DAT MD-82 Retro livery OY-RUT

Aviation Design Studios.

OY-RUT WITH A NEW RETRO COLORSCHEME

MD-82 LIVERY DESIGN

In 2019 we worked together with the danish airline, Danish Air Transport (DAT) on a project to develop a new colorscheme for one of their McDonnell Douglas MD-82 airliners. After weeks of finalizing the concept and rivision rounds, we came up with a retro scheme. This to honor the classic MD-82, on of the very last of it’s kind in the whole of europe.

KICKING OFF OUR PORTFOLIO

This project kicked off the co-operation between Mees Jansen and Njord Zonneveld. During this project the idea of starting a fully aviation design service was born. 

THE CLASSIC SUPER80 lOOK

GOING RETRO

The MD-82, a narrowbody airliner that was developed from the DC-9 by McDonnell Douglas in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s. The DC-9 “Super80” was a common sight on many airports all over the world. Now in 2019 only a few operators remain. In 2019, after the retirement of the Meridiana MD-80 fleet, only DAT and Bulgaria Air Charter remain. This is where our inspiration for the concept came from. Going retro and focus on the legacy of this iconic airplane was the way to go. 

INSPIRED BY CLASSICS AND FUELED BY MUSIC

With 80’s playlists on, we went to the drawing table and came relatively quickly to a design. Inspired on the colors of the danish flag. We went for a livery with a classic cheatline, mask under the cockpit windows and with a black dot on the nosecone. Back in the day the MD-80 used to have the nickname “MadDog”. This originates from the way the plane looks like a dog, with the black dot on the nosecone. This look with the name MD, makes for the nickname MadDog. 

EVERYTHING COMES TOGETHER

MAKING A DESIGN, REALITY

The development of a livery takes more than just the design. We had to take into account the shapes and allignments of the real plane. Because of our wide knowlage of aviation and skills as graphic designers, we managed to recreate accurate blueprints.

VECTOR GRAPHICS FOR MASKING

In order to make details of the design a reality, we needed to deliver these details in vector files. These needed to be printed out in masks, in order to be added on to the airplane. With details we mean: Type titles (MD-82 logo), airline logo’s and the flag on the tail.

SUPERVISION AT THE PAINTSHOP

In order to make sure the design was translated to the aircraft in a correct manner, the TDA Design team went to Bournemouth UK, to the paintshop of Airbourne Colours. we supervised the whole paintprocess for DAT. The result speaks for itself. A comment by Jesper Runghol (Founder DAT) ” I think we have the most beautiful MD out there”

BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK DURING THE PAINT PROCESS

TIMELAPSE FROM THE PAINT HANGER

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