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#1 MG Brown

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Posted 01 July 2016 - 11:29 AM

I was involved in a discussion some time ago about the best color(s) for a slot car body.

 

Points of the discussion were:

 

Avoid using a main color same as a lane color.

 

Use no more than two main colors.

 

Select a main body color that contrasts with the track surface color.

 

In some situations, a bright (da-glo) color can give better visibility at speed.

 

What are your opinions? If you can illustrate with a photo - all the better.


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Posted 01 July 2016 - 11:32 AM

All depends on the track surface color!

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Posted 01 July 2016 - 11:39 AM

Make sure you leave a big enough "neutral area" in front for the lane sticker.  I paint a lot of my cars in "tye dye" and it's sometimes hard to see the lane sticker. lol!  Nice thing is you can't miss them on the track!


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Posted 01 July 2016 - 11:43 AM

It's an individual thing. Some go with a constant livery / color scheme since it is easily recognizable by them when racing. Others go with something in direct contrast to the track surface. 


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Posted 01 July 2016 - 11:52 AM

White. All my chassis are covered with thin Lexan surfaces that are white. Oh, maybe a slight contrast color, generally lime green, around the front edge but 80% of the protective and interactive with the air surface remains white. I have found white to always contrast with the track surface.  It's all about visibility and not confusing the object I'm operating with another toy object. 

 

I really see these as toy objects that are operated in their own "world" and have no relationship with "real" or imagined racing vehicles. 


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Posted 01 July 2016 - 08:35 PM

Pink.

 

One of our Retro racers uses only pink.

 

He's a builder and racer, who doesn't worry much about appearance.

 

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Posted 02 July 2016 - 02:49 AM

I prefer "Old Man" colours - with fluorescent reds and oranges for the main body and silver, chrome or black for the front.

 

Our lane colours here are purple, yellow, blue, orange, green, and white - no red or black.

 

I don't go in for the finer details when painting my bodies. I just want to be able to see them on our blue track.  :)



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Posted 02 July 2016 - 08:57 AM

Red.

Red is faster than everything else. :D
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Posted 02 July 2016 - 10:26 AM

I like lime green or as close to Kawasaki green as I can get but the trouble is that I'm finding it to be rather heavy. Although I plan on working some silver into my paint schemes so it isn't just wasted backing a transparent color. Hopefully that will lighten things up a bit.


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Posted 02 July 2016 - 11:19 AM

Striking contrast is the key. I have found through much experimentation that fluorescent orange/white combination to be the best colors to follow my car around the track, especially a larger one like the blue King. The fluorescent pink, lime green, yellow/white combinations would be my second, third, and fourth choices.


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Posted 02 July 2016 - 12:23 PM

Flourescent pink, followed by flourescent orange are the easiest colors for the human eye to see. They're gawdy as can be, but they work.


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Posted 02 July 2016 - 01:33 PM

Make sure you leave a big enough "neutral area" in front for the lane sticker.  I paint a lot of my cars in "tye dye" and it's sometimes hard to see the lane sticker. lol!  Nice thing is you can't miss them on the track!


After my now infamous "Yellow car on yellow" incident I now use a Sharpie to outline a lane sticker that is close to the body color.
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Posted 02 July 2016 - 03:25 PM

My theory is the brightest color is the easiest for me to see.., but it's also easiest and quickest to be seen and I think can maybe the quickest to be picked up and put back on by turn marshals in a multi-car wreck, the eye sees the brightest color first maybe the hand will follow? IMO.

 

For colored spoilers... no clear for sure..



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Posted 02 July 2016 - 04:39 PM

I have found no matter the color scheme I use, my default Gulf Porsche Sky blue with bright orange works for me. For fun I sometimes add a white or purple highlight. Other drivers tell me they can always see where the blue and orange car is on the track. We race on both black and silver/grey road surfaces.

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Posted 05 July 2016 - 10:04 PM

I use metallic blue and neon orange, and sometimes a lil white. Always really easy to see on any track color

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Posted 06 July 2016 - 06:26 AM

For me, it was always important to use the same color scheme all the time, so I never had to think "What color is my car today?" in the heat of the moment.

For years, I used the same color scheme - front third of the car was bright yellow fading into bright fluorescent green. The idea being that it was so ugly no one else would ever paint their bodies in that combination. But, as might be guessed, I did run into a couple of racers over the years using essentially the same paint scheme.


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Posted 06 July 2016 - 03:33 PM

With wing cars that are travelling around a lot faster, you also need to consider what might be borderline for you to see will probably be impossible for the person next to you. So while you can dictate the pace all is good, when you can't someone will accidentally take you out because they simply didn't see you.
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Posted 19 July 2016 - 12:54 PM

I have used flour yellow or orange and occasional white with blue over the last 30 years or so. I find that occasionally I have trouble with reflection of the house lights making the shiny lexan sort of "glitter" making the car harder to see. Very recently I have been messing with flat colors and so far, it seems very effective for me. I have tried these and a few others and raced a couple of them on surfaces ranging from light to dark grey. I have not tried any of them on a black surface and we do have a few of those. Hope to try them on black in the next week.

