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    Default Have there been black-painted Unlimiteds?

    Hi all,
    This may show yet again my "newbie" status but recently I've been pondering a fantasy racer/scale model build with a black-painted fuselage, and I was wondering if this would cause any trouble in terms of heat retention from the sun etc.

    I'd like to know if it's a bad idea to paint an Unlimited black, but also know if there are any precedents. Watching YouTube clips from 1965 I see the future Red Baron was in a mostly black scheme, but I don't think I've seen many others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZacYates View Post
    Hi all,
    This may show yet again my "newbie" status but recently I've been pondering a fantasy racer/scale model build with a black-painted fuselage, and I was wondering if this would cause any trouble in terms of heat retention from the sun etc.

    I'd like to know if it's a bad idea to paint an Unlimited black, but also know if there are any precedents. Watching YouTube clips from 1965 I see the future Red Baron was in a mostly black scheme, but I don't think I've seen many others.
    The only one that matters is this from 1974: Ken Burnstine's "Miss Foxy Lady". It was repainted white the following year.

    Others I can think off off the top of my head...John Church's F8F Bearcat in 1967, Wally McDonnell's A-26 at the 1970 California 1000. Jack Hovey's "Jello Mold Special" P-51 in 1978-78, Sam Richardson's Yak-11 "Blyak Moose" in 2001. I'm sure there's a couple more I'm forgetting. Several others had black 'on' them but weren't necessarily all black.
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    Tired Iron Air Racing P-51 "GiGi"

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    Big Bossman then El Jefe were both black. Here Kitty Kitty was a very dark blue that was amazing.
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    Jack Hovey's "Jello Mold Special"

    - second photo is Neal Nurmi showing the Jello molds
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reever View Post
    Tired Iron Air Racing P-51 "GiGi"
    Yup; pretty fast racer. And, IIRC, later renamed "Habu"

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    Quote Originally Posted by V1670 View Post
    Yup; pretty fast racer. And, IIRC, later renamed "Habu"
    What happened to "GiGi"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reever View Post
    What happened to "GiGi"?
    Well, it was called "GeGe II" and it was totaled in a fatal accident that killed Earl Ketchen.
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    Thanks folks, that's already been a boost to my knowledge!

    Are there any drawbacks to painting an aircraft black when it's racing in the desert sun?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Jim View Post
    The only one that matters is this from 1974: Ken Burnstine's "Miss Foxy Lady". It was repainted white the following year.

    Others I can think off off the top of my head...John Church's F8F Bearcat in 1967, Wally McDonnell's A-26 at the 1970 California 1000. Jack Hovey's "Jello Mold Special" P-51 in 1978-78, Sam Richardson's Yak-11 "Blyak Moose" in 2001. I'm sure there's a couple more I'm forgetting. Several others had black 'on' them but weren't necessarily all black.
    That Star of David on the tail is cool as well as the sponsor name.
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