Archive for March, 2010

American Steel in Japan, it must look a monster on the roads compared to the Japanese cars of the era.


Doing a bit of browsing this afternoon I stumbled across this painting place in Osaka, Japan.  They have a blog that shows some of their skills off as well as photographs from shows and the like, I would suggest you check it out.  Even if you can’t read Japanese, clicking the links is pretty simple stuff.




Retro RC

March 19, 2010

RC standing for Radio-Controlled, in this instance.  Many Japanese classic enthusiasts will have come across the ABCHobby range of RC Shells.  Well, it seems that HPI is joining the game and providing some scale classics shells of their own.

You can scope them out in more detail by clicking the picture, and if you’re unfamiliar with the ABCHobby gear, you can check them out here;


The age-old question: pre-facelift DR30, or iron mask, which do you like better? Michael likes the uglyfronts:


Whilst I prefer the squinty Darth Vader-esque evilness of the facelift:

Or no grille?

Amazingly, I still meet people who can’t tell the difference between the two!

Images courtesy of Minkara/Carview

Ain’t nothing worse than driving around with a mismatched interior. Well, to me anyway.

Couple of years back I chanced upon some tidy interior trim and seats out of a BFMR Familia which some guy had decided to convert into a rally car some time ago, and said interior was subsequently stored away for safekeeping/reinstalling one day. As it so happened, the rally car was written off and the trim sat in his garage for a few more years until one day he decided to move house and found it all under a sheet while getting ready to shift things. It also turned out to be the ultra-rare “wind-up window door card” version, so I pretty much bought it all on the spot.

there was one slight problem though: no front seats. “Not a problem,” I thought to myself, “I’ll soon be able to find a decent pair on Trademe…”

That was four years ago, and I’ve been looking for those elusive front seats ever since… until this week, when I finally tracked down a pair via the AMAZD club. Cheers Dee (and Ross)

as a stop-gap solution I’d purchased a pair of BFMP Familia bucket seats, which are identical in design save for the trim pattern and the way they mount to the rails (they’re for a FWD chassis, and mine is 4WD). The big drawback of the latter is that the driver’s seat ends up on a massive lean, and no amount of spacing will actually balance it out completely.

this is actually my 2nd pair – the first pair were even shabbier.

TX3 seat swap (by decypher the code)

BFMP seats