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:

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.

NASCAR Chevrolet Monte Carlo Limited Edition

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Scale: 1:43
Make: Revell Collection
Model #: N/A
Year: 2001
Name: Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Description: OREO/GM Goodwrench Service Plus driven by Dale Earnhardt,Autographed Limited Edition (48, 084 pieces)

I picked this up at the inaugural NASCAR NAPA Auto Parts 200. There really is nothing “stock” about stock cars anymore, I sometimes wonder why they still call it that.

50901 Bugatti EB 16.4 Veyron Limited Edition

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Scale: 1:43
Make: AutoArt
Model #: 50901
Year: N/A
Name: Bugatti EB 16.4 Veyron
Description: Rouge and Ventoux noir (Red and Black), Limited Edition

This was presented to me on my last birthday by Bhai Log from my office. As of writing this post, it is the fastest street-legal production car. My all-time unbeatable favourite still remains the McLaren F1.

From AutoArtModels.com: “The Bugatti EB 16.4 Veyron was named after the last man to win the Le Mans 24-hour race in a Bugatti, Pierre Veyron. Bugatti wanted to build a street car that would have the world’s most powerful engine with possibly a 4-digit horse power figure and be the world’s fastest car at over 400 km/h. The result is a sleek, exciting sports car promising enormous power from an all-aluminium 7993 cc W16 engine mounted longitudinally ahead of the rear axle on a separate aluminium subframe and running four KKK turbochargers producing 987 bhp at 6000 rpm. The top speed is estimated to be 252 mph (406 km/h), although owners wanting to test this for themselves will have to contact the factory who will dispatch a mechanic to check the car over, fit high-speed tyres and remove the electronic speed limiter especially for the purpose. Zero to 186 mph should take just fourteen seconds. The Veyron’s 7-speed sequential gearbox is unique in that it boasts a dual clutch transmission whereby one clutch controls gears one, three, five and seven whilst the other controls gears two, four and six, the result being a constant surge of power when accelerating. Special run-flat capability Michelin PAX tyres in 265 front and 365 rear, the largest tyre sizes ever fitted to a production car, are mounted on 20.5 in (520 mm) diameter 12-spoke wheels. The car’s external colours “rouge and ventoux noir” (red and black) are those originally applied to the 1937 T57 Bugatti.”

Photo courtesy AutoArtModels.com.

60193 Subaru Impreza WRC #5

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Scale: 1:43
Make: AutoArt
Model #: 60193
Year: 2001
Name: Subaru Impreza WRC
Description: R. Burns/R. Reid #5 (Rallye Monte Carlo)

This is my first 1:43 model.

Richard Burns became the first Englishman to win the World Rally Championship, in 2001. He died of a brain tumour in 2005 at the age of 34.

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