Classic ('69) Big Bertha paint scheme help?

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  1. Mar 31, 2003 #1

    Steve

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    (I posted a similar message in another thread)

    I have been planning paint a Big Bertha in the '69 - '70 paint scheme. I've tried searching the web for others that might have done the same thing, or that might even have one of the old rockets from childhood or whatever, with no luck. All I can think of is to use the scanned image from here , and do the best I can. Anybody have any other suggestions?

    Thanks.

    Stephen
     
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    That scan should work pretty well. You might have problems with the design at the top of the tube, as I think that might have been a decal. It's funny - I never knew of that paint scheme. The only one I had seen before the black was the black and yellow schema from the late 80's/early 90's.

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    My suggestion to you would to have someone custom redraw the roll pattern on a PC and then send the pattern to have a decal made. (ie - Tango Papa)

    Alternately, and if you are crafty enough, you could find pinstriping to match or closely match the width of the stripes. Once the diagonal red stripes are applied, cover the ends with black/blue striping to conceal the square cuts. With a great deal of patience, I think it could be done.

    Best of luck to you!
     
  4. Jul 25, 2003 #4

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    All done but for that little Estes decal (anybody got any suggestions?) and a coat of clear gloss. Did it by eyeball, but it came out pretty good, I think. Haven't flown it yet, but no reason to expect she won't fly as good as (I think) she looks. Just my luck though, it'll probably be my first cato. I've been lucky so far. (About 20 years - on and off - with no major mishaps).

    Stephen
     
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    Wow - that looks great! I know what you mean about the cato - I'm still cowering in fear waiting for my first one to happen.

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    Fantastic!

    I have some decals of the logo...I'm sorry they are NOT Tango Papa's

    They are JimZ's decals

    email me an address and I'll send you a few.

    sandman
     
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    Thanks.

    Sandman - I'll take that offer! I tried to email you, then sent a private message with my address. I'll try again if that didn't work.

    Thanks again!

    Stephen
     
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    I think she's a beaut... By the way - I got a kick out of trying to replicate the old paint scheme, and I'd sure like to try again. Any suggestions as to other rockets that have been around for a long time, and have gone through cosmetic changes through the years, similar to the Big Bertha? Thanks

    Stephen
     
  9. Aug 12, 2003 #9

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    ... as opposed to merely a model :)
     
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    LOL! Nice camera trickery on the upside down picture. I haven't had any coffee this morning and it kinda bugged me out seeing the baseball stuck to the "ceiling".

    Outstanding work reproducing the original paint scheme. Projects like that, no matter how small, always raise the bar of experience. Nice job!
     
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    That's an excellent shot of your BB taking off! You should definitely consider entering that photo in the current contest, called "The Launcher" over at EMRR too :cool:
     
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    great photo and rocket. It looks awsome!
     
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    Super looking!!

    Fantastic!!!

    For your next try the old Astron X-Ray...or...Astron SpacePlane

    Or for a real challange a Mars Snooper.

    Yes, I love the upside down shot too!

    sandman
     
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    cool pics, rocket looks great
     
  15. Aug 12, 2003 #15

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    Thanks for all the kind words! it is always nice to hear positive comments from your peers:)

    Stephen

    (edited 'cause I kan't spell rite)
     

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