Before I get started, I gotta say this: you guys are awesome and I really appreciate all the thoughtful input that you guys have been providing thus far. You’re making this a better set with your involvement, and thank you for that!
Right, on we go. The customs scheme has been tweaked. I got rid of the golden yellow border trim around the text, then lightened and saturated the green a bit more:
In addition to that, I overhauled the follow-me car scheme completely. I wasn’t happy with it before, so I attacked it again this morning with fresh eyes. The follow-me car was missing the bumper numbers and I also changed the size/font of the door/roof numbers to match the regulation font used on the tug. I also added back the letter code to keep things as uniform as possible.
“M” is the letter code for self-propelled ground support equipment like tugs, tractors, and follow-me cars. That’s why the tug has “M 03″ on the sides, and the tweaks to the follow-me car scheme bring it back into line with that. This almost snuck past me completely, but The Chimp Helmsman’s comments in the previous post brought it all back to mind.
Okay, I also did a boring plain administrative vehicle scheme. It’s basically a factory fresh white Zoom at the lowest trim level, with bumper code stickers, the rear retroreflective hazard paneling, and a roof number.
The letter “A” is the code for general purpose vehicles. I know it’s a very plain and boring scheme, but it’s included just for the sake of completion. The black plastic trim strip on the door is a little nod to my first car, which was a white 1991 3-door Honda Civic hatchback with black plastic trim.
Okay, assuming there aren’t any more texture tweaks needed, I only have to add one more detail (the recharging port on the vehicle), do one more test build to make sure it’s not as scary as it was before, then I start putting together the beta PDFs and get them ready to ship.
After this, I’m doing the van. That won’t take as long because we’ve already figured out the various liveries, so the hard part is already done. I want the van to be a cute little thing sort of like a VW microvan, and it’ll be done in the administrative, security, and customs schemes.
Update: Some folks were surprised that I didn’t use chevrons for the follow-me car. Here’s why:
That’s just what follow-me cars look like.
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