Saturday 13 November 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday #130

Thank you to Tracy from 'Hey Harriet' who organises and hosts this meme.
photo copyright M R Oakley
Mark is one of the charming vets who look after our animals' health. In his spare time he  builds 1/12 scale F1 models from scratch. They are mainly from the 70s with some from the 60s and some from the 90s and later. He builds them for his own interest, each one representing a year's work from start to finish. They are not working models and are intended for museum display - indeed, he has been invited to display at the world-famous National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in Hampshire, UK.
Each model is 12" - 14" long (30 -36 cms)
Mark's meticulous approach involves photographing the original machines with permission, drawing his own engineering plans, and ensuring that the model he subsequently produces is as faithful to the original as he can make it. To this end all bodywork is removable so that the engineering can be seen and the underside of each car is carefully replicated. 
You can read more about his models here

By posting this blog I hope to draw attention to some of Mark's requests. If anyone can help or knows someone who could be of assistance I know he would be most appreciative.
1: He is looking for someone able and willing to print a small number of single decal sheets with a large proportion of white, using an Oki printer. The decals are all smaller than approx 30mm to suit a 1/12 scale model racecar subject. The artwork would be supplied, or be drawn up by the same person with use of an Oki printer.
2: He would be able to supply only basic artwork and photos of the desired end product (decal) and would appreciate someone with a drawing program such as Coral Draw or similar, to produce the digital artwork prior to printing on an Oki printer, with draft copy on plain paper for my final assessment before committing to the Oki printed material on the appropriate (Oki style) water-slide medium. Fee to be discussed, hoping to keep this realistic.
3:  He is very keen to see an Hewland TL200 gearbox from a Grand Prix car or Sports Car, in the UK, preferably out of the car on the floor/bench to measure and photograph for a scale model.

4: On an unrelated subject, he is keen to acquire a (spare/no longer wanted) FAI Home security on/off hand held remote control, preferably from the UK.
I shall be posting this in various formats (ie: with different illustrations) throughout the next few weeks in the hope that someone will be able to help.


  1. What a thoughtful way to hopefully help a friend! Very interesting post, Janice! Hope you get some great feedback!


  2. Nice! thanks for dropping by! Happy Weekend!

  3. This is a beautiful model. As a kid, I put together lots of car models, realizing of course that the details weren't very good...Yet here, the attention to detail is outstanding, a perfect capture of the real thing. Wonderful that someone with the passion of an artist is able to maintain that passion while helping others. Nice!

  4. Your vet has an interesting hobby. I would never have that kind of patience!

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Happy shadow seeking this week.

  5. That is some amazing detail that he puts into these model cars. Even more amazing that the body work is removable for seeing the inside engineering.

    hope he finds what he needs on his list.

  6. It looks like Mark is very good at building models.

    Let me check with my son-in-law about decals. He builds model helicopters and I think he may have ordered decals such as what Mark wants from someone in the U.S. I could be wrong, though. Keep your fingers crossed!

  7. What an amazing model - I wondered why you had a photo of a racing car, until I read the text! I'm sorry I can't help with any of the requests.

  8. Amazing craftmanship are shown in this. I hope he finds the assistance he needs.

  9. Intriguing model created by a unique artist! I wish him well in seeking collaborative support! A fascinating post!

  10. Nice model.

    Saw your comment on Tracy's site.
    If you would like to see real kangaroos in my garden, cgo to my Nature Notes.

  11. God bless you for helping Mark, sorry, I would be able to help. Goodluck!

  12. Wow, that's cool! I wish Mark all the best with his requests. Unfortunatley I'm not able to help but he may have some luck on Etsy. I think there is a section somewhere on that site that you can put in requests for things.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

  13. WOW, I can't even imagine the discipline it takes to make these beauties, he's patient indeed!

  14. Wow! That is so cool - thank you for sharing about Mark's craft - it truly is amazing how he does that!

  15. RACER

    Racer in your car, go zoom!
    ‘Round the track—varoom, varoom!
    Faster, faster by the mile—
    Set the audience a-smile.
    When you reach the end at last,
    You no longer need go fast.

    © 2010 by Magical Mystical Teacher

  16. a wonderful way to help a friend!

    I will forward this to my brother, he know everyone who has and does everything

    we call him one degree of separation :)

    Happy Sunday dear lady

  17. Wow--really impressive! I had no idea at first that we were looking at a model. Amazing attention to detail.


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