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Bugatti Type 35

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The Type 35 was, according to Wikipedia, the most successful racing car of all time, winning over 1000 races. They were designed by Ettore Bugatti of France in the 1920s. Notable features were a small straight eight engine with roller bearings for the crankshaft allowing 6000 rpm, very high for the time, alloy wheels with integral drum brakes, a hollow tubular steel front axle (to reduce the unsprung weight - most cars then had heavy forged "I" beam front axles) and one of the most beautiful two-seater bodies ever designed. The racing rules of the day required a second seat for the riding mechanic. Bugatti happily sold the cars to anyone that wanted (and could afford one). Here is a fairly simple paper model I downloaded from http://www.ypsfanpage.de/php/basteldl.php?bogen=288 MORE...

Citroen 2CV

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This is a fascinating and quirky car, France's answer to the VW just after the war, designed to carry the French farmer and his family and 100Kg of goods across the dreadful French country roads. It also could cross a ploughed field without breaking eggs in a basket on the front seat. The first ones produced had only 9 brake horsepower from their little 2 cylinder motor, and a top speed of about 40 MPH, unless going down hill. However, they did get about 60 MPG, which was no doubt well received in post-war France. Later models had bigger engines and about 30 BHP. MORE...

Classic Willys Jeep - Paper Model

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This is a very detailed model from http://www.scribd.com/doc/2627427/Jeep-MB-1941-Willys-Paper-Model The parts are very precisely printed, but the wording is all in Spanish. I thought I could work out everything but hit a few snags - in hindsight I should have used an on-line translator or dictionary to at least get the part names in English. Still, it turned out pretty well. MORE...

Construction Hints for the Paper-model of the Voison Laboratoire Racing Car

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Daihatsu Midget Three-wheeled Micro Truck, Paper Model

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Three wheeled micro trucks were very popular in the immediate post-WW2 years, being cheap to make and own, and small and nimble enough for getting around the tiny streets of many older towns and cities. They are still popular today in Europe (think here of the Piaggio Ape), India and Asia (think of the Indian Bajaj and the Tuk-tuks). MORE...

The Mighty Toyota Yaris Sedan

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"Mighty" and "Yaris" (especially "Yaris Sedan") might sound like a self-contradiction to you. Here is Australia I suspect it is seen as a granny car, a lack-lustre sideshow to the ever popular Yaris hatch. There are few options for it, nothing very exciting, and Toyota rarely bring out updated models. What is so mighty about that?

  1. we bought our 2008 Yaris automatic sedan in December 2008, as my wife's first new car; MORE...

Uniden GPS 501 Road Hazard Alerter

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Do you have trouble with School Speed Zones? - Here's an answer

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Using a cheap Radio-Control toy as the base for a serious model

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I picked up a cheap radio-control car toy with the idea of using it for a "real" model, say a scale fishing boat or tug. As I recall it cost about $12. As you can see it is about 200mm long. The radio gives full speed forward, stop, and reverse, and much the same for the steering motor. The latter is just geared to a rack that is the tie-rod for the front wheels, with spring centring. Put the lever left and the motor turns the wheels full left and then stalls. There is no proportional control, ie, a little left on the lever giving a little bit of left steering. MORE...

Voison Laboratoire Racing Car

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Paper Model of a 1923 Voison Laboratoire Racing Car Last updated: $03 August 2017 MORE...


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