THE MAN BEHIND THE MINI The Men Who Made The Mini: Gentaro Asaki, painted 1:12

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Gentleman Asaki, pre-painted, 1/12 scale

Work size (including diorama base): W450 x D300 x H170mm
Award: 2010 Tobu Tamiya Modelers Contest Honorable Mention

Award Information edit: Sakatsu Gallery

This is another fun and stylish scene from Asaki.
On the left hand side from the front, holding an '89 Rover Mini Sprite, is the Mini's designer Sir Alec Issigonis.
Meanwhile, the man with the glasses is Tamiya's Chairman Shunsaku Tamiya. You don't notice it for a second, but he's holding a radio-controlled transmitter in his hand, and at his feet is a radio-controlled Mini Cooper!
In other words, the creators of the real car mini and the radio-controlled model mini come face to face in this film.

This is not just a prize for an idea, of course.
The first thing to notice is the well-made doll. The doll is made from a basic body and then a thin plastic plate is rolled up to make the doll wear clothes. The effect can be clearly seen in the collar and other parts of the figure.
The hair of the head is made of unravelled yarn to reproduce a natural look and feel.

Next is the car. Asaki says it was his first attempt at car modeling.
This is the first time for him to model a car.
This is the first time we've seen a car with a sprite on it.

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