Drifting is the latest Japanese motorsport trend to make it over to the West. It basically involves making cars go sideways with as much style and control as possible. Now it’s being done with remote controlled cars as well. There’s an international remote control drifting association and this video gives some idea of how it’s done, with kit tyres being replaced by PVC tubing.
A couple of news items featuring models but also about the real world artifacts they represent.
I’ve always been fascinated by architectural models. Part of me would like to have a go at making some and part of me wants to get my hands on an old one and kitbash all sorts of strange and lurid add ons into it. I confused the man on the stall by asking who had built the model- a company called AB Scale Models of Vancouver. They don’t seem to have a web presence, but I did find this news item about a boom in the Vancouver architectural modelling community that reflected the city’s housing boom.
It’s a jarring turnabout for a profession that by its nature demands patience and painstaking attention to detail. For years local model builders relied on foreign clients to keep their employees working in glue and bits of plastic. But the rush on pre-sales of condominium complexes in jacking up the local demand for miniature version of yet-to-be-built buildings.
Elsewhere, Audi fans are taking the appearance of a 1:43rd scale model of an as yet not officially announced car as further evidence of its existence. (via Jalopnik)
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I didn’t know what to expect from this show, but it was a little disappointing to pay £7.50 for the privilege of walking round a room full of sales booths. there was still a lot of interesting stuff, and I’m going to be adding interesting finds for the rest of the week. For now, here are a few pictures-
The Home Office has begun a consultation process on plans to strengthen the criminal law in respect of possession of extreme adult images. The government is currently discussing plans that could lead to people being imprisoned for downloading images from the internet. This is a step too far from a government determined to regulate every aspect of our lives and quash individual expression.
via Warren Ellis