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    Bugattitude

    There are some users who proclaim to be UCP's biggest Veyron fans.
    Well read this after you've fetched your tissue box!

    "Nothing is too beautiful, nothing is too expensive": Ettore Bugatti

    About seven months ago I decided to create a Veyron screensaver for my PC.
    A 20 to 30 pic project was in mind and naturally I started off in the wallpaper sites. Viewing the beast from various photographic angles intrigued me more by the minute.
    After hooking into numerous related sites I soon had a hundred or more pics and was getting bored of the good old garden variety slide viewer in my system. I purchased the "Photo Slideshow Screensaver" and with the variety of transitions and effect options soon had a saver that was cooking with gas!

    Uncountable hours and litres of caffienated coffee later I now boast a screensaver with 2387 Bugatti only pics! 879 of these are solely Veyron.
    If I run this saver on single pic viewing at 5 second intervals (long enough to appreciate the picture and possibly squeeze in reading the title) with 3 second transition effects it runs for 5.3 hours without a single pic repeat! (Guiness, here I come!)
    It starts with Ettore's first "Tricycle" by Prinetti & Stucchi in 1899 to the latest 2007 16.4 Veyron.
    The latter, driven at top speed of 407 kph and using all her fuel in 12 minutes at this speed would need to be refuelled 26.5 times to catch my screensaver!
    That's a shit load of fuel!
    Whilst I would love to share this masterpiece with you, about 90% of the pics are copyright and I would probably spend some 150 years breaking rocks in a state penetentiary for my troubles. By that time Bugs will probably have broken the sound barrier!

    In my picture hunting endeavours I obviously hit numerous scale model sites and now my already "bughooked" brain was in for another overdose. Hunting Bugatti 1:18 scale models. How disappointing! Out of some 60 odd Bugatti Types there are only 6 depicted in 1:18 scale! Why?

    Obviously my first purchase was the AutoArt red & black 16.4 Veyron, which whilst it is a stuningly beautiful replica, it has no chassis detail whatsoever!
    Why?

    Next was her sister ship the AutoArt Chiron (my collection favourite for some reason I cannot pinpoint - this car just appeals to me above all the other) but once again AA omitted any chassis detail! Why? If you place these two models on a glass shelf and view them from the bottom it's like staring at a TV with sound but no picture! At the price seat belts would have been a bonus as well.

    Well, those were the two easy purchases as virtually any model shop of note stocks this brand. However, not to forget that both these are certificated limited editions.

    The EB110 is by far the most duplicated Bugatti in 1:18 scale. Virtually every Tom, Dick & Bburago 1:18 manufacturer had a go at this baby.
    Bburago issued so many colours (some never to be seen on the real cars) it would make Michelangelo blush! Even a full chrome job. Ever seen a full chrome car?

    They then went and stuck a load of decals on this prototype and called one the Monte Carlo and another the Daytona. To my knowledge, and I stand to be corrected, both cars that partook in Monte Carlo and Daytona races were EB110SS (Super Sport) models, which the Bburago is'nt as the SS has air intakes at the rear side window areas.

    My favourite is the Anson as at least it has a flip-up rear spoiler activated off the number plate. All other EB110's have fixed spoilers. I was very fortunate in finding this obsolete model. After inquiring about Bugattis at a model shop owned by a guy who could probably compare birth dates with a T13 Brescia, I rummaged through boxes of Maisto, Revell, AutoArt, Welly and who knows what the hell all only to find two, not one, but two Anson EB110's ! The price tags were so faded from age that I had to bargain a price with the old geyser. I eventually got the two for the price of one, gauged on a Bburago's price! Happiness is!

    Then Jaap Horst of "The Bugatti Page" lists an EB110 by Majorette.
    Another site mentions one by Ertl.
    I have hunted every web site from here to kingdom come and can find no trace of these elusive animals. Beam me up Scotty!

    The latest edition to this already flooded market is the EB110 SS Dauer by Maisto. Thank goodness for a variation! It's the only Dauer around in 1:18 and even comes custom with suspension!
    Nice!

    Next, up come the vintages.

    The T41 Royal Le Napoleon by Solido. What a stately name for a car that has no opening doors or boot! Why? Ettore built this car after having been critisised by a lady at some banquet for not having a limo that could compete with Rolls and the like. Now solido build the car that you cannot open the door for madamoiselle! Ettore must be doing 10,000 revs in his grave.(Retrospectively though,thank goodness Solido is now built by the little chopstick people who seem to have a better eye for miniaturising objects as the previous Solido's served better as doorstops than scale models.)
    Just to harp on this note - how many other 1:18 model makers other than Solido have doors that do not open???
    1:18 is a specific scale for detail not engineerable in smaller scales.

    Bburago's T59 Roadster and T59 Grand Prix and/or Bburago's T59 Grand Prix and T59 Roadster. Confused? Well the hell I was! These two cars are identical except the GP has no mudguards or lights or the Roadster has mudguards and lights. In fact I could not find a GP model so I bought 2 Roadsters and removed the mudguards and lights from the one so now I have a Roadster and a GP! Maybe just as well Bburago have gone bang. We can only hope that Maisto will be more inventive with Bburago's patterns now that they have apparently procured these.
    What I did though, to make an obvious difference to the two look-alikes, was to attach a radiator shield to the GP which incidentally is present in every picture I have of this car and the racing number stencilled onto the gauze. This really authenticates this model. Oh, and remove the spare wheel mounted to the exhaust. Racers did not carry spare wheels!
    I will post a picture of this mod once she is completed.

