oooooooh, i love it"" lets have all the details and background to this car please. i do believe Mark Gussin is bringing his "grand champion" 8ctf masa to the early birds for display along with a few others. mac p
I am sure that the driver issue will be addressed, but please check the period pictures of Mr. Shaw driving the car at indy and it looks pretty much right on except for the missing helmet visor... may be some additional paint detailing as well as more muscular forearms will make all the difference. It is obviously not easy to get the right "stance" and may be Mark Gussin could help there with his usual genius (I don't know how else to qualify his incredible talent).
Daniele and Gabriella Ostorero are manufacturing these beauties (there will be a total of 5 versions) under a licence agreement with the Ferrari-Maserati Group (screw Mattel and their marketing narrow-minded fat pigs). They will, as the previous and future cars offered by these nice people, be available in pre-painted kit form and RTR and of course feature Slot.It parts kindly supplied by Maurizio Ferrari such as motors, bearings, guides, gears etc. In the USA, Electric Dreams will supply their usual retailers and while the price will reflect the current dollar-euro fluctuation, they already have lots of pre-orders and inquiries as they are virtual objects of art which may be used for racing, just like the real thing. We hopefully will get enough of them to supply all the demand.
In the UK, Pit-Stop-Distribution is the importer.
There is a real 8CTF in Connecticut, belonging to Joel Finn and catered for there. These machines are the absolute pinnacle of Italian racing cars, aesthetically extraordinary inside the sleek bodies with fabulous linkages and delightful details. While not quite as fast as the Offenhauser-powered machines of the time, they were consistant enough to win the Indy 500 twice and were very competitive over a period of 10 years. I personally cannot think of any Alfa Romeo, Ferrari or Maserati that generates as much emotion when one is confronted with the real thing, even compared to a 450S or a P4. I am really happy that Daniele chose this model and did such a great job at it, but his Watsons were already outstanding as can be seen here:
Well, after talking with Daniele, here is a bit more info:
1/ The driver shown in this first assembled car is not the final product. Daniele says that the final driver will be different and will have metal-etched goggles and a correct peak-equiped helmet.
2/ The color of the car at the Indy Museum may actually be wrong and too dark in relation to the color of the car in 1940. The car was repainted in the 1950's, then the 1970's and this was done over the black color of the car as found. The IMS is well known for poor restorations. Ferrari-Maserati SPA is currently helping in providing the correct information. The correct color may be more like the sister car currently in Connecticut and restored for Joel Finn, and actually quite close to the model painted by Daniele.
I had always had my doubts about the METALLIC. But the contemporary coverage does describe it as Maroon. Not red. The only contemporary photos I have are in B/W but I don't see the metallic.
What are they using for their color source? Or do they assume that it was left in the original Maserati red?
Daniele told me that the pictures do not really reflect the color of the car very well. The real car was darkish red, almost maroon, but indeed there was no metallic in the paint. The car in Connecticut actually is painted the correct color.
I have pics of it somewhere, I will dig them up.
Also please understand that this was the first car assembled "just to see if everything fits" and that we are still a bit away from production.
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