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Old 27-03-2012   #1
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Project Panda-looking Pandas.

Ok Gavin here we go .

With Gavins (Palio) consent this thread will chart the progress of a little project I'm carrying out for him. It's basically two matching Pandas made to look like Panda bears. These will then be used as company cars by Gavin and his business partner to also promote their new business venture.

Now Gavin is well aware that this could easily turn into being two tacky cartoon style wouldn't be seen dead in cars, so my initial brief stated that my design had to be tasteful and suggest Panda rather than be in your face. Also, there were to be certain engine and interior upgrades to make them more pleasant to live with on a regular basis.

Well I have submitted and had approved a design so it's now full steam ahead with the first car. The basis for this is the white clx I recently picked up from David (Fiat Nutter)............



Second car may be this one that I already had..............



But may not.
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Re: Project Panda-looking Pandas.

This is going to bee very interesting
Looking forward to see your work V
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Re: Project Panda-looking Pandas.

Will be watching with interest! Good luck. David
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Will be watching with interest! Good luck. David
Thanks David, it should be fun.
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2 Lovely looking Pandas!
Whats the plan then... Faux fur? Vinyl or paint?

Keep them pics coming

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Re: Project Panda-looking Pandas.

Hi. Love the idea of faux fur but it won't be going on these - have enough trouble brushing the cats & don't need a full-sized Panda to groom too....

As Vernon mentioned the project is meant to be subtle, not in your face or cartoony. It will be "hint of Panda" (I nearly said "whiff of Panda" but thought that was a bit unfortunate as a phrase ), rather than trying to look like a Panda.

Going for the less is more philosophy to start with, but more Pandaesque bits might be added if it doesn't work straight off. We're not quite sure how it will turn out, so I'm looking forward to more pics later too

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Any chance of scanning in the design Gavin, or shall we make them wait
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Re: Project Panda-looking Pandas.

Looking forward to seeing this
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I now have somewhere to refer people when they say my FIAT projects are weird.
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This doesn't get done often enough I think
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Re: Project Panda-looking Pandas.

The perfect two car garage.
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Re: Project Panda-looking Pandas.

In vmanc case, only a selection of a much bigger perfect garage/ panda collection .
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Re: Project Panda-looking Pandas.

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Any chance of scanning in the design Gavin, or shall we make them wait
Ok I give in - here's a scan of the original plan (it's large but will open eventually, if you are using a proper computer at least!). When I've got the artist to sign the original I'll sell prints

Right, don't be disappointed that it doesn't look like a furry Panda.

It's "hint of Panda" to be subtle. There may be more black added if it doesn't look right - possibly round the top of the headlights (edge of bonnet & down to the wheelarch to make a Pandaesque "eye"). Also it will have removeable magnetic adverts on the doors, so that will make it more obvious. We are considering little Panda motifs on the rear flank somewhere if it doesn't look Panda enough too. Comments welcome within reason..........

The first car is getting past the planning stage. Without spoiling Vernon's fun, we have the base car, new interior, go-faster engine, and possible wheels...........

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The first car is getting past the planning stage. Without spoiling Vernon's fun, we have the base car, new interior, go-faster engine, and possible wheels...........
A picture's worth a thousand words ...........







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Re: Project Panda-looking Pandas.

Ooo errrr...exciting stuff.
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