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  • Full Name Noel Smith

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  1. Bugatti Fan added a post in a topic Heller Bugatti T.50   

    The Airfix T50 is one and the same Heller kit. It was marketed under the Airfix name when both companies were owned by Borden Holdings who also had Humbrol under their wing. The Heller Bugatti EB110 was also re popped under the Airfix banner.
  2. Bugatti Fan added a post in a topic Lindberg 31 Bugatti Victoria   

    Some time ago I visited the Donington Race Circuit's Classic Cars Museum hoping to see the replica Royale that the late Tom Wheatcroft commissioned to have built. The car was not to be seen. An earlier reply to this thread is showing the replica on display in what looks like a museum or private collection. Does any body have any idea if the car is in the UK and actually where it now resides?
  3. Bugatti Fan added a post in a topic Belkits   

    I saw a picture of Belkits box art for a Mark 1 Escort Rally Car from the 60's somewhere. Nice to see them dipping their toes in the water with a classic rally car instead of all the new stuff. If it sells well maybe we will see other classic race/rally cars as well like a Mark One Lotus Cortina or a Metro 6R4.
  4. Bugatti Fan added a post in a topic What do you wish was available in large scale kits?   

    A number of years ago I had a 1/8th Jaguar E Type kit that was very well detailed made by I think Bandai in the 80's. Not aware of anyone else making kits from this set of tooling. Regret selling it on and not building it as I have never seen one since. Before I get a shed load of replies this kit is not a re pop of the old Monogram (now Revell) kit that was tooled up in the 60's.
    Actually, the E type is such an Iconic car that a new tool in 1/12th or 1/16th would be nice with options to build it in RHD or LHD versions. Either of these would be a nice scale to super detail and not be too big.
  5. Bugatti Fan added a post in a topic 1/18 Duesenberg wire wheels   

    Bob....Congratulations on your Hubley Duesenberg build, preceding my IPMS van build in the magazine. Your article is so interesting that I read it a number of times over.
    It is by far the very best built model Dusie from a Hubley kit that I have ever seen. Fantastic! I built one of the SJ kits about 5 years ago and re spoked the wheels, opened up the hood etc. and added some other extra details. But yours far surpasses the model that I made both in finesse and detailing (especially all the incredibly fine detailing of your model's engine/clutch assembly). Making yours with the roof up and detailing it on the inside was also a really nice touch. Your choice of colours for your model really suits the car. Mine is finished in a two tone blue and there may possibly still be a couple of pictures of it in the gallery of the Scale Motorcars website from ages ago.
    I certainly picked up some very useful tips from your article, as it is always interesting to see a fellow modeller's approach.
  6. Bugatti Fan added a post in a topic Move over, Gerald Wingrove   

    The Misko models are indeed superb, as are similarly the Amalgam Models range.
    But to put it into perspective, they are produced by groups of highly skilled specialists in a small industrial envirinment, where various skills are pulled together to make the components for a finished model, and they both work in large scales as well.
    Wingrove's models are to a much smaller scale and he did everyting from the initial research and drawings to making everyting himself in the early days, and later when he re married, his second wife Phyllis took an active part in the model making process. They have now retired to Spain.
    There are other well known solo professional builders of model cars worth looking at who are on a par with Gerald Wingrove. Look at the models of Manuel Olive Sans, Rex Hays, Henri Baigent, Michele Conti, Guiseppe da Corte and Carlo Brianza who's models have become highly valuable over the years. More recently hobbyist and retired Kodak USA Engineer Tom Kirn has taken the Wingrove route and made some superb 1/15th scale models, and also Francisco Pulido in Spain. There is also a superb professional car modeller in the UK named David Hayward who works mainly in wood. All of whom are individual model makers.
    If you have not heard of any of these artisans, a trawl on the internet should pull up some info and pictures of their work.
  7. Bugatti Fan added a topic in Big Boyz   

