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Hot Rod Chevette Part 2: Elements

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For the build log of the Hot Rod Chevette itself, CLICK HERE . This post will cover the development of that car's engine and the old neon radio station sign. That folded blue paper thing is the "blueprint" of a subdivision that appears on the back of Rush's Signals record. THE BIG, NOISY ENGINE I explained the reasons for making a Chevette with a big, noisy engine in my Hot Rod post, so we'll just cut to the chase, here... Twin-engine power house. My first idea was to have two engines in the Chevette, so for inspiration I started looking around at actual hot rods to see how things are done at 1:1 scale. We have a couple of books on Big Daddy Roth and his amazing custom vehicles (he's a great pinstriper, too!), and I eventually came across his Mysterion which had two engines. Rather than scrapping my idea ('cause it's been done!) I studied the Mysterion to see how I could make my 1/25 scale model look plausible. Big Daddy Roth

Hot Rod Chevette (1/25 scale), Part 1

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Hot Rod Chevette with Sign 1/25 scale model, mixed media, 2019 I talk about building the engine and the old JUNK neon sign in PART TWO . My dear friend, Tony, is turning 50 this year and I wanted to commemorate the event with a personal gift, something that he (and maybe two or three other people in our lives) would understand and appreciate to its fullest. I know him well enough and have known him long enough that I knew I'd think of something from our shared past that I could build as a scale model. Long story short: as teenagers, from the mid-to-late-'80s, a handful of my friends and I pretended to have a "radio show" and we would record ourselves playing a multitude of characters in ridiculous scenarios (and we improvised 98% of everything). One of those characters (Ed Jones, not played by Tony) had a Chevette that sounded like it had a jet engine...for some reason. The reason it was a Chevette, however, was because Tony had one in real life