31 May 2007
26 May 2007
24 May 2007
Here's a shot of my very first car... I was dreaming of cars like the Tamiya Frog, Kyosho Tomahawk, etc. but I was 13 and couldn't afford it, so my mother bought me a Tamiya Mini-4WD Ranger (unless it was a Toyota Pickup?!), probably the first generation of mini-4WD, so popular worldwide today. I loved this little machine but I wanted a car looking more like a buggy, so I managed to transform it into a "tomahawkesque" form...
You can see I was obsessed by working suspension, a thing mini 4WD didn't have, and I even succeeded to achieve double wishbone suspension for the front hub!!! :-D The rear being a simple coil over a swinging chassis, with a scotch tape as hinge... All the hinges are in tape btw, even the front suspension! I didn't have the tools to make bolt & screw technology, so everything is made with cardboard, glue (Bison Montagekit and Superglue-3), cotton bud and Bic pen for the shock damper, some wire for the rear spring and the shock axle, and tape.
17 May 2007
For me anyway... :-D
These Option House Gold Pressure Shocks still have a huge success nowadays, and are a necessary ingredient for racing of vintage Kyosho buggies like the Optimas and the Mids.
They were available as short, medium, and large sizes.
These are actually at the origin of my recent optimania-sickness; I rediscovered them on Ebay two years ago and happened to win them.
Well,... I had 4 wonderful shocks but still... no car. :-)
So I HAD TO BUY a Turbo Optima!!!
and a Javelin... and an Optima... and a Mid... and... and... and so on, and so on...
Find them NIB on Ebay has become very difficult though. ;-)
15 May 2007
14 May 2007
10 May 2007
Well... It's a very old project but it deserved to be presented on this blog.
Two years ago, I decided to model an Optima from scratch in glorious 3D.
I began crawling thru the web looking for material. I didn't own any optima in 2005, so I modeled everything from manual's scans and pics found on Ebay... and from my own rememberings (I had a Javelin when I was 15).
The only app I was confident with was SketchUp v4 (by AtLast Software at that time but now property of Google). So I modelled everything with that pretty straight-forward yet powerful 3D soft.
7 May 2007
3 May 2007
I ordered these bodies to Keith (aka Kamtec) in december 06, just after launching this blog...
I've read lots of bad comments on forums everywhere about Kamtec's delivery speed, but I was thinking I knew how slow Keith was for making and shipping the replica bodies (I had ordered him several ones in the past), BUT this time, it was REEEEEEEEEEEEALLY SLOW (:-D)...
Keith laughed when I joked I was hoping to get the bodies within 3 months, but I was finally right ;-) and even far from reality (5 months).
I've always believed Keith would take his time but finally deliver the bodies... Nobody believed me on the forums, but, hey! The truth is that Keith always respects his orders... even when the clients have FORGOTTEN they actually ordered him anything... :-D
2 May 2007
I finally got the famous Javelin Triplé!!!
The orange rollcage NIB is very difficult to find nowadays, but what can I say about the yellow and the green ones?! They are sooooooooo rare!!!