Art – Silodrome https://silodrome.com Gasoline Culture Sun, 21 Oct 2018 06:28:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 18077751 Tornado Fighter-Bomber Jet Engine Table by Custom Workshop https://silodrome.com/jet-engine-table/ Fri, 19 Oct 2018 05:00:58 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=84809 Tornado Fighter-Bomber Jet Engine Table by Custom Workshop

This jet engine table was built from a decommissioned Tornado Fighter-Bomber RB199 power unit by the talented team at Custom Workshop – Marek and Grzegorz. The Turbo-Union RB199 Jet Engine The Turbo-Union RB199 engine is a three-shaft turbofan engine (with afterburner) capable of 16,186 ft lbs of thrust. It has a thrust reverser, single-crystal turbine...

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Tornado Fighter-Bomber Jet Engine Table by Custom Workshop

This jet engine table was built from a decommissioned Tornado Fighter-Bomber RB199 power unit by the talented team at Custom Workshop – Marek and Grzegorz.

The Turbo-Union RB199 Jet Engine

The Turbo-Union RB199 engine is a three-shaft turbofan engine (with afterburner) capable of 16,186 ft lbs of thrust. It has a thrust reverser, single-crystal turbine blades, and a total weight of 2,390 lbs. The engine was developed jointly by MTU, Rolls-Royce, and Avio Aero, and it was first test-flown in 1972 attached to a modified Avro Vulcan.

Most commonly used on the Panavia Tornado multi-role combat aircraft, the Turbo-Union RB199 has amassed over 5 million hours of flight time, mostly with the Royal Air Force, Luftwaffe, German Navy, and the Italian Air Force.

Tornado Jet

The Custom Workshop Tornado Fighter-Bomber Jet Engine Table

The table you see here was built by hand by Marek and Grzegorz of Custom Workshop, a Polish company that specializes in the creation of some genuinely remarkable pieces of industrial design.

The table is made using multiple sections from a decommissioned Tornado engine, assembled together carefully at a height of 53 cm and a width of 100 cm, with a total weight of 75 kilograms. A tempered glass top is fitted, though you’d be reticent to put anything on it as it would block the view of the engineering within.

The price is €2,500 which actually seems pretty reasonable for a coffee table that would have been capable of Mach 2.2 in its previous life.

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Jet Engine Table

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Japanese Icons: The Incredible Art of Kenji Shibata aka Seevert Works https://silodrome.com/art-kenji-shibata-seevert-works/ Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:01:11 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=84695 Japanese Icons: The Incredible Art of Kenji Shibata aka Seevert Works

This article was written by Jenna V. Genio AKA “Dæmon Ex Machina”, a freelance writer and photographer with a love for motoring, aviation, and adventure. You can follow her on Instagram here. Meet Kenji Shibata Kenji Shibata, also known as “Kengde Seevert” of Seevert Works, is one of the world’s premier motoring artists. He was born...

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Japanese Icons: The Incredible Art of Kenji Shibata aka Seevert Works

This article was written by Jenna V. Genio AKA “Dæmon Ex Machina”, a freelance writer and photographer with a love for motoring, aviation, and adventure. You can follow her on Instagram here.

Meet Kenji Shibata

Kenji Shibata, also known as “Kengde Seevert” of Seevert Works, is one of the world’s premier motoring artists. He was born in the city of Nobeoka in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan and graduated from the Tama Art University in 1985. In 2008, Kenji went on to settle down in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture where he works full-time out of his studio creating ultra-realistic paintings of iconic motorcycles and automobiles for some of Japan’s leading brands.

Kenji Shibata aka Seevert Works

While enthusiasts explore their love and passion for motorcycles in many different ways, the Japanese painter Kenji Shibata chose to channel his appreciation for motoring into astounding artworks of historic bikes. He lays his eyes on all the actual machines he depicts, working off high-resolution images that he photographs himself. The Seevert process begins with Kenji taking a 4”x5” large format photo of a motorcycle on positive film. He scans the image, enlarges it, and then transfers it onto the canvas using expert brushwork, mostly acrylic paint, sometimes oil, and hours upon hours of effort indicative of the dedication to one’s craft which the Japanese are famous for.

