I've been working on this project for quite some time, and it's finally starting to pay off. I bought up all of the ornaments I came across, even if they were faded/cracked.
The 78-80 Calais Crest emblem is extremely rare to find in good condition. The red dye is notorious for fading to blue/green.
I have access to a machine shop CNC mill, and a student version of AutoCad 2009. Being unable to find a mint condition Calais Crest, I decided to machine my own badges for the ornaments I already have, even if they aren't 100% historically accurate because of the machines limitations.
Here's a look at what I've produced so far.
From left to right
Original badge, failed attempt #1 (melted, cut speed to high), failed #2 (line of code to pick tool up was missing), finished product.
Mock-up of the badge before I prime/paint it.
I'm going to use a silver paint pen for the lettering, metallic red foil leaf for the background, and it will be sealed with an assload
of clearcoat to prevent it from being waterlogged.
What do you guys think?
Also, if you're interested in buying a set of these, PM or email me, and we can work something out.