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Old 09-18-2015, 02:47 PM
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Default Color Schemes hard to see!!?? F-18 challenge!!

So, I was thinking Blue Angels and now my peers are all in concensus that it is a perfect flying condition scheme. Any other day it is pure silloutte

so what now??!!!

military grey

brown camo / grey bottom

blue camo / grey bottom

nasa white/blue

so stressed out now!!!!
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Old 09-18-2015, 03:44 PM
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No reason for stress, blue angels is ok. no problem flying the silloute.. The worst by far is the grey.
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Old 09-18-2015, 03:59 PM
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These are both easy to see - but surprisingly the DDay anniversary one is the easiest one ever. It actually stands out like a sore thumb from far away.
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Old 09-18-2015, 06:32 PM
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i know its not an f18 but my vonds f15 is pretty visable in the white black and grey
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Old 09-18-2015, 07:11 PM
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TCHIEF, that is "generally" the morning sky we fly in. Its those slow burn Texas mornings when the sky wont clear til 10. I like to be flying by dawn....gets too hott!
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I've always thought this would be easy to see
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Old 09-19-2015, 06:01 AM
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I owned and flew the 1/8 F-18C in the Blue Angels Scheme. Mine was all painted with NO stickers, including the emblem. Was going to take it to Top Gun, but didn't get it finished. The scheme was OK to see most of the time. On overcast days, it went black or silhouetted to fly. The hardest thing about both it and a BVM F-16 in the Thunderbird Scheme, is when the jet is coming directly at you, due to the thin wings, you better know what it is doing. It can disappear on you. This is what makes both of them a great attack fighters in full scale. No matter what scheme you pick, you will mostly fly the silhouette anyway.
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Old 09-19-2015, 06:11 AM
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Brown camo schemes are easy to see IMO.
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Old 09-19-2015, 06:59 AM
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Default this should show up??

I am painting mine in the 1996 Canadian demo team colors
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Old 09-19-2015, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by skyhawknut View Post


These are both easy to see - but surprisingly the DDay anniversary one is the easiest one ever. It actually stands out like a sore thumb from far away.
Normandy Invasion stripes on a F-18? Well, it looks good but there's something wrong with putting a 71-year-old paint scheme on a modern jet fighter. imho. But it is very visible in the sky. Maybe replace the gray with orange?!? lol.
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Old 09-19-2015, 12:23 PM
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The invasion stripes are in recognition of the 70th anniversary of D day. I know the Navy has painted several of their modern aircraft in WW II color schemes in the Centennial of Naval Aviation celebration.
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Old 09-19-2015, 02:13 PM
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always liked this one myself
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Old 09-19-2015, 05:55 PM
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My buddy Bob just got the paint on his. He needs a color he can see well. Sorry I can't post picture here can"t figure it out but here is the link. https://www.facebook.com/rendlakercc...66068733459431

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Originally Posted by RCFlyerDan View Post
I owned and flew the 1/8 F-18C in the Blue Angels Scheme. Mine was all painted with NO stickers, including the emblem. Was going to take it to Top Gun, but didn't get it finished. The scheme was OK to see most of the time. On overcast days, it went black or silhouetted to fly. The hardest thing about both it and a BVM F-16 in the Thunderbird Scheme, is when the jet is coming directly at you, due to the thin wings, you better know what it is doing. It can disappear on you. This is what makes both of them a great attack fighters in full scale. No matter what scheme you pick, you will mostly fly the silhouette anyway.
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Dan, what pilot is that in the Blue Angel?
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Old 09-21-2015, 10:18 AM
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Good Afternoon Dblex!!
Sorry for the delay on the answer of the pilot. I built this back in 2009 and lost it in 2014, due to stab flutter. Blew apart in the air! Just won the Best of Show in that picture, and lost the jet two weeks later. Fortunately, it wasn't at the show, was in bounds, and no one got hurt. Was able to salvage the engine after $750 in repairs, and some servos, etc. The pilot ejected, so still have him.......lol. I don't remember where I came up with him. But, here is the information off of the back him that is molded into the plastic:

M & @, 1997, Warner Brothers; Next is: Exclusive Toy Products, Inc. LA, Calif. 90067; Made in China. He is 8 3/4" tall. The head came from another doll, due to the plastics not matching. Maybe Ken from Barbie Doll? The Blue Angel's suit is a 1/5th scale suit. You can get it here with the pilot, but the 1/5 scale pilot won't fit in a 1/8 scale F-18. Mine was a JL through Global Jet Club. Mike does a great job there. Here is where you can get the pilot suit.


http://www.iflytailies.com/store/pil...-scale-pilots/
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Some more pictures that I thought you might enjoy. You can see it is a crystal blue day that day. There is a video after the pictures up in Ocala. You can see what it is like to fly the silhouette and how the jet will disappear on a reverse 1/2 Cuban and coming directly at you.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrmTJRzN7KU
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This one might be a little tough
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Now that's a cool scheme!! Any other pix?
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Originally Posted by yeahbaby View Post
Now that's a cool scheme!! Any other pix?
You like it cause its got that star on the stab!!!
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Heeee heeee maybe
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Sport jets with big wings and bright color schemes are the easiest to see into. Scale jets are my preference and it seems no matter what scheme is on there I'm looking at a silhouette. Wiggle the wings and try to keep it turning lol
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Maybe a couple, I will look.
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Here are a couple Hornets I've always thought would be great for visibility. The one in the middle is the MD F-18 Prototype and the others are the China Lake Naval Weapons Station scheme.

I have both a Blue Angels JL F-18C and a Gray SM F-18F. In most instances the Blue Angels is easier to see than the Gray. On the Gray I have applied on the bottom of the wing on one side a yellow and black bar using peel and stick trim film. That helps a lot. The top of the plane has the Jolly Rogers Detailing that is somewhat visible but the plain gray bottom would disappear in a hazy overcast sky.

Personally I would shy away from a camouflaged scheme. I have an SM F-5 with a Jungle Camo on it which is real easy to see on the ground but in the air the camo tends to break up its shape and it is surprisingly difficult to see and orient.

Another thing to try is to use different color sunglasses. Some pairs I have will turn the Blue Angels Much more black than others. The Brown or Rose tinted ones seem to do better but it changes with sky conditions.

I have had an instance where I momentarily looked away (always a bad idea) and a half second later my Blue Angel was gone! Thank goodness for smoke. I yelled out "I lost it" and a buddy of mine said "Hit the smoke" and there it was.

Happy Flying!
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Or you could go with something like mine. Its easy on the eyes
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I went ahead and committed to the Blue Angel. I can always do a flat military scheme myself one day. I could never do a Blue Angel finish.....Take the great finish while ya can I say!
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