2011年12月2日金曜日

Fling a pair of dice

In my childhood, every boy was large-influenced by TAMIYA’s fine model kits.
I certainly was the one of them.

Those days, if you said “Porsche 934 “, it was no doubt that it meant “orange
Jagermeister car” and “green Vaillant car” for most of all Japanese boys.


Since then, they still have been my favorite pairs of porsche racing liveries.

Time flies・・・・・


As I am grown up a middle aged man, I’ve met a wonderland of slot car racing,
and sometimes want to re-paint my “Porsche 356s” which it of course comes
to my mind the orange and green cars even though the liveries don’t match the
time for 934 and 356.

Here is an original ninco porsche 356 in my stock.

Orange one is mine, 




and green one is my wife's car.



They look happy together.


2011年11月26日土曜日

Not just any treasure

When I was a newbie to slot car, I used to watch foreign websites one after another every night.
One day I hit the Mark Gussin’s page, I fell in love with his collections, especially this racing transporter.


I was searching for it for 4 years or so, finally I got this in March 2009.

I've been so lucky to have it since then and still feel happy.

2011年11月20日日曜日

A joy of little reworking

Scalextric released Ferrari 330 P4 a few years ago.
That was a very good runner even in straight condition OTB and non magnet,
also cheaper than RACER’s resin car and appropriate scale size.

At first, I sanded down tyres to make their shoulders round.
Rounded shouldered tyres showed more old fashioned appearance
and gave mild handling to cars.

Scaly P4 has one piece chassis and no rolling movement, I cut out the chassis
to let it move freely between the chassis and the body, and a little lowering down.


At last, I created headlight covers from plastic bottle.

2011年11月10日木曜日

Ideal state

Carrera had released two monumental porsche GT racers.
The old one was  RSR turbo, and the recent one was 935/78 "Moby Dick".
Both of them were inline-drive as carrera's usual standard.

They unfortunately couldn't compete with FLY RR 911 or 934, I decided
to convert their stock chassis into FLY chassis, to be how the porsche
should be.







 

They were needed a little work to be fit FLY chassis to Carrera
bodies because FLY had a shorter wheelbase than Carrera's.
Then, I gave them some adjustment on their wheel arch and
they were done! 

I have respected a character of FLY RR chassis, it is why I didn't
use Slot-it HRS universal chassis.

2011年11月9日水曜日

Lexan tinkering

A few years ago, I got a little bored of racing with stock Scalextric NASCARs,
so I modified a lexan body NASTRUCK.
I got it from www.HotLapsRacin.com known as "marair23" on eBay.

The original cars they sold were below.


They were nice cute livery RTR, but I picked a clear lexan body to
start my project.

I tried to make it something different on lexan, then I worked some
tinkering on the body here and there. Also, I used ALPS MD-5500
printer to make some water slide decals.

Here is the result.  My fantasy livery.

Front,


and back.

The chassis pan was from Scalextric camo taurus with SCX NASCAR
dodge charger axles.

I enjoyed working on this.

2011年10月31日月曜日

With passion

Strange to say, even the boiling golden era of late 80s, I did not pay attention
to the formula one. Even though I wanted to enjoy watching longer racing, it
didn't make me so because the cars were too fragile and would be out cause
of only one crush.

Those days I prefered to watch WRC. Rally cars and drivers were very tough
and never gave up to finish the line.
I was so fascinated by them that was the golden time group A and late group B
showed great performance.

But now, I simply adore F1.  Many people say the aerodynamic gadgets make
cars ugly and difficult to distinguish each car every year.

That's exactly the point why I'm attracted to the current F1 cars.

Any slot car manufactures don't release a proper styling F1 cars, so I decided
to make one at the end of 2008, Felipe Massa lost his only one chance to win
the championship.

Of course I didn't care about the loser, but I wanted to make a Ferrari.
Then I picked up a driver, Raikkonen who was known as "all or nothing".



Do you recognize the difference between 2 cars?

The back one is original scalextric and the other one is customized from it.
They are non-magnet and less lead weight. It's very fun, but extremely difficult
to drive like a razor-edge. It's just suitable for the top category of motorsport.

2011年10月30日日曜日

A lump of resin

Alfa giulia super, Highway 32 kit.
It's very heavy resin body.
It's not only beautiful but a little ugly.
It's not even a good runner.



But,・・・  I love it.

2011年10月29日土曜日

A running mate

I have nothing to do with the politics.
This is a sparring partner of the intimidator.
Same kit, same construction.




It's my wife's slot car.

2011年10月28日金曜日

The intimidator

This is an arii 1:32 bus kitbashing slot car.

The chassis was hand built from ABS cardboard and aluminum rail.


It looks a little crude, but runs great.  Non-magnet.


Racing!



We had a good time.

Good old days...

2011年10月27日木曜日

Old and New

Skyline GT-R.



The old one(KPGC10) is an Arii kitbashing 1:32 slot car.
Chassis is a hand built, plastic cardboards. 
Runs excellent without magnet.

The new(R32) is an HPI's first 1:32 RTR slot car.  It's not
a commercial car. This is one of an HPI's factory test runner.