This MOC was build for LUGNuts chellenge "Big in Japan". But it didn't make it as the build time was almost two months.
About this creation
I have no idea if "mitsuoka himiko" meens something, so if there is any Japaneese speaking person, please let me know... but... since this MOC to me it means - "In this scale never again". You see - I have this obsession to recreate every single detail, every single curve, every funcionality. After my previous MOC Noble M12, which obviously was tough model too, I thought that there is nothing I can't build. Well.. there it is, project which I'm not quite satisfied with. But there's always a good news too - at least I learned a lot of valuable lessons.
Mitsuoka Himiko by its look is mix of Japaneese and English cars. It's based on Mazda MZ-5, but it surely looks a lot like Morgan or Rolls Royce. The centre part is more or less Mazda, the long nose fits classy Rolls Royce, but the front end is quite similar to Morgan.
Ok.. let's see some pics, shell we?
The hardest part was the nose, because it is getting narower towards the front end and it has external mudguards attached.
Everything opens of course:
Convertible top. Surprisingly this wasn't the hardest part. The only problem was to free the space for it to fold in as the roof end almost touches the rear wheels. BTW - thanks to Sven Bode or Jens Matuschek for the wheel idea. :)
And here are W.I.P pictures as well. Here you can see how some of the wierd angles and interesting functional elements are executed. Feel free to ask if you want some of those ideas apply to your own MOCs, but can't figure it out clearly enough. Any constructive (or not so constructive) feedback very welcome. And.. I wont create instructions for this MOC as it is already destructed.
Well, I guess when you take a scale and make it your total biatch, there is no need to ever build in it again! The curves you managed make me tingle and the working convertible top darn near brings me to completion! Hahahaha, awesome work.~H
Simply fantastic! You must have used a lot of moving elements to make all the slopes and angles, but you did a great job. And the convertable roof is done perfectly, and believe me, I know how hard it is to make it work and stil look good ;-)
WOW.... I'm speachless! You all actually like this MOC. Thanks!! I'm speachless.. there's not a full day passed and so I find here so many nice words, so many praises! Thank you all for that, I feel honored...
i admire your persistance, you have to be quite passionate to go this far! congratulations on a rare beauty and great infos on it! the roof mecanism is impresive you re dedicated, great car super job!
visit and comment when you can!
Mitsuoka simply is the make, David... OK, now for the "Morgan Royce MX5" (<- seems to be true, I fear), Rolands: the real car is... ya, let's call it weird, but your MOC looks much better! I was wondering why you uploaded it only on flickr, but now we can see this "beauty" here, which is good as it truely deserves a big audience. The working convertible top is gorgeous...and I cannot believe it was an easy job - I was near to giving up when I made my "Monza Roadster" ( http://mocpages.com/moc.php/72149 ). And thanks for the credits regarding the wheels...they look awesome here! Best wishes & greetings to the Baltic states, Jens
Well the Japanese do create interesting cars - I mean a Morgan Royce MX5? Who else would come up with that? But I'm guessing this one isn't as flimsy as the real thing ;) Oh well another great moc from you. It's been a while since you've posted. Hope to see some more cars from you soon!