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Started by Doug Johnson, April 25, 2015, 05:46:39 AM

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I like it the way it is, personal taste I guess.

And we have a match.



You like the way the truck is or the Helico ?  I am sure no individual can like both.  Unless he is very versatile.


Quote from: Doug Johnson 1 on July 13, 2017, 05:10:58 AM

I hope you use just a little bit more contrasting color for accent, than just the registry mark and the Helio logo.

ok.  So we will paint the doors in contrasting colours.  The nose cowling too.  That will make it a five colours plane. Red, green, yellow, purple, orange  and pink.  Marking in white.



I like my truck, but the Helio is nearly the same color, say for a shade or two difference.

Now you bring ZZL to KOSH. We have room for you.


Doug Johnson 1

Louis, I didn't mean more colors just a little more white like wing tips, rudder cap and stabilator caps. A red spinner would probably be OK. MY Helio had a red spinner when it was with the British Guiana defence force. But they nicknamed it Rudolph, like the reindeer. 

More colors would make it look like it originally did.

I'ts beautiful now. Like a redheaded girl.

Doug Johnson 1

Stephen has good taste in vehicles. I had a 1974 dodge power wagon great truck I rolled it and bought a 1977 dodge power wagon it was a piece of junk. interestingly a guy I worked with bought my '74 dodge wreck and put a 1947 power wagon body on it now that was a cool truck unfortunately I never took a picture of it,

I did a search for 1974 dodge power wagons expensive. Down loaded a picture of one, picked a red one because we are talking about red vehicles. I don't know if my friends truck ever made it past rust it looked more like c/n 636 Helio in Waterworld movie.


This is my 1985 Prospector 150 SE, it has no rust, solid floors and minor paint issues, but it is under restoration. It starts, runs, drives, and goes down the road very straight.

Interior is gutted for now, and wiring issue under the rear bumper.

Paid $1200.00 for last year from Ft. Wayne, IN.


I really like monochrome cars and planes. 

i think i will leave ZZL all red.

Do they make special rubber paint for the tires ?  I am planning to paint them red.  The windshield and windows, too.


Doug Johnson 1

Seriously that would be cool, and why not they have them for cars, probably not enough time to get it done and make it to Oskosh.


Monochromatic colors are all the colors (tints, tones, and shades) of a single hue.

Example of a monochromatic color scheme
Monochromatic color schemes are derived from a single base hue and extended using its shades, tones and tints. Tints are achieved by adding white and shades and tones are achieved by adding a darker color, grey or black.

Monochromatic color schemes provide opportunities in art and visual communications design as they allow for a greater range of contrasting tones that can be used to attract attention, create focus and support legibility.

The use of a monochromatic color provides a strong sense of visual cohesion and can help support communication objectives through the use of connotative color. The relative absence of hue contrast can be offset by variations in tone and the addition of texture.
Monochromatic in science means consisting of a single wavelength of light or other radiation (lasers, for example, usually produce monochromatic light), or having or appearing to have only one color (in compare to polychromatic). That means according to science the true monochromatic images can be strictly created only of shades of one color fading to black.

However, monochromatic has also another meaning near to the words “boring” or “colorless” which sometimes leads to creating a design composed from true monochromatic color shades (one hue fading to black), and the colors created from the one hue but faded to all wavelengths (to white). This design should not be called as monochromatic in strictly scientific meaning.


Quote from: Louis on July 13, 2017, 09:07:03 AM
You like the way the truck is or the Helico ?  I am sure no individual can like both.  Unless he is very versatile.

I'm quite versatile, and I like both. The Helio looks really sharp.

4X4 trucks and Helio's is there any other combination for back road driving or flying.



Looks great!  It will be easy to see in both the sky and on the ground.  I like it when I can see the other planes flying around, makes them easier to avoid.

It was a sharp looking Helio before, it will be a real head turner now with fresh and glossy paint.  Looking forward to a photo when it is ready to fly!


Quote from: RCarter on July 15, 2017, 02:33:28 PM
Looks great!  It will be easy to see in both the sky and on the ground.

Even on dark nights.  The letters and outside placards are made from ambulance approved 3M scotch light materials.  I always fear when parking the plane on a skidoo trail that a skidoo hit the plane.  Parking elsewhere is sometimes a chalenge on the same night.  Because on the slush.  Once parked, you can go on snowshoes make a parking.  But it does take some hours sometimes before the snow is ready.  If i come late, then i have to leave the Helio on the trail.  So i put a lot of 3m reflective material on the trail on branches.  With this paint job, it will have more.


Doug Johnson 1

Here it is current photos of c/n 1263 courtesy of Neil B. He also sent a quick time movie clip of a take off in a 20 kt cross wind from the right. Pretty nice takeoff with that much wind.

In the movie clip Looks like 10o of flap with just a little bobble to right then to the left Neil says it wasn't that bad.

Wish there was a way to post the movie clip.

It sure is a lot of red but its beautiful and the black on the cowling has a perfect line to match windows too. I was really hoping for red tires and red tinted windows.

Jason Stephens

Reminds me of the YIPPIE!! P-38.  Pretty cool.