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Saw #6 today..

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Last call for Vegas...

This was flight 254. On flightaware, it was listed as a 300 today, but it was actually

an 800, as it has been the last few days.

This is the sixth 800 that has been delivered to SWA.

It started out this AM in BWI, then to FLL, then to HOU, and now off to LAS.

The time stamps on the images are an hour early.. Seems I need to change my camera

to DST.. They are fixing to blast off on 12R..

 

 

swa800-1.jpg

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swa800-4.jpg


Mark Keith

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Last call for Vegas...

This was flight 254. On flightaware, it was listed as a 300 today, but it was actually

an 800, as it has been the last few days.

This is the sixth 800 that has been delivered to SWA.

It started out this AM in BWI, then to FLL, then to HOU, and now off to LAS.

The time stamps on the images are an hour early.. Seems I need to change my camera

to DST.. They are fixing to blast off on 12R..

 

 

swa800-1.jpg

swa800-3.jpg

swa800-4.jpg

 

Very Cool!!

 

I had a question. How do you track a single aircraft and where it flies too. I've often gotten off flights and wanted to track where my aircraft went after. Just wondering, thanks for sharing the pics!


Brad Cherrington

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Here's how I do it.... flightaware.com and go under aviation photos and search for whatever airline you are looking for and in your results it will give the aircraft registration number as a link and just click on that and there you have it. Some airlines, though, have poor coverage in this area.... Westjet is one of them. Hope this helps


Ken Connors

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flightradar24.com is another option, the one i always use, but coverage is better in europe than the US


Ralf Medernach

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In my case, I just use flightaware and punched in SWA and 254 for the flight..

But.. I had already been watching this plane on flightaware for a few days, and

had a fairly good hunch it would be showing up, even though they had listed it as a

300 for that day. The "plan" for that day said 300, but when you looked at the airplane

flying on the map, it did show as "738".

 

Anyway, I had a service call near the airport yesterday, and I finished up fairly

quick. So I went over to my usual watching spot and waited a bit.. Sure enough, the

plane landed.. I took pictures of it about to land, but they didn't come out too good..

I knew it was an 800 when I saw the dual exits on the side.

So I had to sit and wait for it to do it's thing on the ground, and snapped the usable

images when it was rolling onto 12R.

I had a pretty good hunch it was going to be an 800, but didn't know which one.

I found that out after I got home and searched the registration. Appeared to be #6

from the info I got. There is a fence surrounding the airport, but for the 800 shot,

I went up to the fence and stuck the lense up close and almost through the links

to avoid the usual fence clutter.. I also took a quick video of it taking off, but the

fence clutter whacked it out when he was about half way down the runway.


Mark Keith

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I added that one to my collection.. I also had #1, but I wanted a "plane jane" version

as an everyday 800.. So this will be one of them..

As usual.. diddling with the blue.. :/ I wanted this one fairly dark, being new..

The real one is fairly dark, maybe slightly more in real life than my pictures show.

Depends on the light.. I'll try this one for a while.. :\

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Mark Keith

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Exact RGBs have nothing to do with how it will look in a specific rendering engine. So the spot color (not RGB by the way) used in the real livery would be useless in this case. What you need to do is adjust and compare in FS X many times until you get it right. Your eyes are the precious, rarely utilized tool used here.


Eric Bocaneanu

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Yep.. It's basically just trial and error.. I go by what I see, and recall from real life using

my eyes. Going by images is very difficult, as the white balance varies from shot to shot,

differences in cameras, level of exposure, etc..

Then to complicate things, the shade of blue seems to lighten up as the planes age.

So the new ones tend to look darker in most cases, than the older ones.

Then to make it even trickier, my eyes seem to see just a tad bit of purple in the blue.

But.. This shows up the most in hangars, and when direct sun is not shining on them.

But with direct sun, and also the white reflections from clouds overhead, the blue tends

not to show much purple, but more of a darkish sky blue.

So I try to edge the blue slightly into purple territory, but not so much that you don't see

the more sky blue shade with bright sun.

Just this plane alone, "N8306H", I already have five working versions, but each with

slightly different shades. :/ I store them all in folders, and I can switch files quickly

to compare. I'm probably the pickiest person on the planet when it comes to the

shade of blue of my SWA jets.. :| It's almost an illness...

I've got my 700 about how I like it I think.. I haven't messed with it in a while.

But still messing with the 800's as they come along, and being new, I'm painting

them just a tad darker for the most part. I'll probably mess with this one even more

before I call it finished.


Mark Keith

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Exact RGBs have nothing to do with how it will look in a specific rendering engine. So the spot color (not RGB by the way) used in the real livery would be useless in this case. What you need to do is adjust and compare in FS X many times until you get it right. Your eyes are the precious, rarely utilized tool used here.

 

 

It is a Pantone (not RGB or spot) mix I got from WN that was adapted for my liveries. The exact mix I was given appeared a bit murky in the sim, so I made adjustments, but it's still just a few percentage points away from the actual mix. I've been rather pleased with it, after months of eyeballing it.

 

Some color change occurs when converting the shots to Jpg, but here's a few of my newest.

 

Newly painted

2012-5-21_14-56-5-552.jpg

 

Faded

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Here's two shots with indirect lighting and shade

2012-5-7_11-50-2-150.jpg

 

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The purple hues show mostly at sunset/sunrise in FS, but I don't have any shots handy.


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