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I was looking for something productive to do one long winter evening while watching a documentary on the Military Channel about the Flying Tigers. Well, that show provided me with the inspiration to grab the model paints & head downstairs to visit my new Monocog 29er. Here's the result...

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I wanted to accent that gusset area somehow (was going to paint the gusset orange). But this just looked like it would be more interesting. It was fun to do, took about 2 hours and livens up the poo brown color. :)

One of the guys has dubbed it the "Mudshark".
 

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Looks Good!!

I saw a 29er with a very similar paint scheme up for auction on E-Bay about a month or so back. I think its a very original idea. I just wish I had the grapefruits to take paint to one of my bikes.

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I saw a 29er with a very similar paint scheme up for auction on E-Bay about a month or so back. I think its a very original idea. I just wish I had the grapefruits to take paint to one of my bikes.

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This is a very crude hand painted job for a $500 bike. The Monocog screams for something to be added to it because the MC is a crude basic bike. I wouldn't take that same approach to my $2200 Giant Trance. :) Also, this probably wouldn't fit in with the On-One or Zion frames -- they look too classy.

There are other options besides painting. One of them would be to buy RC airplane (or car) decals and apply them to your frame. That would probably work well and look a bit less crude. Just make sure you add a clear coat spray to protect them after application.:thumbsup:
 

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I believe trek has a project one paint job that was like that of a WWII era fighter plane with the shark front. The rest of it was painted to look like the skin of the plane with rivets and panels and such. Pretty sweet, check out the trekbikes project one website, they have pics of it, it could give you more inspiration/ideas...
 

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Original is on Ebay

Yes, that's right, it was on ebay. It was a very good deal too! $388+$50 shipping. It had an "upgraded" rigid fork, saddle, disc brakes and the custom WWII paint complete with "rust." Mind these are selling for $420-$500 retail new at local bike shops throughout the nation.

It's item # 120069499329, still have it saved. - Metro



 

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Yes, that's right, it was on ebay. It was a very good deal too! $388+$50 shipping. It had an "upgraded" rigid fork, saddle, disc brakes and the custom WWII paint complete with "rust."
Someone pointed that out to me after I posted my picture. He did a pretty nice job. I didn't do the rust, though -- figured that would come soon enough on a steel bike. :)

I just wanted something to dress the bike up and make it look different. That "Statin Brown" color is pretty uninspiring by itself.
 

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Just opened this thread for the first time. What a cool paint job! Nice work.
 

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Sorry for the bad picture (of my road bike no less), but I got this idea from a WWII P-38 lightning with D-Day stipes. You can't really see the camo, but it's pretty much the same as my MC (see my gallery).
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That looks awesome! I love the paint job. I assume you used an airbrush.

It looks great -- very retro-military. Love the 3-tone camo. Now this paint job took guts to do to a road bike because the Monocog is a crude bike and my paint job looks, well, crude. Yours definitely has a classy and well finished look to it. Excellent job.

The P-38 was a great aircraft to be inspired by!

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Thanks Joe!
Actually, it was easier for me to paint my road bike than it was to paint my Monocog. My road bike (LeMond) was ugly, and I like the finish Redline uses. I had so much fun doing the first camo job (road bike), that I had to do another.

My MC needs some graphics to break up the camo a little, and I love what you did with gusset area (perfect graphic for that area!), but I think I'm going to have to resist copying you since you did it already. Maybe I'll try some airbrushed symbols of people shot down, or some better D-Day stripes. Airplane Aircraft Military aircraft Aviation Aerospace engineering

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KeylessChuck -

Would love to see you get the "Tiger Shark" art on your Camo Monocog - it would be very cool indeed. Not that it's not right now - but look at this Project One Trek paint scheme and see if it gives you any ideas. I like the "lines" and "rivets" to replicate where sheet metal is joined - very cool:

 

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Thats sick! I painted up a 'fridge that way in college...flat gray base coat, then a mouth just like yours that wrapped around the sides. Always filled with beer. I wish I could find a picture, the mouth was at least 2.5 feet tall!
 
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