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Due to the Coronavirus, some of our overseas suppliers are closed.
We will continue selling those imported parts until they’re gone.
Hopefully, this crisis will be over soon, and we will be able to re-stock.
Marvin, Jorge and Frank
Here is the latest news straight from LeGrand 1/8 Collection:
"Dear customers, today we would like to give you an update on our highlight, the LEGRAND MB 300 SLR "Uhlenhaut" Coupé kit, scale 1/8 from LEMKE. We regret the long delivery time, which is due to the difficult situation worldwide in recent years. The toolmaking for the approximately 1,000 high-quality components is now complete. We are expecting the final prototype, which will serve as a model for series production. We will then send another update with pictures in a newsletter. The first edition of item no. LE102 is already 3/4 pre-sold worldwide. The expected delivery date is Q2/2023, the expected price $1300.00. (We reserve the right to make any adjustments to the delivery date and price depending on the upcoming production situation and currency fluctuations.)" View the complete update PDF including new parts photos here.
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In 1935 the Brooklands race track, just outside London, was the venue for very popular motor races. It’s banked track allowed for phenomenal speeds at a time when most ordinary cars could barely reach 60 mph. That year a Napier-Railton racecar, designed by Reid Railton and powered by a W-12 Napier aircraft engine set the fastest lap time ever with an average speed of 143.4 mph. All this on a notoriously bumpy track in an open seater with just a bucket seat for the driver and no safety belt!
Sadly, the Brooklands race track was closed during WWII so the Napier-Railton track record still stands.
The 1930s were tumultuous times, both politically and economically. Despite that, the transformation of motor cars, from the staid upright carriage-like designs of the 20’s to the streamlined designs of the late 30’s was amazing. The fascination with that transformation led me to model a couple of Rolls-Royce Phantom IIs, based heavily on Pocher kits, but with lots of modifications including adding missing detail and correcting mistakes. Subsequently I scratch-built a 1:8 scale 1935 Austin Seven. After that the Napier-Railton seemed like a fun project.
Necessarily, the Napier-Railton would have to be completely scratch built. But I had already taught myself CAD and 3D printing was readily available, so the biggest task was creating a reasonably accurate set of drawings. The prototype exists, at the Brooklands museum, but because of COVID visits there proved impossible. Very few drawings of the chassis exist, but the engine is well-documented since it had been the mainstay of the RAF since 1919. Fortunately, I did find a lot of photographs of the car online and I was also blessed with the generous gift of some private photos that showed much of the detail of the car. The rest was triangulation based on the few measurements (wheelbase, track, tire size, etc.) that were documented.
The chassis is largely of brass construction but the engine, drivetrain and radiator assembly are largely built from 3D printed acrylic parts. The body panels were also 3D printed, in 0.8mm thick nylon, since my skills in brass forming would not be up to the task.
Like all highly detailed models, construction takes time. But I think the result was worth it!
Shel Urlik's1/8" Scale 1933 Bugatti 50T Engine in Aluminum
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