My name is Remo Duca, I live in Galvez, province of Santa Fe, where I was born in 1924. From my father -who was an artisan working for the Argentine Central Railway Company- I learnt the craft of working and welding tin plate. As an example of these acquired skills check the armor costume I made for myself when I was 16 and wore it for the town’s carnival.
I studied to become a teacher, though my first official job was as a National Bank employee. All in all, I always saved some time during the afternoon when I would work as repair man for typing machines.
As part of my bank clerk I moved to Buenos Aires, where I was blessed with the opportunity of seeing first hand the tryouts for the Argentine Republic Grand Prix of 1949.
I had a bellows Kodak camera back then, with which I was able to photograph my idol Juan Manuel Fangio aboard his 2000 Ferrari.
By 1956, times had changed; I had returned to my hometown in Galvez and married. It was then when I first came with the idea of building a toy scale model of Fangio’s 2000 Ferrari. I ended up assembling nearly 50 of these unique toys that were distributed and sold in local shops.
It wasn’t a business oriented project. It was more of a challenge that I had set myself to, and I was pleased enough with the results… I then returned to more profitable activities building bicycles.
This last photo features my kid, Charlie playing with two of the models I made back in those days one of the models is the numberless prototype I have donated to Bob and his Toy Museum.
How I made them
I used oil cans I got for free.
I had confectioned molds to mark the figure on the tin
I cut the silhouette with a tin cutting scissors. The tires I cut them with bass drums in order to achieve a perfect circle.
I trimmed the items with a variety of tools.
Wood Hammer for the chassis.
Striker pins I built myself were used for ventilation openings in the hood and the seat upholstery style.
Iron castings to engrave each half tire.
Roulette tick for the gas tank and the back upper part.
I tin welded all sides in a montage platform that allowed me to hold the items still, this was extremely necessary to achieve parallel axis.
Once the chassis were assembled I painted them with a compressed air brush I had made myself, and the numbers were stamped from rubber.
The axes were made out of 1/8 inch wire and I pressed the ends to achieve a wheel top. The windshield is made out of alcohol cleansed x-rays. The red prototype features a special closed chassis and wooden tires. The upcoming models were built with an accessible kind of chassis reached from the bottom and molded tin tires.
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