30 December 2010

Amazing Drift Style AE86 Model

If you follow the Speedhunters site on a regular basis you will know that it is "model month" over there so they are featuring loads of amazing model collections and shops. But one of the incredible models that jumped out the screen at me was one that has been modified by an American guy call Chris Lee. I knew I had to post some pictures of it on here as I'm sure the brotherhood readers will love it! It is based on the expensive auto art AE86 trueno model which I've seen for sale online for about £100! So I'd be way too scared to start taking it apart and changing! But this guy has some immense skills.

All information & photos were taken from http://www.speedhunters.com/ and to check out the article in full be sure to click HERE

But here it is, sit back and be amazing at the mental attention to detail...

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Amazing detail, right down to the staggered fitment wide watanabe with stretched tyres.

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Here is the write up taken from Speedhunters about the model...
This AE86 Trueno started out as a plain zenki Apex model with narrow wheels and 4x4 ride height. Chris has already modified three AE86 model from AutoArt; a white one with a kouki body, an N2 race car that's currently under construction, and this red Zenki car. For his third AE86, Chris wanted to make a Japanese style street drift car. He started off by creating a full ground effect kit out of model clay and bondo. To continue with the Japanese street drift style, he opted for a mis-matched wheels. He found the set of wheels he liked and modified the barrel to make them deep dish. The tires were also modified to mimic the stretched look. Engine features a scratch built ITB, exposed cam sprockets and equal length headers. The attention to detail is just astounding. Chris spend a lot of time making the steering angle get the look of 'crazy angle'. He mentioned that this was hardest part because these models have very little steering angle due to the complicated steering system and not enough room under the wheel well. He spent hours grinding the excess metal under the wheel well and modifying the steering to obtain the desired angel. The interior retains that street drift style  with the driver seat that has been replaced by a racing bucket seat. The steering wheel was also replaced by mini Momo wheel. The buckets even include a five-point harness. Check out the racing seat mounting brackets! Chris even fabbed up this 4 point roll cage. “

A great model, and a great write up.

Again, all photos & information were taken from http://www.speedhunters.com/ I've just popped them on here for your viewing pleasure:]

James.

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