A model car and bike designer from The Nilgiris

They may look like toys, but the handcrafted miniature bike and car by G Roshan of Udhagamandalam are fully functional.

They may look like toys, but the handcrafted miniature bike and car by G Roshan of Udhagamandalam are fully functional.

It was in 2015 that G Roshan, then 12 years old, first laid eyes on a custom vintage motorcycle at a Udhagamandalam car show. “The owner of the motorbike didn’t let anyone near it, especially children. My interest in designing my own toy motorbikes and cars stems from this particular incident,” says Roshan, a resident of Udhagamandalam.

Fast forward seven years, and Roshan and his father Gorakhnath, otherwise known as Kesavan, have designed a fully functional toy car and motorcycle using refurbished motors from scooters. “We used motors from scooters and built the bodywork for both vehicles using a welding machine and a cutting machine,” Roshan explains.

Roshan's Collection

The Roshan Collection | Photo credit: SATHYAMOORTHY M

From the beginning of the design process to its completion, each vehicle made by Roshan, who is pursuing a degree in mechatronics engineering, took about four months. “We had no formal training for making the parts. I learned it by trial and error, working for hours in our makeshift workshop,” he says. “I only make them to express my creativity, and it’s fun to design, manufacture, build and finally paint these vehicles,” he adds.

Roshan and his family have always had an affinity for collecting vintage coins, stamps, cameras and also motorcycles and scooters. The family owns 15 vintage motorcycles, all produced between 1946 and 1995. “My Yezdi Roadking and my Yamaha RD 350 are my pride and joy,” he says, adding that he loves long bike rides.

The COVID-19 lockdown also prompted Roshan to take up modeling automobiles using polystyrene by hand. To date, he has produced around 15 iconic model motorcycles, carts, cars and trucks. “Handmade scale models require even more effort than running miniature vehicles. Each part requires a lot of work and patience. I have to cut out the models by hand and then make parts such as exhausts, wheels, tires and other parts using bits of pipe, pens and other things I find around the house,” he explains.

A miniature car

A miniature car | Photo credit: SATHYAMOORTHY M

Each model can take up to two weeks to manufacture. “I then do my best to paint the scale models as accurately as possible to match their real life counterparts,” says Roshan, who credits his family for supporting his interest in automobiles while growing up.

Talking about his plans for the future, Roshan says he wants to design modifications to superbikes that will allow people with disabilities to ride them. “I’ve seen people on superbikes having fun, and that’s a privilege that a lot of people with disabilities can’t enjoy. I am currently working on designs that will allow them to jump on these motorcycles and experience the thrill and joy of riding such powerful motorcycles,” he says.

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