1984: Ghostbusters made its ways onto the big screen, Los Angeles hosted athletes from around the globe and the first ever flight in space by a human untethered using jet back packs happened. What better way to rock out to all these 80’s milestones than by pulling out a Sony Walkman® CD player. Introduced in 1984 and very shortly after the concept of CD players were introduced, the D-50 was world’s first portable CD player. The CD player was compact for its time equalling the size of approximately four CD cases with a weight of around 590g. Offered for less than 50,000 yen, this device sparked the adoption of the CD… [cont]
The 6 x C cell battery pack made it more luggable, than truly mobile, and from memory rechargeable cells (not the recommended alkaline) lasted about 3 hours. It survived many trips in the car with one of those cassette adaptors and a cigarette lighter power adaptor (which I also still have!).
I wonder if Sony were conservative with their first small CD player as its construction is solid, many steel components where later players used plastic. After the car CD arrived it was relegated to home but still gets occasional use. The CD in the photo, taken today, is spinning and sounds just fine.
If only they’d reissue my favourite headphones from that era, right, or a new version with the same form factor. I just got some new Sony ear buds which do sound better and leave those shite ones Apple supply with their iPhone for dead. However, I can’t wear them for as long as these sideways drivers which fit, me at least, better and left your ear feeling more “airy” thanks to the no-plug factor.
Want to build, or maintain, a 2010 Formula 1 Championship winning car? This Haynes Manual would be a good start.
The last/only Haynes Manual I owned was for a 1973 Fiat 127. Although the technology in this one is rather different the format is familiar. There are lots of cutaway illustrations, assembly diagrams and info on all the car components, systems and the technical rule requirements which drive the design. There is enough detail to satisfy a F1 fan, especially those who love the techo and design aspects of the sport, although not detailed enough to have McLaren heading for the local photocopy shop. It was written as the 2010 season unfolded and I guess you don’t win in 2011 by publishing all your secrets.
Along with technical detail on the car you also get team history, overview of design process and the team members point of view (from mechanic to driver). I thought my Dad would like it but consider it a bit rude to give a well read book as a gift, so I got two!
1980 Ferrari Pinin Concept, the one and only sedan with a Ferrari badge ever made, will soon be up for auction. This outstanding one-off was built to celebrate designer Pininfarina 50th anniversary… (continues with Ferrari Pinin Concept photo gallery)
The 1980 Ferrari Pinin will go under the hammer at the forthcoming RM Auction in London, England on October 26, where it is expected to fetch somewhere between £480,000-£550,000 or about US$742,000 to US$850,000….
I first saw the Pinin in Car Magazine, which I have been buying since late 1979. It made quite an impression on me and (in a very distant way) possibly played a part in kicking off my “career” in drafting, design, and CAD.
High School Tech Drawing: “The Forty Hour Project”
High School Technical Drawing (as today’s “Design & Technology” was then called) was a subject I enjoyed. Part of the Fifth (or Sixth?) Form requirement was a “Forty Hour Project”. You could choose any subject but had forty hours allocated to come up with a pencil drawing set documenting something reasonably complex. I think plan & elevation plus perspective/isometric were required.
I did a concept sketch for the Pinin interior loosely based on the concept car but with a rather BMW (or maybe Giugiaro pod dashboard ala Uno, Piazza) inspired instrument binnacle. I also had most of the centre console controls folding flush when the car was not in use (like the current Jaguar XF/XJ?). It was a design decision but also avoided drawing a lot of ellipses (without guides in those days) for all the buttons!
Hard to see but this is the best I could get. 1980’s pencil on an A1 sheet hard to shoot!
Plan & Elevations
Isometric, think I got an exemption to use ink for the LEDs!
Going to Tech on a Pinin?
This project was part of my application portfolio for the Product Design Diploma at Carrington Tech, now Unitec. I didn’t expect to be accepted (was happy to go back to Seventh Form High School & try again) but was. Who knows if the Pinin dashboard played a part in this but I suspect it did. A year or so later at we had to do a quick pen/pastel sketch exercise, any design, so I did another version of the Pinin interior (below).
James Allen on the life and times of a F1 engine. Interesting to see the Shell V Power Fuel I run the Flying Spaghetti Machine on (simply because Shell/Z Station is conveniently located on my commute) really might be keeping its valves clean…