In this workbench cluster I have five 43rd figures together with a rather surprising “find” in 1/32 scale!Â The “find” to which I refer, is a 1/32 scale resin casting of Tazio Nuvolari produced by an Italian company; Meridiana.Â Although I tend to paint exclusively motorsport related figures these days , I do stay in contact with whats happening in the world of military miniatures, and it was while browsing some of the new releases over the last couple of months that I was very surprised to see a 1/32 resin figure of Tazio Nuvolari nestling among the myriad of wonderfully sculpted array of Roman warriors, American Civil war and WWII figures!Â Â Â Â Motor sport related miniature figures tend to be produced in scales which closely match the appropriate diecast scales, hence 1/43, 1/18 etc.Â Â So not only was I surprised to find a figure of Nuvolari but for it to be scaled to 1/32nd (54mm) is quite odd.Â Â While 1/32 is not a “natural” diecast scale, it does however align with miniatures used in Slotcar racing (Scalextrix), so perhaps this was the intended use. Â It’s a beautiful casting and comes with it’s own little base and an optional laurel wreath (to depict Nuvolari as the victor) – what else! Â It’s beautifully sculpted to a wonderful likeness of the man himself and crisply cast in grey resin.Â I bought two, (needless to say) and once they arrived by post I wasted no time in getting one assembled and primed, so I’m looking forward immensely to putting some paint on it.Â I have plans to convert the second casting and hopefully produce some other versions of the Flying Mantuan in metal – so more on that later.Â Â Also cleaned up and primed are the figures I received a couple of weeks ago from my good friend (and wonderful caster) John Murphy.Â They include; Elio de Angelis, Gilles Villeneuve, Stirling Moss, Tazio Nuvolari and a 60’s sports car figure (Musso/Maglioli) – more on these later.Â Cheers for now,
I made a start blocking in the main colors on the 1/32nd Nuvolari figure and while I was at it I allowed myself drift onto a larger scale figure of the great man, which caught my eye on the shelf above my bench.Â The larger figure is a 1/20 (or perhaps a 1/18) resin casting I undercoated some time back (and has since been crying out for color!) so I took it into my head to paint his overalls that “cherry-red” colour he used to sport in his early days with Alfa Romeo.Â I say “cherry-red” when in fact, I’m not really sure what color exactly it was as I have only ever seen black and white photo’s of him wearing these dark overalls – hence my assumption they are a dark shade of red.Â I started out with an initial lighter shade, so I’ll darken them down (with a couple of glazing coats) at the next session – BTW, the weather is still holding as I write this in the garden sunshine,…… now where did I putÂ that (cherry) red glass of wine!