31 Jul 2009

A bit of admin...

Hello optimaniacs!

Nothing special today, except that I changed a bit the layout of the right column, and added tags per car "species" ;-)
It is easier to find a particular topic if you're interested by Javelins, Mids, virtual images, and so on...

15 Jul 2009

Nice Javelins shots by Sayroll

My french chap Sayroll has some of the best Javelins examples I've ever seen, and these look even better now that a pro photographer gave a shooting on his best ones. The genuine, red and gold in black are among my favourites.
More on the new Javelins SIG on TC

12 Jul 2009

Optima, Gas powered on Yahoo Japan

It's a collector's item! the unique gas powered Optima I've ever seen!
The auction ends in less than 5 hours on Yahoo Japan.
The car was published in a japanese RC magazine in 1985, along with a AYK Sidewinder or a Buffalo (Bobcat?), also converted to gas engine.
The upper plate and main chassis are FRP custom made. It's a pity the scans are so low quality.
If you want to see the auction
Photographs by Sandaypost

9 Jul 2009

All NIB (new in box)!!!

Darryn from RetroRC is a lucky passionate collector. I never , never, have seen a collection like his! Optima, Javelin, Optima pro, Optima gold, Turbo Op, Salute blue, Salute yellow, Op Mid, Turbo Op Mid, Turbo Op Mid SE, Turbo Op Mid SP, Op Mid Custom and Op Mid Custom SP! Interestingly enough, Darryn noticed that according to the product ref number, the Optima Pro came before the Javelin! Besides, you can see that only the Turbo Op Mid SP has a taller box (the third from the right on the pic below), probably to accomodate the 8 tires provided in the kit...?
Congrats, Darryn! ;-)
More infos here
Photographs by Darryn

8 Jul 2009

Tribute to Marwan; Mid Custom SP

Here's my tribute to Marwan's repro part one:
Finally I've decided to be a man and to finish these restoration work by painting the bodies.
My first attempt was a turbo optima that I still have to show here, but in the meantime I've succeeded in finishing my very first Optima Mid Custom special (what an endless name) design.
As you perhaps know, it's not my favourite body design amidst optima shells (I even doubt Kogawa has ever been involved in this one?) but for a long time I've been trying to imagine how to modify the original paintscheme to better underline the futuristic bodyshape.
The first thing that I didn't like was the designline of the cockpit. Its proportion looked too small for the width of the body. So my first source of inspiration were the cockpit of similarly shaped airplanes like the F14 Tomcat, F15 Eagle, Mig 27, Spitfire, P-51D Mustang, Supersabre, Panavia Tornado, Gloster Meteor, T-33 Shootingstar, A-7 Crusader, etc. My main concern was to draw a new designline to change the perception of the proportions. Then came the small linework to give more detailing to fake the "metalplates" (minus the rivets). I used Kyosho Micron linetapes (0,4 and 1mm). This is time-consuming; with very thin lines it's very difficult to reproduce straight lines on a curved body (not to mention curved lines on curved bodies). And finally some air intake were gimmickly placed at the nose (I wasn't totally convinced by the angular design of the nose, so I decided to use the angles to express a kind of F86 Sabre-like nose), at the side wings, and at the rear top (which was obvious) to complete the airplane inspired look.
When I had finished smoking the cockpit glass I suddenly realized it resembled to the Avante design (somewhat) but I don't mind... ^_^
Thanks again Marwan for your beautiful repros (body + decals)

7 Jul 2009

3D OPTIMA MID: update

Finally I spent some time to update my old 3D model of the Turbo Optima Mid;
OT-102 belt cover and OT-99 wing stay.