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Real-world weathering resource
Posted by chops1sc on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 7:44 AM

I am having a little luck with Google, but I would like to know if anyone has some good sources for real-world weathering. Particularly with military jets. There are plenty of examples from fellow modellers but i don't like using someone else's model as a guide for my own weathering. 

 

I will continue to check out images on the internet in the meantime. TIA!

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Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 8:10 AM

If you're not already aware of them, sites like ARC often have large archives of useful walk-arounds by aircraft type. Many are 'squeaky clean' airshow shots, but a surprising number are varying degrees of...well...grubby.

 Check out here.

I'm presuming you've already encountered sites like jetphotos.com and airplane-pictures.net.

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Posted by ikar01 on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 8:37 AM

Any particular aircraft you're interested in?

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Posted by chops1sc on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 8:42 AM

gregbale

If you're not already aware of them, sites like ARC often have large archives of useful walk-arounds by aircraft type. Many are 'squeaky clean' airshow shots, but a surprising number are varying degrees of...well...grubby.

 Check out here.

I'm presuming you've already encountered sites like jetphotos.com and airplane-pictures.net.

 

 

I'll definitely check those out. Thanks!

 

ikar01

Any particular aircraft you're interested in?

 

Currently I have the F-4B from Tamiya ready for weathering. However, on deck is an F-14A and an F-16C.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 9:23 AM

I have had good luck with doing photo searches on Google and Bing using the aircraft serial number or BuNo for the specific airframe I'm modeling.  When not able to do that, I just look for photos taken of the aircraft in various real-world and combat settings to get the general idea of where the stains and paint fading/wear occur on a particular aircraft...such as the staining and paint damage that occurs on F-14s in the area of the wings that gets pulled in and out of the wing boxes.  

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Posted by chops1sc on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 10:59 AM

Eaglecash867

I have had good luck with doing photo searches on Google and Bing using the aircraft serial number or BuNo for the specific airframe I'm modeling.   

 

I had not thought about that. Thanks for the suggestion!

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Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 3:56 PM

Hello!

I think I might have another pointer for you - airliners.net and their photo search engine. It frequently gives you photos that google search doesn't know of and against the name it also has a good number of military subjects, often going as far back as Vietnam War. Hope it helps, have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 5:46 PM

Doing an image search for the squadron and type often leads to some good results. If you add a locale, that might get you some real good stuff.

Using a search for "vf-111 phantom" or "f-4b vf-84 Vietnam" can turn up good stuff...

 

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Posted by chops1sc on Thursday, September 23, 2021 6:29 AM

stikpusher

Doing an image search for the squadron and type often leads to some good results. If you add a locale, that might get you some real good stuff.

Using a search for "vf-111 phantom" or "f-4b vf-84 Vietnam" can turn up good stuff...

 

 

I have tried "VF-111 Phantom" and it does have great pictures. What I am really looking for is pictures of leaking panels, grease marks, fuel ports, etc. I am not having much luck with these things specifically. I will keep trying though!

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Posted by rocketman2000 on Thursday, September 23, 2021 9:16 AM

I have had good luck with Google Images.  So far I have never come up short for images of aircraft or cars, including weathered aircraft.  Only models I have failed to find were old ships- earlier than 20th century.  Even then it gives me paintings, which I use with grain of salt, but they are better than nothing.

Nothing beats your own camera though.  Attend airshows, and for civil aircraft visit your local airports occasionally.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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