Russ Tom 1: Sick. 1996

Proportions that made me reminiscent of a Mattel Hotwheels toy, a paintjob of pimples with hairs growing out and a big fat "Boomcan" exhaust system . Yep, Russ Tom of Down Town HD Seattle was definitely walking to the beat of a different drummer. Sadly he died much to early (aged 46) in a helicopter accident in 2005.

A great original will be missed. I can't help thinking about what he would have built these days, as there was a great development (which I will show later) in his style going on.

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