Kenji Shibata captures iconic vehicles in breathtaking technical detail, painstakingly rendering every mechanical component, light and shadow caressing metal, decal, design feature, perceived transparency, and composite material with obsessive care.

Now 57 years old, he spends up to 6 hours everyday hunkered down in his studio which he describes as “the second floor of a fibre cement shack built around 50 years ago in Nagoya. No insulation on the exterior walls makes it super-hot in summer and super-cold in winter.”

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1967 Honda RA273 Formula 1 Car Rear

The Beginning of Seevert Works

“My first work in the motorcycle motif was my graduation project. I wasn’t enthusiastic about motorcycles that much back then. When I was working in the advertising department of Ajinomoto Co. after graduating from university, the company became a major sponsor of the HRC national championship team. As part of the project drafting motorcycle graphics with the marketing head, I frequently visited circuits and became interested in motorcycle racing. Since I became a freelancer, I’ve been illustrating vehicles for advertisements, magazines, and scale model packaging—all for separate contracts,” said Kenji.

In 1994, his friend introduced him to the legendary Michikiho Aika—the late pioneer, founding force, and former head of Honda’s motorcycle racing department. By then, he was the director of the Honda Collection Hall and showed an interest in Kenji’s work, asking him to start exhibiting his pieces and selling souvenir postcards at the museum.

1981 Honda RS1000

When the Honda Collection Hall moved to Twin Ring Motegi in 1998, his illustrations were used for the grand opening as well as other museum materials. This solidified Kenji Shibata’s relationship with the Japanese brand which regularly commissioned more of his work. He was even tasked with painting a portrait of Soichiro Honda.

Yamaha Motor Co. took notice and started hiring Kenji as well. He has contributed artwork to numerous official calendars and special commemorative gifts for employees and distinguished guests throughout the years, for both Honda and Yamaha. Kenji’s paintings under the name “Seevert Works” have since achieved global reach, and his prints are frequently purchased and swooned over by motoring fans from all over the world.

Kenji’s Favourite Commission

While Kenji doesn’t have a favorite motorcycle or era, he has a special penchant for road racers. Kenji says he’s willing to paint any vehicle for clients, granted that he’s able to photograph it himself for reference. “Currently, I’m mainly producing illustrations of endurance race vehicles,” said Kenji. When asked about his favorite commission so far, he cited Fiat Yamaha Team’s 2010 YZR-M1 Moto GP racer piloted by Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi. “I had spent the longest time making this.”

1974 Yamaha YZR750

“I have no favorite part of a motorcycle that I like to paint, but I don’t like to draw regularly repeated patterns like carbon fiber materials (CFRP). The CG copy-and-paste tool isn’t an option when hand drawing, and it is extremely difficult to keep doing that vegetative work.”

“As I became far-sighted, the details I could see before now become bleary, and this is why the sizes of my original drawings are enlarged. However, they take more time to complete as they get bigger. From an economic aspect, it is a negative spiral because work efficiency has gotten worse… The fun part is the process of the art gradually reaching completion over time. The hard part is the proportion to the profit. How to make more profit is a challenge.”

A Look At The Current State Of The Japanese Motorcycle Industry

During the course of our interview, Kenji had some personal insight about the state of Japanese motorcycle enthusiasm in today’s globalized context: “Lately, motorcycle makers from India and China have been notably rising and taking over higher rankings of gross annual production, while the top four makers had always been filled by Japanese manufacturers before.”

1961 Honda RC162

“Although it is a fact that these big four Japanese motorcycle makers have led the industry for a long time in both technology development, production, and sales since 1970, it seems to me that many Japanese motorcycle enthusiasts are not aware of the top quality and superior performance of the motorcycles that Japanese companies make, maybe because those high-quality bikes are around us everyday and taken for granted… With the production at overseas transplant factories continuously rising, the concept of domestically made motorcycles has already been changing, and such peculiar sense toward domestic motorcycles is probably going to change as well.”

Kenji Shibata has also painted a few cars, too—with just as much meticulousness as you’d expect from his caliber. While he loves painting vehicles and watching motorcycle races, he doesn’t actually ride that much. He currently has a 1974 Honda TL125 trials bike in the garage, but hasn’t run it in years, although he does fantasize about getting his hands on the all-new Super Cub C125.

