Wednesday, March 18, 2015
1934 Bugatti Type 59
This kit within itself is a very simple kit to assemble. However I decided to punch it up a few notches with a new paint job done with a used patina look. I also scratched out a hood belt (built earlier) and a bug screen. I also decided to paint the front number and not use a decal. This enabled me to hold a screen look on the number which with a decal is difficult to obtain.
Here is how it appeared before
The final Bugatti race car of the 1930s was the Type 59 of 1934. It used an enlarged 3.3 L (3257 cc/198 in³) version of the straight-8 Type 57's engine sitting in a modified Type 54 chassis. The engine was lowered for a better center of gravity, and the frame was lightened with a number of holes drilled in the chassis. The signature piano wire wheels used splines between the brake drum and rim, and relied on the radial spokes to handle cornering loads. 250 hp (186 kW) was on tap, and 8 were made.