The Junior High School made a field trip on March 2 to two museums in Nakhon Pathom – the Thai Human Imagery Museum and the Jesada Technik Museum. The purpose was to broaden students’ conception of Thai history through experiences more direct than possible in the classroom.
The Human Imagery Museum displays a variety of dioramas depicting scenes from Thai history such as the succession of the monarchy, traditional children’s games, and the era of slavery. The figures are so lifelike that students delighted in posing with them to create the illusion of participation in the scenes.
The Jesada Technik Museum is more the home of retired vehicles brought together by an avid Thai collector than a public exhibition. Nevertheless, it was interesting to try to identify some of these hundreds of cars, motorbikes, and even a hovercraft and helicopter. Most remarkable was the great variety of microcars which were produced in the austere days of postwar Europe, some barely big enough to accommodate a single student.
Article by: Teacher Colin Apppleton
William Marchal - Jessada Technik Museum
My item of interest is the Acoma Mini-Comtesse car. The Mini-Comtesse car was a type of car that was invented by Émile Boussereau and was produced at Larval in the 1970’s by ACOMA, then in Saint-Barthélemy-d’Anjou.
The production line of the Mini-Comtesse stopped in 1984. The director, Pascal Rabaté, added the Mini-Comtesse to some of his movies like “Les Petits Ruisseaux” and “Ni”.
When I saw this car I wanted one immediately. I could not believe that people would make cars this small.
When the tour guide showed us that the cars had small wheels next to the front wheel, he said that the front wheels prevented the car from tipping over, and we found out that you could pick up the car from the back and use the front wheels to drag the car with you. I also managed to get inside the car to see how it felt and to see the interior of the car. Later I also learned that people could drive these cars without a driving license.
Chatrin Damkham - Museum of Human Imagery
Museum of Human Imagery
I saw wax models in Museum of Human Imagery, and they looked real. I thought that they were real persons, and they looked scary, too. Sometimes I felt the models could blink or move their eyes, and it freaked me out. I heard that one model took two to three years to make. That was a long time.
Wax models in the museum show what Thai people did in the past and how they lived and about other countries too.
I am sure that if someone sold these models, I think one model would cost around one million or more because I think it’s hard to spend two to three years to make one realistic model. After I looked at everything in the museum I thought two ladies near the entrance were fake, but they were real.
This museum made me confused about what was real or fake.
Chatchanod Klungthumnium - Jesada Technik Museum
Jesada Technik Museum
On March 2, 2017, we went to Jesada Technik Museum where there were many old classic vehicles. When I first walked into the museum my eyes were hurting because the cars were too colorful. Every vehicle had its own interesting point.
When one of the staff took us on a tour around the museum I saw many groups of cars of the same model with many different colors. All the cars are still functioning. The staff told us that five of the cars were driven to Laos from the museum which took more than ten hours. I was so surprised that these old cars were able to drive that far. When we walked to the back of the museum there were many old motorcycles and bikes, some were rusted, some had spider webs on them, and some still looked new.
As we walked through the museum we looked at so many models of cars. The staff explained how they worked, where they were imported from, in what year they were made, and from what material they were made. The cars were mostly imported by ship from countries in Europe.
By Chatchanod Klungthumnium
Tanapat Kongsawat - Jesada Technik Museum
The DeLorean DMC-12 was manufactured from 1976 to 1981. Production was halted after two years since the company was bankrupted and had no money. However, DeLorean was later bought by another company called “Big Lots” and production continued.
The idea for the DeLorean was to be a car that did not rust and could survive for a very long time, so they had to use stainless steel to make the car which was very bulky and hard to put an engine inside it.
The DeLorean went through a lot of changes after they test drove it a few times. The engine was moved from the mid-engine location to a rear-engine area. The chassis was to be produced from a new technology known as “elastic reservoir molding”, which would lighten the car while lowering costs. The technology was found unsuitable after some test drives.
They switched back to using stainless steel for the chassis production. The DeLorean was not very famous, nobody bought them so they decided to put it on film in one of the best movies back then called “Back to the Future” where they used the DeLorean as a time machine.
I chose the DeLorean as my subject to write about because it is a very interesting and weird looking car. I was interested in the car when I was a child and was interested to learn about the DeLorean.