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    AO: I have been working on trying to track down the names of the Planet Eclipse / Smart Parts anodizing finishes today and I think I did a pretty good job trying to get the official names organized. If you haven't caught on by now, my main passion is E/X/SFL emags, but I'm intrigued by the P.E splash kits at the moment. I'm seeing a lot of kits come up for sale and many of them get scooped up pretty quick. I have probably spent around 6-7 hours today scouring different forums (US and EU) and realized that many people misidentify what type of splash kit they actually have. I'm not sure if people didn't know what the actual color was called, but I felt like I needed to get a list going for people to reference. Luckily a few paintballers have scanned in some of the old ads that identify the types of splashes are out there. I also used the wayback machine to see exactly what you could order from P.E back in 1998. All the names that are currently compiled have been referenced by either a magazine ad or on a website. Take a look and let me know what you think. I know we have a ton of splash anodizing collectors out there so please chime in and let me know if anything is incorrect or you want to add a "One-Off" anodizing pattern.

    From my article I'm currently writing up for the archives...

    Here is a running list of a few Planet Eclipse / Smart Parts splash names and examples. It gets a bit confusing trying to research all the different types of finishes since both companies shared the anodizing patterns. Below are a list of the "official" names of the colors. These were found from magazine articles and using "the wayback machine" to browse the old websites to see what was available in 1998.

    Planet Eclipse Anodizing Examples: Circa 1998



    Photos provided by KingAcquisitions & uzielgal.

    • Speedy Blue
    • Fire
    • Electric Skies
    • Ice
    • Banzai Green
    • Black & Chrome


    In 1999, Planet Eclipse had a contest to come up with your own anodizing idea. We are currently researching which color actually won the contest.

    Special Color Contest: http://web.archive.org/web/199905030...co.uk/comp.htm

    Planet Eclipse / Smart Parts Anodizing Examples: Around 1999-2001



    Photo provided by groquick

    • Crazy Black Splash (Black Base, Red Splash, White Splash)
    • Midnight Blue (Blue Base, Black Splash, White Splash)
    • Red, White & Blue (Burgundy Base, Blue Splash, White Splash)
    • British Racing Green (Dark Green Base, Black Sponge, Gold Splash)
    • Camo Splash (Brown Base, Tan Sponge, Dark Green Sponge, Gold Splash)
    • Gray Splash (Black Base, Gray Sponge, White Splash)
    • Midnight Green (Dark Green Base, Black Sponge, White Splash)
    • Blue Splash
    • Purple Splash
    • Red Splash
    • Midnight Purple (Black Base, Purple Sponge, White Splash)
    • Old Gray Splash Need picture
    • Cobalt Blue Need picture


    Solid Colors: Early

    P.E also offered solid colors as well. We have found examples of both Green and Silver.

    Smart Parts Example:


    Smart Parts Golden Line: Circa 1994





    • Purple Base, Black Sponge, Gold Splash
    • Brown Base, Green Sponge, Gold Splash
    • Blue Base, Black Sponge, Gold Splash
    • Red Base, Black Sponge, Gold Splash
    • Pewter Base, Black Sponge, Gold Splash
    • Green Base, Black Sponge, Gold Splash


    One-Off Anodizing Patterns Circa 1998-2001
    Since P.E was a custom shop they would often let customers come up with their own ideas as well. You will see many slight variations of colors, but unfortunately we could not find the "official" name of the finish.

    • Purple Base, White Sponge, Light Blue Splash (Unofficial Name: Speedy Purple)
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    Really well done. I started with trying to find all the splash pattern made ​​a while ago. There are lots of them. Eclipse is also available with only silver and only green.
    But these are rare. One of the nicer according to me is purple black gold.
    I'll see if I can find some more information on all the splash pattern to give you a helping hand.

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    I found two different add's from smart parts splashes in my old APG magazines (only have few). Don't know how much this will help as they don't have any names for the different options, but at lest you can see some changes between the selection back in 1994 and 1997.

    1994


    1997

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    139 for a starter kit... wow

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    Laku: Thanks for posting up some pictures. This answers my question about the "one-off" anodizing patterns. It looks like in 1994 they came out with the "Golden Line." I really doubt they had names for the patterns, but it now explains this picture....



    Camo Splash Above
    Camo Golden Line Below

    I'm also putting together the differences between both the P.E splash kits and the S.P splash kits.

    Keep the info coming....

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    Here you go!




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    I asked jack wood a while back on it, nothing.

    maybe I'll try again

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    at the prices these command for used partial kits on ebay there is still a huge demand for them.

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    swe_crazy: Thanks for the pictures. I have a few more and included them in the AO archive. I put together most of the information about Planet Eclipse and Smart Parts here....

    http://www.automags.org/forums/showt...28#post2848028

    vintage: No doubt. The collectability has increase dramatically in the last few years and after drooling over pictures I now know why.....

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    Got something confirmed now thanks to one of the pictures and that is that Eclipse also sold Armson pro-dot sight with a splash.
    I thought all along that it was someone who sent an armson sight in order to get the same splash. 'm Glad I was wrong because I have one of them.




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