Pick Your Paint Job

The Crossover Classic’s new interior may be in its final strages at Air Mod, but now it’s time to think about the next step in this exceptional Skylane’s restoration. Very soon, Boss Aircraft Refinishers of Salisbury, North Carolina will be preparing to give the airplane a badly needed paint job.

Question is, what kind of paint job? We’re being democratic and letting you vote your preference. Among the four paint schemes presented here–all of them created by Scheme Designers of Cresskill, New York–which one is your favorite. Vote here, and we’ll move forward with the decision. After all, this will be your airplane!

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74 Responses to “Pick Your Paint Job”

  1. Mike White says:

    What make is the nosewheel faring?

  2. brandon keyser says:

    I’m not sure how much my input is going to matter here, and I hope my opinion won’t effect my chances of winning, but I think 1-3 looks to much like the catch a cardinal paint from 2007 I’m not much of a fan of 4 either, I think that its also pretty hideous but it looks the least like the 2007 paint job. I think that it is time to go back to the drawing board on this one and use a lot more imagination and creativity to make this airplane the unique bird that it deserves to be, and aopa is known for.

  3. Bill Weaver says:

    Paint scheme #3 is very well done. Nice job!

  4. Beau Chapman says:

    The selection was not the greatest. No. 1 would have been a strong consideration if the dark “city” and “tree” images had been eliminated and the darker color had sweeped up the tail. Stright lines are “old school.” You’ve had better selections in the past…and there should be at least six to choose from.

  5. Don says:

    Beautiful designs.

  6. Michael Saul says:

    # 2 would be great if it were in a Red White and Blue scheme, and # 1 is beautiful, but just too fine of a detailed look…
    # 3 and 4 are both very classy and eye-catching, but I think # 3 definitely will stand out and get attention on the ramp!

  7. I like #3 best but the N number needs to have a darker back ground like the #1 paint scheme so it shows up better.
    The N number stands out the best in the #1 paint scheme. I think that it needes this .

  8. Hillis Cunliffe says:

    How about combining #1 without the skyline and trees with the tail and cowling of #4???

  9. JimE says:

    Three by a landslide !!

    One is too radical; cant believe Two is even on the page; and Four is too old school — jmho.

    Getting ready to paint my 182 also, Paint scheme will be as close to Air Force One as I can get; It is really pretty, set it up on your computer and look. je

  10. Peter Montefusco says:

    All schemes look way too busy. Tone it down a bit. Your eyes should rest on the outline of the aircraft for its beauty, not darting around trying to find a pleasant area to focus on. Take the stars off of the tail of #2 and that would be a great start.

  11. john says:

    i like number 2 as well if you get rid of the stuff on the tail

  12. James Flack says:

    #3 is just the least objectionable. I think you should go back to the drawing board.

  13. Tom Schick says:

    I prefer green or blue instead of red.

  14. David Wilkie says:

    #2 is my pick but only because it doesn’t have the wavy line going down the side.
    Very tired of the wavy paint jobs.
    Maybe you should send out a blank 3-view for EAA members to try their hand on a paint scheme.
    #1- why is there a tree on the tail? Expecting a crash-landing in one?

  15. Jim Greene says:

    I like it!
    Please deliver my newly refinished aircraft to T41!!!!

  16. Rich Conway, A&P says:

    It was my understanding that the FAA requires that N-Numbers on all repainted aircraft be presented in a contrasting color to the main body or background color on the aircraft. It appears that all of the paint schemes, excluding Scheme 1, will have predominantly white letters on a white background with only an outline of the letters in a contrasting color. Does this meet the FAA requirement? Just curious.

  17. I wouldn`t own a plane with any of the above paint schemes,you have redefined the word AWFUL!!!

  18. robert reible says:

    Remove the graphics of the city skyline and the tree and this would jump to the top of the list. Number 2 is fine except for the stars on the tail they do not seem to add anything. Item 4 the straight lines look out of place.

  19. Mitch says:

    I like number three maybe more than 4 except that the swirly graphics conflict with the straight lines on the bottom of the plane. Try rolling the lines on the bottom paint scheme and it will come together nicer with the tail and swirly graphics. Then I would like that better than four. I like four the best as it is business liner like. simle and universal.

  20. Dave Marion says:

    Since Option 1 is the only one with a proper contrasting N-number, it is the only one that I felt I could vote for. According to the regs as I’ve always read them, a white N-number, even with a dark shadow border, does not “contrast” against a white background and is therefore not legal.

  21. D.G.Rajoo says:

    I have been dreaming of receiving the keys for one of these sweepstakes ever since I became a member of AOPA…elas!

