A look at my scale modelling hobby.
Ferrari F1-2000 Formula 1 car.
I built this beautiful model of this Ferrari Formula 1 car in 2001. It's a model 'F1-2000' at a scale of
1:20, from the model manufacturer Tamiya (model number 48). It is a plastic miniature model with the
respecitive length, width and height of 222, 91 and 54 millimeters. The engine cover is completely removable,
so you can take a look at the powerful V10 engine. The nose of the car with the front wing isn't removable
anymore. The grooved rubber Bridgestone tires really finishes the look of this model. This scale model is the
version that started the French Grand Prix in the Formula 1 season of 2000. I chose to stick the decalls with
the number '3' and 'Michael Schumacher' on it. This was a really nice project of which I am still proud of.
The only downside is that I didn't spray the bodywork with red paint myself, but this is the only thing that
could have been better. Then again, I was quite young at the time I built this, and back then I didn't have
the experience to do such a neat paint job. In the painting of the smaller details, I managed very well.
Small Ferrari Formula 1 cars.
Since Ferrari and Michael Schumacher won the Formula 1 World Championships I have been collecting small
scale models of these champion cars. The four cars that you can see are the 'F1-2000', 'F2001', 'F2002' and
'F2003-GA'. All cars are in the scale 1:43 and I bought them at regular stores and at trade fairs. I have
three of those cars stickered with Marlboro decalls, and fine tuned the details with some paint. Of course
I'm still looking for the models from the 2004 and 2007 seasons...
A few years ago I really liked the so-called die-cast metal kits. These are scale models that you have to
build yourself, but are really easy with a limited amount of parts. You don't have to paint the bodywork
either as this is already mechanically done in the factory. The bodywork is made of metal, as the name
points out, but the interior and other accessories are all made of plastic. In
the Photo album you take a look at two
of these models, namely the Ferrari's 'F40' and 'F50'. I received the first scale model (already pre-built)
as a present when my parents bought a new car. I bought and built the second model myself. Some time ago I
took the models apart and painted some of the details so that they would look more professional once I put
the models together again.
I've got also scale models of the Fiat 'Cinquecento Abarth' (scale 1:24 from the make BBurago) and the
Ferrari '348 TB' (scale 1:18 and also from BBurago). I have taken both these models apart in order to paint
the details, but have not finished then yet, so I can't show you photos of these cars now, but once I have
put these cars together again and taken some photos of them, I will show them to you here online.
A couple of years ago I also bought a scale model set of the Ferrari 'Enzo'. This is a beautiful model from
Tamiya (model number 260) in the scale of 1:24. This model will only be built from plastic parts. At the
moment only the rear wheel suspension and the engine/gearbox are ready. Hopefully I will soon find the time
to work some more on this cool project. When I have got something nice to show you, I will inform you and
put the photos online.
In this section you can see the trucks and trailers that I've built during the past years. At the time I was
at primary school I really adored trucks, so during those years I built various scale models of trucks.
One of them is the DAF '95' model from Italeri (model number 788). This truck was built to the scale of 1:24
and has a length of 275 millimeters. This model is the 95/380 concept model with a special ATI engine. After
having built this DAF truck I started building the Scania 'R144', a new model from the 'Serie 4' range of
Scania trucks. This truck is built to the 144L specifications and produces 350 bhp. This model is also
manufactured by Italeri (model number 743) at a scale of 1:24, with a length of 247 millimeters. The last
truck I built is a Mercedes 'Actros' type 1857.
For variation I thought it would be interesting to build a truck trailer too. I built one, and that is the
so-called TOPAS trailer from the oil company BP. As with the others this is also an Italeri scale model
(model number 731), scale 1:24 and has a length of 430 millimeters. The real 1:1 version can contain 39,000
liters of liquid and has a length of 10.4 meters and a width of 2.44 meters. I liked building this trailer,
but the trucks were definitely more fun. In
the Photo album you can see photos of
the aforementioned scale models.
A long time ago I got a miniature electrical train for my birthday and not longer afterwards I started
building the scenery around this railway track. A railway station and a couple of houses followed and
continued expanding during the years that followed with more scale model houses, train wagons and nice
scenery elements like mountains, hills, trees, roads and more. For my fourteenth birthday I got a real
electrical miniature steam locomotive (type 'Piccolo', built by the famous German make Fleischmann, with the
type number '39 203'). The original locomotive comes from the early '20s and produced more than 1600 bhp,
weighed more than 160 tonnes and could reach a top speed of 110 km/h. My very first locomtive was quite a
simple, diesel locomotive, so this highly detailled steam locomotive was simply amazing, but also very
I added more and more details during the years. I created most of these things myself, including railroad
crossing bars and the high voltage pylons crossing the landscape. The railway network got expanded too, so my
trains could travel a greater distance. Some years ago I also installed lights in the houses and at the
facilities like the railway station and the water tower. With this effect, the whole layout looks even more
beautiful! All of the miniature parts in my world of the trains is on the scale of 1:160, which correlates to
the standard type N railroad track. In
the Photo album you can see various
photos of the landscape taken from several different positions. There are also detailled close-ups of various
objects. As you might have noticed after looking at the photos, I planned the whole board in three different
zones: rural (fields), city (buildings) and nature (forest/mountains). I hope you can see my thoughts behind
The final photo is actually very special because this is a photo of a real station, and you can find the
scale model of it in my landscape. It appears to be an exact copy of the 'Reichenbach im Kandertal' railway
station in Switzerland, and in this way I would like to thank my family for taking and sharing this photo.