The Wingrove Workshop
News & Comments

June 2017

The new subject of this last 2.3 Alfa Romeo series, is the Touring Spider.  It is

in fact the same car used right at the start of the ‘2.3 Alfa Build’ series - chassis

Number 2111013 (1932) but shown now, as illustrated in an early photo of

1934, with an aerodynamic finned cover over the two spare wheels at the rear.

This is now shown as many of the other 2.3 Touring Spiders were originally,

with two spare wheels at the back and not the single one shown in my earlier 

miniatures, together with a streamlined finned cover over them.  When I first

was introduced to the car, it was used as originally modeled and several

further models were created in the same style.  This last one is for my own

collection, and as I have attempted to do in the past, to build the miniatures

for my collection as near to the original appearance as my research can show,

and not to the whim of the collector or owner requesting it.

These cars were built for the sporting type, and often raced in Sports Car

events - In fact they still are being used in sports car racing and touring

competitions today, and as such are rebuilt regularly, some times from the

ground up, and in many cases to the whim of the current owner, rather than

as originally created.  When they do try to restore the car to as original state,

the only evidence left in most cases will be found in these old photos. It may

not be of the actual car, but if of the period and the current owner likes it, then

that is what is now made and fitted. If you can find an original photo to your liking, with a date on it, then that is the point to aim for.

As will be seen in the ‘The Legendary 2.3 - Alfa Romeo 8C2300’.  By Simon Moore, almost all of these Touring Spiders, appears today as a one off, even though they may have been built in small batches, presumably all to exactly the same design at the start.  With such an excellent and comprehensive book - or books, as there are three volumes that cover almost all of the cars built - he does include at least one photos - if it exists - showing the car as originally built, so it is possible in most cases to show in the miniature - as originally built.


An After Sales Service to my book readers

Should you have found inspiration, ideas, or just picked up new techniques from my books, plans, and/or web site Galleries, and have photos of your work built as a result, and would like to give me the honor of showing them to others here, please drop me a line, and I will let you know how to proceed.


NOTE - Very poor photo copies of some of my books (among a number of others) have been sold on eBay as originals, and eBay, up to this point in time, are protecting the criminals, even though they have ample evidence of my copyright infringement. Should any one have had dealings with- Nicholas Thomas alias - phantomoftheauction09 - and/or  Michael Thomas alias plaininspain9 - or anyone else passing off fake copies of my books, I would be most pleased to hear from them.  eBay UK have now removed both of the above individuals, from their web site, but will not, as yet, provide me with the details I need to put them permanently out of business.  Until they do my advice is DO NOT SHOP FOR BOOKS ON eBAY-UK - Go to AMAZON and get satisfaction.


I am often asked about the availability of plans.  The following web sites have been brought to my attention, and I am pleased to pass them on here. Some of my own plans are available in my books.  For details, click on the ‘Books’ button on the ‘Home Page’



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