Thursday, 31 December 2015

Christmas presents

Just before the end of 2015 I got a couple of small presents in scale 1:87.
This beautiful Soviet hydrofoil Volga:

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

The lowest step in the logistics chain

Last week I had the opportunity to visit a ship of a major German logistic company. It has a lot of ships travelling all around Europe and sometimes abroad it. Many ships deliver their goods in ports like Rotterdam, Bremerhaven or the Ruhrgebiet.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

NAMI 076 Ermak - Styleful giant

Another very styleful prototype from the USSR – a giant truck called NAMI 076 Ermak. Built in 1963 it had a gross weight of 21 tones and a payload of 25 tones. However it still could reach a top speed of 65km/h, because of the 12 cylinder engine. It could also drive through a 1,5 meter tall wall of snow. Sadly there was no production space available to build it, all thanks to the plan economy:

Thursday, 24 December 2015

RAF 982-2

Just on Christmas another Soviet prototype - a Minibus for 12 people based on the GAZ 21. It was created in 1965. For that time it had quite a futuristic and revolutionary design:

Sunday, 20 December 2015

LAZ Ukraina-67 - Tribute to jet age

One of the most beautiful busses of all time - The LAZ Ukraina-67, from, you may guess - 1967. Based on the serial produced LAZ 699A it had 37 passenger seats. The bus participated at the  XVIII International bus week and won 3 different prices especially for it's avantgarde design:

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Moskvich 402 Prototype



A car that I did not plan to model in 3D. Better to say, a car I didn’t know it existed – an early prototype of the Moskvich 402 from 1957. A russian collectioner of 1:43 models asked me to create the body of this car for him, and I made some digital renders also for the collection:  



Saturday, 24 October 2015

NAMI 0284 Debut-2

A concept car from 1987 from the Soviet Union - the NAMI 0284 Debut-2. A lot of interesting and advanced concepts were built in USSR in this period - those like NAMI Okhta, Kompakt or the Moskvich Istra. This car wasn't really an innovation monster, it featured a serial produced engine, pneumatic suspension and a very low drag coefficient, only 0,23! So it definitely diserves a place in the collection:


Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Soviet oldtimers in dutch landscape


When searching for a wedding car, I came to a club of "Russian oldtimers in the Netherlands". Now I am a member of that club and a couple of weeks ago I participated for the first time in a trip. 9 Cars where there:



Monday, 19 October 2015

Wartburg 355 - A stilysh coupe for the working class

The last piece of the collection of the DDR prototypes is the Wartburg 355. Built in 1968 it was a beautiful and modern looking coupe for its time. It featured a 1.1 litre 4-stroke engine from Renault:



Friday, 16 October 2015

Robur O611 - An alien from the DDR

A very strange and yet beautiful design was the cab of the Robur O611. Started developing in 1974 it was meant to replace both the cab of the Robur and the IFA produced in the DDR. Enjoy another vintage crazy styling:

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Soviet prototype 3D printed

It is already a long time ago that I printed the NAMI 013 Chita prototype. Finally I was able to paint and finish the model:


Tuesday, 1 September 2015

KD Sport 900 - Soviet Thunderbird

In the Soviet Union there was a whole branch of the automotive industry - the selfmade cars. Because there were no much choice of serial produced cars, many people created their own cars using the same spare parts from the serial produced cars. Big shows featuring these selfmade cars were organized. Some of these cars were build by professionals from the industry as well. So was this beatiful 2+2 Coupe, called KD Sport 900, built in 1963. It was built using the suspension and engine of a ZAZ 965, with its 27hp watercooled V4. The body was made from fiberglass, which resulted in a very lightweight car and despite of the small engine it reached the 120km/h. So here it is the Sport Coupe for the Soviet People:


Saturday, 25 July 2015

DDR Prototypes

Another set of prototypes from the DDR:

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

3D Printing - way to sustainability




Nowadays it is common practice to throw broken things away. Most of the time it is only a small part that brakes, but it is impossible to buy this part. It is also often more expensive to repair it than to simply buy a new one. However I found a solution – ...

Monday, 22 June 2015

DDR Exotics

Some interesting cars we met in our trip to Ostsee.

