Built by: Markus
Minsinger, Kernen (near Stuttgart), Germany
When you look at the box art the Ricksha seems to be
not a very attractive car - most pics with the original colors make
it look like a toy .... but I gave the kit a closer look and found for
myself that the Ricksha is something like a hidden beauty - inside there
is a fine, good looking kit with good proportions and a high level of
details. With my version of a different reduced color scheme I tried
make that visible - its near stock built with just a few modifications.
Some features I changed:
- The engine got a different distributor and some basic wiring.
- The cooling hose was replaced by a piece of guitar string.
- Steering rod was replaced by a real metal rod to look a little finer.
- I replaced the front and rear springs with "real" ones.
- The front suspension arm was cut off the main frame into a separate
piece which could be moved up and down like the real one.
- The instruments got some decals and the steering samurai swords
grip was covered with a real fine black thread.
- The gear shifter was replaced by a long needle with the shape of
the original part - the head was left white to make it look like an
- The top was opened on both sides and some spokes installed to give
the look of the real top - finally I found on a local fair some material
to make that fine flower pattern on it. I like that stuff --its even
thinner than bare metal.
- The letters on the fenders were covered with bare metal.
- Golden Buddha, dragon and exhaust tubes were sprayed with a golden
base color and rubbed with graphite dust from a pencil to achieve
that deep, heavy full metal gold shine.
- The exhaust tubes got also open metal end tubes.
- What more can I say - oh yes, the hundreds of golden knobs on the
upholstery nearly drove me mad.
Have fun and enjoy!