Alfaholic wrote: ↑
Mon Apr 26, 2021 8:01 pm
That is just magic Jerry.
Like your son, this was a period of F1 that I will long remember, being a Ferrari and Schumacher fan.
Tom wrote: ↑
Mon Apr 26, 2021 5:24 pm
That looks amazing!
Thanks guys! My son is quite happy with it.
Press on Regardless
: My latest project revolves around my Signature Project. Paul (reeft1) has a connection with Doug Woods who co-drove the winning Toyota Corolla on the 1973 Press on Regardless Rally, which gave Toyota its first WRC rally win. Doug graciously agreed to sign a plate to go on a display base and also offered to have the driver, Walter Boyce sign one as well. The plates are in Doug's hands, buy Covid restrictions prevent him at the moment from driving the 30 miles to Walter's home since its across provincial lines. In the interim, I decided to start of the base for the model I will use. I am still waiting for the model (Trofeau) as well.
Using bits of foam packing material, I glued them to the base I cut from some scrap shelving material, to create some low terrain. I covered the foam with drywall joint compound slightly with water to allow sculpting of the terrain. The road section in covered with yellow tape in the center and the yellow covered portion in the foreground is where the signature plates will go.
Next step once the joint compound had dried, was to spray it with primer to seal the joint compound and prevent any cracking. This also gave me an opportunity to see contrast in the terrain and fix any part of it I didn't like. For me, this is always kind of a hit and miss process, never knowing quite what I will end up with.
Next came one of my favorite steps, starting to put paint on the thing. I used a light colored textured paint base, followed with earth toned paint I mixed to suit the effect I was trying to go for. The Press on Regardless is held in November and covers that back roads of Northern Michigan. Surfaces on the rally vary from tarmac to gravel to dirt. Doug told me that they encountered just about every type of weather on the rally. I want to represent the Michigan land scape in late fall the best I could, using photos, and You Tube video as a guide.
This is the terrain with the fall ground foliage and leaf matter on the wooded forest track. The road surface is complete at this time and after painting the surface with textured paint, I used crushed soil from our garden to make the road surface. I sprayed the dirt with matte clear spray paint to keep the bits that weren't glued down in place.
I added some model railroad trees found on eBay and gave them some fall color. The next step will be installing the signed plates once I have them and the model when it arrives. It is going to need some "weathering" as well. This is what the car looked like on the rally:
I have a special affinity to this car. In 1974, I bought my first new car, a Toyota Corolla SR5 (Levin J depending on where you are in the world), which I briefly used as a race and TSD rally car. Unfortunately, even in showroom stock racing the cost to go faster (i.e. better tires) outstripped my meager wages at the time and rallys began to interfere with work due to the distances involved. So the car became my faithful daily driver for many years and is and will always be one of my favorites. So, thanks to Paul, I will showcase my inner racer with this diorama.