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Fans of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission have outdone themselves in offering suggestions as to just how we should paint our magnificent Vulture 2 spaceplane. Given that the world's first 3D-printed, rocket-powered vehicle is currently a bit lacking in the visibility department, as you can see from this …


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  1. NoneSuch Silver badge

    The James Windmill design

    Looks hard to beat. Flying the colors and all that.

    You may want to put a message in Spanish on there saying "Sorry this came through your front window. We'll be along soon to apologize in person. "

    1. Martin Budden Silver badge

      Re: The James Windmill design

      Excellent suggestion, but what if LOHAN prefers back-door entry?

    2. 7-zark-7

      Re: The James Windmill design

      The Andy McDonald design for understated Britishness looks pretty good too.

      1. The First Dave

        Re: The James Windmill design

        I quite like the design by Ross Sully, partly because it reminds me of the gorgeous "Miss Demeanour"

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Military green, with Korean lettering

    It'd be a blighter to find if lost, but think of the panic and subsequent free press coverage if found by a member of the public. Perhaps a painted note on the fuselage asking the finder to contact the military attache at the North Korean embassy.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Military green, with Korean lettering

      Perhaps a painted note on the fuselage asking the finder to contact the military attache at the North Korean embassy

      With a postscript to wash your hands thoroughly if you've touched it...

  3. Don Jefe

    I think you should paint it clear.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    How about lettering??

    "I am not an Israeli spy plane" in Arabic in case Vulture 2 goes off course and lands in an Arab country? Don't write "vulture" anywhere on the plane, by the way.

    1. Nick Ryan Silver badge

      Re: How about lettering??

      Just paint it black with "NSA" is ominous red lettering on it. It'll be fine...

      1. Anonymous Coward

        Re: How about lettering??

        Oh come on, everyone knows that photographic intelligence is run by the National Reconnaissance Office!

  5. Faye B

    Plus silver wingtips

    Oops, I just entered a colour scheme piccy but forgot to add that the wingtips (rudders) could be silver.

  6. Shades

    "Shades at the ready as we reveal your startling liveries"

    Wait, what am I doing now? Nobody told me about this, let me put some pants on!

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    National flag

    If the team are working out of Spain should it not be in painted in a variation of the Spanish airforce livery? Red, Gold, Red coloured bands , with lots of jagged lightning bolts.

  8. silent_count

    Gotta have a little fun with the UFO nuts

    Plain white with with text on the fuselage: "Greetings from Amanfrommars" among a random selection of glyphs from the matrix screen saver. And arrange the denser and sparser glyphs so it looks like El Reg's vulture logo from a distance.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Gotta have a little fun with the UFO nuts

      You're onto something!

      But rather than celebrating Amanfrommars' often unintelligible output, what about a selection of some of the commentariat's more reviled/celebrated/interesting posts, painted as fluorescent green against a black background in a fixed phosphor dot style font? Part Matrix, part Tron, part commentard.

  9. Ian Knight

    Glad to see at least one of my 5 attempts to send a simple email got through !

  10. Trollslayer

    My choice?

    The Gibraltar flag.

    1. Evil Auditor Silver badge

      Re: My choice?

      And the imprint: ...and all your space are belong to us, too!

  11. ecofeco Silver badge
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    Really good work!

    Those are some really good designs!

  12. hol

    "first 3D-printed, rocket-powered vehicle"

    getting ahead of yourselves a bit?

    2-part print, runs on a G-64 motor:

  13. Anonymous Coward

    Another lettering suggestion

    If you are using the American flag paint job. "Remember the Maine! To Hell with Spain!!"

    (You'll need to issue a tiny sidearm to playmonaut though)

  14. Haku

    Paint it with the contents of some glowsticks

    Along with some radiation warning stickers.

  15. bugalugs

    Ian's Vulture design

    in red and white, for me...

  16. Ian Knight

    Might help with the visibility, and they might only have to use one paint colour !

  17. Ian Knight

    A small I mean tweak

    Following bugalugs suggestion I created a red / white preview with a small tweak to the design to make things a little more symmetrical.

  18. Eric Kimminau TREG

    Thunderbird 3

    I sincerely apologize for not getting my .02 in before the decision has been made, but I truly believe there should be no choice other than the color scheme of Thunderbird 3:

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