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Old 03-22-2001, 12:26 PM   #1
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Arrow Rally Car Paint Scheme Suggestions Wanted

I was torn between the Dress Up forum or this one, and decided I'd rather hear from the rally enthusiasts. If this was a bad choice, feel free to slap me around...

Edit: This car will actually be used in rallies, this isn't just a super rice-over.

So for a WRBP WRX, anybody have any cool suggestions for a paint scheme? I think I'd like to do something a little different than cloning the WR car, and I don't want to limit myself to just adding yellow. I could leave it standard and plaster it with stickers, but what fun is that? Being 100% artistically inept, I'm counting on a few of you more creative individuals to help me out.

Note: The first mention of glitter paint will make me very unhappy

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Old 03-22-2001, 12:33 PM   #2
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Understand I don't participate in Pro Rally (to expensive), but I do TSD Rallys and my next dress up for my car is putting my last name and my navigater's last name on my side windows. This probably won't help the control (check point) workers much, but it will look pretty cool. Just an idea for you to get started. Better yet, participate in a SCCA TSD rally by you, then you'll have a real rally car, not paint job needed.

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Old 03-22-2001, 12:45 PM   #3
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Oops! I guess it's fair that you assumed I wasn't actually going to rally the thing, but it's getting prepped the first week of May for Club Rally PGT. I may be too embarrased about my driving for the first couple of years to put my name on the window, but maybe it's a good idea from the medical information standpoint

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Old 03-22-2001, 06:18 PM   #4
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check out btcc.co.uk or wrc sites
I see alot of amateur cars done very sloppy to many colors or to much clashing of colors.
I personally would like blk and white scheme like bspecs car
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Old 03-22-2001, 07:09 PM   #5
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Hello,

I am partial to basic schems also. I think that my favorit was the Vermont Sports Car Lancer EVO *ducks from flying shoes* It was white with the "ground effects" painted a darker blue. I believe at one time or another the rear wing was painted also. The had a sort of checkered flag logo I think. Either way, a little splash of checkers someplace, maybe up the rear fender, I don't know.. maybe something like the BMW 3 series GT cars Something that I thought would be classy, would be to follow a line along the side of the car *JUST* below the curve of the hood and trunk, and paint the ground effects and the hood/trunk/roof the same contrasting color.

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Old 03-22-2001, 07:39 PM   #6
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Hmmm... I concur. Maybe one or two colors tops, no complicated graphics. I like the impact of the blue and white in this photo
<IMG SRC="http://alaskanautooutfitters.com/gallery/subymeet2_4.jpg" border=0>
Maybe I should do blue & white instead of blue & yellow? A stripe down the center, and maybe an iClub logo on the sides? Heh. Plaster a couple "Subaru" signs here and there, and call it good.

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Old 03-22-2001, 09:07 PM   #7
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Being a graphic design student, i have to say that automotive graphics are not easy! Designing something that looks good in 2D is quite different than designing something in 3D. With that said, my suggestion is to look through all the auto racing books, mags, etc, you can & look for the basic schemes that appeal to you. Don't discount cars that seem totally different; yes, even some NASCARs have really good designs (the Valvoline Taurus comes to mind), and a lot of the prototype racers can be translated (like the Audi R8). Pick out the BASIC elements in the schemes and ignore all that sponsor crap. The Subaru "stars" logo is hard to deal with graphically, so i would try not to focus on making that the center of attn. (in all truth, Subaru needs a major update of their logo). Personally i think the best designed rally Subie is the Rocket Rally Impreza [ http://www.rocketrally.com ] I hear they actually had a real designer do their full identity.

But anyways, hope you got all that
Let us know what you come up with.

EDIT: the Rocket Rally link isn't working; its the right address but looks like the server isn't there anymore Anyone have pics of the Rocket car?

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Old 03-22-2001, 09:58 PM   #8
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try searching at www.rallycars.com

you'll get some ideas there for sure...

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Old 03-23-2001, 12:38 AM   #9
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Thanks for the reference to the Rocket Rally Car. The design was done by Bruce Kaudel who also did Jon Nichols VW Golf.
Bruce also designed the Rocket Rally logo.

Interestingly enough, all the graphics are done in vinyl. If you peel all the decals off it's just a plain black car. That offers some flexibility in design if you want to change things around a lot but it's probably cheaper just to paint it. It is easy to fix a damaged section, though. (You don't have to ask how I know... )

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Old 03-23-2001, 01:59 AM   #10
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I've always been a fan of the white waving checker flag on the Blue. There are some pics on the Japan site of Eifel I think. It's what they use on their circuit car.
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Old 03-23-2001, 09:29 AM   #11
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The rocket rally link doesn't work for me for some reason (firewall dain bramage?). After looking at rallycars.com and a whole huge list of other web sites and photo galleries, I have to say that I think simpler is better. The extremely complicated paint schemes end up looking like abstract art once you busy them up with text & advertising. So a nice basic scheme that would be almost boring on its own, with perhaps some smaller individual graphics like the flag. Uhm, I hear cursing from the data center, better go check it out.

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Old 03-23-2001, 12:09 PM   #12
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So how do you feel about bright yellow RL-7 wheels painted or powdercoated to match the vinyl/paint on the car? It's obnoxiously "loud" obviously, but we aren't talking about a daily driver...

I was thinking maybe a double-yellow stripe up the middle, then fiddling with the rear doors/quarters in an as yet undetermined fashion. I could use the gold Racelines, but for some reason yellow seems like an OK idea too. Thoughts?

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Old 03-24-2001, 01:39 AM   #13
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Welp, I've always pondered what it would look like if you reveresed the WRC livery. Use blue on yellow rather than yellow on blue. It's pretty simple, just plaster it with declas tat are the opposite color. Ah well it's late, maybe this was a lame idea, forgive me please, it'a friday night, and I've nothing to do.....
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Old 03-24-2001, 01:50 AM   #14
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The Rocket Rally website seems to be down at the moment, I don't know why. Pat's on vacation in Switzerland right now.

Simpler is better as far as rally car paint schemes go. It's easier to repair when you crunch it. I learned my lesson on my first rally car. Too many intricate stripes are too much work to repair after you roll it.

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Old 03-24-2001, 10:25 AM   #15
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Heh. "When" you roll it. I might just go tip it over in my driveway so I can get the first one behind me

I had a suggestion to paint the front part yellow, and then transition it slowly to blue at the mid-point or front 1/4 or so, kinda like you ran into a thin, vertical wall of yellow paint. Anybody seen anything like this they can point me at?

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Old 03-24-2001, 03:20 PM   #16
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How about something simmilar to this....
Blue, white ... checkerd flag pattern in the rear, dab on white on the top of the fender

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Old 03-24-2001, 07:13 PM   #17
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Yeah that looks very nice (probably the same one Dave was talking about?). One thing I noticed is that the Blue Ridge Pearl is significantly darker than the World Rally Blue Pearl. The white looks good on the BRP, but I'm not sure if yellow wouldn't look better against WRBP... Hey, double negative. Let's try again.

I wouldn't not be unsure if the white wouldn't look less unbetter than the yellow might not against the WRBP.

They really do look different sitting side by side.

Edit: I confused myself

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