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Akira Kogawa | Project | Technical documents
Scorpion series | Scorpion series evolution


Work in progress!

Akira Kogawa is, in my eyes, simply THE most influental RC buggy designer of all time.

He started working for the Auto Model Co., a design company that through Mr. Kanai and Mr. Chikuba still designs cars for Kyosho, like the modern Ultima and Lazer series. The legendary first generation Blizzard was his first assignment, at just 18 years old. He worked for the Auto Model Co. until he was 25 and gave us classics like the Scorpion, Tomahawk, Ultima, Optima and Optima Mid in the 80's. He left Kyosho and Japan to work for HPI in the United States. At HPI he worked as chief designer, and brought us, among others, the large-scale Baja 5B, a buggy that basically looks like a big Kyosho Ultima. He now (2015) runs his own design company, AKIRA Design, where one of his customers is Kyosho, for which he currently is busy recreating his former masterpieces through the "Legendary Series".


The Auto Model Co. where the magic was made!

A typical day at work for Akira san would be drawing/designing until 3 pm, and then he went to different places for test driving. The testing was done on various surfaces to compare handling and feel on everything from low grip, high grip and rougher terrain. Very little of the testing was done on actual race tracks.


Inside the Auto Model Co. the original design plans and drawings are still kept in files as of today. I would have given a lot for a peek in that "Optima Proto" case file......

Here is a recent (2015) interview with Akira-san, from "Radio Control Car Action" magazine, where he talks about the work with the "Legendary Series":





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