For those of you who follow us on Facebook, you may be aware with the ‘Your F1 Models’ section. It is an album which shows some of the best models which you have sent in to the page. I am continuing this idea onto the blog, and so, if you can give me a couple of pictures of one of your models, I will interview you about the model and yourself. If you are interested in taking part in this feature, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org , or send me a message through Facebook.
The first model to be featured in this section is Rainman, created by Steve Mohlenkamp.
What is your name?
What is your career?
I am a commercial photographer but also a published automotive writer.
Where are you from?
Denver, Colorado, USA
Your favourite F1 team and driver?
Currently Nico Rosberg or Kimi Raikkonen. But it is undecided because I have always been a fan of Ayrton Senna, and still am! My favourite team would probably be Mercedes.
What is the first F1 race that you remember watching?
1970 Monaco GP, I remember Jochen Rindt winning.
How long have you been modelling?
Since I was five.
How many models do you build per year?
It’s seriously more like how many years per model! I put a relatively high amount of detail, and then build most into dioramas of a real Formula One moment, all while balancing a very hectic photography business travelling and shooting everything from racecars to travel destinations and cities.
What is the full name of the car and which driver and race does it represent?
Rainman is a diorama depicting Ayrton Senna’s practice in the wet in a McLaren MP4/4 on the streets of Detroit, during mid-summer, 1988.
Which manufacturer is the kit made by?
When did you complete the model?
Did you use any detail parts on the model?
A little bit of CF decal, fibre-optic dash lights, and a battery powered rain light. The tire logos were streaked to emulate movement and the rain streaks in the air were created by scratching the original film negative with 600 sandpaper. The wet base was created with resin “water” materials from a model railroad store.
Which paints did you use?
Tamiya TS line, rattle can delivery.
Did you use any reference material for the build?
Yes. I was a working photographer at the race that weekend in Detroit 1988, and created all of my own reference this one particular time. Normally I always consult as much reference as I can find for each build, having a constantly and perpetually growing library right in the build room.
Here are some of Steve’s other fantastic models. You can see more of Steve’s photography skills on his website: http://www.stevemohlenkamp.com/
Thank you to Steve for taking part in this interview. If you would like to have one of your models shown on the blog, send me an email at email@example.com or via Facebook.