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Bugatti Type 35 1/12

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Re: Bugatti Type 35 1/12

Postby PeteJ » Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:58 pm

jaykay wrote:The engine block highlights the problems i was expecting with this kit that have so far kept me from buying it.
While you achieved a nice even look with the sandblasting, the real engine doesn't have a cast surface because it was machined and treated with this typical for Bugatti "engine spin" pattern. To achieve this would mean to get rid of all cast in details before trying to apply it or go even further and scratchbuild the block from aluminium... that is if you have the necessary equipment/means to do so... and who has!? It's a dilemma!
I'll follow and look forward to see what you will do with this build!


Well, there are a few of us stupid enough to try it. This one is 1:25 scale. I haven't worked on it for a while because of health issues.
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Re: Bugatti Type 35 1/12

Postby ah100m » Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:48 pm

Photos that I took of the unrestored 35 at the Revs Institute.
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Re: Bugatti Type 35 1/12

Postby ah100m » Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:49 pm

One that shows the finish on the firewall
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Re: Bugatti Type 35 1/12

Postby jaykay » Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:51 pm

I don't consider that stupid. Nice!
I had the Monogramm kit too and plans along those lines, but it was stolen from my cubicle in the basement along with some other kits.
Still have Basic43 kit, but that won't get this sort of treatment :-)
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Re: Bugatti Type 35 1/12

Postby jaykay » Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:52 pm

F1tommy wrote:Those photos are nice but show a non supercharged car. The Type 35B that Hiro attempted to model has a supercharger.


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Re: Bugatti Type 35 1/12

Postby jaykay » Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:53 pm

jaykay wrote:I don't consider that stupid Pete. Nice!
I had the Monogramm kit too and plans along those lines, but it was stolen from my cubicle in the basement along with some other kits.
Still have the Basic43 kit, but that won't get this sort of treatment :-)
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Re: Bugatti Type 35 1/12

Postby ah100m » Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:45 pm

Whether the car is supercharged or not the engine finish would be the same I propose...
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Re: Bugatti Type 35 1/12

Postby johncarmodeller » Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:31 pm

Exactly right ah100m. Machine turning was restricted to the dash and firewall. The engine was finished with a cabinet scraper. Some over restored cars have had machine turning applied to the engine. It was not done by the factory. Cheers, John
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Re: Bugatti Type 35 1/12

Postby ah100m » Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:06 pm

Well, not really a cabinet scraper but a metal scraper tool. Google "metal scraping" and you'll see a lot of resources and illustrations. If you go to

http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/v2B590C8 ... 20tips.jpg

some of this technique might be useful.
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Re: Bugatti Type 35 1/12

Postby PeteJ » Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:25 pm

I did engine turn the valve covers and top because it is a T50A engine that is differant from the standard Type 50. As near as I can find, there were 7 T50A engines build for the P100 project. The A was distinguished by its magnesium block and half ran clockwise and the other counter clockwise. In most original photos of the covers were either scraped or just flat. However, and darned if I can find it, there is only one surviving engine left and it has engine turned covers. I believe it is in a Bugatti museum in Molsheim. It is all polished up and the engine turning may have been added later but I liked the look of it so I am taking a little artistic license.
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