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Devin's Datsunda by rossriders
Devin's Datsunda
TL-DR Version

Trying to get my writing back in order, but may find drawing easier at this point. This is a car for one story I'm trying to make. A Datsun 240Z.

Been trying to make this story on my own but anyone who reads it will probably spot the Initial D influences. Oh well...not like I'm trying to steal the story, everybody is influenced by somebody else yada yada.

Long version:
I've been unsure about posting this since well...

I wanted to have a story chapter to go along with this among other things but in my attempts to get back into a story writing groove, I'm in a situation where it may be actually EASIER for me to draw a story out than write it down.

I could simply be trying too hard or not in a right direction but I'm at a roadblock. While I've been able to outline a backstory and such in both summary and to some extent detail, I'm still trying to honestly figure more deeper things out, such as making even one-off characters have actual depth to them.

While I'm trying to figure that out...I've been making some effort to get back into drawing but...I don't know if I'll be able to honestly keep at it on one end.

But I'm rather sick and tired of setbacks...so I may simply keep at it regardless of what the hell goes on with my life less I'm so pissed I'm breaking pencils (and yes that has and will continue to happen).

So...what about this?

A few story ideas have been on my mind for a long while. I don't think I can keep it a secret if I wanted to that among other things, Initial D and Wangan Midnight have rubbed off me a LOT and been wanting to make a story of my own.

Thing being though is while yes, I have those influences, I've been trying rather hard to make it MY OWN story on my own basis. I don't want it to be a carbon copy of either manga/anime, simply set it America but make it something of my own.

Only issue being with how I've been trying to flesh out characters...if/when I ever get to showing it, one of the protagonists will likely give reminders of Takumi Fujiwara even though Devin is as different to Fujiwara as night and day.

But I suppose when in a pursuit of something, even with all of the differences, when you're in pursuit of being the best and fastest at what you can do, there's going to be overlap regardless, influences aside.

We'll see...but, yeah, this car.

It's a Nissan S30, while known by the domestic market in Japan as the Fairlady Z, elsewhere it was known as a Datsun Z. I don't wanna simply re-tell the Z story so I'll get to what's what with this car.

As of now, it's had a few changes. Besides some obvious visual cues, it's had changes to it's suspension, brakes and tires to handle and run better. Far as powertrain components go, that L24 is a rebuilt model with more durable parts on the top and bottom end, with triple weber carbs and a large air-air intercooler, with a turbo that's LOOSELY based around the Garret TB03.

While the piston head, connecting rods and crankshaft are newer compared to when it rolled off the factory, it's new forged pistons are still at the same compression ratio as the factory.

No points for guessing why the boost is only at .70bar or about 10.15 lbs of boost pressure, the ignition timing is far less advanced (I'd say it's a retarded timing point but that word sounds...wrong for too many reasons personally) and ditto for the camshaft timing.

Power jumps from 130/150 (depending on what rating you're willing to go with when it came out), to around 200, sometime before 6k with the torque of 200+ coming before 5k. Thanks to it's new parts it revs at around 7k without any real danger (yet).

To help ground the power, it's got a Borg warnter/Tremec T-5, not unlike what was on the 280ZX S130 turbo in America, with an aftermarket LSD because screw inside tire wheelspin in a corner.

These engine stats are a guess based off me messing around in Automation Car Tycoon.

I know it still isn't entirely accurate but it's a smarter, harder effort than anything else I've seen. So I'm only doing estimates at best for some figures. That and I'm still a bit inept at recreating engines, granted I comb the net for more exacting to post more but...we'll see.
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Nissan GT-R LM Nismo by rossriders
Nissan GT-R LM Nismo
Been less than eager to post this car in light of the project for this machine being canned...

Which for many people will verify that it was doomed to fail regardless of things, but most of all since it was FWD.

I think it could have had a chance if given...but that didn't happen.

Then again I like Dayton Prototypes so I guess I don't like 'real' or 'successful' race cars eh?

...*bitter grumbling*

Was drawn a short while before the program was canned...

So my apologies if I'm not going to be giving Nissan much respect in the coming future.
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Gran Turismo 6 - For Paris...among other things by rossriders
Gran Turismo 6 - For Paris...among other things
Maybe one day I'll have something to actually say more about these but then again, I'm in a rather bad mood to put it midly.

It could be that I would need to get my thoughts sort out (which will never happen) because to simply open my mouth now would be a long-winded ramble/rant that no doubt will be missinterpreted, missunderstood, and twisted into some kind of bullshit to fit somebody's agenda...

Not to mention I don't fucking know anymore what to really say that hasn't been...

