View Full Version : Grumman F-14 A - Low vis. scheme vs. high vis. scheme?
02-07-2002, 12:36 PM
There are two F-14 A Tomcats available for download at Flightsim.com today. One version is a "low visibility scheme" and the other a "high visibility scheme". Could anyone explain the difference? Looking at the accompanying .jpg files, it wasn't obvious.
02-07-2002, 01:00 PM
I believe it determines how much of a hit your system takes in displaying the model.
02-07-2002, 01:56 PM
Without having downloaded the aircraft, I can offer another possiblity.
Look through some books at pictures of Navy aircraft taken between 1970 and the early 1980s. You'll probably see very colorful paint schemes. Radomes on the Nose are black, squadron insignia are multi-colored with brilliant reds, yellows, blues, etc. The national insignia is Red White and Blue. All the added colors kind of offset the camo paint job underneath. Hence High Visibilty Easy to see
Sometime in the late 80s or early 90s the Navy started doing away with the fancy paint jobs in favor of more low visiblity(harder to see) color schemes. The squadron markings were dulled down, often becoming a monotone grey, slightly darker than the underlying paint. The national insignia was treated the same, going from red white and blue to drab gray. I guess the idea was to make the aircraft harder to see, and by making all the markings on the aircraft less flamboyant, it would blend in more with sky, clouds, or whatever. Low Vis.
02-07-2002, 03:25 PM
LAST EDITED ON Feb-07-02 AT 03:26PM (EDT)[p]It referst to the colors of the paint scheme. The "high vis" scheme will have brighter colors on the tail. The "low vis" scheme is almost completely low-visibility gray. The squadran emblem on the tail is probably black or dark gray, and generally the whole of the aircraft is meant to be hard to see. Hope this helps.
02-08-2002, 12:35 AM
Thanks,Iwazi,that certainly makes sense. With that in mind, it will probably be so obvious when I go back to Flightsim that I won't be able to see how I missed that in the first place.
02-08-2002, 12:36 AM
Helps immensely, Jeff. I appreciate your response. Thanks.
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