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Ed McDonnell

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My friend just completed restoration of his 1975 Corvette. I decided to make him a pen. Having decided to do this, I was somewhat surprised to find out that Chevy changes the emblems, badges and fonts just about every model year. I couldn't take detail pictures of his car because that would have raised suspicions. It took me a while to track down the designs for 1975 on the web. I ultimately had to hand draw the textual elements because I couldn't find fonts that were close enough.

Sadly, 1975's emblem was probably the least suitable for including on a pen. But, authenticity trumps artistry so I stayed true to the model year, even if I could have made a more striking pen if I had allowed myself to take some artistic liberties.

It's a 5 color (not counting clear) cast on a Black Titanium / Platinum Elegant Button Click Sierra.

360 of the blank:

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The pen:

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On my computer, the thumbnails colors in the post look funny. Clicking or hovering shows more accurate colors. Go figure????

Ed
 
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vtgaryw

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Nicely done! I've had it on my radar to make one for myself ('91). Not nearly as cool as a '75, but still officially a classic now.

For the record, the emblem changes by what they call "generation." The '75 was a "C3", or the 3rd generation that ran from 1968 to 1982. Although, the '78 to '82 models were pretty drastically different from the earlier C3's, including dropping of the "Stringray" moniker.

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Thanks for all the comments!

Gary - They did a lot of tinkering with the emblems within generations in the earlier years. '75 and '76 are the same, but before and after not so much.

Here's some links to a visual history of corvette emblems that I found interesting:

1953 - 1976

https://www.core77.com/posts/24297/a-visual-history-of-corvette-logos-part-1-24297

1977 - 2014

https://www.core77.com/posts/24298/a-visual-history-of-corvette-logos-part-2-24298

The 1991 emblem would be much easier to implement and (in my opinion) more visually striking on a pen. The details inside the 1975 emblem are so small that I had to make the emblem on the pen bigger than I wanted to have any chance of people being able to see the details without magnification.

My friend really liked the pen and I guess that's what matters most in the end.

Ed
 

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Thanks for all the comments!

Gary - They did a lot of tinkering with the emblems within generations in the earlier years. '75 and '76 are the same, but before and after not so much.

Here's some links to a visual history of corvette emblems that I found interesting:

1953 - 1976

https://www.core77.com/posts/24297/a-visual-history-of-corvette-logos-part-1-24297

1977 - 2014

https://www.core77.com/posts/24298/a-visual-history-of-corvette-logos-part-2-24298

The 1991 emblem would be much easier to implement and (in my opinion) more visually striking on a pen. The details inside the 1975 emblem are so small that I had to make the emblem on the pen bigger than I wanted to have any chance of people being able to see the details without magnification.

My friend really liked the pen and I guess that's what matters most in the end.

Ed
Interesting stuff. I guess I was only going off of what all the "Corvette Gear" vendors sell with emblems on. I'm still going to make myself a 'Vette pen one of these days.

Thanks,

-gary
 
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