MINIATURES NEWS, May 1975
Grand Prix Models of Radlett, Herts., have brought out two more of their 1/43rd-scale metal kits, covering a 1932 Bugatti Type 55 roadster, modelled on the full-size car owned by Miles Coverdale of New York. The foldflat main screen with erect aero-screen, flowing wings-cum-running boards, two-colour scheme, sprung steering wheel, alloy-spoke wheels, with twin spares on the boot-lid, and the tubular front axle, are well reproduced. This is No. 10 in the series. No. II is the 1957 Chevrolet Corvette intended for Sebring and the forerunner of the General Motor’s Stingray, the design of the full-scale car being that of Zora Arkus Duntov. Both kits cost £3.45 in the UK. The intended 1927 Salmson kit has been shelved but we are informed that a kit for making up a 1954 Spanish GP Ferrari Soualo should now be in the shops.—W.B. In another World of models is the 1/12thscale 8-litre Bentley produced by Fulgurex, a Swiss company controlled by Count Coluzzi, a collector of renown and manufacturer of model locomotives, and to be sold in Britain
for an estimated £340 plus duty and VAT. This exquisite model, one of which we were loaned for a week, is handcrafted in brass, has leather upholstery, working headlights and steering and is based on G. W. Rothwell’s car, YF 5005. But mechanically it is not as detailed as the plastic and metal Pocher kits. Details from Michael Foster, Orchard Dene, Ratley, Banbury, Oxon. (Edgehill 279).—C.R.