Limited Edition, 1:43-Scale, Scratch-built Model of the Ferrari 156 Sharknose from the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix
Although this model of the 65° version of the iconic Sharknose was a limited-edition model, it was not made from a kit but from scratch largely using photo-etched parts made especially for LP Creation.
It is just one of a limited-series of 10 156 Sharknose’s built by LP Creation. The version shown here is Phil Hill’s car from the Monaco Grand Prix, the first race of the 1961 Formula One season, where Hill came in 3rd.
Another eight models were of the later version with the 120° engine which raced in the 1961 Italian Grand Prix at Monza, where Phil Hill won the championship in such tragic circmustances, and Ferrari secured their first Formula One Constructor’s title.
The only other model was a one-off of the yellow, 65° version from the 1961 Belgian Grand Prix driven into 4th place by Olivier Gendebien.
To get the bodywork to shape, the photo-etch of each body part was individually moulded to shape around a resin cast. The chassis frame, engine, seats, radiator and tanks were each made from scratch as well. The only parts that were not scratch-built were the carburetor air trumpets and the wheels.
The first of the Ferrari 156s was presented at Retromobile in 2004. Sorry, but all models in the series are now sold out.
The intention is to build a Chassis Model of this car in the near future.
Limited Edition, 1:43-Scale, Hand-built Model of the Alfa Romeo 159, Fangio’s 1951 F1 Championship-winning Car
This model of the 159 from the Spanish Grand Prix was based on a Renaissance kit which came with an engine and an opening bonnet. However, various transformations were then made to the kit. For example, the nose and the rear bodywork were cut off and the resin removed from the interior, and the louvred air-intakes were opened. Various improvements were also made to the engine.
In addition, a new chassis was made from scratch, as was the exhaust which was made from tubular brass. With the rear of the car exposed, a fuel tank was added, which was cast in resin.
The Spanish Grand Prix was the last of the 1951 season and would decide whether Ascari for Ferrari or Fangio for Alfa would take the title. Fangio was victorious and took Alfa Romeo’s second championship in a row and his first of five titles.
The Alfa Romeo 159 is a limited-edition series of 10 and was first exhibited at Retromobile in 2004.
Limited Edition, 1:43-Scale, Hand-built Model of the Mercedes W196 Streamliner, Winner of the 1955 Italian Grand Prix
The revolutionary W196 had been introduced by Mercedes at the start of 1954 Formula One season. The Streamliner, or ’Typ Monza’ version of the car became especially successful on high-speed tracks such as Monza. The Italian Grand Prix was the final race of the 1955 season, which had been dominated by Fangio and Mercedes, a partnership which secured Fangio’s 3rd world championship.
This model of the Streamliner was based on a Provence Moulage kit but was significantly modified to more accurately resemble the real car. The cockpit has been moved back by 0.5cm and the thickness of the bodywork reduced. There is a new engine and each of the visible parts of the chassis frame have been individually hand-made, along with the hinges of the fully-opening bonnet.
The Streamliner model is a limited-edition series of 10 and was first presented at Retromobile in 2005.
A limited number of the series is available for sale.
Limited Edition, 1:43-Scale, Hand-built Model of the Alfa Romeo 8C, Winner of Le Mans 1933
The 11th winner of 24 Heures du Mans, the ’Figoni’ Alfa Romeo was driven to victory in 1933 by Raymond Sommer and Tazio Nuvolari, the Italian’s one and only entry at Le Mans.
This detailed model is a limited edition series of 10, the base being an MCM kit. The engine has been scratch-built, and the fully-opening bonnet and boot lid have been hand-made from aluminium with hand-made brass hinges. The louvred openings on the bonnet have each been individually cut.
This model was first exhibited at Retromobile in Paris in 2007.
The final model in the series is available for sale.
Limited Edition, 1:43-Scale, Hand-built Model of the Bentley 4.5 Litre, Winner of Le Mans 1928
Affectionately known as ‘‘Old Mother Gun’’, Woolf Barnato and Bernard Rubin drove her to victory at Le Mans in 1928, and the car became the 7th overall winner of the race.
This is a limited edition, detailed model of a series of 10, based on an MCM kit. The bonnet is fully-opening and is hand-made from aluminium with individually-cut louvred openings. The hinges have been hand-made in brass, and the engine has been scratch-built.
This model was first exhibited at Retromobile in Paris in 2007. Sorry, but the series is now sold out.
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