2012年5月26日土曜日

The small partner


I built another small car as the subaru's partner.







I finished the cliff-cut mazda carol with the images of a broad speed ford anglia.





Its rear-fender looked much wider than its cabin width did,
but it's totally the same chassis as subaru does and the 
body width is also the same size as subaru does. 

2012年4月20日金曜日

Subaru is finished.


To imagine and make fantasy liveries for this Subaru, it was not only the hardest
and most difficult works in this project but also the most enjoyable part.


It was a fictitious set-up that is one of PR activities of Robin, general purpose
engine which comes from Fuji Heavy Industries as mother company of Subaru.



I made a cockpit and  twin-turbo exhaust in parallel.





The Subaru is completed by assembled all parts into one.




2012年3月17日土曜日

Subaru updated 2

To use a "slot-it" motor pod from a junk yard, I designed a sub-chassis
shown as a picture below by cutting an ABS cardboard t=2.5mm .



I designed and made a minimal chassis by using the sub-chassis and the
motor pod.






The steel pressed wheels in the plastic model kit are nice looking as it looks
like a real light vehicle with 360cc, I use wheels and tires from the kit for front.
For rear wheels, I made insertions scraping pressed wheels from the kit and
make them together with "slot-it" 312PB insertions which are scraped the
center area and become like doughnuts.

2012年3月5日月曜日

Subaru updated

After I am satisfied with the car way it’s looked, spray primer-surfacer
to the body for getting ready to paint job.



I pick up an image of a “Japanese Crane” which is a symbolic of “Japanese
traditional married couple”.

Japanese Nation Bird is Pheasant not Japanese Crane, but Japanese Cranes
mostly take action in a pair and it seems so strikingly, it is the symbol of
married couple in a very good relationship in Japan and we have a history
that it often becomes a motif of Japanese traditional art crafts and arts.



So, I made this tiny Subaru for my wife and wish it that we keep enjoying slot car 
together for a long time. 




And I’m still thinking of a good looking livery which goes with an old Subaru.


While I am thinking of it, I design a chassis.

2012年2月19日日曜日

The cheap and ugly

Subaru has only recently become famous in the WRC as Subaru WRX .

But the first Subaru was exported “360 minicar” to US in 1969.

I started a small project to convert an ARII kit into a slot car.
In the first place, I would build it straight without hesitating. Even I attached
wide fenders from the kit, I wondered something missing.



It seemed to be not enough volume under the waistline, I fixed side
sills and front lower balance.



There were some finishing images, so I didn’t make rear lower balance
at this point.