Hartbrights recreate vintage fairground piece for Revolution Bars
It’s not often we’re asked to recreate a piece of vintage fairground ride equipment (ok, by not often we mean never!) but when our long standing client Revolution Bars asked us to do just that we jumped at the chance.
Revolution Bars’ development manager Paul Thompson spotted the 1940s motorbike on eBay and immediately wanted it to create a ‘selfie stand’ in one of Revolution’s bars. The trouble was, Paul liked it so much he wanted more for other bars – and it’s not like these vintage pieces are readily available. So he turned to us to help out and this is how we faithfully recreated this classic piece.
To start with, Revolution wanted to retain the vintage ‘worn’ look, which meant we couldn’t just craft a bike in a similar fashion – it had to match exactly.
Having shipped the original vintage motorbike to the our workshop we proceeded to photograph it from every angle and import the files into our design software.
From the images we extracted the various textures and colours in order to recreate them.
The overall shape and size of the bike was calculated and we selected various elements such as the exhaust and mudguards to recreate separately using a variety of materials.
As you will see from the gallery below, the bike was expertly crafted, painted and pieced together.
Once all the elements were manufactured they were glued and screwed together and various techniques used to ensure the vintage look was as close to the original bike as possible.
The finished bike was then mounted at the same angle as the original on a steel frame, shipped almost immediately to Revolution at Liverpool’s Albert Dock and installed underneath one of our illuminated signs. The spot for customers to take selfies is complete and judging by the pic below, they’re happy with the results!
Watch this space for more weird and wonderful stuff coming up on behalf of Revolution Bars!