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#1 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 01:45 PM

Sometimes you see something you don't have to look at twice to know that you like it.

Here's an example of where design doesn't necessarily please the eye right away, but you know there's something different and beautiful about this.

If anybody knows what type of vehicle this is, chime in. Also, many of us (I guess we are an older crowd now) have been lamenting the death of automobile design since the early 70s.

I have hopes that there will be a group of designers, getting smaller by the minute, who will always sacrifice everything for the sake of design, as I think it should be.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 01:53 PM

That is really odd, but strangely appealing. Maybe that says more about me than the design?

#3 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 01:59 PM

Bruce, I think what you are describing will probably be the norm with this one. I keep thinking it's the fuselage of a plane with something else (what, who knows?) on the side. That weird grill thing joins the two disparate parts and of course the headlights look so 53 Corvette.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 02:29 PM

Almost looks like someone combined an electric shaver with a streamlined motorcycle inspired land speed car...

#5 cobraman

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 02:39 PM

To me it sort of looks like a couple of fighter planes put together. Anyone remember the twin Mustang ?

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 02:47 PM

Looks like a fast land vehicle from really early in Star Wars. :) I like it.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 02:57 PM

Kind of reminds me of a cross between a VW Karmann Ghia and an early Porsche 356.

http://www.flickr.co...N03/6207672457/

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 03:46 PM

l actually like it. l can't help but wonder if the black grille "thingy" is the lift hatch to feed the gerbils that power it?

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 09:04 AM

I've got no idea what it is, but I want one!

#10 Rob Hall

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 09:08 AM

I think that is a model of an actual '50s race car. I just don't know what it is, but I think I've seen B&W pics of it in magazines and online. Very cool pontoon design.

Edited by Rob Hall, 12 September 2012 - 09:29 AM.


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Posted 12 September 2012 - 09:25 AM

It's ugly! The only thing I like is the SHINY :) :) :)

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 09:31 AM

Found it...it's the Nardi- Giannini 750 Bisiluro built for the '55 Le Mans race.

http://www.domusweb....ymmetric-racer/

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 09:47 AM

Here's another link with some more images

I like this right off the bat

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 10:34 AM

The Delta Wing of its day! Smokey Yunick would be pleased.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 10:40 AM

I really like the vehicle in the first post. For sure different, but attractively so.

I think "design" taken as meaning 'visually pleasing' is important, but I personally have worked on a lot of stuff that sacrificed practicality, user-friendliness and serviceability for the sake of the 'wow factor'. Anyone who'e ever entered / exited a vehicle with 'Lambo style' doors will know what I mean.

It's a lot harder to design something beautiful that also functions beautifully, and the combination of the two, form and function, should be every good designer's goal.

Edited by Ace-Garageguy, 12 September 2012 - 10:41 AM.


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Posted 12 September 2012 - 10:46 AM

"How important is design?" if you don't care about design, why do you build models and why are you here? This is right up there with "what is art?"

See you in 30 pages.

Edited by sjordan2, 12 September 2012 - 10:48 AM.


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Posted 12 September 2012 - 01:57 PM

"How important is design?".....is right up there with "what is art?"...



and "form follows function"

http://janmichl.com/eng.fff-hai.html

Edited by southpier, 12 September 2012 - 01:59 PM.


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Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:09 PM

"designer" has come to mean overpriced and aimed at fashon victims who pay for the lable not the product - Designer Water and Designer Jeans for example.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:24 PM

Almost looks like someone combined an electric shaver with a streamlined motorcycle inspired land speed car...

No, I think they clearly used two different land speed cars- the sides flanking the electric shaver don't quite match. :)

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:30 PM

I think it's cool.

The layout is intended to give 50/50 weight distribution, and a low polar moment (of inertia). The low polar moment would make it turn quickly and easily -- important for a track like Le Mans. The reduced frontal area makes for low drag. Yeah, this totally makes sense to me.

to the original question, I think design is very important. I've seen way too many well executed builds fall short for lack of good design.