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ptcruiser

1939 Bugatti T57C Tank

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I hadn't been by for a while and stumbled on this Group Build yesterday. Well, as this June will be my 23rd visit on the bounce to Le Sarthe for the "great race" I thought I have no excuse but to partake, if you'll have me along...

I have most of the Le Mans winners in my stash so picking the first to build was a bit of a challenge. It was solved by being the first I clapped eyes on :)

The Profil24 Bugatti T57C Tank, as driven to victory by Jean-Pierre Wimile and Pierre Veyron in 1939, covering 3354 km.

Parts shot:

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Most of the part count will go towards the wire wheels, but I'm sure it'll be worth it:

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and the other bits:

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If you are interested, and haven't already read it, I can recommend the folllowing:

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Puts the drivers of the day further into the hero category....J-P Wimile being but one. I have the Le Mans Miniatures '37 T57G which would be an appriate partner for this one, but that's for another day.

Rich

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Should be able to do it using the "full edit" option.

Nice choice, btw!

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Great choice ptcruiser! I certainly look forward to seeing this one take shape.

:welcome: to the Le Mans GB!

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Welcome to the GB, nice to see another Profil24 kit.

Those wheels look like they will be fun!

Cheers,

Warren

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Nice choice Rich. Getting quite a spread of cars for the start line now. Wouldn't it be great to have them all racing together. lol

Steve.

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Hi PT,

How's the Tank coming along.

Cheers,

Warren

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DISASTER

There I was, manfully doing battle with the wheels, standing at what can only be described as the bottom of a very steep learning curve, one wheel down with copious scope for improvement. Moved onto number two and thought, time to try the tyre and bingo. NO TYRES. I've only gone and misplaced three bloody tyres!!!! I can't find them anywhere. I'm going to have to send off for another set and it will be unlikely that I will meet the deadline.

In the mean time the body is painted and polished (no lacquer) and interior done. Delicate bits to add and I'd be there. :weep::weep::weep:

Rich

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Well, I think this is where my Mum would say, 'where did you last have them?' No, that never helped then and it sure won't help now.

I think we have all been there Rich. Ironically, they will probably be found in another model box the day after the replacements arrive.... :weep:

Even if you don't get them in time for the GB, please post pics of the finished Tank.

Steve.

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Well as you asked Steve, here you go:

One wheel on my wagon. Just resting in the well and the bodywork sitting on a stack of old business cards:

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Interior shot

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Blue is Halfords Lada Adriatic blue just polished out. Dash colour is as per instructions but I have seen Ian Knott's rather splendid rendition with an aluminium version. The '37 winning T57G resides in the US and has a black dash so a figured that why would they change something like that? Also it would serve as an anti-glare finish...

Besides 3 more wheels, still have the grill work and screen to add as well as the decals.

Cheers

Rich

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Well Rich,

apart from the 'obvious' problem with the wheels, she looks really nice. Colour looks great and I like the thought behind the anti-glare dash coating.

The Bugatti was a great looking machine and it looks like the Profil kit has captured it nicely.

Steve.

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Looking really good! Love to see it finished on four wheels. Too bad you haven't found them, but P24 have always been good in my experience, so hopefully you will soon get replacements.

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