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Forum topic by dansnow posted 08-13-2013 10:29 PM 1228 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2013 10:29 PM

I have this project I’m working on, a DC-3 whirlygig. The construction is going along fine, just have the propeller hubs and blades to make, but I’ve hit a roadblock.

I cannot, for the life of me, decide on a color scheme for it. Should it be factory polished aluminum, D-Day OD green with invasion strips, or some airline color scheme, such as Buffalo Air from Alaska???

What do you folks think? The wingspan is 39”, and it’s 26” long.

Couldn’t resist simulating the retracted main gear!

Or the tail wheel.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#1 posted 08-14-2013 05:40 PM

Did you ever think of looking at paint store? Nowadays they have many different swatch booklets with various colors schemes. I’ve found that using those types of color schemes result in a very polished look since the colors are put together by professional designers… Cool plane btw! Nice work.

-- Brian,

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#2 posted 08-14-2013 05:49 PM

If you want it to stand out seal it with sanding sealer paint it black than silver leaf it or for a more accurate look aluminum leaf it .after its leafed seal it with clear acrylic spray and paint in the details.

-- Bad Crayon Studio

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#3 posted 08-14-2013 06:40 PM

JJFU- Dan’s looking for a paint scheme found on the DC-3 like in the pics below. Not a decorating color scheme! ;)

Dan- I like the military colors myself. If you want it to be more visual go with the aluminum or airline colors.

+1 on badcrayon’s method.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#4 posted 08-14-2013 10:30 PM

I’m kinda partial to the military colors as well, but since this is supposed to be “yard art” I think maybe colorful is better? Guess I’ll have to make more than one!! :)

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#5 posted 08-27-2013 04:17 PM

Hey Dan,

I’m a little late to the party on this but wanted to add my two cents.
First off – I absolutely love that you included the retracted landing gear that way. PERFECT. A touch like that is just great and it is one of those things that makes a DC-3, a DC-3.
As for color – I’m partial to the invasion striped olive drab C-47. It is what I would want in my yard.
If you want to keep it military but a little brighter, the original gun ships had silver sides and a white top. I see a model of one here:
It would still have a bit of a retro civilian look if the silver was very shinny (maybe even chrome spray paint?)

Good to know there is another “toy making Dan” out there.

Great stuff.


-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia,

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#6 posted 08-27-2013 06:16 PM

Thanks Dan, as you can see I did decide to go with the Invasion stripes, though unfortunately I put the fuselage stripes too far forward. But hey, it’s a whirlygig not a scale model.
I still need to add the ID numbers and the stars, but it’s basically done. As soon as I can find some decals or vinyl stickons that is! :)

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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