For the loyal straight tail 172 owners out there, here is my 57 restoration in progress.

 

 

10/30/03

Here is a photo documentary of original 172 straight tail paint schemes from 1956-1959. I put this together to help understand the original color schemes for my 57. Much thanks to Stan Cooper for his collection of Cessna factory brochures.

 

This is a scan from the Cessna brochure of a 1956 172. 56 factory accent colors were Scandia Blue (shown in attached scan), Cardinal Red, Burma Gold, and Strato Blue.

Photo 1: 1956 Cessna 172 brochure


Here is a modified version of the original scheme in photo 1 using later Cessna colors with the entire aircraft being covered with white. N5148A is registered as a 1956. I took this photo at Oshkosh 2003.

Photo 2: 1956 172 with modified version of original scheme

 

This is a scan from the Cessna brochure of a 1957 172. '57 factory accent colors were Strato Blue (shown in the brochure), Cardinal Red, and Persian Maroon.

Photo 3: 1957 Cessna 172 brochure

 

N7252A is a nice example of a restored 1957 172 owned by Jim Landers. It is registered as a 1956 model but actually a 1957 model. It has an original paint scheme with polished aluminum.

Photo 4: Jim Landers 57 172 polished

 

Another view of Jim Landers polished 57 172.

Photo 5: Jim Landers polished 57' front

This is a scan from the Cessna brochure of a 1958 172.

Photo 6: 1958 Cessna 172 brochure


Here is a modified version of a 58 color scheme using full coverage paint. I took this photo at Oshkosh 2003.

Photo 7: Modified 58 paint scheme

 

This is a scan from the Cessna brochure of a 1959 172. 59 factory accent colors were Crimson Red, Colonial Blue, Mahogany Brown, Paris Black, Danmask Red, Forest Green and Terra Cotta Brown.

Photo 8: 1959 Cessna 172 brochure

 

Here is a beautifully restored original 59 owned by Lee OFarrell. This green was an original Cessna color in 59.

Photo 9: Lee OFarrell's 1959 172

 

 

9/15/03

Photo of the pilots rear door frame untouched from original state.

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Photo of the pilots rear door frame after paint.

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9/15/03

Photo of the interior fuselage area pretty much untouched from original state.

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Photo of the interior fuselage after corrosion removal, paint stripping and insulation removal and insulation adhesive.

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Photo of the interior fuselage area after primer and paint.

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9/15/03

Photo of the panel area pretty much untouched from original state.

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Photo of panel area after corrosion removal, paint stripping and insulation removal.

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Photo of panel area after primer and paint. Original interior off white (egg shell?) over self etch primer. Test fit of powder coated pedals, flap lever, trim housing, etc.

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9/15/03

Photos of interior being painted.

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