And the paint job contest winner is …..

….. Paint job number three! By an overwhelming margin, with more than 1,200 votes, you chose a swoopy, white-on-red design over the other three choices. Readers’ comments were, um, interesting, as you can see by checking into your responses to our blog postings. Some of the more amusing involved the tree on the vertical stabilizer in paint concept choice #1, and the stars on the tail of #2.¬†

Since the clear winner was #3, so be it. Even though some have likened it to–of all things–a fishing lure, we’re going ahead with it. Thanks again to Scheme Designers for all their work coming up with a multitude of paint schemes, some of them wilder than you can imagine.

And just a quick note about the interior progress. Right now, Air Mod is sewing the leather seat coverings to the seat frames, installing the leather sidewalls and carpet, and embroidering the Crossover Classic logo on the front seat backs. We’re posting a couple of photos showing the quality of Air Mod’s embroidery, as well as a glimpse of the sidewalls’ red accent trim. What you can’t see, however, are the Bubinga wood inserts ¬†that will grace the side panels and armrest areas. More on that later!

  • Alex L

    The fix was already in! In my opinion, the poll was not real – as the paint scheme was already chosen. Want proof? Check out this AOPA video at the 1 min mark:

    You can clearly see plans for the paint scheme (the winning paint scheme). That video was posted to AOPA BEFORE the poll closed.

    I’m not complaining though – it’s clearly the best one!


    PS I’m sure someone will claim that it was just a placeholder paint scheme in the video or (something to that effect). My other evidence that it was rigged is how ugly the other schemes were! :)

    • Art W

      Wow – Good Catch!

    • Doug Krehbiel

      I think you are right. This is third world democracy at its best.

  • http://EAA David Wilkie

    Whoever designed these paint schemes is definitely not ‘smarter than a 5th grader’. The “swoopy” look is so outdated. Retro is in with straight lines that impart the feeling of speed. This scheme looks like it was designed while someone was in extreme turbulence. Dude- get with the times.

  • Bob Evans

    Check out my paint job. Just “google” my tailnumber (N91900), and you will see several pictures of my 1969 Cessna 182. One of them at the 2010 Airportfest in Long Beach

  • Craig Morton

    I agree with David, all these paint schemes with the swoops and ribbons are played out! In a few years all these goofy paint jobs are going to look as dated as avocado colored kitchen appliances.

    And I’m sorry, Bob. I think N91900 looked a lot better with the original paint job.

  • Bill Strawn

    No 3 was the only way to go. the others are so cluttered you lose the plane. And I not just saying this because I have a similar pattern on my recently painted ’69 182 N69UT.

  • Richard Kemp #04339160

    I have to agree with Alex L. Seems to be a lot of this kind of stuff with the “Give Aways”. i.e. turbo normalizing a plane won by someone in Denver, glass cockpit Cardinal to an instructor in glass panel instruction, Bonanza to a Doctor. Oops, guess I just lost my chance of winning.

  • Terry Ketron, CFI-I

    Yep the other three were pretty cluttered looking. This was the best scheme of the choices given. I’m not one to look a gift horse in the mouth though. If I win they can put whatever paint job they want on it. They can paint an ad for horse manure on the side if they want. I’ll still be thrilled.

  • Dennis

    What is “emroidery” anyway?

    • David Ulrich

      Probably something to do with the study of emroids.

  • Frank Sutterfield

    I agree! There has been just a few too many “coincidences” if you ask me. I don’t think the selection is random at all.

  • Rich Harrison

    I also own a ’74 C-182 in the original scheme and the same colors as the AOPA plane. 20 some years ago the paint was badly faded and the previous owner was looking high and low as to what colors and scheme to repaint in. In the end, she had the plane stripped and repainted back in the original factory colors. I do not regret that decision today, and think the scheme still looks great.

  • Amy

    I agree that the origional paint was better. I think you should’ve used the same paint design, but do it all over with new shiny pait. Now that would look NICE! The paint job makes it lose it’s Skylane look. Although, great job with it!

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    • thorne

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