F-35 Overall Paint Scheme Changing Soon

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Re: F-35 Overall Paint Scheme Changing Soon

Postby Zaggy » Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:09 am

Well that's going to make subsequent F-35's easier to model!
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Re: F-35 Overall Paint Scheme Changing Soon

Postby Dick » Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:25 pm

And a big "Ben Fatto" to our Italian friends whom have flown their first domestically assembled F-35B - I cannot see any "Marina" markings on this Bravo though the blogger suggests its destined for their navy. Only wish we were doing the same...

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Re: F-35 Overall Paint Scheme Changing Soon

Postby SpazSinbad » Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:11 pm

Lockheed F-35 Walk Around Photos 11 Dec 2017
"Walk around photos of the Lockheed F-35 taken at the Scott Air Force Base Open House on June 9-11 2017.

Credit: Mark Nankivil"

ZIP FILE: https://www.filefactory.com/file/1h9bfv ... Photos.zip (148Mbs)

PHOTO: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-S91t ... 255B4%255D

http://aviationarchives.blogspot.com.au ... hotos.html
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Re: F-35 Overall Paint Scheme Changing Soon

Postby Biggles81 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:26 pm

Looks like A35-004 has a more complete application of the new scheme, but it may be the lighting.

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Re: F-35 Overall Paint Scheme Changing Soon

Postby DesTROYer » Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:46 pm

Nice
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Re: F-35 Overall Paint Scheme Changing Soon

Postby DDonSS3 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:45 am

Does anybody know what FS color the new scheme matches?
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Re: F-35 Overall Paint Scheme Changing Soon

Postby RayS » Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:21 am

The original was FS36170 and to my eye, the new colour looks about the same without the sheen
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Re: F-35 Overall Paint Scheme Changing Soon

Postby Dick » Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:21 pm

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Re: F-35 Overall Paint Scheme Changing Soon

Postby Dick » Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:18 am

I read somewhere recently (I cannot recall exactly where) that the markings on the F-35 are applied during the production process for stealthiness (I presume painting on markings disrupts the stealth qualities of the stealth paint and finish), i.e. not applied/painted on afterwards, if that is the case how did the marines apply the new markings on the VMFA-121 31st MEU F-35B that are operating off USS Wasp now BELOW IMAGE FROM: https://twitter.com/4155seagull
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Re: F-35 Overall Paint Scheme Changing Soon

Postby SpazSinbad » Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:49 pm

Perhaps what you read (where?) was not correct? I don't claim to know how/when any special markings are applied - I guess google knows.

OLD VIDEO 2010 about 'painting the F-35' which does not seem to be helpful to question but interesting nevertheless:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwvZLqtAZWY

OLD LM Story seems to make contradictory claims but I can't tell what is what and also does not answer the question:

https://www.f35.com/in-depth/detail/the ... in-stealth

BTW pilot / maintainer names are added at the unit with sometimes a small unit badge on the tail.

An 'old' USAF paint scheme publication says this about the F-35.
"F-35 http://static.e-publishing.af.mil/produ ... 21-117.pdf (300Kb) 82 May 2014
COMMAND INSIGNIA: Overall height is 12 inches (silhouette - contrasting shade of gray); bottom of the insignia will be centered 47 inches above the bottom edge of the blackboard and centered fore to aft in the vertical stabilizer blackboard area.
WING INSIGNIA: Overall height is 12 inches (silhouette - contrasting shade of gray); insignia will be will be centered within the blackboard area on the right side inlet below the chine and formation light.
SQUARDON INSIGNIA: Overall height is 12 inches (silhouette - contrasting shade of gray); insignia will be centered within the blackboard area on the left side inlet below the chine and formation light.
UNIT DESIGNATOR: Overall height is 12 inches (silhouette - contrasting shade of gray); bottom of the designator will be centered 25 inches above the bottom edge of the vertical stabilizer blackboard.
NAF, WG, OP GP, OP SQ TAIL IDENTIFIER: (Used only on flagship aircraft) Overall height is 6 inches (silhouette - contrasting shade of gray); bottom of the identifier will be 14 inches above the bottom edge of blackboard area, centered between forward and aft blackboard edges.
TAIL STRIPE: Not allowed for F-35 aircraft.
CALL NUMBER: Overall height is 6 inches (silhouette - contrasting shade of gray); bottom of the tail number will be centered 2 inches above the bottom edge and 2.6 inches from the inner most trailing edge corner of the vertical blackboard area.
NOSE NUMBER: Overall height is 4 inches (contrasting shade of gray); nose numbers will be located four inches from the inboard door forward apex (BL 0) and two inches from BL 0 door edge.
CREW NAMES: Two inches in height; Pilot: End of name will be located two inches forward of inboard aft apex (BL 0) and two inches from BL 0 door edge (left NLG door); Crew Chief: Beginning of name/rank will be located two inches forward of inboard aft apex (BL 0) and two inches from BL 0 edge (right NLG door).
Note: All lettering/numbering applied to F-35 blackboard areas will meet vertical block type/style font/lettering and Arabic numerals as specified in Technical Order 1-1-8, Appendix B, Figure B-3 (Form of Letters and Numerals) or similar computer generated font."
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