Tamiya Tool set 1/20 – the “well used look”

The tools from the Tamiy F1 pit crew set is something I’ve been threatening to do for some time now.  I have a couple of pre ’80’s car dioramas in mind and I want to incorporate that “grubby” effect which is so much a part of the F1 scene arond that time.  It was a time when spanners, screwdrivers and oily cans and rags were all very much a part of the pit scene.  Nowadays, you would be hard pushed to make out the engine in the back of a modern F1 car – gone is the massive maze of … Continue reading Tamiya Tool set 1/20 – the “well used look”

Fernando Alonso – more 1/20 driver figures!

I’m still progressing through my stock of GF figures – this time I’m concentrating on Alonso in his Renault colors – I’m doing two versions – one wearing the helmet and the other carrying it and having a drink at the same time!  With the exception of the drink bottle tube, (the fingers on the hand which carries it) and some other bits and pieces the figures are more or less complete.  I spent some time getting the detail on the unworn helmet right (I still have to add comm’s wires, hans straps and visor) but so far it looks … Continue reading Fernando Alonso – more 1/20 driver figures!

Armco paint job – overcooked the weathering!

I think it’s back to the drawing board with this hairspray technique for me – I totally overdid the “scraping back” step and ended up with a very extreme finish and not really the result I was after  – stil it’s not the end of the world though as it’s something I haven’t tried before and well, I’m learning!  As I look at it again it would probably suit an older era Diorama – say the late 60’s although, the armco they used at that time was only two layers high – I’ll have a think about it – maybe … Continue reading Armco paint job – overcooked the weathering!

Armco, Lemsip and lead foil – a great cure for the common cold!

I’m laying low today with a bit of a head cold, so my output from the studio wasn’t great.  I piled in some vitamin c together with Panadol and armed with a few of boxes of tissues I did some on-line research for a couple of F1 modelling projects I’m planning.  I also got to work with some lead foil to finish off the Armco barrier I started a while back – nothing too taxing – when I needed a break from the web, I spent a while forming some foil round the end of the armco with a wooden … Continue reading Armco, Lemsip and lead foil – a great cure for the common cold!

Tamiya 1/20 Armco crash barrier

As an addition to the base for some of the 1/20 driver figures I’m building  at the moment, I’m going to use a piece of Armco barrier from  the plastic Tamiya pit set (see pic of set from Tamiya site).  The contents of the set are quite good and it still stands the test of  time since I bought it over 20 years ago!   When I bought it back then, I was building a Tamiya kit every couple of months and I must have intended doing some sort of diorama with all the cars I’d collected, except I ran … Continue reading Tamiya 1/20 Armco crash barrier

Ayrton Senna Senninha 1/20 scale driver figure

Still sticking with my miniature driver figures, I spent the afternoon refining the painting on this 1/20 figure of Ayrton Senna.  The figure is by CRAFT10 – a resin casting with brilliant crisp surface detail sporting a good facial likeness and a nice relaxed pose.    I’ve depicted him in wearing his Rothmans overalls from the tragic ’94 season at Williams, and rather than the Senna “S” logo on the T shirt, I decided to paint on the logo of his childrens charity, the “Senninha” foundation – which thankfully is still going strong with the guidance of his sister.   As I’m … Continue reading Ayrton Senna Senninha 1/20 scale driver figure

Michael Schumacher – 1/20 Driver Figures

I eventually had to take a break from the sketching, and today I spent a couple of hours blocking in the main values on these two resin Schumacher figures.  They are both 1/20 scale made by GF- models – I’ve modified them slightly by adding the gloves.  I’ll use decals for the “Marlboro” version , however, as I don’t have ones suitable for the “Barcode” version I’ll have to paint in the main logos.  I’ve already drilled out the parts of the helmets to take the visor lugs, radio cable and drink tube – more on these two later…meanwhile I’ll … Continue reading Michael Schumacher – 1/20 Driver Figures

Ayrton Senna 1/20 scale figure – WIP

Still working on my WIP line-up.  This one is of Ayrton Senna (an old Modellers figure) 1/20 in resin.  I decided to depict him wearing his own logo on what was going to be a very plain white t shirt.  Using acrylics, I’ve blocked in the main colours and have  added the stitching detail on the suit.  I’ll add some Marlboro logos and the like to inject more interest and in particular, I’ll add a large Marlboro panel to the back of the suit…… and the work continues – more later. Continue reading Ayrton Senna 1/20 scale figure – WIP