trijetfan1
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Can I Design My Own A/C With A Paint Kit?

Mon Nov 15, 2004 12:16 pm

I was wondering if I could design my own airplane with a paint kit?
Thanks,
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phatfarmlines
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RE: Can I Design My Own A/C With A Paint Kit?

Mon Nov 15, 2004 12:35 pm

Yes, but good luck painting the aircraft. It takes time to learn such a craft.
 
SmithAir747
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RE: Can I Design My Own A/C With A Paint Kit?

Wed Nov 17, 2004 6:35 am

TriJetFan1:

Are you talking about painting a plastic model kit that you built, or are you talking about something totally different? Please let me know.

If you're talking about painting a model airplane you built, maybe I could give you more tips, because I have experience in designing and painting my own custom paint schemes on my model airliner kits.

Thanks!
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trijetfan1
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RE: Can I Design My Own A/C With A Paint Kit?

Wed Nov 17, 2004 6:42 am

Sorry SmithAir747, I was talking about paint kits that you can download off the internet. But I was considering doing that, so please give some tips on buidling and desiging my own a/c.
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RE: Can I Design My Own A/C With A Paint Kit?

Wed Nov 17, 2004 3:02 pm

I went out and got Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop and I still can't use them. I have two of my own airlines so I just use MSPaint. You have to get DXTBMP to convert the images to a paintable file, send it to Paint, repaint it, and send it back to DXTBMP, reformat it, and save it in FS. The problem is that MSPaint doesn't do layers so you get a solid paint with no texture. You can no longer see the rivets or panel seams in the plane's body wherever you paint. It's not very realistic. What I do is use a mostly white scheme so I can use the paint kit and keep most of the plane's real texture. Its a decent substitute until I get my PhD in Paint Shop Pro...
 
Q330
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RE: Can I Design My Own A/C With A Paint Kit?

Wed Nov 17, 2004 4:25 pm

TriJetFan1, the short answer is no. All you can do with a paint kit is make new liveries for an existing aircraft. If you want to design your own FS aircraft, you'll have to get into 3D modelling, flight dynamics, etc. which I really have no clue about.

Wilax, I'd suggest this very helpful tutorial that I used to learn Photoshop. The tutorial is in three parts, all of which are PDF files: http://forum.projectopensky.com/index.php?showtopic=5297 You'll learn how to use layers and all that good stuff.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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SmithAir747
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RE: Can I Design My Own A/C With A Paint Kit?

Wed Nov 17, 2004 9:35 pm

TriJetFan1:

I specialise in special, fantasy airline colour schemes that I design myself, instead of using any standard airline liveries. I never use decals. My liveries all come from my vivid imagination (I'm an artist). For me, this is a niche art style--using airliner fuselages as canvases! Fantasy airliner art, I call it!

I usually build the model kit the standard way (as per the instructions in the kit), then paint on the livery that I have designed.

I paint the fuselage and tail the main colour, then use smaller, thinner brushes for smaller details. For lettering and more intricate designs, I use paint markers (markers with paint instead of ink) with chisel-shaped felt tips (these are more precise and controllable). You can find these at most hobby shops where they sell models, paints, and supplies, or ask the dealer where you can find paint markers. They come in several metallic colours (silver, gold) and black. There is also a wide variety of brush-on enamel paints for plastic models available in shops and online; there is just about every colour imaginable. I have been able to use metallic green paints such as Testors' Jade Green Metal Flake for my metallic green fuselage colour scheme (it looks beautiful on an aircraft).

On the fuselage, I paint the airline titles (Smith Airways) with a gold paint marker (over the metallic-green painted fuselage). On the tail, I use both paint marker and brush to "draw" and paint my intricate Celtic-inspired design.
The engines also get a nice paint job--all metallic green on nacelle with thin gold band around front.

To design your own fantasy airliner model paint scheme takes a fertile, vivid imagination--and the eye of an artist. To me, it's more fun and exciting than just using the decals and painting the standard airline colours on the kit.

Let your imagination take hold, whether you are using real paint or the digital equivalent!

SmithAir747
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