Friday, 17 April 2015

Tomica Limited Vintage-Neo - LV-101b NISSAN GT-R NISMO N ATTACK (Red)

This has got to be the hottest 1/64 around at the moment.to

Prices are still very high - bordering on 1/43 scale at the moment and this is just 1/64!

You can see why though. Tomica have really got this market sown up by showcasing such excellent quality within such a small scale range.

The R35 GT-R'[s by Tomica are not at all easy to come by and I was fortunate enough to get mine from Japan Booster , who - as the John Lambert blog states - are the best in the business.

The NISMO N Attack version builds on the NISMO version already released with the addition of the high end rear spoiler.

I won't go on about the model as most of it has been covered before, but in red, this just looks awesome. It was the must have of 2015 so far. The detail is immense. I have blogged about it time and time again, but bang for a buck you cannot get any better than this.

An excellent casting that sits well within the Garage.

Some blurb about the actual car below to help understand "why".


Nismo Offers NISMO N Attack Package
Dedicated Option Package for NISSAN GT-R NISMO (R35)
YOKOHAMA, Japan (July 23, 2014) - Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd. (Nismo) is offering the “NISMO N Attack Package,” which takes the dedicated parts used by the NISSAN GT-R NISMO at the Nürburgring circuit, where it recorded the fastest time of any other volume production car, and combines them with assembly at the directly managed NISMO Omori Factory. This package will now be offered as a FACTORY LINE product and Nismo will be accepting orders starting from July 23rd.

On September 30th 2013, at the Nürburgring circuit, the NISSAN GT-R NISMO recorded a time of 7 minutes 8.679 seconds, a time which shattered the NISSAN GT-R's own previous best time by more than 10 seconds. Behind the wheel of the NISSAN GT-R NISMO was a driver squad led by Michael Krumm that was supported by a team of engineers and mechanics from both Nissan and Nismo. Together they took up the challenge of Nürburgring's Nordschleife (North Course), a track that is unique amongst all others around the world for combining a closed circuit with a nearby mountain pass, and this team superbly cleared the time that they had set for themselves.

The “NISMO N Attack Package” offers the dedicated parts that were specially developed through this project to achieve optimal speed such as aerodynamics necessary for superior down-force, suspension which can handle such a punishing road surface full of undulations and turbulent fluctuations, and full bucket seats essential to maintain the optimal driving position even under powerful g-forces. These parts are combined with assembly at the Omori Factory whose mechanics are indispensable in the tuning of numerous Nissan vehicles and who participated in the time attack project. This is really a package that allows you to faithfully recreate the vehicle which blitzed the time attack at Nürburgring.

There are two types of packages on offer in order to meet the unique needs of our customers. The complete “N Attack Package A kit” (two seat / notification of fundamental structure changes required) which allows you to fully enjoy the same performance of the time attack car and the "N Attack Package B kit" (4 seat spec) which is based on the A kit but also gives consideration to everyday use. For both the A and B kit delivery of the vehicle is received by the Omori factory and, after assembly, driving tests and the production of a notification of fundamental structure changes (A kit only) the car will be delivered to you.

In addition, the car can also be equipped with the optional, competition exclusive parts of a dedicated carbon hood gurney and six-point seatbelt intended for use only in closed circuits.

