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    Warbird paint scheme for a Taylor Monoplane?

    I just bought a set of plans for John Taylor's classic Taylor Monoplane from his son Terry. The Mono looks very much like a little fighter, especially with an enclosed canopy, so now I am daydreaming about building one and painting it up in warbird colors. Does anyone have any suggestions of interesting schemes, even specific individual aircraft that I might want to replicate? Here's a pic of the original Mono, John Taylor's own G-APRT, for inspiration.


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    It sure looks like a little Spitfire to me. I know some folks just hate it when homebuilts carry warbird markings, but it's your airplane - paint it however you want and the critics be damned! Here's a few Spitfires that carried American markings (as an example of what you could do):

    Spitfire 1.jpgSpitfire 2.jpgSpitfire 3.jpg

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    Also found this Taylor Monoplane painted in Spitfire markings. Pretty sharp little airplane!

    http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac...cl/VH-CKC.html

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    Thanks, Zack. I am usually a Hawker Hurricane fan, and have considered reworking the turtledeck, canopy and rudder shape to simulate a Hurri, but that's probably making things too complicated. The Taylor actually reminds me of a Yak in profile, so a WWII Soviet scheme might be fun, maybe something like this one but with a patriotic slogan in Cyrillic down the fuselage.

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    The tail is very "Yakish" for sure. It is also very similar to a Curtiss P-40 tail. Sure is a neat little airplane!

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    For a variation on the "Blue and Yellow" scheme seen on a lot of faux warbirds, consider this Fly Baby variation of one used on the Westland Wizard, a fighter prototype from the 1930s.

    http://www.bowersflybaby.com/MSFS/westland.jpg

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    Neat, Ron, thanks. I was kicking around some RAF schemes, but nothing really spoke to me. On the Yak idea, my wife is French, so maybe a Normandie-Niemen squadron fighter with the French tricolor on the spinner and tail?

    pic_yak-3_nn_27b.jpg 7340294414_8e555c7d0e_z.jpg

    If I can find one like that in winter white camouflage, that might be a good solution.
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    It should be painted like Walter Mitty's plane.
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    Some samples. From top to bottom, the Westland Wizard-inspired RAF scheme, the French Soviet scheme, and one inspired by the immediate predecessor to the Zero, the "Claude".
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    This has an emphasis on the non-wartime military schemes. I love camouflage paint jobs, except when I'm in the air trying to spot one....

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    The Taylor Monoplane is very very reminiscent of the YAK fighters. So Russian camo and markings would create a sorta-/kinda sub-scale warbird replica, or "stand-off scale" as us model builders call it. BUT... several YAK-11 aircraft have been highly modified for air racing, so another interesting option might be a race-inspired scheme?
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