Falklandia added a topic in All the Rest1/18 scratchbuilt Hirano Valmobile folding scooterHi everyone!
The Valmobile Suitcase Scooter fwas one of the creations of French inventor Victor Bouffort. This portable scooter started its life in France, but its rights were bought by Hirano in Japan in the second half of the fifties. There, it was produced until 1961 and exported to Europe and the US.
This motor scooter weighed 75 pounds and measured 27.5 x 14 x 24.5 inches for storage in a “boat, plane, car, closet or basement” and could be unfolded and ready to ride in “30 seconds” according to their advertisements.
The engine was a 49cc 2-stroke that had a kick starter, automatic transmission (centrifugal clutch type), and was advertised to get up to 165 miles per gallon fuel economy and to go up to 35 miles per hour.
Its initial production by Martin & Moulet was interrupted in 1956, and its license was bought by Hirano, which produced it until 1961.
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Falklandia added a topic in Welcome! Introduce YourselfHello from Brazil!Hi everyone!
I'm Marcos and I'm from Niterói, Brazil, right next to Rio de Janeiro. I'm 28 and very much a newbie on modelling.
I've joined this forum a couple of years ago, but finally decided against being a lurker. I've been getting my gears ready for modelling for some time, and have started (but not finished) a couple of models so far. Since model kits in here are rather expensive - and some resources very hard to come by - I have decided to improve my skills on two projects. One of them is a rebuild of an old diecast Citröen I had from my childhood; the other, a scratchbuild foldable scooter. I'll post both topics on the respective forums as soon as I organize the photos, and as soon as I finish them I'll get to 'proper' modelling. This site has been an amazing source both for the techniques and the works of art from some members here. I hope I get as good as you all with time
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