    Just recently I noticed that Airfix have announced a pre painted snap together kit aimed at youngsters of the Bugatti Veyron. No scale given but I guess maybe 1/32nd in line with most of their other car kits? Price here in the UK about £12 ($16?US). Given this aside....Airfix are part of the Hornby group who have resurrected the POCHER brand. Looks as though they may be the only mainstream kit manufacturer to have licences from VW.....So who knows?
    A 1/8th scale Pocher Bugatti Veyron would be brilliant under this label.
    Really surprised that this car has not been kitted before in 1/24th scale by Revell Germany or by one of the Jap outfits.
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  8. Bugatti Fan added a post in a topic Bugatti Type 59 Scratchbuilt in 1/16th Scale   

    Thanks for the encouragement Ira. Skip, I hope you received your magazine by the time you read this.
    If any of you guys out there have any ideas about how my Bugatti article could have been improved, by all means please let me have your suggestions. I hope that I did not skimp on anything too much.
  9. Bugatti Fan added a post in a topic ITC 1911 MERCER RACEABOUT 1/8 scale?   

    Didn't know that a Raceabout kit existed in either 1/12th or 1/8th. The most similar car that Pocher did in 1/8th was their Fiat.
    There was a superb Bandai kit in 1/16th scale produced in the 80's and I think that there was also one by Aurora? in 1/16th scale along with a Stutz Bearcat.
  10. Bugatti Fan added a post in a topic Bugatti Type 59 Scratchbuilt in 1/16th Scale   

    Now that the November magazine has been in circulation for a while , I hope that many readers have enjoyed my Bugatti T59 scratch building article.
  11. Bugatti Fan added a post in a topic What's considered the 'Honus Wagner' (rarest) of model kits   

    Being a Bugatti Fan I would love to get a hold of one of the old Renwal Revival Exner Bugatti Kits.
    Has any body got one that has been badly built years ago and gathering dust or knocked about that I could restore even? The Bugatti Trust has a lovely little museum next to their hill climb course over here in the UK. It would be nice to build up a model of the Exner Bugatti to put on permanent display there.
  12. Bugatti Fan added a post in a topic bugatti 37a   

    Pocher made a T50 I believe in 1/8th scale a number of years ago. Could not afford at the time.
    Now........Silly money on Ebay!.......Still cannot afford one!
    Bandai made a nice little T55 in 1/20th scale a number of years ago.
    Their Type 41 Royale in 1/16th scale was a nice kit to build.
  13. Bugatti Fan added a post in a topic MPC 1/12 1930 Bentley Racing Car   

    My pleasure John.

    Just out of interest, Airfix re released this kit last year with a different number plate for another short chassis car.
    Hopefully, they may have sorted out the position of the Winged B emblem on the radiator shell. It should be where John placed it during his build. I cannot understand why Airfix got that detail so wrong as they had full access to the real car when it was in Neil Corner's ownership in the early seventies to develop the kit. The radiator shell is the 'face' of any classic car, so if anything should be got right on a kit it has to be the radiator shell. It beggars belief that in all the times they re released this kit over the years this one item had not been sorted out. Also, in the latest re incarnation of this kit, the parts that were previously matt plated are now just plain plastic, and the kit is not packaged so well inside the box as it was before. More loose stuff in bags.
  14. Bugatti Fan added a post in a topic 57 Belair 1/12 Monogram   

    The kit itself mint, straight out of the box leaves a lot to be desired, so having resurrected one that has been badly built is a real credit to your skills and patience. Must have taken hours of clean up ready for the black finish. That must be one of the most difficult colours to get looking good on a model car.
  15. Bugatti Fan added a post in a topic MPC 1/12 1930 Bentley Racing Car   

    Hi John
    I have been studying your posts of the Bentley build with great interest.
    It really goes to show just what you can do with an elderly kit with a bit of imagination, lateral thinking and an eye for detail.
    My own particular interests lie with the older classic cars and I am very impressed with your superb build.
    Kind regards
    Noel Smith