Suffice it to say, we look forward to seeing what Kenji comes up with next. In the meantime, you can have your own little piece of Japanese motoring history in the form of one of his prints which can be ordered online through Seevert Works. Enjoy scrolling through his website, it’s a heart-tugging goldmine.

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1966 Honda S800

 

 

1967 Honda RA272 Formula 1 Car

 

1962 Honda CR110

1962 Honda CR93

Yamaha Art of Kenji Shibata aka Seevert Works

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1995 NSX Le Mans

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Re-Purposed Oil Barrel Light Fixtures by Vibrazioni Art Design https://silodrome.com/oil-barrel-light-fixtures-vibrazioni-art-design/ Wed, 17 Oct 2018 07:00:09 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=84822 Re-Purposed Oil Barrel Light Fixtures by Vibrazioni Art Design

Vibrazioni Art Design is essentially an Italian version of Daft Punk that builds custom motorcycles and homewares – all out of their workshop in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy near Bologna. The favorite canvas of the two men is oil drums, millions of which are made each year to transport oil and fuel, before being...

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Re-Purposed Oil Barrel Light Fixtures by Vibrazioni Art Design

Vibrazioni Art Design is essentially an Italian version of Daft Punk that builds custom motorcycles and homewares – all out of their workshop in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy near Bologna.

The favorite canvas of the two men is oil drums, millions of which are made each year to transport oil and fuel, before being either discarded or recycled.

These drums are typically painted with the company colors and insignia of their brand, and they’re made from steel – meaning that they’re ideal as a starting point to create other useful things like chairs, tables, light fixtures, and motorcycle fairings.

The light fixtures you see here are each made from a single barrel, cut into sections, reshaped, then joined together into a 6-sided acorn-like hanging light. Each is made largely by hand with minimal machine work in a process that the team behind V.A.D. is justifiably proud of.

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Vibrazioni Art Design Lamp Petronas

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Handmade American Walnut Porsche Writing Desk by 3 GJB 17 https://silodrome.com/porsche-desk/ Wed, 10 Oct 2018 07:00:45 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=84594 Handmade American Walnut Porsche Writing Desk by 3 GJB 17

This Porsche writing desk was handcrafted from American walnut and fitted with 100% original Arctic Silver Porsche body panels. The desk is the work of 3 GJB 17, a boutique French company that specializes in turning vintage car parts into the kind of modern furniture that industrial designers lust after. Only 3 of these desks were...

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Handmade American Walnut Porsche Writing Desk by 3 GJB 17

This Porsche writing desk was handcrafted from American walnut and fitted with 100% original Arctic Silver Porsche body panels. The desk is the work of 3 GJB 17, a boutique French company that specializes in turning vintage car parts into the kind of modern furniture that industrial designers lust after.

Only 3 of these desks were made by the team of wood and metalworkers at 3 GJB 17, each has the same basic design with some color variations. The Porsche engine compartment lid opens to expose a beautiful American walnut desk with a drawer on each side, and a pen compartment under your wrists.

Ideally suited to ownership by a Porsche owner, or aspiring owner, this desk would make an ideal location to store your 911 owner’s manuals, service books, and parts catalogues.

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Porsche Writing Desk by 3 GJB 17

Porsche Writing Desk by 3 GJB 17

Images: ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

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A Technical Drawing By Ettore Bugatti https://silodrome.com/technical-drawing-ettore-bugatti/ Mon, 20 Aug 2018 04:00:20 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=82721 A Technical Drawing By Ettore Bugatti

Ettore Bugatti was one of the early motoring world’s greatest characters, almost as famous for his gruff and oftentimes hilarious customer service as he was for his engineering genius. On dealing with a customer who was complaining about the lackluster braking performance on his new car Ettore yelled “I make my cars to go, not...

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A Technical Drawing By Ettore Bugatti

Ettore Bugatti was one of the early motoring world’s greatest characters, almost as famous for his gruff and oftentimes hilarious customer service as he was for his engineering genius.