I'm still enraged...not helped by recent shit including an attack on Planned parenthood for fucks sake...and ...I'll say no more less I reveal more of my baser instinct would be reactions that some would call BS because it's assumed I'd never put them into action.

Be glad me among others can keep it that way...less we do something that while we may think is an appropriate reaction, may end up resulting in more problems than 'solutions'. ...

At least far as baser instincts and ingrained morality goes, in spite of where I am on that I still don't consider myself a good person no matter what I've done or will do to the contrary...

Maybe I do like hurting people...
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Riley Mk26 Ecoboost Ford colored/shaded/tinted by rossriders
Riley Mk26 Ecoboost Ford colored/shaded/tinted
For anyone who remembers this rossriders.deviantart.com/art/… from earlier, this is me trying to do some coloring/shading/tinting with it, as some attempt to try and get back into a swing of things.

I had a rant about how I'm a bit sick and tired of people wanting these 'death traps' to go away (never mind there's never been a single fatality and while some will railroad me to the 2014 Daytona 24 hours and also compare that to Le-mans 2011 as their proof, it ignores just how different those crashes were and I've still yet to see an LMP accident that had conditions very close to what happened then, never mind it might as well had been that very outdated construction that actually saved Memo Gidley's life to begin with but lets not let that get in the way of things)...about how they seem to ruin things (not going to lie there's an issue with BOP but never mind we're in a transitory period and all that but...

Maybe I'll rant another time when I have my head together (which given my luck will be NEver)...

So' I'll just leave this here for now.
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  • Listening to: Jon of the Shred -Obey, Consume... Escape
  • Reading: Stuff online
  • Watching: youtube
  • Playing: Hotline Miami 2 Hard mode
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: water
I wanted to make something more elaborate and in depth but I'll just get right down to what has been going on for a while.

Long story short -... my personal life has been...hellish, exhausting and a drain. Every time I try to write these things I'm either too rage prone or just exhausted, even if notes are made in advance about a topic...I seldom follow through.

So failing all that...I'm still here, though I'm getting a bit tired of saying something along the lines of 'I'm not back yet but I'll be there'. I just wonder if I'm actually being tired of it myself or because of past life expeirences and how others have reacted when I say such things no matter my sincerity or honesty.

I had a plan to post stuff once I got back into an artist groove but because that is simply not going to be a thing until there's drastic changes (such as me not being so ...broken), so I'm going to post up what I can when I can...and go from there.

Anything else...I'll get to when I can.

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rossriders
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Current Residence: US of A
Favourite genre of music: Rock, Techno, Rap/hip-hop, Jazz, etc
Favourite photographer: See 'Favorite artists'...
Favourite style of art: I have far too many to name...
Operating System: Mac OSX and Windows XP
MP3 player of choice: Winamp and I- tunes
Shell of choice: Whatever gets the job done...
Wallpaper of choice: Whatever I feel like putting on...
Skin of choice: The one I have on my body already
Favourite cartoon character: Kou Uraki (Gundam 0083), Fujiwara Takumi, (Initial D), Bruce Wane (batman)
Personal Quote: If you can't say anything right. Don't say anything...wait I've just said something..
Interests
  • Listening to: Jon of the Shred -Obey, Consume... Escape
  • Reading: Stuff online
  • Watching: youtube
  • Playing: Hotline Miami 2 Hard mode
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: water
I wanted to make something more elaborate and in depth but I'll just get right down to what has been going on for a while.

Long story short -... my personal life has been...hellish, exhausting and a drain. Every time I try to write these things I'm either too rage prone or just exhausted, even if notes are made in advance about a topic...I seldom follow through.

So failing all that...I'm still here, though I'm getting a bit tired of saying something along the lines of 'I'm not back yet but I'll be there'. I just wonder if I'm actually being tired of it myself or because of past life expeirences and how others have reacted when I say such things no matter my sincerity or honesty.

I had a plan to post stuff once I got back into an artist groove but because that is simply not going to be a thing until there's drastic changes (such as me not being so ...broken), so I'm going to post up what I can when I can...and go from there.

Anything else...I'll get to when I can.

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SacrificAbominat Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch. I'm glad you like my art.
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FERNL Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much for the :+devwatch:
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Clu-art Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for faving 'Green Lantern Optimus Prime'! :D
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I appreciate your watching me.
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THELEGOMack Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch! :)

And, interestingly enough, your birthday is one day before mine. :P
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temp01 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the Watch!!
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Eamanelf Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ty for the watch! =D
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cqmorrell Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for watching.
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tsunamidusher Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday, dude!
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rossriders Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks man, much appreciated :)
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