Many new cars were designed and built using full-sized, three-dimensional mock-ups of the car. These mock-ups were usually made in metal or wood and were commonly known as ’bucks’. These ’bucks’ were used to determine the correct position of the inner structure of the car to enable the body to be mounted on the chassis. They were also used as a pattern to make the panels for the body so the fabricators could weld them in place on the chassis as a full skin.
Inspired by these mock-ups, Pierre Laugier has created a series of 1:43-scale models called ’Bodybuck’ Models. Two versions are available. The first is a Wire ’Bodybuck’, which is hand-made from pieces of fine brass wire that have been soldered together and formed into the ’bodybuck’. The second, and newest version, is a ’Wood’ ’Bodybuck’ which is made from specially cast resin and hand-painted in oils to resemble real wood. Each model is formed to follow the contours and outline of the real car.
These models will be available in a small series only and the range will focus on competition sportscars.
The Wire ’Bodybuck’ is available in a choice of finishes, either the original brass, or a painted finish in a range of colours. Some models will also be available with a small piece of the bodywork attached.
The ’Wood’ ’Bodybuck’ is available in either a light or dark shade of ’wood’, as preferred.
All current models are shown here. The Maserati ’Birdcage’, Ferrari 250 GTO and Ferrari 250 TR58 are all available in both Wire and ’Wood’ versions.
All models are presented on a white base with a clear plexiglass cover, and are siged by Pierre Laugier.
The ’Bodybucks’ also make ideal companions to other models, such as is shown in this specially commissioned display of the Ferrari 250 TR58.
Please ask for further information about what options are available to accompany a ‘Bodybuck’ Model.
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