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  1. Daniel L

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    Hey folks, I bought this and would like input for those who may point me to a document. For the 1970s, I'm looking for presales options cessna had for the interior of the planes. When I build the model, I want to paint the interior to reflect what they originally appeared as. The instructions recommend black.

    Sorry for the clickbait. hehehe[​IMG]

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    Red, mustard yellow, or Baby Blue.
     
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    Ick. Maybe i should say its a 90s model since its not specified on the box.

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    Welcome to airplane (sorta) ownership!
     
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    Lol. Thanks. My forth Cessna model.

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    brown. That tail number is a 1975
     
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    The tail number represents the model and model brand. N172MC 172 for the plane and mc for minicraft

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    I like all three together. ;)

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    Well yes this actually looks really nice but... im thinking of mustard yellow fabric seats from the 70s.

    Like pink counter tops with gold sparkles in a house. Or orange lino with brown cabinets. Ick. 1970s... ick.

    I was born in 74.

    Anyone have an idea what interior color options cessna had in the 90s?

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    Yeah, what ktup said. It’s a real 1975 Cessna 172M. With that being said, the colors I mentioned above (Red, Baby Crap Yellow and Baby Blue) would be fitting colors for the interior.
     
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    I bought and built that model to use for demonstration purposes when working on my CFI.
     
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    You rang?
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    As it happens, I have that exact same kit, sitting in the closet waiting for the day when I have some time for it. :D

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    Hideous boxtop art and funky decals notwithstanding, the kit is a fairly good reproduction of the 1972 C-172L. It has the tubular main gear (1971-present), the long dorsal fin (1972-present) and the horizontal ridges at the top of the vertical tail (1969-75). Though the boxtop art shows the current style wheel fairings (1974-present), the ones in the kit are clearly the older boat-like style that was only on the 1971 through 1973 models. Finally, the wings do not have the "Camber-Lift" leading edge that appeared on the 1973 C-172M. By process of elimination, only the 1972 model 172L fits.

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    Dig those white sidewall tires! :rolleyes:

    Here's the 1972 interior:
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    According to the brochure, the standard 1972 interior was offered in four colors: "Cyprus Green, Tahitian Red, Java Gold and Bogota Blue." Leather seats were available in "Ebony, Cloud Gray and Tahitian Red."

    (Note the optional flexible boom mic — this was in the days before headsets were common in this class of airplane. I bet that boom mic was a barrel of laughs in turbulence.)

    The boxtop art and decals in this kit depict a 172 with the paint scheme of a 2004 C-182T. Many years ago this same kit was sold with box art that depicted the correct 1972 172L paint scheme. But that complicated original design would be hard to render well on a small model like this, so I think that when I get around to building mine, I'll cheat a little and paint it as a 1977 C-172N, which has a much simpler design:

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    I flew a '75 182 that had brown and orange colors in the inside.......
     
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    My ‘78 Skyhawk came from the factory with pecan brown and orange exterior, and Cessna's elegant and tasteful "Screaming Yellow" interior motif.

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    The upholstery in it now is a more muted beige, but the yellow plastic subpanel remains as a souvenir. :confused:
     
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    It's like being the yolk in a flying egg. :D

    I think 1978 was about the absolute peak in GA aircraft production numbers.
    Do you think if manufacturers again offered that jazzy paint and interiors it might revive interest in GA? :p
    Just askin' ;)
     
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    What a response. I love you man.

    Your model is light grey and mine is white. I didnt want to appear argumentative over the tail number coincidentally matching an actual plane. Minicraft explained what the number meant on the amazon sale page.

    Anyway, thanks for your tedious response. I will paint the interior based on the leather seat colors. Just haven't decided which.[​IMG]

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    Im going the cloud grey for the seats. What would you recommend for the carpet? Matching?

    The engine will be painted dark grey and the pistons will be fire engine red.

    I plan on filling the engine with some hot glue to give it some weight so it doesnt seasaw to the tail.

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    Pilawt, you are a gold mine of great information! Damn. How do you do it?
     
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    Just a few old books laying around ...

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    Sure. Maybe they can get this lady from the '78 Cardinal brochure to come back and pose for more photos. She probably isn't too busy at the old folks' home.

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    In 1972 I think the carpet matched the sidewalls and lower panel fascia, which would have been in one of the four standard interior colors.

    Here are the exterior combinations for 1972. Base model 172s were one major color over bare aluminum or (optional) white; Skyhawks were overall white with a major color and and accent color.

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    Minicraft has other 1:48 scale light aircraft kits. They vary in quality widely.

    The Beech V35B Bonanza is a pretty accurate kit, though the finished product looks a little chunky in places.

    The Cessna 150 is an odd one. The parts are molded very accurately, but they're for different versions of the 150. The landing gear and dorsal fin are 1971 or later; cowl is 1970 or earlier; and prop spinner and wingtips are 1963-65. Go figure. There are problems with parts not fitting well, too.

    The Cherokee 140 looks like it was molded by somebody who once had someone describe to him what a Cherokee looked like. Through an interpreter. It's terrible.
     
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    I'd really like to do a 310 or 320 twin cessna. I haven't found any with my limited searching thus far.

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    i'd like to get a 3d printer and skip the whole kit thing.

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    I about spit out my coffee, and you didn’t even know you did it. You posted about the lady model and then nonchalantly followed up with a post about whether the carpet matched the curtains... LOL.

    Dying here, man... LOL. You’re killing me... ;)
     
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    ... Moi ... ?

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    dude bro. lol dude bro.

    i like you already.

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