Monday, February 21, 2011


Here are some images of Bburago's 1/24 scale Bugatti type 57 Atlantique.
Bburago kits are some of the easiest assembly kits around. They come with a painted body and coloured plastic parts and no glue or paint required. However to build these kits properly means painting the plastic parts their appropriate colours, adding plenty of wash and minor weathering on chromed parts as well as panel lines and in many cases removing mold seam lines from the main body which means a complete repaint of the body if you want a decent looking model.
From Wikipedia"

Considered by some to be the most beautiful pre-war car, the Atlantic body Type 57S featured flowing coupe lines with a pronounced dorsal seam running front to back. It was based on the "Aérolithe" concept car of 1935. Like the Type 59 Grand Prix car, the Aérolithe used Elektron (a magnesium alloy) or Duralumin (an aluminium alloy) for its body panels. Therefore, the body panels were riveted externally, creating the signature seam.

The production Atlantics (just four were made) used plain aluminium, however. But the dorsal seams were retained for style, and have led to the car's present fame.

Only two of the cars survive. One is in the collection of Ralph Lauren, the second was owned by Dr. Peter Williamson, and won the 2003 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Williamson's car (#57374) was sold for between $30 and $40 million at an auction in May 2010 to the Mullin Automotive Museum located in Oxnard, California.


Arkonbey said...

Nicely done. What did you use for the bare metal finish?

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Arkobey - The closest match I could get was I used Tamiya Acrylic Chrome Siver followed by a Testors Clear Coat which dulls it to a German type silver.

Pat Tillett said...

What an amazing looking car. hard to believe that it was designed so long ago...

Warren Zoell said...

Yeah for 40 to 50 million it better look amazing.