Red Barchetta (1/25 scale model)
There might be some ideas somewhere that we didn't explore, but of the ones mentioned, the only one that appealed to me (as a builder) was "illustrating" the song –or elements thereof– "Red Barchetta" from their album Moving Pictures.
And, most appealing to me, it would involve building a barn.
This is only my second automobile model (the first being the Puppet Wagon) and my first sports car and I was a little intimidated by it, knowing the car had to be "as good as new" like the song says, so there would be little room for mistakes or too many imperfections. Good practice for me, at any rate, seeing as I've only just returned to modelling after a 15-year hiatus.
I weathered the tires a bit with some flat Tamiya acrylic (Buff) to simulate country dust. Even though the protagonist's uncle keeps it "as new" through maintenance and cleaning (presumably), being on a farm, there would be dust kicking around, especially on the tires and inside the wheel wells.
Although sportscars aren't super interesting to me (like I said, I prefer car aesthetics along the lines of these), I do appreciate the sleekness of this design and I had a lot of fun building the main element of my Red Barchetta diorama.
I used a simple point-and-shoot (inspired by Michael Paul Smith) to get this shot on the fire brick remains of our former wood oven. It's semi-convincing, except for the car's shadow, which ends abruptly at the end of the bricks –which would look like a driveway, and a bit more realistic, otherwise.