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I finished this a few weeks ago and wanted to share with you my rendition of the classic 1967's anime show Mach Go Go, known in the USA as Speed Racer. I owned the movie version sets years ago and had to sell them off while paying for college. One of the things I hated was how simple the cars were made and hardly looked like the movie versions. Though I enjoyed the film, the Mach 5 was redesigned from the original anime to fit their needs. I had some issues with the body design and the back tail fins, but overall I enjoyed seeing them recreate my childhood cartoon into a live action film. I wish they did a better version of it, but frankly, I was happy it was a tricked out and colorful movie. Spent a lot of time looking at old cell frames from collectors of the original mach 5 design, as well as several blue prints made of the car over the years. All this made me adore the car more and become sorta emotional to know that so many slight changes took place between all the ERTL models, Hot Wheels, Johnny Lighting, and various toy sets. When you look back to the classic anime the car was actually quite hard to draw in various poses. There were several modern takes on the classic cartoon and only 1 faithfully recreated the mach 5 in CGI matching the anime, in all its glory. That show was called Speed Racer: The Next Generation. The car was seen in only 2 episodes and replaced by their version of the Mach 6. I loved how much detail they put in the vehicle and it was great to use for this car as reference. I have seen some high end metal replicas and only 1 car company did it, but never got it made because 4 or 5 years the license was taken away and they had to cease production of what was shown at a toy fair. That was one sweet car. A great article from Diecast Magazine showing various types of Mach 5 versions available for purchase. http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2016/01/21/mocking-up-the-mach-5-2/ The ultimate Toy if they ever made it. Allegory premiered in 2012 SDCC a collector's dream car. They found the original blue prints, got the original cell art and recreated it on the computer. They shoed off videos of how accurate this thing was and nothing compares to its beauty. http://news.toyark.com/2012/07/14/sdcc-12-limited-edition-mach-5-pics-6155 Check out this awesome video from the event they created showcasing this loved item. They would have created my most expensive and surely happiest toy ever. I love the show. https://vimeo.com/66120063 THEN THEY LOST THE LICENSE RIGHT BEFORE ORDERS WENT OUT. Created a masterpiece and lost it. See the article below. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=41994 Joyride recently created the car into a die cast 1/18 collectible and it is very close to the original specs. Its much cheaper and easily available to order. Resaurus The 6inch Resaurus toy set was closest to original anime. Bulky, but close. I liked how the anime by episode 50 actually slimmed down the car a bit and didn't keep it so round like this toy. Ertl This die cast replica has some awesome features. Its quite unique as it has all the weapons and actions features you would expect in a toy version. Otaku This is one expensive inaccurate replica. It looks like a real car, but shape is wrong. I would purchase this $800 replica if it was closer to the body I like. But if I cared little about accuracy, then this would be the ultimate toy! http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/121903268826?lpid=82&chn=ps&ul_noapp=true Enough of the reference. ONTO THE CARS I created 4 versions of the car. Each version has significant rear spoiler and muffler changes. I had to alter each rendering from the cockpit and back in order to make it closer to the anime and Allegory rendering. Photo 1 As you can see, the major difference between these two cars are the rear spoilers. The one on the left makes a great profile picture of the car and accurately matches the outline of the car. Unfortunately, the space between the spider and body is quite noticeable and disliked. This is why I kept all 4 models. I already ordered my parts off Bricklink to build these two versions and see if I could moved the spoilers to enhance the one on the left and rebuilt it in LDD. Photo 2 The lineup. Going from left to right, Car #2 fits the best overall shape and model of how protruded the mufflers need to be, unfortunately, based on how I built the models I used 2 binoculars attached to each other to get that length and you can see one of the binoculars behind the wheel well. Not too fancy. #1 fits the overall look and shape I wanted, minus the spoilers. I could merge #1 and #4 to create the correct under carriage and mufflers as well as correct spoilers, but again there is a gap in-between the fins and body. If LEGO created wedge plates without knobs I could make this work by double up the plates and use another technique to hide the gap. Photo 3 Car #3 and #4 both have the correct rear wheel cover angle like you see in the tv show. I may do a 5th version where I combine #1 and #3. The largest issue is when doing this, I had to heavily modify the framework underneath to get the wheel slightly inside and keep the shape the correct 8 stud width without rubbing against the wheel. I think the total width of the rear wheel is 7 to 7.5 studs wide. Photo 4 Seems easy, but these body frames were difficult to keep together. I had to reenforce each shape to make the rear work. These models do not have a working front hood and rear storage compartment. I may want to build 2 or 3 models first to see how durable they are, then try to create an opening hatch. I had an earlier version with this idea I kept in case it could work. I just don't want to chance it until I try to see how the real models work. SPECIAL NOTE: I wish LEGO Created 1x3 inverted transparent yellow slopes. I will use Transparent Clear for the real car build. Photo 5 A great profile on the car #2 where you see the binoculars behind the rear wheel. Not happy bout those. Photo 6 Shows you how the front looks. A bit hard to see without a blue render. There is an air intake below creating the "smile" like in the anime. The anime creators said they designed the car to have a smile underneath where the 2 buzz blades come out so that the car smiles as he zooms past his enemies. Simple old anime approach to comedy. Photo 7 A better angle of the car. Photo 8 This is Car #4, see how the spoilers create that awesome point just like the real car? Photo 9 Nice profile, great rear wheel well cover, terrible that the plate wedges don't offer the same shapes without knobs. Blue Renders This is my first attempt at doing these. Any suggestions on creating better renders or somehow getting better lighting to make the white easier to see, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
I have begun to plan out a MOC I have been wanting to do: a UCS Mach 5! And, I am going to include ALL 7 abilities! I will try to find a way to put in the jacks, homing drone, tire treads, red headlights, blades, bullet prof protection, and periscope. This is where I will be posting my progress as well as asking for suggestions.