July 23, 2015

the air-plane | machine

In February 2o15 I finished another Science Fiction project.
It has been long time since I have such a project in my mind. I saw somewhere on the net a “thing” like this. Instantly I knew that I’ll make something like this, one day. And the day  when I bought a Mustang P51 1:48th scale made by ICM, arrived.
Not a very accurate reproduction for a good aircraft model, but good enough for my project.
What we are talking about…finally? I call it “the air-plane machine”. It is a wheeled vehicle, made by modifying an… air-plane.
I have imagined this as a land speed record car.
I tried to imagine a mechanical system to get the movement from the propeller shaft to the differential of the front axle.
The most of parts used are from my spare part box. In the photo below you can see, for example, what I used for completing the front end:
But let’s start from the beginning. First of all, the concept studied in several sketches for finding the perfect proportions of the future car:
Second: rear wheel mounting system
The Model Kit made by ICM, is reasonably good made, some spicy details are figurate in the cockpit. Some paint and some dry brushing made the details to get out, for the pleasure of the viewer:
Broken wings, but this time with a positive meaning
Painting the cammo:
And the finished model:
Soon, I hope, some outdoor photo session is scheduled for completing the presentation.
I’ll keep you informed!

July 09, 2015

corrado | deep rims low stance

The Volkswagen Corrado was developed by the Volkswagen and built at the Karmann factory in Osnabruck, Germany. It was designed by Herbert Schäfer and was produced 97,521 units between 1 September 1988 and 31 July 1995.
Corrado is a three-door hatchback with a 2+2 seating layout. The car's floor-plan is based on the Golf/Jetta MK2 Platform and, with the exception of VR6 models, all versions use the subframes, suspension, steering and braking components from the A2 (Golf/Jetta Mk2) model range. The VR6 uses suspension components from the A3 model range (Golf/Jetta Mk3), including the rear axle assembly and some parts of the A3's 'plus' type front axle assembly. The subsequent wider front wheel-track of the Corrado VR6 necessitated the fitting of new front wings with wider wheel arches and liners along with a new front bumper assembly. Together with a new raised-style bonnet to accommodate the VR6 engine, these body improvements were carried across the model range. 
The top model was equipped with the 12-valve VR6 engine which came with 2.9 liter and 192 bhp (143 kW; 195 PS) for the Europe (2.8 liter for US and Canada). With the introduction of the VR6 engine, the G60 engine disappeared from the North American market after 1992 and European market in 1993. The VR6 engine provided a compromise between both V-shaped and straight engines by placing the two cylinder banks at an angle of 15° with a single cylinder head. This design allows to fit a six cylinder engine into the same space that was occupied by four cylinder engines, while closely approaching the smoothness of a straight-six design.
But I wrote enough.
Enjoy the ride.