Skip, Have a look on the net at various peoples pictures taken at the IPMS UK ScaleModelworld 2014 Competition there may be another picture or two buried away there somewhere. The attached ones will give you some idea. I made the model in 1/12th scale
The erroneously named tulip wood Hispano Suiza is actually planked in Honduras mahogany fastened with thousands of brass rivets. The photo that Harry P placed shows the real car as it looks today. It appears to be very over restored! Having seen many photographs of the car in the past the lovely patina of the original polished wood from over the years has gone. It looks as though it has been rubbed back to bare wood and covered with what looks like polyurethane varnish and the metalwork now appears to me to be far too shiny. The lily has been well and truly gilded! I cannot understand why some restorers go so far over the top and unfortunately to my eyes subsequently destroy the essential character of what they are working on. I had a bash at making a 1/12th scale scratch built model of this car as it appeared in the 1920's long before the wooden pontoon fenders were fitted in the 1950's by a Thames boat builder in London. It originally had swept front and rear aluminium wings and also low profile windscreens fitted. The model was entered in the 2014 IPMS UK Scale Modelworld Show at Telford where it gained a Silver award. It was planked with pear wood veneer strips to simulate mahogany to scale and hundreds of 0.5mm brass rivets fitted, rubbed down carefully and sealed with button polish. The hood was set in the open position to show the engine detail and the interior was was fully trimmed in fine pale blue glove leather. The model was a bit of a challenge with all the repetitive drilling and rivet setting with epoxy adhesive. Tedious rather than difficult work but the end result was worth it.
A friend of mine has bought the Fisher kit of this aircraft and it is very accurate. The original Bugatti 100P has been restored for static display and is on show at Oshkosh Air Museum. it was discovered hidden in France after WW2 and shipped to the states. The engines were taken from it to be used in a couple of Bugatti car restorations. A flying replica is being built so it will be very interesting to see how the aircraft handles. The original never did get to fly, so how it would have performed is pure conjecture. There is a book about the Bugatti aircraft written by Japp Horst that has lots of technical details, photos and drawings that can be bought via his own website.
Interesting comments! People will always have differing opinions but the trick is to be able to be 'at one' with another without necessarily sharing their point of view. Forums are a wonderful thing to be able to freely discuss different ways of looking at things. We should all be able to agree or disagree on things in open discussion, provided that there is mutual respect and courtesy between participants. I have had many lively discussions on forums with contributors with completely opposing views to mine, and all parties remaining civil to each other at the same time.
Scott, You certainly got a real bargain getting that Merc for 30 bucks. Those Casadio kits were very expensive when they first came out. Metal kits throw up a few different challenges to plastics. Incidentally, Europe uses the ISO Metric system for threads and tapped holes. looks like you were having some problems with threads on the Bugatti kit. I expect that UNC and UNF threads are the norm in Canada and the USA. Try a dedicated engineers supplier rather than a hobby tool stockist for ISO Metric tools. In the UK try a company named Chronos Ltd who specialise in model engineering stuff, and will certainly stock metric as it is more common over here. They can probably do mail order. Alternatively, get hold of a local Mercedes, VW or Audi dealer dealership workshop manager and ask where they source metric stuff locally. Hope this helps.
Thanks for the feedback Mike. Appreciated! Afraid that I am a Luddite when it comes to facebook! I will have to look and see when they are coming back on stream. See that you are from the Berkshires in New England. I come from Berkshire over here in England, although I now live in another county in the UK. Visited the coastal area in your neck of the woods a few years back on a cruise up to Quebec in Canada out of Boston only 2 weeks after 9/11. Visited Bar Harbor, Portland and Kennebunkport on the way. Lovely countryside. I guess where you live is similar, even if inland. Boston is a nice city. When I visited, there was a hell of a lot of infrastructure work going on with tunnels and roads being built etc. I guess it may be finished now.
Depends on the kit, your skill, and how deep a wallet you have. There is a plastic kit by Trumpeter of the Ford GT40 and there will be a Multi Medium kit available from CMA (Creative Miniature Associates) both in 1/12th scale.
Hi John once again. Forgot to ask in my last two posts where you got the tyres from? Obviously they are not the Aifix/MPC items. Are they from another kit or proprietary items? Incidentally, there is a guy named Peter Buckingham over here in the UK who has also super detailed the Bentley Kit. Just go onto the internet and punch in his name followed by Bentley and it should throw up some pics. Reckon you might find them interesting! Kind regards Noel Smith
Your Bugatti is really coming along fine and looking real good. I particularly like the way you are improving on the kit without resorting to after market parts. great work, and will be following the build with interest. I also picked up on an earlier post about Hornby. They are a UK based company who have bought out the rights to the Pocher brand name. They bought out the Rivarossi model railway company in line with their own main product line and Pocher was originally a Rivarossi company. Hornby also now owns Airfix and resurrected the Pocher name with the Aventador kit, using the expertise of the Airfix company. As far as I know they have no intentions of resurrecting any of the old Pocher classics, although ironically they have set up a showroom at their UK HQ with an example of all the old Pochers beautifully displayed in dedicated display units. Kit manufacture has come on a long way since the old Pochers were in production in the 1980's, so the Aventador naturally should be much, much better than the Pochers of old. I wish that they had made a Bugatti Veyron kit instead!
A number of years ago when this kit was first issued, a guy named Matt Irvine here in the UK did a diorama using this kit and a 'Back to the Future' De Lorean. I think he has a website. Possible there will be a pic or 2 on there. Matt used to make special effects sci fi models for the BBC, a number of which have been used in older series of Dr Who and I believe that the Liberator from Blakes7 was one of his creations.
Tamiya's Aston Martin British Car done in LH Drive!!!! Could do with a RH Drive Dash. But then I live in the UK! Why oh why don't kit manufacturers offer both dash options and windscreen wiper positions in their kits.....Especially if Kerbside models. Also, cannot understand why Airfix still keep making 1/32nd scale car kits instead of 1/24th scale. Seem to be out of sync with everyone else.