One-Week Wonder Airplane Set to Receive Professional Paint Job

Project demonstrated the craft of aircraft building.

The paint scheme selected from the Sherwin-Willams poll will be on display when the airplane travels around the U.S.Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings

This year’s AirVenture One Week Wonder, a Vans RV 12iS, took to the skies on July 30 from Wittman Regional Airport, following just a week of construction inside a prominent building at the show. The EAA project fulfilled its mission to show visitors the process of aircraft construction up close.

Now, the finishing touches to the new airplane, N2018, have been announced with the selection of a new paint scheme provided by Sherwin-Williams Aerospace in collaboration with Scheme Designers, Inc. Additional donations to create the finished RV12iS included an engine from Rotax, avionics from Garmin, an avionics panel from SteinAir, Inc. and pins from Aircraft Spruce given out to people who pulled a rivet as part of the project.

The final paint scheme was chosen from the thousands of entries received during the Sherwin-Williams Pick the Paint poll at Oshkosh. In all, more than 3,000 aviation enthusiasts cast their votes online prior to AirVenture and in-person at the show for their preference of color schemes. Three finalist paint scheme designs were created by Scheme Designers, Inc. with paints donated from Sherwin-Williams Aerospace. The winning design gathered 41 percent of votes cast.

The new color scheme includes colors Snow White, Indian Silver Pearl, Azure Sapphire Pearl, and Cobalt Blue Metallic and will include Sherwin-Williams’ SKYscapes and General Aviation Basecoat and Clearcoat.

Rose Aircraft Services, Inc. General Aviation Solutions is scheduled to paint the aircraft mid-September. Once the paint's dry, the RV12iS heads out to visit EAA chapters around the country. For those new to homebuilts, here's a two-seat RV12 in action.