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Airplane Weathervane – Cessna Cardinal

Cessna Cardinal Weather Vane Plane


Our Cessna Cardinal Airplane Weather Vane was originally commissioned as a surprise birthday present. From photos sent to us by our customer it was personalized to match the markings of the recipients personal aircraft. This weathervane was mounted on a tree stump where it can be seen from both inside the house and while out in the garden. By applying optional gold and palladium leaf to our hand crafted, copper bodied weathervanes they can each be personalized with distinguishing characteristics, creating a sculpture piece that is one of a kind.

The version shown here was made entirely in copper, although copper, brass and nickel silver are also popular metal combinations. The price of the weathervane includes an N number of gold or palladium leafed. The propeller can either rotate or not depending on customer preference.

We are often able to reduce the design fee for our more mechanical weathervane commissions if detailed schematic drawings are available. Also helpful are photos of the actual aircraft we will be representing. If customers can provide us with detailed photos from all angles of the insignia, detailing, interiors, etc., we are then able to make personalized enhancements to their weathervane. Often overlooked when sending photos is detail of the underside of the aircraft. This is an important view when looking up at a weathervane. If actual scaled down models are available, we often find them helpful guides during the construction process.

All of our airplane weathervanes and our soaring bird weather vanes come with a standard security device. This is important because in high winds the sculpture piece itself can develop lift under the wings causing it to shimmy up the vertical installation rod! The security device allows the weather vane to turn freely in the wind but prevents it from lifting up when winds are high.

The Cessna 177 Cardinal is a light, high-wing general aviation aircraft that was intended to replace Cessna’s 172 Skyhawk. First announced in 1967, it was produced from 1968 to 1978. During this period several variations on the original design were made. Today, both the 177 and 177RG are considered desirable aircraft to own. This is mostly because of the large doors which offer easy entry, the aircraft’s reasonable performance for the power, active owners groups and the aircraft’s attractive looks. The 177 offers much better upward visibility than a 172 because of its steeply raked windshield and more aft-mounted wing. The absence of an obstructing wing support strut also makes the aircraft an excellent platform for aerial photography.