Digital Kit Design » AG Gondola Racer

Few forms of Anti-Gravity (AG) racing can compete with the thrill of watching pilots bank and spin their colorful Gondola Racers through circuits filled with towering obstacles and tight turns, all at breakneck speed!

I was inspired to create this anti-gravity racing vehicle by the game WipeOut for the Playstation which featured cool hovering racer designs plastered with bold colors and graphics. I think I love the series as much for its graphic design as its gameplay. However long before I ever heard of that game, I was doodling and drawing helicopter-like aircraft with large booms instead of propellers as their flight mechanisms. The Gondola portion of the racer has a bit of throwback to classic aviation designs of the 1940s and 50s coupled with modern sci-fi elements such as the anti-gravity pods located on the front and back of the boom and forward ailerons. As a digital kit, customers who purchase the files can print as many kits as they need to create racing scenes. For those that are more into dioramas depicting garages and tarmac, I also designed a towable trolly for the craft which also makes a great stand to display it since these craft do not have landing gear in order to stay light and nimble.

The AG Gondola Racer was designed as a digital kit using Autodesk Fusion 360. Due to the rush of constantly designing new monthly content, I have not been able to assemble or clean the one print I’ve made of it. While designed and optimized to be built in 1/35 scale, customers who have purchased this digital kit product have printed and enjoyed building it in a variety of scales up to 1/20 to my knowledge. I always consider the intended scale/print-size when designing to maximize what can be done to make sure all of the details are crisp and not too thin or thick visually.

The AG Gondola Racer was available to my upper-tier FichtenFoo Patreon subscribers as part of my monthly digital-kit drops during March 2021. After that month, the files were added to the Industria Mechanika shop as a retail-priced digital kit product. You can purchase the digital-kit files complete with instructions and print your own AG Gondola Racer here.

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