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Old May 17, 2002, 05:37 PM
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Ahh - I can't see!

Ok I've heard rumors floating around about planes getting blocked by the sun a UFO whatever. One thing remains - it's not always easy to follow around a dot in the sky! I am considering painting my foamie yellow - are there any colors You should stay away from. Have you guys had any experiences with trouble seeing your plane during flight?
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Old May 17, 2002, 06:43 PM
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The sky appears light.
Most any light color will disappear.
Best to make the undersides black if visibility at any distance is a requirement.
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Old May 17, 2002, 07:12 PM
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Light/bright on the top.
Dark on the bottom.
This is my Victory Stik this morning...
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Old May 17, 2002, 07:38 PM
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Grays, lite blues and white are some of the worst to see but then why would the Services paint something you can see
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Old May 17, 2002, 09:27 PM
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I have a light blue FMA razor with minimal coloring, so it is definitely a schpincter puckering experience when you lose orientation. This happens alot! I heard the silver/chrome covering on warbirds is not a good idea either.
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Old May 17, 2002, 09:45 PM
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Black on the bottom, orange on the top. You'll never confuse the two.
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Old May 17, 2002, 10:08 PM
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When you're blessed with 300 flying days a year, in a cloudless sky... Transparent yellow on a -curved*- surface lights up in the sun.
And white top-orange bottom works well.
I use that on my racers...
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*Flew a Hangar 9 Ultra-Stik this a.m... Lots of transparent yellow where the wing surface has no curvature, opaque red and blue where it does.
Not very good at any distance at all!
Needs white patches on the leading edges and the top or bottom to be orientable at all!
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Old May 18, 2002, 02:28 AM
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chrome is a mixed bag... both of my chrome airplanes are combat slopers, so they fly pretty much directly in front of us, at our height or ever so slightly above or sometimes below. Our slope is situated such that the sun is most often at our backs when we get out to fly, so the chrome shows up better than anything I've ever seen. The only time it's any little bit of a challenge is when the sun reflects off of it momentarily, and it turns your airplane into a spotlight
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Old May 18, 2002, 07:33 AM
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I have found yellow on the upper surfaces with red undersides to be very effective.

White is tough around here since the sky is overcast a lot.
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Old May 18, 2002, 04:40 PM
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Ok I went with Yellow on top and black on bottom - I was thinking about painting the ends of the wings red and green for better orientation - anyone try this or will I even be able to see it?
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Old May 18, 2002, 07:11 PM
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Too small an area - you won't see it.

As artists study in great detail, there is a thing called color value. Even if there are two different colors, if they have the same value (sorta like brightness or intensity) they are hard to tell apart. The best examples are those psychedelic postors from the 60's, where red and green are interwoven, giving you a headache (or a high....I'm told....heh, heh, heh).

As you can see from my portrait to the left, the 60's didn't affect me at all...
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