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Old 07-22-2019, 09:05 AM   #21
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Radomes are very regularly painted - paint doesn't stop radar waves.

You want to weatherproof your radome as much as possible because you know what does block radar waves...moisture trapped in fibreglass.
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Radomes are very regularly painted -
Not in the USAF F-16
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Not in the USAF F-16
Indeed - apologies I was replying to this earlier comment - I should have quoted;

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The radome is usually made out of glass fiber reinforced plastic because a non conductive material must be used. Same goes for antenna fairings. And as already said it is normally not allowed to apply any kind of paint because of possible blockage/distortion of the radar.
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Old 07-25-2019, 10:31 AM   #24
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F-16 USAF camo.
Old (or "three-color")
Nose & intake profile: FS36118 (15% scale fade) (humbrol 156)
Topside: FS36118 (humbrol 125)
Sides, wingtips & vertical satbilizer: FS36270 (humbrol 126)
Underside, pylons & drop tanks: FS36375 (humbrol 127)
New (or "two-color)
Nose & intake profile: FS36118 (15% scale fade) (humbrol 156)
Topside: FS36118 (humbrol 125)
Overall: FS36270 (humrol 126)
P.S. many drop tanks still in FS36375 (humbrol 127 or light ghost grey)
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The 1F-16CJ-2-00GV-00-1, starting on Figure 11-1, page 11-4 would show you what colors, what parts have no finish nor paint (including the radome). It show you all the makings dimensions and placement locations to include instrument markings.
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Holy smokes... some of the reaching to explain why DCS's radome is green is hilarious. Yes, DCS is modeling pollen discoloration, LOL!

Go look at the photos in the first post again. It IS oddly green, I agree OP.
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Radomes are very regularly painted
Yes, you are right. My statement was incorrect in that matter. But paint can very much affect radio waves if the paint contains conductive material such as metallic powder or graphite. But of course there are products for this application and radomes, fairings etc. are painted or coated regularly.

The Eurofighter's radome is also not painted and it is forbidden to apply any kind of paint, that is why I made that statement. Interestingly it appears to not be coated as well, bu it seems unlikely that they would leave it completely unprotected.

And if I think about it, the Starfighter's radome is painted, the Tornado's also. So yeah... you are correct.

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Old 08-09-2019, 03:10 PM   #28
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You folks need to get out more.

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I'm referring to the shading complaints, which are likely influenced by environment like the cockpits are (ever notice the shifting interior glow as you fly around? It sometimes pretty jarring). It's also a prerelease screenshot, so not psrticularly noteworthy
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Old 08-11-2019, 04:34 AM   #29
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The nose cone is made of a material like fiberglass and not of the aluminum of the main aircraft so there is a color change when painted. The original A model was black and changed in later models to a more grey/green color to match the main color of the aircraft.
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Old 08-11-2019, 06:53 PM   #30
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These are all still WIP place holder textures. If it comes out and you notice something like this, then is the time to really get all reporty about it.
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