Plan Your Paint Scheme The Easy Way

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The largest designer of airplane paint schemes in the U.S. is now offering a service for aircraft owners who need a little help instead of a lot. Scheme Designers has launched www.aircraftcolor.com, a Web site with a database of more than 3,000 airplane paint schemes. For $39.95, you can use the site for 30 days, saving, downloading and printing as many of the paint schemes as you would like. (You can download drawings of different types of aircraft free.) The full service, which buys you pages of paint plans down to the smallest detail, runs from $450 to $950. But Scheme Designer's CEO Craig Barnett knows that there are a number of aircraft owners who either can't or won't spend that. "This [aircraft color] is a good tool for those people who can't justify that," he said. After you choose a paint scheme you like, you can either take it to your paint shop to complete or Scheme Designs will draw up the plans for you for an extra fee. In their higher-end services, Scheme Designers is also now offering real-time online design sessions for customers. Say you've chosen a paint scheme but need it tweaked in several ways. You would log on at the same time your designer does and see the real-time changes being made to your plane's new look. "This is all we do," says Barnett. "We're a niche niche business and doing our best to stay that way." (Yes, niche niche is correct.)