring to the interior paint scheme. There were 2 possibilities for the Redbirds. One was the R-15s which were maroon with grey and beige racing stripes and the other would have been the R-17s which were a solid maroon although a slightly liter shade than the R-15s.
Most of the IRT R units were repainted that sucky "here is the perfect canvas to spray paint" white, with black trimming.
The M had a few R16s in white, even with that,they were destroyed by vandalism.
The R-33 singles were solid turquoise at both ends. The R-36s were solid turquoise at the #1 (open) ends of the married pairs but the racing stripes continued on the #2 ends of the cars between the cars of the married pairs.
The small number of red R-10s that did not receive the racing stripes and later the R-12s through 17s along with the R-27/30s were painted in the brighter Tartar red of the R-29s and ML 33s until the Ronan silver/blue came along. I guess you could describe the maroonish color of the R-17s as delivered as Tuscan red.
I'm not at all happy with the color they have used for the museum cars. It's not like there aren't any good color photos of the originals, or that affordable color-matching technology is hard to come by. They look garish. Cheesy. Tacky.