Haven't seen hide nor hair of the Cowman in quite a while, his own board is no longer working either. Don't know any more than that.
As for the red/orange paint, my Dad got on the list and was able to buy a BN when he got home from the Pacific. I only have black and white photos of it, but my Mom remembered it as having a distinct orange hue. Paints in general were not nearly as good as today's paints are, plus there were shortages of pigments after the war, at least partly due to strikes. Manufacturers made do with what they had.
My memories of that tractor are from the late '50's/early '60's. At that point it was badly faded and the paint was chalking. It was a very rusty, orange-red color, at least where there was still some paint on it.