On dealing with a customer who was complaining about the lackluster braking performance on his new car Ettore yelled “I make my cars to go, not stop!” – later he encountered a customer who was frustrated that his car had trouble starting on cold mornings, to which he quipped “Sir! If you can afford a Type 35, you can surely afford a heated garage!”

This technical drawing was penned by Bugatti himself in November 1943, just a scant 4 years before his death in 1947, and it’s now a reminder that he kept working right up until the point he couldn’t. The framed drawing was given to Hugh Conway as a gift by l’Ebé Bugatti, Ettore’s daughter, in 1966.

The similarities between Da Vinci and Bugatti have been made countless times previously so I won’t rehash them here except to note the similarity between this Bugatti drawing and the sketches of Da Vinci that pre-date it by just a few centuries.

If you’d like to read more about this piece or register to bid on it you can click here to visit the listing on Bonhams, it has an estimated hammer price of between £500 and £700.

Official Description

A Technical Drawing By Ettore Bugatti – Pencil sketch on paper, dated 5/11/43, with annotations in Bugatti’s hand-writing, 13 x 19cm, framed and glazed. This original drawing was given to Hugh Conway by l’Ebé Bugatti in 1966, there is a hand written note confirming this common mounted within the frame.

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Rear View Prints – Race Tracks Of The World https://silodrome.com/rear-view-prints-race-tracks-world/ Mon, 06 Aug 2018 02:00:07 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=81975 Rear View Prints – Race Tracks Of The World

This series of posters by Rear View Prints showcases the world’s greatest race tracks in a clean, minimalist way that makes them perfect for display on just about any wall. You can order each print in a variety of sizes, the largest being 18″ x 24″, progressing down to 11″ x 17″, then in A2,...

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Rear View Prints – Race Tracks Of The World

This series of posters by Rear View Prints showcases the world’s greatest race tracks in a clean, minimalist way that makes them perfect for display on just about any wall.

You can order each print in a variety of sizes, the largest being 18″ x 24″, progressing down to 11″ x 17″, then in A2, A3, and A4.

When ordering you can choose either no frame or you can have your print installed in a suitably minimalist black frame, with free shipping on frameless prints and free shipping on framed prints at a value of £130 or more.

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Bathurst Track Map

Goodwood Track Map

Spa Track Map

Nurburgring Track Map

Monaco Art

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The Incredible Automotive Art of Kirsten Williamson https://silodrome.com/art-kirsten-williamson/ Wed, 01 Aug 2018 04:01:14 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=81812 The Incredible Automotive Art of Kirsten Williamson

Kirsten Williamson Kirsten Williamson was already a talented artist when she happened upon a James Bond exhibition in London in 2014, as she strolled through the exhibit looking over film memorabilia, props, posters, and costumes she saw an original screen-used 007 Aston Martin DB5. Seeing a DB5 up close will stop almost anyone in their...

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The Incredible Automotive Art of Kirsten Williamson

Kirsten Williamson

Kirsten Williamson was already a talented artist when she happened upon a James Bond exhibition in London in 2014, as she strolled through the exhibit looking over film memorabilia, props, posters, and costumes she saw an original screen-used 007 Aston Martin DB5.

Seeing a DB5 up close will stop almost anyone in their tracks, but for Kirsten it changed the direction of her life. She decided she’d draw a 1:1 scale life-sized version of the car so she could forever park it in her living room.

The idea progressed to wanting to draw a car owned by a real person with a real story. Her personal style is influenced by the films, music, and culture of the 1960’s and 1970’s. With arguably more style icons than any other time period; Steve McQueen, Le Mans, the drivers of Formula 1, and the Rat Pack all became solid favourites.

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Kirsten Williamson’s Supercar Garage

Frank Sinatra’s 1969 Lamborghini Miura became the inspiration for her first piece. The Sinatra piece was so large that she went to a hardware store and bought a 7 foot wide section of plywood to use as a base – it took 5 months of pencils, paper and lots of coffee, drawing full time, to achieve a level of detail that she was happy with.

Over the years since she first saw the DB5, Kirsten has devoted thousands of hours to painstakingly creating her immersive pieces, each featuring an iconic car or a borderline sacred piece of motoring history – like James Hunt’s Formula 1 helmet.

