Scott McCuskey's

Bugatti Type 50T

Over the years, we have had a thing or two to say about the Pocher Bugatti kit. Almost all of it is fawning praise and reflective of a slavish dedication. We gush, and we admit it. So when we get a wad of photographs sent to us of a delicious Type 50T in our favorite blue and sporting engine-turned cam boxes and cut-away dashboard, well, we are, as they say, chuffed. Tickled pink. Pleased as punch. And, of course gratified.

For years we have touted the Pocher Bugatti kit as the cream of the crop—accurate, well- engineered, and educational. And on top of that, the resultant model is as handsome on the shelf as the prototype was on the streets of Paris. We chose the Type 50T as our first commercial model, and we displayed Bugatti’s in various forms from Meadow Brook Hall to Amelia Island, and from the pages of several magazines. Scott McCuskey has apparently gone out of his way to prove us right.

The stars of this show are a set of meticulously engine-turned inspection plates and cam boxes, backed up with delightful banjo fittings on the oil lines, as well as adjusters on the throttle linkage. From the elegant leather door pulls to the other-worldly stitching on the seats, McCuskey’s Bug is a paean to this iconic design. Clearly this Mr. McCuskey fellow is a man of discernment and talent. He has taken the Pocher components, added our pieces, and the result is a remarkable model. We applaud his efforts and praise his results.

The choice of blue as the primary body color pays homage to Bugatti and elevates the Pocher model into the realm of an accurate scale replica. The fit and finish on all of the components is above reproach, and the wood door caps and wood dashboard serve as an inspiration to us all.

Researching such a rare car can be a challenge for even the most determined model builder, and McCuskey has demonstrated that he is up to the challenge. Subtle and accurate details are sprinkled throughout the model. Now, if he would just put a selection of the photos into a book with some captions, well . . . wouldn’t that be something to celebrate?