“Mini 4WD” boasts two boom in the 1980s and 1990s, boasting a cumulative sales volume of over 180 million units. In 2012, due to the revival of the official race “Japan Cup”, the popularity is rekindling involving adults who were once children. Meanwhile, the competition “Concours de Elegance” (hereinafter referred to as Condale) competing for the appearance of the machine as well as the race is showing great excitement. This time, Mikey, who was awarded the “NEW ERA Award” (Best Award) selected by the popular vote of the participants at the “JC2018 Tokyo Convention” Condale, attention to the creation of the winning work “Emperor Resurrection” I heard what I thought was driving.
■ The remodeling point of commitment is “low car height and light and dark paint color”
– Please tell me the history of “Mini 4WD”.
“It’s been 2 years since I was an elementary school student and when I became an adult.It was about half a year ago when I began a Condale in earnest”
– What machine was the source of “Emperor Resurrection”?
“Dash No. 1 · Emperor (Emperor)”
– Please tell us about the remodeling points you stick to when making it.
“The most sticking point is the whole detail balance.Originally, the car height is high, but how to lower the overall balance is rebuilt several times at various places and the dark color of paint color With light and dark shades of bright colors, we devise ways to embellish the silhouette of Emperor. ”
■ Won the Best Award, “This was the first time I made it for Condale in earnest”
– “Designed not to lose the” soul “of” Shijyōrou (the main character of the manga “Dash! Shikaro” which became the fire of the first Mini 4WD boom, Emperor is the main machine) ” As a matter of fact, where is it expressed?
“First of all, as a premise, to make sure that it is an emperor is conveyed firmly, although it is set to be a contemporary design, decals of the first emperor such as” 496 “and” DASH! “Are also redesigned Then I’m getting into it. In addition, we also put the letters “4wD” of Hachimuro of Shiichiro. ”
– What was the hardest part of the production process?
“At first, I was worried that I could make the first emperor potato stylish, (laugh) I also started with a no plan at all, so I made it with my own feeling only, so I explored it It was a pleasant time and a fun point. ”
– How many machines have you made for Condée so far?
“I had something for the race twice about Condale, but this time for the first time I made it for condi in earnest.”
– I think that it depends on the machine, but on average, how long will it take to produce one?
“Since I only have time to find the time after my child goes to bed, it will take about 2 months or so,” Emperor Resurrection “took about 2 months.”
■ I noticed that “making itself is more fun than winning the race”
– As a condole producer, what do you think is the most important technology?
“Because I am a beginner model beginner, I do not know what is important technology, but if I dare to say it, is not that I do not give up? (Laugh)”
– How do you decide the concept of the work?
“Because Condié of Mini 4WD has a high degree of freedom, it is very difficult to decide the concept, but since it is free on the contrary, I started making it anyway, and I made the concept visible from the way.”
– What triggered the creation of Condale work?
“I had been making a racing machine all the time since I originally returned, but when I was aware, I noticed that at some point” making things itself is more fun than winning the race. “In retrospect, mini 4WD is grown up as an adult The reason I began to become a chance, it was because I was surprised to see the condylé machine and say “This is the mini 4WD Like this !?” Why not there is no reason to do it (laugh) ”
– Is it also included in regular races? Have you entered on a machine different from Condée if it is entered?
“For racing it is made for racing, and in my case the way of making it is different, each making it separately because I am making different ways to make it separately”
– What kind of work do you want to challenge in the future?
“I’d love to challenge” shooting star “I liked when I was a child!”
– What is “Mini 4WD” for yourself?
“What I thought most of all about mini 4WD is a connection with people, I think that it is a wonderful communication tool that can make friends with various people beyond the difference of years.One machine was able to meet a lot of people I think that it is a completed machine, so Tamiya who has been working for many years, thanks to all the people who play mini 4WD! ”
Source in Japanese language: Oricon News