Kirsten’s approach to drawing is clean and mechanical, as if the car is being viewed in a white-walled museum environment to ensure that nothing interferes with the vision of the car. She aspires to show that a car is as individual as its owner: the unique details, scratches and markings are what makes a particular car belong to someone. To her, that’s where the story is and what she immortalises on paper – so that it can be enjoyed in any space or place as large as life.

A 1:1 drawing can take up to 4 months, however she also produces work at smaller scales. For the first time Kirsten is offering limited edition prints of her work, she launched the new series this week (today at the time of writing), meaning it’s now affordable to own a piece of her art that took months to create, for orders of magnitude less than it would cost otherwise.

Each of Kirsten’s limited edition prints is produced by a specialist art house on 320 gsm fine art cotton paper, they can be ordered at either full scale or half scale, with the life-size Miura piece measuring in at a giant 2 meters (6′ 6″) wide by 1.13 meters (3′ 8″) high at full scale, or 1 meter by .6 of a meter at half scale. Each print is shipped rolled up in a hard tube for safety, and they each include a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

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Kirsten Williamson Lamborghini Countach

James Hunt Helmet

Kirsten Williamson Artist

Kirsten Williamson Lamborghini Miura Drawing

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Kirsten Williamson Lamborghini Miura 2

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Kirsten Williamson Art Collage

Lamborghini Miura Art

James Hunt Helmet

Kirsten Williamson

Kirsten Williamson

Kirsten Williamson Lamborghini Miura

Lamborghini Miura Art

Photography by Nathan Duff of Retromotive Magazine

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Boeing 747 Wheel Table by Plane Industries https://silodrome.com/boeing-747-wheel-table-plane-industries/ Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:00:41 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=81052 Boeing 747 Wheel Table by Plane Industries

This Boeing 747 Wheel Table by Plane Industries is more or less exactly what it says on the tin – it’s an authentic Boeing 747 alloy wheel that’s been meticulously rebuilt into what is undeniably one of the greatest coffee tables money can buy. Each wheel is sourced directly from the airline industry, wheels that...

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Boeing 747 Wheel Table by Plane Industries

This Boeing 747 Wheel Table by Plane Industries is more or less exactly what it says on the tin – it’s an authentic Boeing 747 alloy wheel that’s been meticulously rebuilt into what is undeniably one of the greatest coffee tables money can buy.

Each wheel is sourced directly from the airline industry, wheels that have spent thousands of hours in service are selected, before having their two halves separated and chemically stripped.

Once the two halves of the alloy wheel have been taken back to bare metal they’re painstakingly polished for over 100 hours to a mirror finish. The inside of the table is powder-coated black, and a 40 inch piece of toughened and polished 8mm glass sits on top.

The completed coffee table measures in at 510mm high, by 610mm wide. The glass is 1100mm in diameter, and it weighs in at 70 kilograms.

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Boeing 747 Wheel Table Plane Industries

Boeing 747 Wheel Table Plane Industries

Boeing 747 Wheel Table Plane Industries

Boeing 747 Wheel Table Plane Industries

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Original Dambusters Print – Signed by Members of the 617 Dambusters’ Squadron https://silodrome.com/original-dambusters-print/ Fri, 13 Jul 2018 07:00:56 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=81023 Original Dambusters Print – Signed by Members of the 617 Dambusters’ Squadron

The story of the Dambusters has become legendary, officially known as Operation Chastise, it was an attack on German dams using bombs that bounced across the water (like a stone skipping on a lake) until they hit the dam wall, detonated, and caused catastrophic damage. The dams were vital parts of the German war machine,...

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Original Dambusters Print – Signed by Members of the 617 Dambusters’ Squadron

The story of the Dambusters has become legendary, officially known as Operation Chastise, it was an attack on German dams using bombs that bounced across the water (like a stone skipping on a lake) until they hit the dam wall, detonated, and caused catastrophic damage.

The dams were vital parts of the German war machine, they provided hydroelectric power, drinking water, pure water for steel-making, and water for a canal transport system.

The assistant chief designer at Vickers, Barnes Wallis, had an idea to develop a cylindrical bomb that would be spun in reverse at 500 rpm and then dropped from a Lancaster bomber from a specific altitude above the water at a specific height.

