Build your first flying scale jet - Appendix 1 - Some colour scheme suggestions

Here are some colour scheme ideas for your F-84F, Some fairly simple to do, others rather more complicated. The graphics are quite large and extensive on this page, but they should load very quickly because of the small size of the GIF files.

It is hard to beat an all silver scheme for light weight and simplicity (even if silver paint can be rather unforgiving). On the other hand, there are plenty of more adventourous schemes out there.

Luftwaffe scheme 1

This early German machine is overall natural metal, with the odd coloured area to add a bit of interest. The anti-glare panel is olive drab. The crosses on the wing and fuselage could be made by using home-made black decals over pre-applied white decal backgrounds. This is probably as simple as you are going to get with regards to finishing.

Luftwaffe scheme 2

This Luftwaffe aircraft from 1 Staffel JGB-36 is finished in the standard camouflage of NATO dark green RAL6014 and dark grey RAL 7012 with painted silver undersurfaces in silver grey RAL 9006. Nose markings are red and white

Getti Tonanti aerobatic team

As a complete contrast, this is one of the aircraft flown by Getti Tonante, an Italian Air Force aerobatic team during 1959 and 1960. Unusually, each of the team's aircraft carried a different colour scheme, though the tops of the flying surfaces were the same on all aircraft. The Olympic rings were added in 1960 to celebrate the fact that the Olympic games were held in Rome that year.

Side view of orange aircraft 5-36591, flown by Serg. Magg. Gregorio Baschirotto. The areas shown on the drawings in light grey were natural metal, though the fin tip is light grey.

All the aircraft carry this shield on the right hand side of the nose instead of the red lettering.

Upper surfaces of wings and tailplanes are identical for all six aircraft.

Lower view showing patterns on flying surfaces. Colour match to orange is F.S.12246 if you want to be exact!

Here is a photo of the team's main formation of five aircraft. Below are the remaining colour profiles. Which aircraft to choose is not an easy decision, but I will definitely be doing one of them!

Side view of green aircraft 5-619, flown by Ten. Mauro Ciceroni.

Colour match to green is F.S.14533. I think you probably get the idea of the underside colours now, so will not bore you with any more bottom views!

Yellow aircraft 5-785, flown by Cap. Franco Picasso. Colour match to yellow is F.S.33665.

Black aircraft 5-648, flown by Serg. Magg. Enzo Villani.

Red aircraft 5-653, flown by Ten. Gianni Orlando. Colour match to red is F.S.11136. Note white Olympic rings instead of black on this aircraft.

The little known white aircraft 5-721, Used for solo routines and flown by Ten. Sergio Capaccioli.

Many thanks to Gary Siddall of the IPMS UK Aerobatic Teams Special Interest Group for information on the above.

USAF scheme 1

This colourful USAF example belonged to the Commanding Officer of the 77th Fighter Bomber group in 1957. Finish is overall natural metal with red trim and an olive drab anti glare panel.

USAF scheme 2

Not the easiest scheme to mask, but the Vietnam camouflage scheme would make an attractive model. This aircraft was operated by 149th TFS, 192nd TFW Virginia Air National Guard. Colours are shadow green FS.34079, olive drab FS.34102 and tan FS.30219, with the undersurfaces in pale grey FS.36622.

French Air Force

The distinctive yellow and black stripes added for operation Musketeer add interest to this French Air Force F-84F, flown during the Suez crisis by EC.2/3 based at Akrotiri. Overal finish is natural metal with an olive drab anti-glare panel, and a light blue nose and fuselage stripe.

A different squadron insignia was carried on the right hand side of the aircraft.

The wing roundels and stripes are similarly placed on the undersurfaces.

Belgian Air Force

This machine was operated by No.27 Smaldeel, No.10 Wing of the Belgian Air Force. Colours are NATO dark green and dark grey, with the distinctive PRU blue undersurfaces. Nose, wingtips and rudder are trimmed in dark blue and white

Note the different position of the roundel under the wing and the unusual way the registration is presented.

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