I have been pondering the color scheme since I bought the kit. I decided against the tiger stripe scheme that I originally thought of. For this size rocket, I saw hand painted stripes going horribly wrong. Although the recommended scheme looks fine, I confirmed on TRF that the roll pattern decals are not provided. I'm not that keen on them for a sport rocket (vs. a scale or semi-scale rocket) anyway. Yet, had they been included I may have succumbed. This weekend I saw a rocket with some cool holographic decals and decided to give them a try. I was by a local art store and found 6" x 8" sheets on clearance. I got a really cool sheet with iridescent, square patterns for the payload and some reddish/orange lines for the fins. I wouldn't have picked the latter but my wife liked them. Good enough for me! I guess Apogee's latest video is quite timely - Applying Pressure Sensitive Decals to Model Rockets. From the transition up, it will be gloss black. That should highlight the decal nicely. I am painting the lower section gloss white for now. I think I'll cur the fin decals and see what I think about the white background. I might yet paint the fin section another color.