I had a thought last night while the blog was offline about everyone's favourite supermodel 33423 - no don't groan this is a bit different. I was wondering how a compromise could be reached that would achieve the aim of repainting her so the fact she was an X1 vehicle was obvious as she approached, yet would maintain her individual uniqueness and wow factor. And then the lightbulb flashed and I thought of the current First practice of painting the front of vehicles a certain colour while leaving the rear in First colours, like Ipswich. It's obviously popular as my recent post on the topic has nearly reached all time top 5 status (see it here), so why not do it with the X1 livery?
So I contacted the genius at Norwichbuses blog, Sam Larke who has a programme on his computer that transforms ideas to images, and this is what she could look like, Thanks, Sam, for doing it so quickly. So what do you guys think? Could it work and be a fair compromise? We have a bit of extra time due to the unfortunate incident involving 37573 and when I suggested it to Chris Speed (who was a real gent yesterday) he said he'd put it to the MD. I hope this pic will help! It's quite a nice thought to think that enthusiasts could have a say in the final design for this photogenic icon. Of course another alternative is to use 33423 for the Heritage livery and repaint a third Gemini for the X1 - Sam?
|Sam Larke's impression of what an X1 hybrid livery could look like. (c) Sam Larke|