24276 Subaru Impreza WRC 2004 Rally Japan

[Originally Published: 2008-04-27]

Scale: 1:24
Make: Tamiya
Model #: 24276
Year: 2004
Name: Subaru Impreza WRC
Description: P. Solberg/P. Mills #1 (Rally Japan)

This one was a bit of a scare. I wasn’t delivered until the day before I left Montreal, and I had to leave a lot of my clothes behind to make space for it. But it was worth it.

From Tamiya’s page about the model:

“Making her WRC debut in Mexico in round 3, the 2004 Subaru Impreza featured major improvements in areas like the bodyshell, engine and aerodynamics. The 2004 WRC season saw the first ever WRC event to be hosted in Japan, with Rally Japan held in Hokkaido in early September. It was no surprise that Japanese rally icon, the Subaru Impreza, had the majority of the crowd’s support as it rushed to the lead from the outset. Driver Petter Solberg didn’t disappoint the fans or the Subaru team, leading Rally Japan from start to finish to take his third victory of the season and move into second place in the drivers’ championship. In 2004, Solberg and the 4-cylinder 16 valve turbocharged Subaru Impreza dominated the gravel tracks, winning victories in New Zealand, Greece, Japan, Great Britain and Italy.”

UPDATE [2011-03-25]: My cousin brother, who is an architecture student, helped me build this during his holidays last year. I later finished the stickering in January, 2011. Here are some pics:

4200 Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701

Scale: 1:???
Make: Polar Lights
Model #: 4200
Year: 2006
Name: U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701
Description: Star Trek NCC-1701, from the original TV series; 1st and 2nd TV pilot

“Space, the final frontier… These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

This snap-together model kit is an exact replica of the original series starship, with 50 highly-detailed pieces.

05003 Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Ronald Reagan

720 U.S.S. Ronald Reagan

Scale: 1:720
Make: Revell
Model #: 05003
Year: 2003
Name: Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Ronald Reagan
Description:
  • Unassembled plastic model kit
  • Skill Level: 5 (difficult)
  • No. of components: 180
  • Length: 46.6 cm

Features:

  • Detailed hull and deck
  • New underwater bow section
  • Detailed new control tower (island) with large aerial mast
  • 2 separate aircraft lifts
  • Aircraft carried: F/A-18 Hornet (folded and open wings), E-2 Hawkeye, SH-60 Sea King
  • RAM defence systems
  • Sea sparrow launch systems
  • Tractors
  • 4 Propellers
  • Display stands
  • Detailed decals for all deck markings and lifts

From Revell – Ships:

“The USS Ronald Reagan CVN-76 is the ninth aircraft carrier of the Nimitz Class and is also the most modern vessel of this type. She was called after the 40th President of the United States of America who died on 5th June 2004. Compared with her sister ships this vessel has a number of electronic modifications such as an integrated communications system. The most striking external alternation however is the island; it is larger and higher than its predecessors, of more angular design and also 600 tonnes heavier. The vessel was launched on 5th March 2001 and went into service on 12th July 2003. She has an overall length of 332.85 metres. This carrier has a full load displacement of over 100,000 tonnes, reaches a speed of over 30 knots and can operate for about 20 years on one charge of uranium. She is powered by two nuclear reactors supplying four main engines that operate four five-bladed screws. The carrier is equipped with 4 catapults. The air group consists of over 85 aircraft. The USS Ronald Reagan has a crew of about 3200 seamen and needs 2480 additional people for flying operations.”

5800 British Airways Concorde

Concorde

Scale: 1:350
Make: Model Power (The Airliner Collection)
Model #: 5800
Year: 1978
Name: BAC/Aerospatiale Concorde
Description: UK/France, British Airways
Tail number: G-BOAG

The most successful supersonic commercial airliner of all time, with supercruise capability. Only 14 were in service. One of it’s [many] unique features was the “droop nose”, which allowed for different positioning of the nose for different operations (take off, landing, cruising). It’s closest competitor was the strikingly similar Soviet Tupolv Tu-144, which never managed to gained the same amount of popularity. The Concorde was officially put out of service on 24 October, 2003.

WWI Sopwith Camel

WWI Sopwith Camel

Scale: 1:63
Make: N/A
Model #: N/A
Year: 1917
Name: WWI Sopwith Camel
Description: Sopwith F.1 Camel in Royal Air Force livery

The Sopwith Camel has two claims to fame of interest to me. The first is that it is the aircraft that Snoopy (of the “Peanuts” comic strip) imagines his doghouse to be, when he’s in his WWI flying ace mood. The second (connected) is that it is the aircraft that Canadian pilot Captain Arthur “Roy” Brown was flying when he shot down the [in]famous Red Baron, Captain Manfred von Richthofen.The Red Baron, a German fighter pilot, was the most successful flying ace of World War I, with 80 confirmed kills.

NASCAR Trailer Rig

Trailer Rig

Scale: 1:64
Make: Winner’s Circle/
Motorsports Authentics
Model #: N/A
Year: N/A
Name: #20 Tony Stewart/Joe Gibbs Racing
NASCAR Trailer Rig
Description: Tony Stewart autographed
NASCAR trailer rig, black

I’ve always loved long trailer trucks/rigs/lorries. Especially since the only piece that I owned (a white truck with a green trailer, from Matchbox) was stolen from me when I was about 10 years old. I finally got myself a replacement 🙂

This one has got a trailer that opens, and if I were any younger, I would probably be spending the greater part of the day rolling cars in and out of it…

If you look closely at the photograph, you’ll find a real, white trailer rig on the highway below, heading in the opposite direction. Such long trucks are commonplace in Canada, and play an important role in transporting goods across its vast expanse. I believe that some of them have as many as 18 gears. The major manufacturers of these trucks are Peterbilt, Mack and Freightliner, although I do believe that the trailers are sourced from elsewhere.

Humvee

Humvee

Scale: 1:27
Make: Maisto (Special Edition)
Model #: N/A
Year: N/A
Name: Humvee
Description: U.S. Army Humvee in Olive Green
Roof-mounted gun (unspecified calibre)
Rear-mounted comms antenna

Possibly the ultimate expedition vehicle, the “High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle” or HMMWV a.k.a the Humvee (not to be confused with the derivative civilian SUV known as the Hummer) has been around for about 13 years now. It is currently in service not only in the United States, but in the military forces of about 40 countries worldwide. It is truly the vehicle that has gone where no vehicle has gone before, under conditions where no [wheeled] vehicle has gone before.