If done correctly, the Dambuster bomb would bounce along the smooth surface of the water, hit the dam wall, and then drive itself down the dam wall under the water due to its rapid reverse spin. Despite the extreme difficulty of developing an all new bomb, needing to test it, and needing to have aircraft and crews assigned to it – the mission was an overwhelming success.

The print you see here is an original illustration of by Keith Broomfield of G for George, a Lancaster assigned to the 617 Dambusters’ Squadron. It’s been signed by 16 surviving squadron members as well as the Marshal of the Royal Air Force during WWII – Sir Arthur Travers Harris.

The print measures in at 37 cm x 55 cm, it’s framed and glazed, and it has a laminated certificate applied to the back of frame.

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Dambusters Print Closeup

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A Pulse-Jet Powered Scooter – Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier https://silodrome.com/pulse-jet-powered-scooter/ Wed, 11 Jul 2018 05:01:39 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=80801 A Pulse-Jet Powered Scooter – Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Introduction This is almost certainly the most detailed project we’ve ever featured on Silodrome. It includes a functioning pulse-jet powered scooter, accompanied by synthetic historic images, multiple handmade period-correct toys and kits, hand-painted posters, magazine ads, and an insignia chart – all made bespoke by Randy Regier to create the illusion that a jet-powered scooter, officially...

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A Pulse-Jet Powered Scooter – Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Introduction

This is almost certainly the most detailed project we’ve ever featured on Silodrome.

It includes a functioning pulse-jet powered scooter, accompanied by synthetic historic images, multiple handmade period-correct toys and kits, hand-painted posters, magazine ads, and an insignia chart – all made bespoke by Randy Regier to create the illusion that a jet-powered scooter, officially named the Grand Thrust Star 100, was developed during the Cold War and used extensively across the United States.

Randy discusses the project below, the attention to detail is genuinely remarkable. The Grand Thrust Star 100 and its accompanying faux historic artifacts will be on public display around the United States, and you can read more about them below.

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

The Concept

Words: Randy Regier

Images: Graham I. Haynes

Dreams Of Flight is an elaborate, multi-medium installation that proposes to tell, via a thematic historicized fictional construction – a jet powered ‘early warning’ scooter – a previously unrevealed or lesser-known chapter from the height of Cold War fears and tensions in the United States. The entire work is a fabrication of my imagination, art practice and studio industry – and some lived experience, as I was born in 1964.

When installed for public view, the work will be displayed as a recently discovered and actually realized jet-powered scooter, an early warning vehicle that was one of hundreds seemingly maintained by the US Civil Defense department and its “Revere Wardens” in the 1950s and ‘60s, though were decommissioned/ scrapped by the late 1970s.

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier Historic Images

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Synthetic photo documentation (above) that suggests that these vehicles were made in large numbers and were common to every major American city during those years.

Fabricating the Mechanical Object:

The scooter itself is a mechanical stew of found artifacts and constructed parts – as primary form it pretty much began with a pair of rear fenders from a 1950 Plymouth Business coupe that I found at a Wichita swap-meet. From there I worked forward, trial and error and finally settling up front on a vintage aircraft nosecone, then vertically with the upright fairing, née a hood from a David Bradley yard tractor. The seat base is made from the fan housing and base of an overhead projector, topped with a vintage folding “stadium seat” of the type that people take to sporting events. Front and rear spring loaded forks are most likely from an old industrial/factory cart but I really don’t know, vintage Goodyear tires and rims also a swap-meet find.

Really, too many parts and provenances to list here, but if you take the time to look this thing over my guess is you will recognize other elements and thus their origins. The engine is really the only fully scratch-built piece for this scooter. I endeavored to use almost entirely found objects, whenever and wherever possible. I just find that more challenging, and interesting.

The pulse jet engine is a genuine, operational unit scratch-built from purchased plans by my friend and master fabricator Gary Kintz. Gary and I discussed electric, gas and other motivations, but of all the possible choices for such a notional vehicle, jet power seemed the least practical and thus the most desirable, as in, spage-age overkill. You can take the artist out of the automobile industry, but you can’t take the hot-rodder out of the artist, it seems. We have test-run the engine on propane and all I can say is, that next to top fuel it’s the loudest damned thing I think I’ve ever heard. It’s awesome. To date, we’re not ridden the scooter but have intentions to do so. Or not.

