Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of custom-color gauges. For years, I resisted. I didn’t offer them, I charged tons for color changes, and I told myself that I didn’t like them. And… well… they kinda sucked. I didn’t have my technique down.
Now I got it down. And all those other excuses just evaporated. I’m really enjoying making gauges in color, and I can finally say that I’m very good at it. The quality is every bit as high as my black-face gauges.
Here are a few different Version Warbird custom orders. I realized that all of them sorta fit together, so I thought I’d put them all in a blog post together.
This was a replacement set of gauges. A customer from years back had a face start to self destruct. I made him these to replace the bad ones made out of poor materials. I change my materials pretty often and am always trying new stuff. The materials I’m using right now are incredible.
These turned out quite nice. The Warbird design really lends itself to different colors.
I’ve never received this particular request before. The custom color was to be applied to the scale instead of the face. VERY cool idea! It took a bit to find a green that was bright enough to balance between the black face and white numbers. You can see the results for yourself.
Warbird Sunk My Battleship
This order came from a Version Rossa owner. He wanted to change his look a bit and came up with this idea – Warbird in battleship grey. This color request took me a bit. There’s an amazing amount of variation in shades of grey. Battleship seems to be a bit more green than most grey. And a bit darker.
Getting to combine black numbers and white tick marks really made me smile. Black white and grey are a hard to beat combination. And something I’ve never seen done on gauges.
Warbird at Tiffany’s
Saving this one for last. The request was a set of Warbird NB gauges with a Tiffany blue tach and custom logo. Fortunately, I have a bunch of little blue boxes around the house, so matching the blue wasn’t difficult. And the results… I honestly was stunned when I got these in the cluster for pix. They turned out far better than I had dreamed. And, again, I can safely say that I’ve never seen gauges like this. They are very much one-of-a-kind.
I seriously have the best customers in the world. I couldn’t come up with half this stuff on my own. But I get these orders, get to chat with awesome people, and then make them THIS sort of thing. Life is truly good.
What next? I can’t wait to find out.