Getting Closer to a Paint Scheme I like

December 7, 2012

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If you remember the last post I made about painting, you may remember that I’m thinking about polishing.

Yeah, that’s not going to happen.

For now, I’ve settled in on a nice paint scheme. I’m still using the RV-7 and RV-9 version of the Model Airplane Color Design program.

I’m thinking Metallic Burgandy, with a silver stripe and black.


Rear quartering.

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Front Quartering.

What do you think?

Here are some example paint chips, but neither are exactly what I’m looking for.


This could be a little darker.


This could be a little lighter.

What do you think?

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Paint Scheme Design

March 29, 2010

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Well, I broke down and bought the RV-7 and RV-9 version of the Model Airplane Color Design program for $14.95. Well worth it, as I have been able to create these two pictures pretty quickly.

I’d like to polish (represented by the grey paint), but grey paint would also be okay.

Here, all of the fiberglass parts are painted, and most of the rest of the airplane is polished.

Or the other option, which looks cool, also…

Here, the empennage control surfaces are painted.

Which one do you like better?

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More dreaming of paint schemes

October 30, 2009

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Well, I haven’t posted in a week or two, because I am waiting for my airplane piggy bank to grow enough to buy an empennage kit. In the mean time, I have been practicing drilling out rivets on the practice kit and dreaming of some more paint schemes. Here are some of my current thoughts about what I would like to end up with. If any of these are your pictures and you would like credit (or for me to take them down), please let me know, and I will kindly oblige. Otherwise, take the compliment.

At this point, I am contemplating doing a little polishing on my airplane. have to paint all the fiberglass, though, so maybe black would look good…

Looks like this first airplane is owned by William R Cloughley. Well done, Mr. Cloughley.

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N18LC - Right

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N18LC - Left Side

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N18LC - Parked

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N18LC - Right Rear Quartering

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N18LC - From Left, during the flare.

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Different airplane, but the same idea.

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Right front quartering.

This next airplane has the same general paint scheme, but is black and silver paint, with some subtle details (I actually like the checkerboard througout and the stripes on the rudder, but that may be a little complicated for me.)

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N65TD - Left Front Quartering.

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N65TD - Right side

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N65TD - Low Pass

Click here to go to my older ideas page.

Click here to go to my newer ideas page.

For posterity, I got this email through VAF, I want to keep it just in case:

I was concerned about my ability to spray the silver metallic initially. Turned out to be dead easy once I found the right combination of gun pressure and distance from the surface.

The silver is PPG DBC in GM’s machine silver (a vette color from recent years).
Clear is PPG 2002.

I just could not bare to paint it gray (Yuch!)
The silver absolutely glows in the sunlight.
As far as touch up. We’ll see. Hopefully there won’t be much need.

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Some pictures of my favorite paint schemes.

August 21, 2009

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It’s a little early for this post, don’t you think?

Here are a couple of pictures of some of my thoughts about paint schemes. I don’t intend to copy any of these directly, they are just some of the nicest looking schemes I’ve stumbled across. I am not intending to violate any picture copyright legal mumbo-jumbo stuff, and I found each of these pictures in very public places. If one of them belongs to you, or someone you know, and you want it taken down (or credit), please contact me. But for gosh’s sake, I’m giving you a big compliment here…simmer down.

I’ll try to update as I find more ideas.

Click here to go to my more recent ideas page.