Recent completions from my painting station – (updated 16th March)

Niki Lauda - Ferrari

I’ve completed painting these figures in the last few days; the Niki Lauda figure is a fine resin casting in 1/18th (and one of my favourites from the Racing Dioramics stable).  In complete contrast (figuratively speaking of course – sorry couldn’t resist it) is an 80mm metal casting entitled “Valentina” by the Italian manufacturer Pegaso.  No prizes for guessing who she supports on the Moto GP grid!  I used a bit of artistic licence applying her “leathers livery” with appropriate decals from my spares box, and to give her that real “edgy” biker look I painted on a rather risque “46” tatoo!  The Auto Union driver is a resin 1/18 figure I painted a while back, and just to give it something of a “lift” I applied decals to indicate the allegiances some Auto Union drivers would have displayed on their race overalls in the pre-war era.  Another resin figure I’ve painted once before (by GF-models) is a very nice 1960’s era driver in 1/20th wearing an open faced helmet.  Previously I painted him up as John Surtees, whereas, this time I’ve finished him as another famous Honda F1 driver (and the man who gave Honda their first F1 win in Mexico 1965) ; Richie Ginther.  Both figures go very well with the wonderfully detailed Honda’s produced by Ebbro in 1/20.  A resin figure of a grid-girl (in 1/18) struck me as a suitable subject matter on which to display that famous number “27” as carried by the late Gilles Villeneuve on his Ferrari.  I adopted some artistic licence in my version of the number board so as to include the colors of his helmet and the appropriate Maple leaf / Canadian colors.  To complete the rear of the board I used an Agip decal.  In the background is my 1/18 diecast Exoto Ferrari 312T4, Cheers for now,

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