The Kool Kombi That Became a Logo

Kool Kombi Turned Custom Trike Dragster Turned Logo

What started out as just another custom build quickly turned into what could legitimately be deemed as a “Cool Story Bro”

It all started with this…

kool kombi bike idea - the birth of a logo

Little did I know that I was creating my own logo.

I have been in love with the Kool Kombi casting for as long as I can remember and have enjoyed recent success with it with my Kombi Kopter but there was this custom drag competition right…  you know how it is 😀

I was toying with the idea of making a bike with the Kombi on top but quickly decided it would look better as a trike – I did love the look of the rear end after all 😉 so I started playing with parts from the ‘parts bin’ to see what would work best.
I ended up going with the exhaust from a Batman/Joker T-Rod car (the ones that are bright green – well they were anyway) and then went about choosing an engine. The Mad Fast Casting offers one of the most aggressive and instantly recognisable looking engines and was the obvious choice. I then had to add another engine block from god knows what so that the Mad Fast engine would stick out of the top of the hole I had just cut in the roof of the Kool Kombi.

The Wheels, which I stole from a Jada Nissan 350Z were a perfect choice and set the tone (excuse the pun) for the final colour scheme.

Here’s a WIP showing the first mock up stage… well probably like the fifth actually LOL

Kool Kombi Trike Dragster custom hot wheels turned logo

Kool Kombi Trike WIP 4

From Concept to Custom

The hinge mechanism you see in the pics above was my attempts to create a body that would pivot forward and back. The issue I had was that the engine was so bloody big it actually caught on the back edge of the roof – so the hinge idea was scrapped.

Kool Kombi Trike Dragster custom hot wheels turned logo

You know you’re on the right track when the WIP looks this badass!

The Final Results…

…show a Kool Kombi with a simple two tone colour scheme – gunmetal grey over polished diecast. I decided not to detail the headlights because A: this is a dragster so the lights would not be operable, and B: because I liked the raw look and didn’t think it needed the details to be honest. And C: because it’s my party and I can cry if I want to!

Kool Kombi Trike Dragster custom hot wheels turned logo

Kool Kombi Trike Dragster custom hot wheels turned logo Kool Kombi Trike Dragster custom hot wheels turned logo

And the individual photos:

Kool Kombi Trike 19

Kool Kombi Trike 18

Kool Kombi Trike 15

Kool Kombi Trike 13

Kool Kombi Trike 12

Kool Kombi Trike Dragster custom hot wheels turned logo

Kool Kombi Trike Dragster custom hot wheels turned logo

Kool Kombi Trike Dragster custom hot wheels turned logo

Kool Kombi Trike Dragster custom hot wheels turned logo

Kool Kombi Trike Dragster custom hot wheels turned logo

Kool Kombi Trike Dragster custom hot wheels turned logo

Kool Kombi Trike Dragster custom hot wheels turned logo

Kool Kombi Trike Dragster custom hot wheels turned logo

Kool Kombi Trike 1

 

…And Then The Most Awesome Thing Happened!

From My Custom Hotwheels to My Custom Logo

I shared this build on Facebook after the competition was over (oh yeah, I totes won LOL) and went to sleep a contended man. When I woke the next day I was met with the most insane drawing of my custom by an incredibly talented artist – and lover of all things VW and split window related – by the name of Darrell Thompson. You can find Darrell on Instagram @Dazzlarock but if you want to see more of his awesome work or get him to draw your own personal ride (the 1:1 scale version I mean) then check out his Facebook page at Facebook.com/dazzlarock

This is the drawing that appeared in the comments thread of my post:

kool-kombi-trike-sketch-by-darrell-thompson

 

Yep, that just happened

Darrell is taking this Random Act Of Kindness (RAOK) to new levels though as he has kindly offered to sign and send the original piece to me – even though I am on the other side of the world! I love this community of diecast collectors and customizers!

As you can see from the logo at the top I have added the text and optimised the image somewhat, but for the most part the drawing that Darrell has provided is pretty much my logo through and through.

What do you think?

Do you think this Logo is as badass as I think it is? Clearly I am bias so I thought it best to check 😉 – let me know in the comments below guys.

 

 

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