Three of (one of the best F1 drivers)……Gilles!

Gilles - F1 milestones

Few would disagree with that strapline, particularly when Enzo Ferrari himself likened Villeneuve to the great Tazio Nuvolari. “When they presented me with this ‘piccolo Canadese’ (little Canadian), this minuscule bundle of nerves, I immediately recognised in him the physique of Nuvolari and said to myself, let’s give him a try.” Continue reading “Three of (one of the best F1 drivers)……Gilles!”

Gilles Villeneuve 1/20 scale driver figure – first Ferrari drive – Mosport 1977


Another resin figure from GF-models which I’ve painted up; this time Gilles Villeneuve as he would have appeared when he had his first public outing for the “Scuderia” driving an F1 Ferrari 312T-2 in the Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport park in 1977. Continue reading “Gilles Villeneuve 1/20 scale driver figure – first Ferrari drive – Mosport 1977”

Team-mate or Traitor??

Ultimate betrayal

In the closing stages of the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola in 1982 Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi (both driving for Ferrari) were lining up for a thrilling One-Two finish in front of their home crowd.  Back in 1982 F1 cars were notoriously unreliable, fragile and prone to break down or run out of fuel.   With 15 laps left to run, the Ferrari team ordered their drivers to slow down to ensure the cars got to the finish.  One school of thought is that Villeneuve believed this meant they should maintain their positions and as a result they should “hold station” and finish without racing each other.  On the other hand, Pironi’s view was that they were still free to race each other and as a result he duly passed Villenuve a couple of laps later. Continue reading “Team-mate or Traitor??”

Michael Schumacher Jordan 191 Spa Belgium 1991 -1/43 scale figure

Michael Schumacher Jordan 191 Spa Belgium

I always liked the look of this particular figure from Denizen Miniatures.  Like all the figures in the Denizen range they have wonderful anatomical proportions for tiny 43rd scale, so I plucked this one from my stock of primed and based figures this morning and decided that I would paint him up as Michael Schumacher in his 7up Jordan colours when he made his F1 debut back in 1991.  Had he not been poached away by Flavio to the Benetton team, things might have worked out differently for EJ’s team…….bla bla … and if pigs could fly Continue reading “Michael Schumacher Jordan 191 Spa Belgium 1991 -1/43 scale figure”

Another Gilles Villeneuve helmet!

I’m making a habit of re-doing visors – it’s not that I like doing them but the first one I did for this version of the figure went missing!  This is the ‘GF figure of Gilles again as per his ’82 attire but this time I’ve included the visor for his GPA helmet. – As I didn’t have a decal for the “GPA” lettering at the time of construction, I painted it in, however, since then I bought the Modellers figure which comes with a really good set of decals – including the “GPA” decal for the helmet but there’s … Continue reading Another Gilles Villeneuve helmet!