Gary coined the term “imitation brakes” for my one-wheel drag-block system. It’s a very accurate description. I would argue it applies to our chain-drive steering system as well.

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Building The Back Story:

As in any robust fiction/story, a cast of supporting characters is necessary to make the narrative plausible enough to go along for the ride. Given the depth, breadth and historic realities (as much as they are known to us) of the actual Cold War, probably the biggest challenge I’ve faced with this work is narrowing the scope and focusing on a handful of supportive cast objects that are within the realm of my skill sets and relative body of knowledge/interest.

As most of my art deals with the realm of vintage toys and childhood experience, a kid’s eye view is pretty much my other wheelhouse.
To that end I created from wood a single, simplified child’s toy version of the scooter and turned it over to another colleague of mine, Sang Cho, a master model and mold- maker.

Sang created for me a gorgeous two-part silicone rubber mold that reproduces the scooter toy as a cast-plastic kit, complete with sprues and gates, it’s just fantastic – a true work of art in its own right. From one mold I can have the piece two ways: as an un-built kit packed in cellophane and in a box that evokes the realm and peak era of model kit building, or, glued up as a cheap, unpainted dime-store toy and packaged in that aesthetic. I just add color to each casting to create the piece I want.

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier Toy

For the packaging I painted (acrylic on canvas) two box art versions of this piece, one illustration of the scooter as if it were a US Army vehicle and one as a simple, unaffiliated plaything.

US Army “Meals Ready to Eat On Wheels” Jet Powered Scooter, plastic model kit by AmeriCan. Mint and unassembled in the original box (above).

Twilight Star plastic scooter toy, mint condition with original box. Red variation (below).

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier Toy

Hitch One’s Wagon to a Star:

In American popular culture, Rosie the Riveter is a well-known icon. Less known, but equally historical is the fact that the women who worked as welders on the WWII Liberty Ships called themselves “Wendy the Welder” to differentiate themselves from their aircraft building counterparts. In an effort to weave my scooter into the American cultural-historical quilt I decided to attach my notional operators to more of a Paul Revere thing, as that seemed apropos. I started by creating an advertisement ‘as if’ for a kit, for vintage motorcycle magazine:

From this idea came the ‘early warning’ notion of the vehicle’s purpose and that in turn, merged with the multiple categories of actual Department of Civil Defense wardens led to my creation of the Revere Wardens. Adding the red silhouette of a man on horseback to the blue CD circle/white triangle was a relatively easy task and that became my icon for this work and is realized as painted on the helmet and as decals on the scooter.

Revere Warden, third row from top, second from right. Others seen here are factual.

Drawing from research of Civil Defense posters of the 1950s and ‘60s I then set out to paint my own Revere Warden recruitment poster, using my scooter of course as the space-age steed of choice. As with my toy boxes, I then ran my finished painting through Photoshop to add text and produce and print an era-correct poster.

From August 25th to October 28 this work, titled “Dreams Of Flight” will be exhibited in its entirety as part of the Open Spaces Kansas City, in KC, MO.

Dreams Of Flight will be split between three venues, each location tailored to a key element of the work. The toy and model kit and discussions related to their relationship to childhood, play and related themes will be displayed at the National Toy and Miniature Museum.

At the River Market Antique Mall we will be displaying the actual scooter and a host of pertinent artifacts, found and constructed, to create the actual experience of “as if”.

Finally, at the KCAI Crossroads Gallery we will be exhibiting every facet and element of the actual back-story as to how this entire work was conceived, researched, composed and constructed. This work has been in process since 2014, as such there are literally hundreds of documents, process photos, molds for casting and all manner of support materials.

These materials, when displayed in an organized, linear manner, with didactics, will allow those of an inquisitive mindset full access to every decision, step and misstep that was made, taken and abandoned in the creation of the actual work’s entirety. In short, the installation at KCAI Crossroads will seek to answer every question any person might have as to the factuality and intentions of the work, the “is it real or is it true?” question which so frequently accompanies my constructions.

Randy Regier is represented by Jim Kempner Fine Arts of NYC

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Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

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