Nineteen year old Molepolole resident, Olerile Matsuru, has taken the concept of basic wire cars (koloi ya mathale) and advanced it to include features that one would expect to find in a life sized automobile.
Such is his attention to detail, the wire car even comes equipped with hazard lights, brake lights, headlights, indicator lights and even a radio – all of which can be controlled from toggles and buttons attached to the steering wheel.
He employs a multitude of different colored light bulbs to portray different functions, emphasizing the realism that the teenager has sought to achieve. When one hits the brakes connected to the steering wheel, the brake lights flash red. Similarly, one is able to indicate in which ever direction they choose with a simple flip of the switch. All the lights he uses are reminiscent of Christmas tree bulbs and are powered by a standard Nokia cell phone battery.
In total Olerile estimates that he spends close to P600 for each car he produces. The majority of the costs can be attributed to resistors, capacitors, radios and memory cards. One may insert the memory card in a port connected to the steering wheel and be able to play music out of speakers attached to the car. He acquires the speakers by stripping radios that he bought for cheap and installing them in the rear of the car. He currently uses an 8GB memory card to store the music but has the capability to increase memory and storage.
The teenager began making wire cars as a meager hobby to pass time while he was in junior secondary school but increasingly took it seriously as time elapsed. By the time he reached senior secondary school at Kgari Sechele he was well versed in electronics – knowledge he acquired from his design and technology class. He aspires to study engineering at a reputable institution having recently passed his BGCSEs and in the future wants to design a myriad of remote controlled toys for children.
Speaking to the voice, Olerile said;
“It’s [making wire cars] currently a hobby but I am hoping to turn it into a business. All I am waiting for is capital to start. ”
Olerile can imitate the design of any car as all he needs is the life size measurements of the automobile before shrinking it down. Orders can be placed at 73234634 and take three days for completion.