  22. D.G.Rajoo says:

    I love the clean aerodynamic lines of the 3rd paint scheme very much…..

  23. Paul Hohensee says:

    I beleive that scheme number 3 offers a nice compromise between a traditional look and a more modern scheme.
    Paul

  24. Robert Lampkin says:

    If the winner is a Pilots annd Paws pilot, the P&P insignia on the aircraft would be a nice touch.

  25. Chase Reid says:

    WOW, #3 is fantastic!! Way better than the others, as indicated by the current voting. I hope to get a chance to see it up close and personal when it’s finished.

  26. Francisco L says:

    3 is sweeeeeet!, but 1 comes as a strong 2nd choice! good work guys

  27. John Majane says:

    No.1 and No.2 are terrible, looks like most agree.

  28. Eric says:

    My vote is for #3; it’s very sharp. #4 is nice too, but the horizontal blue stripes are a little heavy and don’t work with the yellow ribbon. #1 is just plain bizarre and #2 looks like the tail is gift-wrapped.

  29. James Unruh says:

    Scheme 2 is my favorite overall, excluding the star-tail. I’d modify the tail, something close to Scheme 4′s tail?

  30. Stuart says:

    #3 would be great if not for the tagger graffiti down the side. I personally like #2 but Im kind of old school.

  31. Dan Harrah says:

    I think number four is the least offensive. It’s obvious that they were all designed by Scheme Designers. All of their stuff is the same-frilly silly lines that look like someone put curly ribbons all over the plane. I think they destroy the aesthetics of the aircraft lines when they do this. I don’t like their stuff at all.

  32. Curtis Chapline says:

    I’ve had over forty years of experience as an artist and graphic designer. I don’t believe these four paint schemes represent what the majority of pilots would actually choose for their own aircraft. Concept number one is actually embarrassing. Also, the wild “wavy line” concept is merely a fad and doesn’t actually complement the aerodynamic shape of the aircraft. Concepts like this are just barely appropriate for boxy motor coaches, ( from which I believe the ideas emanated ). Maybe some conservative paint concepts would in order?

  33. Curtis Chapline says:

    I’ve had over forty years of experience as an artist and graphic designer. I don’t believe these four paint schemes represent what the majority of pilots would actually choose for their own aircraft. Concept number one is actually embarrassing. Also, the wild “wavy line” concept is merely a fad and doesn’t actually complement the aerodynamic shape of the aircraft. Concepts like this are just barely appropriate for boxy motor coaches, ( from which I believe the ideas emanated ). Maybe some conservative paint concepts would be in order?

  34. David LeBlanc says:

    The 182 looks awesome, as in “miracle”. Y’all done a great job. I am looking forward to seeing it at Sun & Fun. I love the 182. I flew a 182RG years ago and sure miss it.

  35. Lloyd Webb says:

    Do I get to pick my colors when I win it?

  36. Ray says:

    Please take care of my airplane while you are getting ready for me ;-)

  37. kevin says:

    Can you make it a Teal color instead of red?

  38. Joe G says:

    Lose the red

  39. Roy Hayward says:

    Only #1 makes the N number readable. I don’t like the scheme or the color. I would prefer something simple on a mainly white air craft with silver or gray trimmed in black. I am not voting for any of these paint schemes.

  40. Leo H LeBoeuf says:

    Not thrilled with any of them. All too busy

  41. Craig Parker says:

    Murals went out with mid 70′s conversion vans, so #1 & # 2 aren’t even a consideration. It was a toss up with me for #3 & #4. It looks like it’s going to be brown accented? Please don’t paint it brown. I flush brown down the toilet every day. I’d have to have it repainted if I won it. I create color for a world renown plastics company and I’ve done several thousand colors for a multitude of customers over the years and any shade of brown consists of about 1% of those color requests. Nobody wants it. Please paint it blue, red, green, or purple, not poop brown.

  42. Martin Purvinas says:

    None of the above! You certainly can come up with a better paint design. I wouldn’t want any of these on my airplane. How about some nice flowing lines.

