Sunday, November 14, 2010

A new idea for the paint job

If you haven't yet, I encourage you to go read my story of my ride in a PT-17 Stearman here.

For you recalcitrant non-link followers, all you really need to know is that I enjoyed it immensely and that I'm thinking of a new direction for the RV-12 paint scheme.

Here's a picture of the Stearman:

Now obviously that's a biplane and by definition has an awkwardly placed extra wing as compared to my monoplane RV-12, but wait, there's more! There's also a plane from the same era called a PT-19. The PT-19 will be familiar to anyone that remembers Cox .040 control line model planes - it was the first one you'd buy.  As with the Stearman, there are still a few of the real thing flying around.

I don't have a good way of making pictures of paint jobs specific to the RV-12, but I did find a demo version of a paint design tool that uses a CAP 232. I could buy a version specific to the RV-12 for $24.95, but I don't think it's worth it. You can get a general idea from the CAP 232, I think:

What do you think? It has the benefit of being a relative easy paint scheme since there are no stripes, etc. to deal with. The military logos and 'Army' text could be done quite easily as vinyl decals, just like the markings on my RV-6. So there's that to consider too.

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