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Scaled Drawings
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Scale drawings used for illustration purposes


In many areas of these pages, drawings are used to either illustrate ideas or items (aircrafts, weapons, ships, ...).   In many instances reference is made to either Shipbucket's SB scale or FD scale.   Please visit www.shipbucket.com to learn more about their extraordinary library.

Regarding the drawings used here, these are either borrowed from their collections (with due reference to their author) or (re)created here for the specific purposes of Atlantic Air Combat™.   However, while these are drawn along their SB or FD scale or ... closely so, the very strick colour coding used on Shipbucket is not fully adhered to.

Scale 2 = SB scale

This scale is 2 pixels for 1 feet, and is thus equivalent to ShipBucket's main "SB" scale.   On the templates used by Shipbucket, it is however represented by a scale expressed in metres.   The authors and creators of Shipbucket must have had reasons of their own to do so and these are most likely outlined somewhere on their rich website.   Here in the context of AAC, this scale is used in its basic format (thus based on measurments expressed in feet and inches, even if a metric equivalent is also shown below for comfort) for the main purpose of "aircraft thumbnails".  It is de facto used for illustration of ships like aircraft carriers for instance.

Scale 22

This scale is 22 pixels for 1 meter, and is thus a very close equivalent to the FD scale with Shipbucket.   However, as Shipbucket gently reminded me, their FD scale is actually 22.093 pixels for 1 meter.  Might sound a funny number, but it's just a scale, and I cannot press enough the casual AAC™ reader to visit www.shipbucket.com to discover their outstanding work, far better that whatever is being prepared here.   With AAC™, either "Scale 22" (rarely) or "FD scale" (mainly) are used to illustrate aircrafts, weapons and other details of interest.

When feasible, and notwithstanding the slight difference between our respective scales, some of these illustrations are shown in specific Shipbucket lookalike format (templates).   However, as outlined above, the strict colour coding in force accross Shipbucket's magnificient library is seldom respected.   Hopefully, Shipbucket Members will take no offense.   As a (non contributing) Shipbucket member myself, I should add that any Shipbucket Member wishing to borrow drawings prepared by AAC™, and update them to full SB standards should feel free to do so.

FD scale

It's thus the secondary scale used by artits on ShipBucket.  It's value is 22.093 pixels/meter.  It is now the main scale used with Atlantic Air Combat™ to illustrate aircrafts.   Early drawings prepared with "Scale-22" are not being re-issued.


As mentioned above, besides individual drawings, some are shown on "templates"  clearly inspired by those used with Shipbucket, hence the reference made to their website.  Interrested ?   You'll find a tentative liste here.

Color Coding and Drawing Rules

Shipbucket adheres to very strict drawing and color coding rules.  Among the reasons why these are not fully respected with Atlantic Air Combat™ is the fact that illustrations are made in GIF (using Image Composer 1.5 by Microsoft) which allows a shorter range of colours.  Also while Shipbucket drawings are shadowed, ours aren't.   Then we may have mere preferences and the purpose of this paragraph is not to make an inventory of differences and even less to criticize our talented inspirators.

So, Atlantic Air Combat™ illustrations follow a few practices rather than strict rules and the main ones are as follows :

Basic Name¹ R G B Hexa Applications Alt. Name Notes
  dark violet 51 0 51 33,00,33 outline: fuselageª   grey medium when merging with tail or wings
  black 0 0 0 00,00,00 outline: wings
  khaki dark 51 51 0 33,33,00 outline: engines
  grey dark 51 51 51 33,33,33 items highlight ex: doors on a fuselage
  grey medium 102 102 102 66,66,66 items highlight ex: service doors on aircraft body
  grey light 153 153 153 99,99,99 fuselage lines   brick, light fuselage lines special³
  silver 204 204 204 CC,CC,CC background general aircraft body, wings, etc
  blue-grey light 204 204 255 CC,CC,FF background special ex: doors on a fuselage
  Khaki light 204 204 153 CC,CC,99 1° background special differenciation 1 from bkgd general
>> 2° fuselage frames
  Khaki sand 204 204 102 CC,CC,66 1° background special differenciation 2 from bkgd general
>> 2° fuselage frames mainly for differenciation purposes
  khaki medium 153 153 102 99,99,66 items highlight ex: service doors on engines
  brick, light 204 153 153 CC,99,99 see: Alt.
  brick, medium 153 102 102 99,66,66 outline: moving parts 1
  brick, dark 102 51 51 66,33,33 outline: moving parts 1
white 255 255 255 FF,FF,FF never (almost...)
  ivory pale 255 255 204 FF,FF,CC section/cutaway filling-1   green-yellow light military, cargo areas, misc.
  green-yellow 153 204 153 99,CC,99 section/cutaway filling-2   silver when main volume in green-yellow
  green-lemon 153 204 102 99,CC,66 fuselage frames (filling-2)
  water-blue light 204 255 255 CC,CC,FF filling : window pane   water-green light filling : window pane alt1
  water-green light 204 255 204 CC,FF,CC see: Alt.
  water-blue med. 153 204 204 99,CC,CC outline: window pane
  water-blue dark. 102 153 153 66,99,99 outline: window frame   blue-grey med outline: window frame - alt1²
  blue-grey dark outline: window frame - alt2²
  blue-grey med 102 102 153 66,66,99 see: Alt.
  blue-grey dark 51 51 102 33,33,66 see: Alt.
  khaki dark 51 51 0 33,33,00 tyres : outline
  black 0 0 0 00,00,00 tyres : filling 1 of 2
  grey dark 51 51 51 33,33,33 tyres : filling 2 of 2 >> >> also used in tyre side views
  grey medium 102 102 102 66,66,66 filling: radome
  green-lemon-1 153 204 102 99,CC,66 filling: radome
  green-lemon-3 153 204 51 99,CC,33 filling: radome
  Khaki sand 204 204 102 CC,CC,66 filling: radome
  red-black 51 0 0 33,00,00 gun barrel

ª : as the best alternative to plain black, especially when differenciating aircrafts areas (fuselage from wings, etc)

¹ : name ins grey italic are non official

² : circumstancial, even if an "alternate" color may end up being used more often than the "basic" one

³ : mainly used to identify where plugs are added to lengthen a basic design; may have another meaning

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Pierre Deveaux
Brussels, Belgium

Registered with www.shipbucket.com as "PierreDeveaux"