Jeff, lovely work!!
I like the first one because the bottom gave better contrast. I remember flying the MK Aurora and Curare 25s on pipe. They were small and ballistic and so hard to see.
Have you seen Hanno's scheme for the bottom on the Curare/Magic? It was a simple large horizontal stripe across the wings (with some thin trim) and provided great contrast.
btw did I see HS-82MGs? For some reason I've had great luck with 85MGs but horrible luck with the 82MGs. They just don't center well for me even with perfect smooth ball linkages. They would drift off center constantly which I imagine would be annoying on the elevator of a small pattern plane. Just a heads up in case you're using them...
Can't wait to see the paint!