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Old 05-09-2005, 07:59 PM   #11
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What worked finally for me was to cover the leading edge and fore top of the wing back to the main spar with rocket red, and the underside ended up wirt blue from the spar to the trailing edge
Nice looking plane Dave. I like the added touch to the wings. Nice Website too! Very impressive
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Old 05-09-2005, 08:36 PM   #12
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:55 PM   #13
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Old 12-21-2009, 02:20 PM   #14
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Re: Lets see your trainer color scheme

Actually my first 5 or 6 planes were all the same colour scheme, red & yellow. That way my wife thought I only had one plane...

For a biginner as you've probably been told, its a good idea to use different colours on top of the wing/fuse and on the bottom of the wing/fuse so it's easy to know what side is UP!

My first couple of trainers where actually red and yellow, very highly visible colours in the air also I used striping on top of the wing in a contrasting colour which was in the shape of a large "V" with the point of the "V" facing forward. It really helps give a new pilot directional perspective. The V points in the direction you are flying and the contrasting colour help you see it so much easier.

Sometimes you'll see a real neat colour scheme and think thats what you would like to have. Make sure they are good contrasting colour and colours that help YOU see the aircraft in the air.

Example. You might like a dark blue and Red colour scheme. When the plane gets in the air and away from you a bit, both those colours will appear black in the air and you lose the perspective. Thats why I personally like yellow and red. The red darkens in the air and the yellow lightens giving a clear contrasting perspective. Keep this in mind with the strips as well.

Just some ideas that helped me as a beginner that I hoped might help you.
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Old 12-21-2009, 04:45 PM   #15
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Re: Lets see your trainer color scheme

A Optometrist friend and expert photographer cautioned me about this contrast problem - in fact he suggested taking a photo of the proposed scheme, in black and white - that would show up the contrast contrast, if I may put it like that. Pretty much what Gary has said. I like red and yellow myself. Once wanted to build a nice sleek glider and cover it with all gold Monokote and call it 'Nugget' - never did but a poor choice of colour I think in retrospect.
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:57 PM   #16
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Re: Lets see your trainer color scheme

A good colour scheme will provide good visibility of the model in the air and near the ground, and it will also help the neophyte pilot easily see the orientation of the aircraft. The following scheme assumes a typical high wing trainer like a PT40 or Sig Kadet or similar that takes about 2 rolls of Monokote or other covering material.

Step 1: Pick 2 colours: A light and a dark. Good combinations include Black/Yellow, Dark Blue/Yellow, Dark Red/Yellow, Dark Red/Silver, Black/Pink, etc.
*Avoid white, light blue, brown, green and camouflage colours as they tend to disappear either against the sky when the model is up high or against the trees and landscape when the model is on final.
*Avoid chrome monokote as it tends to reflect sunlight in flashes that can be disorienting.
*Also avoid any colours that you may have problems with due to colour vision deficiencies. (i.e. if you are red/green colourblind, avoid red/green/brown colours.)

Step 2: Cover the model as follows.
Bottom of wing: the outer ~25% of each wing is in the dark colour, and the inner part is light colour.
Top of wing: All dark colour.
Tail feathers: All dark colour.
Fuselage: Use whatever is left over, usually the remaining light colour with some dark pieces for trim.

The reasoning here is that with the tail feathers in dark, the pilot can always see where the tail is. The wing will look like a dark line at high altitude when looking at the top of the wing, and like 2 patches of dark when looking at the bottom, since the middle of the bottom of the wing is in light colour along with the fuse. This really helps with the pilot's orientation, especially when the model is up very high.
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Old 12-25-2009, 11:13 AM   #17
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Re: Lets see your trainer color scheme

Altho you don't like white, my LT-40 was covered in white--except for the upper right side wing half which was all flourescent orange. I never got seriously disoriented while learning to fly the thing; all I had to do was wiggle the wings and I knew exactly what was what. Appearance? Not a concern for me on a trainer. BTW, I was a very slow learner (over 50), and went through more than 10 engine mounts due to poor landings on my part. But I never "lost" the plane's orientation! (I still have it in storage.)

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