Applied Aeronautics - Albatross Design Contest


As we are rapidly approaching the official release of the Albatross line of aircraft, we thought there would be no better way of saying thank you than by giving away a free airframe to someone in the community. As such we have decided a design contest is in order for the best paint scheme, with the winning designer receiving a free airframe incorporating his/her design.


We'll do our best to get the livery as an added color scheme option but thought this would be a good way to engage the community as we get ready for the release and getting this aircraft into your hands.


The contest is open as of this posting and will finish on November 10th. The designs must be possible from a production and manufacturing perspective (painting/vinyl). There must be an emphasis on orientation and visibility (i.e., contrasting colors), meanwhile maintaining an appealing and good looking aircraft. In that, we are excited and can't wait to see what you all come up with and to get the airframes out to you.

** We are looking for a color scheme that is highly visible, and good with orientation. Conventional aircraft paintjobs are preferred, but we will consider everything. We will accept ANY format. We encourage every design, no matter your artistic ability! If you need to print out the templates, color with crayon, and email us a picture, we don't mind, after all it is the design that counts! So send us your Illustrator, PNG, BMP, JPEG, MS Paint, or even hand drawn design, we will gladly take it into consideration! Ideas can either be emailed to us via the email provided below, they can be uploaded to this blog, or any other contest related posting we have made on other websites.**


Let the designs begin, we look forward to seeing them!


The Applied Aero Team

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  • Thinking back on this now I think my design is pretty hideous... Hahaha. I'm gonna try this again...

  • Edward, Thanks for submitting. It is very colorful! You are the first to publicly post! We appreciate your enthusiasm and will be sure to add it to the cache.
  • Let me just start this by saying Im not an artist. BUT i'm always game for something free and am going to buy one of these anyway so I figured why not, let's embarrass myself a little bit and throw me in the running:




  • Beautiful plane - lots of good stuff just starting to come out.

  • I am waiting for it!
  • Austin: The prices are not set in stone quite yet, but we will be hitting our $650 target on one of our Airframe versions. Im sure everyone will be pleased that the other versions are VERY reasonably priced, for the upgrades they will be receiving.

    Greg: We will make the final decision on the winner, with a heavy influence from the public's opinion. 

    As for the design, it shouldn't be anything too intricate and out of this world. We are looking for a typical aircraft paint job which will allow for good sense of orientation, and high visibility.

    We would appreciate your guys' patience, as we update the blog with new, simpler, 3-views and an update on contest specifics.

  • I second the request for a 2D file.  Or a 3d shell of the airframe in SW or IGES

  • First of all great plane, really happy to hear you use honeycomb, i had the privilege to work with this material, and i am really impressed with it.

    Are you planning on voting for the best design scheme, or you will be the jury? What type of design do you expect? Typical plane painting? Designer drones style?( Unique/artistic or minimalistic/practical ???

  • Love the looks you got a price?
  • Yes, but this is not the time or place. This blog is dedicated to a paint scheme contest, and the public's chance to win a free airframe.

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