I know the gradiated engines are preferred here... but they are simply to hard to paint and maintain that way. The only way you can do gradients on planes cost-efficiently is with decals, and as far as I know, you can't use a decal to cover the whole engine!
Let me try to convince you why this partial-slanted blue blotch engine is better:
1) Easy to maintain look and finish (refer to DL and BD)
2) Carries key aspect of current United brand -- the progressive slant of the "tulip" and "T" (refer to DL's blue/red ribbon and BD's curves)
3) Follows what looks to be a trend of partially painted engines that will, in time, look classic (see also WN)
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These three modifications have three large cutoff tulips on the tail, with the last modification even spanning down onto the fuselage (similar to new schmes).
I must say that it was ILUV767's brilliant idea to put the cutoff U on the tail pared with the classic U. I never thought we could reconcile the two, but apparently they look great together!
One last thing: I hope that as more we receive more input, people are starting to like the modified schemes more and more...
1) Large Tulip
2) Tail-Sized Tulip
3) Oversized Tulip