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Old 02-13-2012, 02:35 PM
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Hey Gang, hows the building season treating you?

I purchased a Great Planes Super Decathlon 40 that has been in the hangar for a while. It needs some TLC, and some floats... I intend to strip off the covering and refurbish it. I was daydreaming of a color scheme of some shade of blue against white, using the standard Decathlon starburst pattern. And then it hit me. If I use blue won't it make it hard to see over/against the water?

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Old 02-13-2012, 02:40 PM
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I fly two blue and white waterbirds with no problems (at least as far as visibility goes (-: ).
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Old 02-13-2012, 02:51 PM
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Thanks Walt, its a load off. I was really worried I wouldn't be able to follow my daydreams. Happy flying
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Surprisingly and against all logic, light blue is one of the most visible colors. 

What you really want is a contrasting scheme so that when one shade is washed out against the background, the other is visible. 
White gets lost against any overcast. 
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Depends a lot on your flying environment...is the sun behind you, off to one side, or in front of you? What background will you be flying against? Crystal clear blue skies, clouds, snow, trees, rocks, concrete buidlings??? Most colors will silloette out under certain lighting conditions. Of all the available colors over the years, I have found that cub yellow is the best for most lighting / background conditions.....
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I thought this color would be one big pain,surprisingly I could tell contrast. Maybe the letters helped. Flew my T-craft with dark blue wings and white fuselage. Never again for the contrast where I fly. I think he yellow white star burst for the scout would be good. Defintilty different.
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