Sale of this package to customers outside of Japan is scheduled to begin after autumn.
■Package contents (components)*Note: The package outlined below is intended for customers within Japan.
PartPart Component partSpecificationsA kitB kit
Engine:
Powertrain:
Dedicated intercooler pipingCarbon
Dedicated ECM & TCMSpecial alteration parts
Dedicated Front L.S.D.Mechanical 1.5 way, steel plate
Dedicated Rear L.S.D.Mechanical 2 way, carbon plate
Suspension:
Brakes:
Dedicated shocks and springsShocks: OHLINS brand, height adjustable,
Damping force adjusted 4WAY
Dedicated stabilizersVariable roll-rigidity type
Dedicated front brake padsAltered friction materials
Exterior:Dedicated carbon front fendersDry carbon, flick incl.
Dedicated front add-on spoilerRubber
Dedicated carbon rear wingBlade: dry carbon, legs: aluminum + carbon dry cover
With two-point height adjustment mechanism,
12-point angle regulating mechanism
Interior:Dedicated full bucket seatsLeft & right, RECARO brand, carbon shell typeΔ*1
Rear seat finisherQuilting cross mat
Dedicated carbon rear bulkheadDry carbon
*1 You have the option of changing the driver's seat only (Cost charged separately)
N Attack Package A kit requires the manufacturer's option titanium alloy muffler.
Suggested retail price:N Attack Package A kitFrom ¥8,200,000 (base price excl. consumption tax) *2
Parts, assembly and painting costs included
Costs and expenses related to registration will be charged separately
2 seat spec requires notification of structural changes and the inspection period will be 2 years
N Attack Package B kitFrom ¥4,200,000 (base price excl. consumption tax) *2
Parts, assembly and painting costs included
*2 There may be additional charges depending on the paint color and condition of the car
In addition, Nismo will retain a portion of the parts that become unnecessary due to installation of these products
Compatible model::NISSAN GT-R NISMO (R35)
■NISMO N Attack Package optional parts (for both A and B kit)
Component partSpecificationsbase price excl
consumption tax
Dedicated carbon hood gurneyDry carbon fiber, competition exclusive
(can not be used on public roads)
¥80,000
Six-point seatbeltWILLANS brand, 3 inch full harness (2 inch shoulder),
competition exclusive (can not be used on public roads)
¥100,000

For more details, safety instructions or for dealers of this product, please visit:
http://www.nismo.co.jp/en/misc/contact.html

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

The golden period over?

I am trying to get back into getting involved with the AFL again...........but it is difficult.

Especially when the team you follow has enjoyed so much success over the last 10 years.

So glancing at the ladder, I am sad to see where we are at the moment:

Toyota AFL Premiership Season Ladder

 
2015
  
All Rounds
PosClubCPWLDFA%FormNextPts
1ADELAdelaide CrowsNo Change2200230126182.5WWMELB8
2SYDSydney SwansUp2200164104157.7WWGWS8
3GWSGWS GiantsUp2200188134140.3WWSYD8
4FREFremantleUp2200179128139.8WWWCE8
5WBWestern BulldogsUp2200182153119WWHAW8
6HAWHawthornDown2110199139143.2WLWB4
7WCEWest Coast EaglesUp2110218159137.1LWFRE4
8STKSt KildaUp2110182163111.7LWCOLL4
9RICHRichmondDown2110171163104.9WLBL4
10NMFCNorth MelbourneUp2110196191102.6LWPORT4
11ESSEssendonUp211013814893.2LWCARL4
12COLLCollingwoodDown211014916490.9WLSTK4
13MELBMelbourneDown211017119090WLADEL4
14GCFCGold Coast SunsUp202016521975.3LLGEEL0
15PORTPort AdelaideDown202011216767.1LLNMFC0
16CARLCarltonNo Change202014023659.3LLESS0
17BLBrisbane LionsDown202012521957.1LLRICH0
18GEELGeelong CatsDown202012122753.3LLGCFC0

This is the first time that Geelong have been bottom of the ladder since 2004 after the first two games. I have blogged before, the super stars have gone - Ling, Scarlett, Ablett, Chapman,, and the new team is somewhat unrecognisable:

B  James Kelly, Harry Taylor, Corey Enright

HB  Cameron Guthrie, Tom Lonergan, Jed Bews

C Andrew Mackie, Joel Selwood, Mark Blicavs

HF Cory Gregson, Mitch Clark, Steve Johnson

F   Rhys Stanley, Tom Hawkins, Darcy Lang

FOL Dawson Simpson, Mathew Stokes, Mitch Duncan

I/C  Billie Smedts, Josh Caddy, George Horlin-Smith

SUB Nakia Cockatoo

Staple players such as Selwood, Mackie, Hawkins and the talisman Stevie J are all quality, but the rest of the side does not really inspire.

Is that being harsh ? Possibly - the group need to look and play as a unit and with the margin of losses, it is going to be difficult,

The Geelong manifesto wrote a while back that the aim was to win Premierships. And every other year we did from 2007 to 2011. But it is now a period of change.

Whilst there is the expectation, we should not really demand - we have no right to be in the finals and need to earn it - and this is what the young guns will need to figure out and gel together.

Chris Scott is not a man who does not know what he is doing - look at 2011............but this could take time to get the tuning right. Look at the Lions, Pies, Essendon...............all big hitters who have not had much luck either over the last few years.

I will keep an eye on the Cats this year - I am not knowledgeable enough to write in depth, but they are a side I chose and I will stick by them through thick and thin.

Time will be a good servant.