    That said and done if you're out of tissues use your hankey!

    Viva La Marque!


    P.S. Sorry for crap quality of pics! The blue job is the real thing.
    Pics of models & manufacturers are listed further down on this thread.
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    Last edited by Glisson; 09-30-2006 at 12:06 AM. Reason: Including pics
    Bugattitude
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    Hang on, So what do you have this Mega screensaver?
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    P.S. Incidentally, the Veyron would have covered a distance of 2157 kilometres through one cycle of the screensaver! That's from one end of South Africa to the other!
    Bugattitude
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    Ettore Bugatti

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    Bugattitude

    The Mega screensaver is there to add flair to my son's room where we have placed an entire wall with Bugatti memorabilia and the 8eight 1:18 scale models on glass shelves. You have no idea how aesthetically pleasing it is to see the models in the shelves with the saver pictures duplicating them on the screen. Awesome to say the least! It also serves as a library for me as all the pictures are titled. When we run it as a normal screensaver we consolidate pictures into 4 or up to 12 collages which obviously reduces the cycle time dramatically.

    Regards
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    "Nothing is too beautiful, nothing is too expensive"
    Ettore Bugatti

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    Why stick to 1/18?. In 1/24 there are several classic kits that make a perfect build. Heller has a T57 Ventoux, Monogram/Revell has a very 35 (I had the kit when it was issued in the sixties), Italeri has a 1/24 Royale, although it lacks decals to reproduce the "flower-covered" seats. Lindberg has 1/16 (if I remember correctly) kit of the white Royale.
    Are there any types missing or under-represented in the screen saver?
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    Quote Originally Posted by henk4
    Why stick to 1/18?. In 1/24 there are several classic kits that make a perfect build. Heller has a T57 Ventoux, Monogram/Revell has a very 35 (I had the kit when it was issued in the sixties), Italeri has a 1/24 Royale, although it lacks decals to reproduce the "flower-covered" seats. Lindberg has 1/16 (if I remember correctly) kit of the white Royale.
    Are there any types missing or under-represented in the screen saver?
    Many thanks for your input on the smaller scales. I contemplated this at lenght while visiting the various model sites but one needs to be careful not to make the displays look like a toy shop. The layout of my display is almost a very large diorama so mixed sizes would create a problem.

    The only Types which are obviously slightly under represented are the pre EB
    official Bugatti cars as there are limited pics on these purely because of the turn of the century era. All the true Bugattis are very well represented with a minimum of around 26 pics for pre T35 except for the T52 childrens electric car which I could only find 3 off. For example the T57 range has over 340 pics

    The saver has also been catagorised into Bugatti car paintings, postage stamps, adverts and catalogues. The Veyron section breaks the vehicle down through various production stages and supplier photos.

    Its very pleasing to see the response from a senior member like yourself.
    Much appreciated.
    Bugattitude
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    Ettore Bugatti

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    could this be of any help? It is a 1913 Lion BeBe. Or are you looking for contemporary pics?
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    I don't need any tissues, with my jaws opened wide the fan blew me dry like a zombie. Nice collection man, although I'm not a fan of pre-made diecasts. I hope we see that screensaver soon!! I don't have anymore pictures than what I got from the hi-res hideout.

    Oh time to slap back on my sweet little Veyron avatar.
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    [QUOTE=NuclearCrap]I don't need any tissues, with my jaws opened wide the fan blew me dry like a zombie. Nice collection man, although I'm not a fan of pre-made diecasts. I hope we see that screensaver soon!! I don't have anymore pictures than what I got from the hi-res hideout.

    Oh time to slap back on my sweet little Veyron avatar.


    Very sweet little avatar
    Comes from the test series
    Just love that sign on the back saying "High Speed Test Vehicle-Government Approved"
    What an understatement!

    Keep cool
    Bugattitude
    "Nothing is too beautiful, nothing is too expensive"
    Ettore Bugatti

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    Quote Originally Posted by henk4
    could this be of any help? It is a 1913 Lion BeBe. Or are you looking for contemporary pics?
    Tks again for the interest
    Have this BEBE and 23 others however pse send whatever u'v got as you can imagine once youre hooked in a project lke this u never know when theres one youve missed and yes contemps are very welcome!
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    Bugatti 1:18 Scale Models

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    Ettore Bugatti

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    Bugatti 1:18 Scale Models

    Last edited by Glisson; 10-05-2006 at 04:13 PM.
    Bugattitude
    "Nothing is too beautiful, nothing is too expensive"
    Ettore Bugatti

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    Bugatti 1:18 Scale Models

    EB110 Daytona by Bburago
    Bugattitude
    "Nothing is too beautiful, nothing is too expensive"
    Ettore Bugatti

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    Bugatti 1:18 Scale Models

    EB110SS Dauer by Maisto (Black)
    Features: suspension & some have flip forward seat backs
    Bugattitude
    "Nothing is too beautiful, nothing is too expensive"
    Ettore Bugatti

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    Bugatti 1:18 Scale Models

    EB110SS Dauer by Maisto (Blue)
    Features: suspension & some have flip forward seat backs
    Bugattitude
    "Nothing is too beautiful, nothing is too expensive"
    Ettore Bugatti

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