To start with a british crazy creation - Morgan Threewheeler:

NAMI 013 Chita

A new car in the collection - the NAMI 013 Chita. It is difficult to believe that in 1953 in USSR such a avantgarde car was created. It had a lot of innovations that were far ahead of their time in USSR and in the world as well. It had a monocoque construction instead of body-on-frame, an automatic transmission, and a rear place engine. Because of this construction the car was 40cm smaller and 200kg lighter than the GAZ 12 ZIM still offering the same interior space.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Lada Roadster

A new model for the collection. This time it is a prototype showed in 2000. And it is a Roadster made by... yes! by Lada. The car is build on the platform of the Kalina, but used an engine from the racing Ladas producing 106hp. The tiny roadster, weighting 900kg, had an acceleration of 9 seconds to 100km and a top speed of around 200km/h. The most interesting thing is however it's hardtop: The shape of the roof and the trunk were identical, so when folded hardtop was resting on the trunk. So no difficult folding mechanisms which take most of the space in the trunk.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Maksi - little car with big ambitions

Together with the Barkas B1100 a second 3d printed car has arrived. That is the VNIITE Maksi. The body is printed in UV cured acryl polymer, which gives a much much better surface quiality. Interior and underbody is printed in cheaper polyamid. There it is:


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Very small Barkas B1100

The next car that was to be 3D printed was the Barkas B1100. I tried a different material - UV cured acrylic polymer and a different scale - 1:87.The result is very very nice!  If you like the car you already can order it on Shapeways

A bit of oldschool

In far 2006 I joined a team of enthousiast developing a russian mod for GTA San Andreas. It was called GTA - Criminal Russia by CR-Team. After a couple of years we decided to develop our own game - a truck simulator on the roads of Russia, called Headlight. Today I want to share with you the models I created for the game:

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Full color Olympic bear

The Olympic Bear is now colored as well. I created a texture for it, and it was printed directly in color!


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Barkas B1100, forgotten DDR van

Another forgotten concept from the DDR is the Barkas B1100 from 1971. It was developed at the end sixties, and was meant to be the Successor of the B1000 model. The two stroke engine was replaced by the engine from the Moskvich 412. Sadly only three prototypes were built, from which one remained in the museum in Frankenberg near Dresden.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Second experience in 3D printing

The first car I chose to be 3D printed in the scale 1:43 was the NSU RO80 by Pininfarina from 1971. Very distinctive car for it's time - a four seats sedan with a Wankel engine and a roof that could be folded down on the trunk:

Friday, 24 April 2015

A bit of photography

I'm actually not a professional photograph, yet, but some pictures I made are worth to show them. Here a small selection:

Sunset on a lake near Saint-Petersburg:


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Technoklassika 2015 - All about chrome!

Last Friday we went to one of the most important retro cars event in Germany - The Technoklassika is Essen. A huge area of 120 000 square meters was completely filled with classic cars. Most of them are for sale! For us however it is a huge portion of eye candy.
The halls were divided in small areas where classic car dealers showed their cars. There were also official brand stands, where some museum cars were showcased. I will try to show you the most unique ones, and the ones I liked.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

First experience in 3D printing

My first experience in 3D printing by Shapeways. To start with a dicided to create a simple model. I took an olympic bear mascott from the 1980 games. I like the result! So the next step will be to try to print cars.

Friday, 10 April 2015

IAA Hannover 2014

Another event we visited in september last year was the IAA for commercial vehicles in Hannover.

It is something different from the IAA in Frankfurt. Because commercial vehicles are built for making money, the most public at the show were people in smokings doing serious bussiness. Another group were the people who works on these vehicles - Eastern Europe truck drivers. And as last of course a lot of chinese with cameras.


ZIL 170, the father of the KAMAZ

The probably most known russian truck around the world is the KAMAZ. The serial truck came out in 1976. However it started much earlier at the ZIL factory. Prototypes were built and tested since 1967. After the KAMAZ factory was built the prototypes and documentation was handed over to Kamaz. This trucks were called ZIL 170 and 175:

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Caravaning paradise

Last summer I got the idea to design a motorhome. To get to know better how those things are designed we went to a Caravan Show in Dusseldorf. I want to present you our impression of the show.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

GAZ 2308 Ataman

Quite a strange vehicle today. It's a pickup truck created by the GAZ factory in 1995. It has a front looking like a Volga and the cab was used from a mid-sized truck GAZ 3307. It had good offroad abilities and could carry 1000kg, however over a 50 cars were built.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Louwman Museum at the Hague

Last summer we visited the Louwman Museum at the Hague. It is the biggest car museum in the Netherlands counting around 230 cars. It started in 1934 as a private collection. In 2010 it moved to a new building where it remains now:

Friday, 27 March 2015

LAZ 360E

The LAZ 360E was created in 1970. It was a city bus whose construction was many years ahead of his time! The prototype was a completely low floor bus with a floor height of 360mm! That was achieved using a hybrid drivetrain. The 4 rear wheels were driven by an electic motor, the petrol engine and a generator was put under the drivers seat. And how about the diagonal windows - such construction provides a much stiffer and lighter frame! I could find only 5 photos and 1 drawing of this bus, so I did my best to let it look like the original one. Enjoy:

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Other kind of beauty

They must have another view on aesthetics...

