Ruag, Happy Design Team on 'Carboneum' Paint Scheme for Global

 - July 13, 2017, 11:29 AM
Happy Design Studios and Ruag teamed to repainted SBK Holding’s Bombardier Global Express XRS with a “Carboneum” design with "hand-painted, precise customization graphics highlighting the intricate patterns found in high performance, fiber-reinforced technology materials, such as carbon and honeycomb structures." (Photo: Ruag)

Ruag’s aircraft painting facility in Munich recently repainted SBK Holding’s Bombardier Global Express XRS with a unique “Carboneum” scheme created by Strasbourg, France-based Happy Design Studios. According to Happy Designs owner Didier Wolff, “Carboneum is designed with race and power spirit and is enhanced with honeycomb patterns. The engines show elegance and technology and the overall Ferrari gray color adds a touch of supremacy to the flight experience.”

The Ruag shop optimized the downtime for the repainting job by including a 15-month inspection. SBK Holding chose a full repaint of its eight-year-old aircraft “to express its own dynamic and innovative image.” Ruag’s aircraft painting specialists, in coordination with Happy Design, reproduced a series of “hand-painted, precise customization graphics highlighting the intricate patterns found in high performance, fiber-reinforced technology materials, such as carbon and honeycomb structures.”

Reproducing the design required the digital creation of “extraordinarily detailed” templates for the honeycomb effect on the engine surfaces, the precise blending of nearly 40 gallons/150 liters of the specially mixed, dark gray mica-metallic paint and the hand-painting of the woven pattern on the vertical stabilizer. Despite this, the project was completed within the designated time frame, Ruag said.

Ruag Aviation’s craftsmanship and painstaking attention to every last detail allowed it to accurately reproduce my design, especially the intricate honeycomb effect on the engines and the carbon fiber weave pattern on the tail,” said Wolff. “Hand painting this particular detail, while time intensive, ideally captures the innovative beauty of the design, as well as ensures improved durability, over and above the preprinted adhesive foils generally used within the industry.”