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niki

Old(er) Iran Air Livery

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Hi everyone,

I was looking around the web for Fokker 100 pictures when I came across this:

fokker_100.jpg
http://www.aviastar.org/air/holland/fokker_100.php

http://www.abpic.co.uk/photo/1369132/

Does anyone know if Iran Air Fokkers soldiered on for any amount of time in this livery or was it right about then when livery got changed that these aircraft came into service and they received directly the all-white coat?

Was/ is there any decal sheet of this livery in 1/144 (most likely not for the Fokker, but perhaps for the Boeing 727)? If not, does anybody know of a close-up picture showing the fuselage logos?

I know that up front it says "Iran Air, The Airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran" but I couldn't find any picture where one can clearly see the fonts used - not that I could visually identify fonts or anything :) , but at least to have a clear view of the letters there...

Thank you!

Cheers,

Niki

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Basic research ...

http://www.iranair.it/

http://www.free-logotypes.com/logotype/Iran_Air.html

... shows the Latin parts (it's not "Roman," and it's not a "font") of the copyline "Airline of the (et c.)" to be set in Helvetica. The "Iran Air" part is set in a different 'face (of the Gothic or grotesk type) which you can discover at Whatthefont? The part in Arabic lettering is set in a Kufi 'face, as very typical of Iran and adjacent realms (Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of India).

26decals make excellent 707 and 747 Iran Air decals. Draw Decal used (?) to make an extremely well designed Iran Air F100 decal, with all bits included, but for the all-over-white scheme, not the cheatline scheme:

http://www.blackbirdmodels.co.uk/iran-air-fokker-100-144-806-p.asp

Having said that, I cannot find any Iran Air ("Homa" is the airline's familiar name in Iran and adjacent countries) in the cheatline scheme. I think your photo might just be a Fokker publicity PhotoShop one, or else the cheatlines disappeared just about the time of F28 service inauguration, as you yourself surmise.

Good luck!

Edited by skippiebg

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Skippie,

Thank you! But 'basic research' doesn't work here. All your links work only for the new(er) scheme and not the old(er) one I was referring to:

http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/3/0/9/1661903.jpg

L.E.: I came a bit nearer to the close-up picture issue :)

http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/5/3/6/0066635.jpg

Edited by niki

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Thanks, Mike!

Indeed, there is evidence of the 732 carrying it also:

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Iran-Air/Boeing-737-286-Adv/1958657/L/&sid=355a65014a250011cb9cad1b612fcc6c

Too bad the 26decals don't match precisely in the "Iran Air" logo I'm after and only depict the earlier, simple type, without the "Airline of the..." portion :(

Thanks again!

Cheers,

Niki

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Skippie,

Thank you! But 'basic research' doesn't work here.

Ugh, yess...

The "Airline of the ... " bit is set in a custom face very close to Times Roman Italic (say, a 90 per cent match), with a modified "I" with a loop swish and modified "P"s and "R"s with tighter counters (islands of white). (Or so it appears. Might be Plantin, but this is only 70 per cent likely.) The "Iran Air" part is set in a custom sans serif 'face. The Arabic lettering is unchanged -- Kufi style.

It is worth being careful when setting type for custom decals as letterspacing plays a surprisingly big role in appearance.

Just to add -- the Iranian flag changed some time after the 1979 revolution, with Quranic quotations set between the green, white and red fields, a Quranic symbol inset into the central white field, and the previously compulsory golden border being made optional. The 26decals 707 sheet seems (I cannot be sure) to have the earlier Shahinshah era flag.

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Thanks Skippie for all these details and the extra research work!

It is worth being careful when setting type for custom decals as letter spacing plays a surprisingly big role in appearance.

Yes, I have had that with one sheet that someone was kind enough to design and print for me. It was sorted out in the end though.

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Sorry, my error on the Perso-Arabic script front: the script is not Kufi, but a Nastaliq hand. You can set the name ("Hawapeymaiye Jumhuriye Eslamiye Eron") using a free true type typeface from this site: http://alefba.us/free-arabic-persian-farsi-urdu-kurdish-fonts.

Edited by skippiebg

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You must be some kind of mind reader... Definitely!... :D:)

Really, thank you for trying to help with the font issue, as I was just about to see how Kufi worked. Nastaʿlīq does indeed look the part.

There is meanwhile a bit of hope at the end of proceedings regarding a custom decal.

Many thanks, again, Skippie!

Cheers,

Niki

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