Just saw these, Nice work Karl,
I always love to get driver figures which are not always easy to find. I'm in the camp that feels the figures add to the model (In all genres). I appreciate the wrestling with car and truck builds as the painting schemes leave little room for error. Gloss paint/finishing requires a whole other set of skills and patience, and a clean room.
I just built an Italeri truck model which I'll put up soon and it was trying to say the least. I'm going to attempt the Tamiya LaFerrari soon, and that should really test my gloss painting resolve.
Nice story about your Dad as well. Certain models , like songs, can take us right back to a moment in time.
Nice to see these cars, figures, and the cases as well.