Looking for something new for your morning or evening commute? Something with a little bit of gab'n about cars. Well this new podcast coming soon to iHeart Radio maybe just the ticket. I was looking around for some new content for the blog, when I came across "Car Stories with Sung Kang and Emelia Hartford." You may remember Sung Kang as Han in the Fast and The Furious movies. You know that guy that.. Oh sorry. Spoilers. But you know what I'm talking about. Emelia Hartford stared in the recent car movie Gran Turismo. Together they will be bringing us exciting interviews from major players in the star car community. Such as Hollywood vehicle coordinator Dennis McCarthy! Even musical artist and car collector John Oates! I'm excited to say the least. I just finished listening to the intro on the iHeart Radio site. Links below to where you can find this podcast on popular podcast apps.
What happens when the worlds of 3D printing, remote controlled cars and tv/movie cars collide together? Well you get the image above. A fully printed remote controlled version of Dom's Ice Charger from Fast and the Furious 8. This work of living art was custom built buy a duo of brothers from Model Factory RC Cars. The pair have been cooking up working creations in their shop. All in the midst of this pandemic we're in. But how do they do it?
The pair began working with their uncle back in 2014. At that time they were designing replicas of Hungarian locomotives. They produced the replicas on a milling machine. Fast forward a year later and they shifted their focus to 3D printing. At that time they purchased their first printer, a Zortrax M200. Hungarian locomotives soon lead to making remote controlled cars.
With a background in engineering they developed a platform for their RC cars. The platform is completely customizable and adaptable for different cars. The cars come to life with some off the shelf components (which they sell in their shop). Electronics, wheels, springs, motors and other miscellaneous parts are not 3D printable (at least not yet). So they rely on these for now. Using a 3D scanner and a lot of cad time, each design comes together. After hours of printing, the body parts are assembled and painted. I'm super impressed with the work they've done.
Earlier this year they replicated a 1967 Mustang Fastback and launched a Youtube channel (links below). With each project they plan to produce a video of the design and construction. It's fun watching this all come together. This video is later followed up with a testing video. After the testing is complete they will make their 3D files for the project available. As well as a complete parts list needed to build your very own! To date they have a BMW e46 M3 GTR, 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback and Peugeot 406 TAXI models. Soon Dom's Ice Charger! I can't wait. Till next time, keep your engines revving, your RC cars spin'n and your printers step'n!
The trailer for next chapter in the Fast and the Furious saga has been around for a bit. Sorry we're running late. With it though, an introduction to new and old characters. It looks like we're about to learn more about the expanding Toretto family (spoiler, it's Dom's brother). Someone from the past may be coming back. Very exciting stuff. Will they tie up loose ends? Is this the end? I kinda hope not. I mean it is the 9th or 10th movie (unless you count the Netflix series). Fast and the Furious Forever? Only time will tell. Check it out for yourself below.
It's only been a few months since Paul Walker's death. Thankfully things are starting to settle a little bit for the family. I can't imagine what they must be going through. I know Paul in-addition to being a great actor he was a dedicated father and community figure. He left a huge spot to fill in his charity organizations. But I came across an article today that made me think about Paul. The article talks about a car collector in Bucks County Pennsylvania who decided to honor Pual's life with a recent purchase of a certain Mitsubishi Evo from 2 Fast 2 Furious.
I didn't even know the Evo was on the sale list. It was Wednesday night about dinner time. I saw the car and knowing my sons very much admired Paul Walker and that we could give back to the community, just like Paul did, I bid on it and got the car.
Paul Walker is a hero to many kids today. He drove fast and hard in his movies. The kids today are into these types of cars. He is their hero like Ronnie Sox and Bill Jenkins are mine. Paul's movies are really popular and I figured we could give back to the community like Paul did, if I bought the car.
Above is a quote from Rob Leipziger, car collector from Bucks County. He said saw the car had went up for sales just before dinner one night recently. Rob remembered how much his own son admired the car and Walker. He wanted to purchase the car to honor his memory. As you remember the car was used in the second installment of the film in 2003. At the time of production the car wasn't available in the states. It had been imported from Japan. This car is one of four cars used in the film. This car was also featured on the cover a book entitled How To Build the Cars of The Fast and the Furious (Motorbooks Workshop) by Eddie Paul.
As time goes on I have to say this car will be an example of the golden era of tuner cars. It's got the big wing, low profile tires and big brake package. Not to mention that 305 horse beast of 4 banger feed by a turbo. I know the Fast and Furious films were met with a lot of criticism when it comes to technical accuracy. There were some things that were just flat out wrong. Especially when it comes to discussions about nitrous, fuel management systems, manifold issues, etc. But let's keep in mind. They're just movies. Hollywood screws up all the time. We'll have to just see what it will look like in years to come. Will we scratch our heads and wonder "What were we thinking?" Who knows. We'll see ya next time!
Readers. I wanted to give you guys a reminder that Fast Five has hit store shelves. Not to mention it's included in the DVD section of our Gift Shop. Personally I think this is one of the best of the series. I am looking forward to buying the Blue-ray version myself. One Amazon reviewer commented that this movie should give your home stereo a workout. I have to agree!