Dale finished the 1/12th scale Model Cellar bust out of the box, and painted it with acrylics. He then
used artist oils for shading and highlighting.
In case anybody is wondering, Count Francesco Baracca, (9 May 1888 - 19 June 1918) was Italy's top fighter ace
of World War I. He was credited with 34 aerial victories, flying Nieuport 11s & 17s and SPAD VIIs or
XIIIs, before being shot down and killed. Baracca was very popular in Italy and became a national hero.
As an interesting side note, around 1916 Baracca had adopted a prancing horse as his personal emblem, in tribute
to his former cavalry regiment from before he became a pilot. In a twist of fate, in 1923 his mother,
Countess Paolina met Enzo Ferrari after he had won a race in Ravenna, and the Countess asked Enzo to use this
horse on his cars, suggesting that it would bring him good luck. Although the design was modified, the
prancing horse of Ferrari has gone on to become one of the most recognizable logos in the world.