When Paul Bischof was eight years old he got a paper model kit from his dad. After building it he continued with a few more, but then he thought he would like to build models of his own design. That was some years ago, he’s now up to about 45 cars and these are not your average Camaro or Mustang, these are mostly Formula One racers built from photos and precise drawings he creates incorporating incredible detail. The Red Bull RB7 shown above has an estimated 6500 pieces!
His raw material often begins with a cereal box, some paper and, in the case of the RB7, some Christmas ribbon for seat belts. The racers have very detailed engines, suspensions and chassis, plus the bodywork is finished in the proper colors with sponsor decals in all of the appropriate places.
Now before you dismiss Paul’s obsession for paper models as an extreme hobby most of us would have no time for, not to mention, patience, it’s what happened to him as a result that’s most interesting. He was going to send an email to Red Bull about the model he had built of their racer, but since it wasn’t finished he never sent it. Shortly afterwards, he received a phone call and it was Red Bull. They had come across his model and were impressed enough to invite him to their Formula One HQ for an interview. Long story short, he now works for the team in their design department, creating carbon fiber bodywork for the racers.
From cereal boxes and scissors to Formula One design team, … quite a leap.
You really should check his website and Facebook page. The in progress photos of the many models are fascinating and the whole hobby to career story is absolutely superb. A few tools, zero cost materials plus time, effort and perseverance. It is so cool! I love it.