  43. Bob Remedi says:

    Boss Aircraft refinishers have come up with 4 difficult choices. I vote for scheme #3 because visually, the design depicts a modern technologically advanced aircraft which all of the new installations represent. Scheme #1 was a close second because I often fly friends and relatives along the Chicago skyline depicted on the nose art. The tree on the vertical stabilizer represents to me the rural serenity of my youth. I would be proud to own each one.
    Best wishes. Bob

  44. Bob Remedi says:

    Scheme Designers have come up with 4 difficult choices. I vote for scheme #3 because visually, the design depicts a modern technologically advanced aircraft which all of the new installations represent. Scheme #1 was a close second because I often fly friends and relatives along the Chicago skyline depicted on the nose art. The tree on the vertical stabilizer represents to me the rural serenity of my youth. I would be proud to own each one.
    Best wishes. Bob

  45. Jim Stewart says:

    All four of the proposed paint job alternates are way too “busy” After having a few planes painted, I believe I learned one “truism”, & that is an airplane paint job ought to be kept simple, so that it complimnents the already attractive shape of the plane. Otherwise, if the paint job is too busy & “gimmicky” (i.e. with the current fad of wavy lines &/or many stripes), all that is accomplished is camouflaging the already attractive shape of the airplane, & what is unwittingly created is something akin to WW-1 “dazzle camouflage” or worse.

    Suggestion, starting with paint job option 2, get rid of all the stars & the big oval on the vert. stab, & then ad a bit of color to the tip of the vert stab similar to what option 4 has.

    Sincerely,

    Jim Stewart

    Jim Stewart

  46. Philip Smith says:

    I actually preferred the number 2 without the stars on it.

  47. John says:

    I was pleased to see after voting that there is a clear leader for the paint job design! Even though I am not legible (I live outside the US) I would like this plane to have a good looking paint scheme. Hey Tom, if you could get the rule changed on that point I would be very grateful!!

  48. Looking good! Thanks.

  49. Dave Wallace says:

    Scheme 4 is clean*nd energetic. It speaks to the classic character, the modern technology, and the power / performance.

  50. John Sudduth says:

    I like the third best. Easy to maintain and not “over the top” in terms of what will last and not be dated quickly.

  51. Leon Adelstone says:

    Although nI prefer #3; the “N” number does not show up well on any design except #1.

  52. Rita Bowman says:

    I would love #1 if it had an eagle on the tail and forget the cityscape.

  53. Eric Richter says:

    Thank you for letting the AOPA members vote on a paint scheme for the Cessna 182. This aircraft will make an excellent prize for a pilot or future pilot.

  54. Boyd Merriman says:

    I picked number one because it was unique and had artwork on it. Gives a City to Country look. But number three was so close I could have just as easily picked that one. After reviewing the results, I can see others liked it too.

    Boyd

  55. James Powell says:

    New member. Scheme 3 is oh so pretty!!

  56. Peter Garraway says:

    I thought #3 was nicer but I believe smaller aircraft should have more white therfore #4 for me

  57. m howard says:

    The colors selected could be much better. This is my opinion and I also know this is set in stone at this point buut I could not help but comment.

    Take a look at the colors most liked by people in general and go from there. At the least this would be a better approach than what I see for this nice plane.

    Unless the plane is going to be tied down on a dusty strip in the desert almost anything would be better than these colors. There are plenty of colors proving adiquate contrast to ground and sky to make this beauty stand out like a diamond.

  58. rotornut says:

    It would be more interesting to simply paint the airplane with a white base-coat, and let the winner choose the final scheme.

  59. Mark G. Keneston says:

    Great paint schemes guys and I think my favorite is #3. Looks like others feel the same. I can’t wait till it arrives @ 5B2

    Thanks
    Mark Keneston

  60. Mark Burton says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the selection of the paint scheme. All of the selections are beautiful in their own way.

    I voted for option # 4 because it looked like it would be the most visible to another aircraft. Option # 1 is probably the most unique and would have been my selection but for the fact that it was so busy it might have the effect of breaking up the outline of the airplane and thereby reducing its visibility to other airplanes. But then again maybe it would have the opposite affect when viewed against a solid color sky! Maybe I should have voted for option # 1.

    In any event thanks for the opportunity to participate.

  61. Roy Evarts says:

    All four designs are just too busy. My HawkXP has the original 1977 design, and while it is admittedly conservative I get comments on the ramp everywhere I go. The background is Vestal white with the big triangular stripe being Tropical Orange and the trim is deep brown that Cessna called bronze something (I forget now). Its a simple scheme and easy to maintain if need be!! Your designs are just way too complicated and busy!! Sorry to be negative but thats the way I look at it.

  62. Frank Baltzell says:

    I liked number one because it has a cityscape and a tree showing the two extremes of where we fly. Even if we are country boys, we need to learn how to navigate in Class B airspace! It has my vote!

  63. Joe says:

    I agree with what looks like the majority of commentors: None of the schemes are very good. I like the 2003-2006 cessna 182 paint schemes much better.

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