Forums Scratch Built Models Bugatti Type 59

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  • #8937
    DB
    DB
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    I thought I would join in on the pre-war builds.  Anyone doing a 1934 Bugatti Type 59?  I spied a kit, so before I buy I wanted to check with the group.  Thanks Dave

    Dave

  • #8939
    Art
    Art
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    At the Coppa D’oro Trials f1nutz tested/raced one I believe… visit the topic here.

    I’m sure there will be many more to come – I’m on the hunt for a kit myself… B-)

    For PGP classes fantasy period liveries are also allowed but it is nice to see everyone focusing on raced liveries…

    Enjoy your build!

    BTW, I believe you had some RS Slot Wheels suitable for that project but if not I do have a few sets of wheels/inserts/tires for that car if you do need them – just let me know…

    ...just lay it on the line...

  • #8945
    DB
    DB
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    Thanks Art.  I thought I had seen one on the site.  The type 59 was raced in 1933-34, bigger engine, gearbox etc.  I believe that f1nutz’s was from the 1926-30 era, though body styles are very close.  Yes, I think my wheels would do very nicely on it though will need help with the tires.

  • #8948
    MiA
    MiA
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    Dave:

    I’m doing a Type 59 now. Don’t know whether it will be ready for the 22nd or not. No reason not to make yours as well. Certainly the more the merrier!!

    I’m doing mine in the softer powder Blue as opposed to the navy blue of the pictured car. They raced in many liveries and were the epitome of Bugatti GP cars. They make an unbelievably beautiful noise (if you like that sort of thing!!)

  • #8949
    DB
    DB
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    Thanks Michael, I ordered the kit this morning so realistically it will be a 2019 showing.  I am learning towards a black livery but will have to check out if they raced in that color. :good:

  • #8950
    f1nutz
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    Mine is an earlier type 35, though Michael is probably the only one who will know the difference ;^)

    Good luck with the build. The Bugattii certainly dominated some grids back in the day so as Michael says the more the merrier!

    I know there was a black Bugatti (may be a Type 35 I can’t remember) at the Oshawa auto museum.

    They displayed it at the Toronto Auto show a few years back.

    Not sure of its race history though. You should take a trip over and check it out if it is still there.

     

    cheers

    Bill

  • #9396
    DB
    DB
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    After seeing Jim’s wonderfully finished car, I am encouraged to show the progress I have made on the Bugatti.  The main tasks left are the guide system,  the motor bracket, decals, final clear and then I can put it together.

    The wheels are RSslots with Dart tires on the rear.  The front tires are RSlots but I will pick up more of Arts.  The chassis is brass and one piece which I contoured to the space available. I will have to strengthen the rear axle for sure.   I had to modify the exhaust as I didn’t mount the engine, I used a piece of plastic card and drilled all the holes to accept it so it juts out more than I would like.  I cut it and linked with a piece of 1/16 piano wire. I estimate the whole car will weigh 65 grams.

    I am happy with the look using Vallejo paint.  I used black primer as well.  After the water based paint dries you have to clear it before you can handle it – don’t touch or wipe the paint before hand.

    The car will be driven by  Achille Varzi, #18, debut in the 1933 Spanish GP with a 4th place finish.  The engine is 2.8 L. I believe in 1934 they increased the displacement to 3.3 L?  Michael will know for sure.

    Achille Varzi  http://www.grandprixhistory.org/varzi.htm   Check out the 7th picture — could that be a the Spanish GP?  The car #s seem to match up with the starting grid.  Spanish GP starting grid  http://www.kolumbus.fi/leif.snellman/gp3316.htm

    Onward and hopefully upward ……….

    DB

  • #9397
    MiA
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    Excellent!! Looks great with the cycle fenders. :good:

    And yes, the original 4 cars built in ’33 had the smaller displacement 2.8L motors from the type 57 and while promising they weren’t up to the Alfas, Mercedes and Auto Unions of the era. For the 1934 season rules were changed to the 750kg. formula and the cars frames were drilled for lightness and the engines stroked to achieve 3.3L. They were still a bit heavy (749.5kg.) so often they would be pushed to scrutineering minus their magneto just to make weight. B-)

  • #9398
    Ken
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    Very cool looking car! Nice progress report too. Looking forward to seeing it run.

    Ken

    I came in last. But had a blast!

  • #9406
    Art
    Art
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    Looks very nice DB! :good:

    ...just lay it on the line...

    • #9407
      DB
      DB
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      Thanks guys.

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