|Nice work, huh?|
The original design is not too bad, however I feel that the original designer and the guy that was infatuated with roof coat tar are not the same guy. The guy that fabricated the framework did a pretty good job. The roof seal is another story.
|Let's add some happy trees to that rock guard........shall we?|
|Hey Pops, here comes that crazy travel trailer guy again...|
How's that for a history lesson? I always did so good in school, the teacher gave me a special chair and a special hat. None of the other kids got one. She must have recognized the high IQ.
So, I proceed to tell Brian about my 66"x 26" blank canvas, also known as a rock guard. I could have just painted the rock guard silver and it would have just blended in and you would have never paid much attention to it, but I can't just leave that alone.
I had a picture in my mind that would help tie all of the late 50's- early 60's space race vibe together. I pictured a cartoon rocket ship with a 50's sort of "Stardust" type of font for the name.
I had originally thought about free handing it and airbrushing the background, but that was way too labor intensive and I am not that talented. I called Brian and asked him how hard it was to do vinyl wraps. He said that he had a friend that was also a screen printer that had a large vinyl machine and it would be a nothing deal. The hardest part would be the art. So, I started searching the web for examples of clip art etc. Once the art was found, I sent it all to Brian and over a few weeks, we hashed out what we needed. Once the design was finalized we sent it to his printer friend.
Anyway, I decided to add some stiffeners to the back of the fiberglass using countersunk rivets.