Dongfeng EV1

Monday, 16 March 2015

Trabant P760 - East german avantgarde

Today a really amazing prototype from 1972 from the DDR - the Trabant P760. I did not see such a crazy styling on any cars from that period before:

Friday, 13 March 2015

Lost designs of the Far East


The most known cars of the Eastern Bloc are the stinking Trabants and Wartburgs, the square Skodas and maybe the stremlined Tatras. But much more interesting prototypes have been built there. Today I show you the ones I found most interesting.

DDR

The Trabant P603 - 1964. As you may remember the VW Golf I appeared only in 1974. 10 Years later!

Monday, 9 March 2015

VNIITE Maksi

The VNIITE Maksi is a prototype developed in the far 1967 in the USSR. It has a aircooled engine from the ZAZ 965A at the rear. It had two sliding doors like a Peugoet 1007. The air inlets at the sides and the roof were used for cooling. It has quite a modern apperance for it's time. Not all manufacturers did have prototypes of a small MPV in '67. However only a few prototypes were built, so now we only can enjoy a 3d model:

Monday, 23 February 2015

About Presents

When friends or parents ask you what you want as a present and you don't know... Here a possible solution:

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Little things matter


I often take the train to travel. And once I noticed one interesting detail. The Bombardier Talent, used quite a lot in Germany on non-electrified lines, has a very bad interior lighting.  

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

AZLK 2144 Istra

The AZLK 2144 Istra is a concept car of the AZLK Factory build in 1988. It has a futuristic design and a lot of innovative features. The body is made from aluminum. It has no B-pillar and two big doors that open upwards. The vehicle should be equipped with the Elsbett engine running on raps oil.
The car also had a automatic transmission, a head up display and a night vision device. Because of the bad economic situation and the fall of the USSR, all the dream of the constructors could not come true. A lot of the features we can see on today's cars, but the ideas were already developed in 1988!

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Lada Vesta

The Lada Vesta is meant to be the first Lada on a new generation platform. The serial production of this model is planned to start in september this year. The first model will be the sedan. But a liftback and a station versions will probably follow. I tried to guess how this last two versions could look like. Here a photoshop sketch:

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Automotive styling '58

I am not an expert in American cars, but once I discovered something really funny. Please, have a look:

1. Buick Super


Wednesday, 28 January 2015

MAZ 2000 Perestroika

It is a modular roadtrain, which was showed on the Paris motorshow in 1988, and made a complete success. The idea was, that the tractor had only 1 axle. The cabin was rigidly attached to the trailer, and the complete axle was used for turning. The cabin consists of a motor module and the living space. The motor modules could be added to the trailers to build large roadtrains. The basic configuration with one trailer had a weight of 33tons, but could be extended to 41tonn, when using triple axle trailer. The most impressive thing is that MAZ did not build a showcar , but a full scale working prototype, which drove to Paris on his own!

Different front end designs, which changed through the years:


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Spotting Soviet Dinosaurs

Photos of Soviet cars, I made travelling in ex-soviet republics.

To start with Latvia and Estonia:

A Moskvich 402 from 1956. A true oldtimer.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Virtual Collection: Minibus Start '1964

One of my hobbies is automotive history. I like to search rare and unknown prototypes from the past. Because sometimes they do not survive till nowadays and only a few pictures of those cars are saved, I decided to revive them by creating 3D models.

To start with, I chose the 'Start' minibus (just a coincidence). It is a vintage designed van built in 1964-1970 in the USSR. It uses the engine and suspension of the GAZ 21 'Volga' and offers place for 10 people. The body is made from fiberglass. The part, is the most uncommon part of the car, because this minibus has a trunk! About 100 units were built. Only two did survive till nowadays and have been completely restored. Both are in private collections, however they are often showcased at oldtimer events.