Sunday, 23 October 2016

VAZ E1101 - Soviet Mini Cooper

One of the first prototypes made by the LADA factory. It was created in 1971 and was a front-wheel drive A-segment car:

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Instagram about Russian cars in Europe

Since a while I work for Russian car manufacturer LADA in Germany. So I  have a lot of pictures of russian and soviet cars that I want to share. That's how I decided to create a, so popular right now,  Instagram account:

Friday, 7 October 2016

DDR Prototypen Museum

Es war eine schwierige Aufgabe, aber jetzt ist es da - der DDR Prototypen Museum (der erste Teil von dem Prototypen Museum)! Es besteht aus 18 Funktionsmustern die als Serienfahrzeuge nicht gebaut wurden. Einige sind in unterschiedlichen Museen zu sehen, andere haben es bis heute nicht überlebt (schwarzweiße Bilder auf der Wand vom Museum):

Monday, 26 September 2016

IZH 2126 Series 2 - An unknown hatchback

The development of a new model on the IZH factory started already in 1977. The serial production of the 2126 hovewer started only in 1990, and the cars were not that good... Here I reconstructed one of the prototypes from 1983. It still has style elements from the early IZH 412 and IZH 2715 models but already a modern hatchback body:

Sunday, 18 September 2016

MVTU - Stylish citycar from Soviet students

A small car created by engeneering students in Moscow in 1958. It had a motorcycle engine of only 7,5Hp and a top speed of 55km/h. The body was made of fiber glass. That led to a weicht of only 400kg. But just look at that styling!

Monday, 18 July 2016

MIR 11-630 - A different solution

A bus prototype from 1974 from USSR with a floor height of 630mm and a very interesting solution - retractable steps by the doors:

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Lada - gibt es noch?

... Das ist was ich höre wenn ich mit jemandem in Deutschland über Lada spreche. Vor kurzem wusste ich auch nicht genau ob es noch Lada in Deutschland gibt. Aber ich hatte die Möglichkeit um im Auftrag von Lada Deutschland GmbH als Dolmetscher zu arbeiten. Zwei Gäste aus dem Werk in Togliatti kamen nach Deutschland um Händler zu schulen. Es ging über die Modelle Kalina-2 und Granta. Spezifische Sachen über Wartung, technische Neuigkeiten usw.

Ich konnte die Hauptniederlassung von Lada kennenlernen. Diese sitzt in Buxtehude eine Stadt nicht weit weg von Hamburg. Als erste sag ich - ich war total überrascht davon wie groß es ist. Hier sehen wir erstmal den Hauptkantor:

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Friday, 1 April 2016

Soviet Custom Marshrutka

It is the 1st od April, so we can do crazy things today - What would happen if the soviet microbus "Start" was customised by some guys in, for exapmle, California:

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Small (1:87) scale bussiness

I was absent for a while... all because I started to cooperate with a very small company, ADP Modelle, who creats Resin kits. Together we visited the huge 'Toy fair' in Nurnberg, where I gained a lot of contacts. So now I get many orders for construction. Today I will show the first ready made models - Trabant P760, Wartburg 355 and a very rare Bischoff Polytrac 1200:

Monday, 18 January 2016

ZIL AC-40(130)-163 - An unusual firetruck

In 1973 the Soviet Intitute of Design (VNIITE) came with a proposition of a firetruck with a very unusual layout. Instead of mounting the equipment on a standard truck chassis and using a standard cab, they designed their own cabin. The truck was based on the ZIL 130. The firemen were sitting on both sides near the frame – these made it possible to decrease the floor level to only 490mm. The bus doors were meant to quickly exit the car when arriving at the fire place. Because of the lower height of the truck the center of gravity was lowered as well, this increased its stability and manoeuvrability. Sadly only 4 of them where built, two 4x2 and two 6x6. Only one 6x6 version survived till nowadays, so that is why I chose to recreate the 4x2:

Thursday, 7 January 2016

SMZ-NAMI Sputnik

A prototype created by NAMI (The soviet automotive institute) in 1962. It was meant for the SMZ plant to replace the S3-A model. The S3-A was a car for disabled people and was not really luxiorius. The Sputnik however was a bit more sereous, and looked more like a car. It featured a bigger 15bhp engine, 2+2 interior and a very stylefull exterior. The engineers even included a version with standard controls: