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Scale: 1/24
Manufacturer: Le Mans Miniatures
Material: resin figure
Built: 2005

Helio Castroneves did not begin climbing fences at Indy, he started when he won on road and street courses while driving in CART. This vignette shows Helio celebrating at one of those road courses.

The figure in this vignette is made from parts from two driver figures – most parts are from a standing figure but also the clenched fist from a sitting figure was used. The base figure had all its joints (including waste) cut and body parts repositioned. Putty was used to fill in the gaps. The helmet graphics have been simplified because of my inability to properly copy the graphics. A drink tube was added to the helmet. Decals for helmet logos and uniform patches came from many sources.

The fence is made from wood (painted to represent concrete), aluminum tubing, and screen mesh. Very small gauge wire and some metal ship modeling parts were used to represent the clamps that hold the fencing to the support poles. Wire was also used for the cables running along the fencing. Model railroad scenery supplies were used for the gravel and grass.