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  1. Okay, we can be incredibly impressed with this
    guy’s creation, but really, which person is
    more pitiful, a guy that takes demorol for
    five days waiting for a wii, or this guy that
    spends twelve years obsessively scaling down
    a racecar?

    I don’t know what he does for a living, but
    I’d wager he spends ALL of his free time and
    money (didja see the workshop?) on this.

  2. i think the difference between this ferrari and a wii is that building a scale model from scratch is an art form…swinging a wii controller around the room is not. frankly i’m blown away by this guy’s skill, dedication, and patience. i’m also a car guy, so maybe i’m biased, but i see it more as his passion than him not having a life. this is the most impressive thing i’ve seen in a long, long time.

  3. I agree with Michael, I am a model-maker myself and building something in miniature is fascinating to me. It is an increasingly expensive hobby as models get more elaborate but at least it is creative, unlike video game playing. Don’t get me wrong, I love my XBox (I own three, don’t ask why) but modeling is a completely different satisfaction.

    Could he, as Jason suggests, with an equal amount of attention to detail and a further investment in resources create a full-sized auto? Perhaps. But really that isn’t the purpose of the hobby. To each his own, I guess.

  4. I agree with Jason; how much more difficult would it have been to make a full-sized version? And how cool would that be, to drive around in your bad-ass Ferrari, and be able to say you made it yourself?? I can’t think of a more sexy, souped-up simulacrum.

  5. I hate to be a spoil-sport… but, as a musician and a person-generally-fascinated-by-sound and the production of sound, there is physically no way that this model sounds like a real Ferrari. There’s just no way. Have you ever stood next to one? I can’t fathom that a 1:3 scale model could possibly reproduce the sound and physical vibration that a full size Ferrari makes. And to that end, why not just recreate the engine in full scale if all he wants is the “sound”?

    I do, however, understand that modelling is an artform, and I totally dig what this dude has done in that art. It is amazing how the gearbox actually works. I think that’s was fascinated me most.

  6. Like I said, impressive, but I can’t help but
    think it’s wasteful of an exquisite talent.
    All the Wii guy is wasting is a wanker’s life.

    I agree about the scale model not recreating
    the sound. Fluid dynamics is all about flow,
    and everything from the coolant to the gasoline
    to the exhaust is going to act different when
    moving through holes only 1/3 as big. It’s
    no wonder he doesn’t run the engine very long-
    he probably has overheating problems.

    OTOH, a twelve cylinder engine is going to
    sound beautiful no matter what the size.

  7. How can anyone think this passion to be a waste of obviously “exquisite talent”? To what ends should talent be exercised? Ones own or the whims of others?

    Two yeards ago next month, I was personally in the presence of this car. I stood next to it, I turned the steering wheel, I moved the shift lever, I held the key. As someone said, it is art, but it is something else indeed. It is about passion, it is about love. The current owner of the car, in Royal Oak, Michigan, bought it from Pierre, the creator, for a sum he would not disclose. He did say, however, that the amount was sufficiently large to allow him to buy a house. The agreement was that it would only be sold back to Pierre, never to another. He is now on retainer to build a Ferrari P4, probably the most beautiful sports racer ever created. Not a bad way to make a living…. with a loving.

    All art has its followers and detractors, but for me art has always been about emotion and this piece inspires me just as much as any I have been presented with…. ever

  8. Aside from the guy’s admiration for the engineering and artistry that went into the creation of the real car, it may have been a matter of, “Why did you climb the mountain? Because it was there.” In other words the challenge of making the “model.” Making the scaled down parts not withstanding consider other engineering hurdles such as fuel flow through a miniature fuel system the fluid dynamics involved therein. Things don’t necessarily work the same way in miniature as they do in 1:1. Viscosity of damper oil, sizes of various orifices, etc. – all an engineering nightmare. And that’s on top of figuring out how to make various small parts that actually work. It is quite an achievement!

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