There is a special relevance to Motor Sport in the first of a limited line of hand-built 1/43-scale miniatures from Models of Distinction, of Ledbury, Hertfordshire. It is the Whitney Straight Maserati 8CM, the subject of DSJ’s recent book.
More usually employed in building up kits for private collectors, the man behind Models of Distinction, Steve Bates, was commissioned by 3011’s owner David Heimann to produce the white-metal model, which is only available fully-built and is limited to 120 examples.
It is modelled in its restored state, using tyres of current vintage pattern on photo-etched ADB wheels from Italy. Other etched parts include the famous shield-shaped grille and foot pedals, while the underside is fully detailed. It is priced at 129.35, plus £2 postage and packing. GC