20 Oct 2009


TamiyaClub 's Freyahel has a beautiful white rollcage Javelin as you can see here.
This has given me the envy of rendering my 3D Javelin with ivory color...
It's been a while that this frontal shot of the dimly lit Javelin was in my head and I never saw it on the web, so I decided it was about time to do it.
I like it very much!

Okay, snobbers will say that 212 is for the Salute and the correct Javelin number is 209. ;-)

19 Oct 2009

Tribute to Marwan 5: Turbo Rocky

Hello fellow optimaniacs!
It's been a while :D This is my new paintjob, a Turbo Rocky!
Needless to say, this was not my favourite Kyosho body. Those who know the box art body perhaps feel (like me) that the Turbo Rocky is (arguably) one of the ugliest Kyosho body design.
Of course one can argue that this caterpillar look is fantastic, but the general consensus is that it was a design fail (I think Kogawa didn't design this one but I can be wrong)...

But it actually is one of my favourite chassis! the original Rocky wasn't very sexy (lot of plastic, few metal parts) but it was a cheap car targeted to 4WD beginners. The turbo Rocky has a slick and very original metal chassis (double deck), 4 wheels independent platinum oil shocks, stabilizers front and rear. Basically, one can affirm that the car was aimed to fight the Tamiya Bigwig, both supporting 8.4V batteries.

Why a Rocky on an Optima blog? ;-)
Because after all the Rockies were the optima's little brothers, so the general characteristics are quite similar (chain drive, double wishbone long arms suspension, etc.) BUT the rockies are midship, and prefigure the trends which will affect optimas with the mid series (the chain will be replaced by belts of course).

This Turbo Rocky is fitted with Tamiya Oval block Supergripper tires, on chrome Kyosho low profile wheels. I also swapped the dual front oil shock layout with the original Rocky monoshock one, and changed the rear oil shock geometry in favor of the original rocky one, too.

I was not fond of the turbo rocky suspension layout and choose to prefer the original one.
Again, a question of personal taste, because I guess for running the Turbo Rocky layout is much better. Motor is a LeMans 240SB, and the battery is a Kyosho 8.4V (genuine, bought from Marwan if I remember well). I also decided to trim the sides of the body to get a slimmer look to the car. The foglights and the (happy) driver are from Tamiya's (again) Z parts tree.

And I LOVE the look of the aluminium special sprocket! :D

The body is of course a repro by Marwan (as well as the decals).

I forgot to present the superb chassis :