Post by Howard Lynk on Nov 9, 2014 11:39:41 GMT -5
This car was built using the Penelope Pitlane Bugatti T50B body. It was modeled on the 1939 car that won the 1945 Prisoner's Race GP in Paris, France, driven by Jean Pierre Wimille. This was evidently the first GP race held in Europe after the end of the war, and the best finish recorded for the Bugatti T50B. Research indicated the drivers all wore their military service uniforms during the race, which suggested the tan color for Wimille's clothing.
The Penelope Pitlane chassis SM1-m was used, with a BWA 14K FF motor, and Slot-it gears. The wheels are Bugatti "wires & tires" offered as replacement parts by Le Mans Miniatures for their Bugatti Type 57G "Tank" cars from several years ago. Period photos suggested these wheels were also correct for the T50B version modeled here.
This was probably the most difficult car to paint and detail that I have attempted. Primarily because practically the entire model... car body, grill work, exhaust, driver & steering wheel, etc., are all one single casting. Definitely a test of my patience when painting/detailing!