Thanks Vonrd! I'll definitely try your "chipping" style.
I like putting the hours into these skins. Still learning the tolerance with the black background. I was painting the Albatross D.Va and noticed that one of the Jasta 43 planes had been painted with large green stripes. I opened it in Photoshop and it looked like they just applied an overlay even on the black. I then ran and tried that and sure enough the mipmaps were ruined and the skin was broken. So the Albatross D.Va is definitely going to take a little longer. I am working on putting an edelweiss on the fuselage and it keeps getting clipped. So I'll continue to rework it until I get it right.
Also could you guys give me your best educated guess on the color of the band? I'm guessing it's either red or blue, however looking at the other Albatross D.Va and D.III of Kempf's it might be black.
Actually this brings me to another topic, are any of you guys good at judging the colors of these black and white photos? In Rise of Flight, the Albatross D.III for Fritz Kempf for example is black with the white stripe. Which what I imaged, however I have now been seeing a few photos suggesting red. I remember reading long ago that reds and blues can be mistaken fro black, and that black tends to look lighter in these old photos. You guys have any thoughts on this?