 

Have raced this one on a light track with low ceiling and glare problems in past. Very good!
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Of this batch, the two center ones seem to be the best

 

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All of these seem good but haven't tried on a black surface yet

 

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Posted 19 July 2016 - 02:08 PM

Are you painting them on the exterior surface?

 

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Posted 19 July 2016 - 02:55 PM

No. Painting on inside as normal with typical polycarbonate paints. Then masking windows on the outside and spraying the outside with a flat clear lacquer. Been using a Tamiya product which seems very good but is a little pricey. Looking for other options too. Have tried a few others like Krylon and something called "save tee" but those are "matte" not flat like the Tamiya.


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Posted 19 July 2016 - 03:56 PM

Fluorescent Orange and White on all my stuff, with the exception of 1 or 2 other bodies I had custom painted by John Weaver. One of my favorite Formula One paint schemes of all time, and easily visible on every track surface I've raced on so far. I'm pretty much known for running these colors here in the northeast

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Posted 19 July 2016 - 09:52 PM

James,

As soon as I can, I'll post a couple pictures of my cars. Same color combo as yours. It's what I can see on the track. I've painted a few for Tim Wilken's also. Same combo, just a different scheme to tell our cars apart.


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Posted 19 July 2016 - 10:55 PM

James,

Here's my color combo that I was talking about.
It works well for me.

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Posted 21 July 2016 - 04:53 PM

Is there any reason that not many racers paint their rear spoiler something bright?

Black lane in the doughnut makes this a must for me on our King track.
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Posted 21 July 2016 - 05:16 PM

'Cuz not everybody is as old as you.  :icon22: :friends: Sorry, JC, somebody was bound to say it.
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Posted 22 July 2016 - 09:19 AM

Besides my car has a rear view camera, don't need a rear view mirror anymore.
Just put it in R (for racing ) LOL.

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Posted 22 July 2016 - 11:24 AM

I used to get yakked at because I finally chose to paint one color bodies with the most fluorescent yellow I could find. Everyone commented how ugly it was..... 10 years later they all were running similar paint jobs. I was Panasonic.... again....

 

I was painting that way because:

 

1) paint is required by rules and 5 minutes blowing on one color left extra time to work on something more important.

 

2) bodies only were good for one race. Sometimes less. I wasn't collecting the bodies for nostalgia.

 

3) I wanted a *distinctive* body color that I could quickly find when driving.

 

4) I wanted to tweak the purist's idea of what the car should look like.


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Posted 22 July 2016 - 08:10 PM

I'm with ya, Phil. Time and place for everything. I've done rattle can parking lot jobs, scale jobs, vintage jobs, and everything in between.

To me, a super light mist wing car paint job is just as pretty as a hard body with full details.

 

I remember in recent history people were "pinging" on Hershman for having very simple paint jobs at retro races.

But the fact is, he was legal, and he was winning. At his level, it makes a difference.

 

At mine, it probably doesn't :)


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 11:12 AM

I have found that a light "mist" of Daytona yellow covered the body enough to meet the rules without affecting body flex or adding extra weight.....

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Posted 07 September 2016 - 09:45 AM

After running my Dad's blue with white doghouse and stripes combo for years, I bounced around some color schemes (including a detour into color-flopping paint by Valspar's short lived HoK line) before settling on my own riff on Alan Mann Red & Gold. Gold nose with a Bright Red main body.

 

Main reasoning being that now my cars are instantly recognizable not only to me, but also to my teammate (which helps IMMENSELY in heavy traffic mains).

 

I have also found that a little strip of a bright color on a wing mainplane helps the eyes follow whether a car is driving loose just that little bit better.


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Posted 07 September 2016 - 12:34 PM

Ive opted for consistent color schemes that I can SEE on the track!! Makes it much easier to identify where my car is when I know what to look for every time!! Boring--but EZ!! 

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Posted 10 September 2016 - 04:40 PM

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For me, the bright color has to be in the rear of the body, & I generally have some form of stripe in the front, so I can put the lane sticker on 2 colors... Also any old sign painter will tell you that red & white show up very well to the human eye.


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Posted 10 September 2016 - 05:18 PM

I never have trouble finding MY car in a group.....

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Posted 12 September 2016 - 11:51 PM

 

What are your opinions? If you can illustrate with a photo - all the better.

 

Team colors - Black/White/Fluorescent Yellow with Orange #s worked for me and Dad.

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