CMC – 1:18 Bugatti T35 Nation Colour Project Portugal 1924


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Model Specs

  • Hand-assembled metal precision model, built with more than 930 single parts
  • Authentic replication of the body, crafted true to scale
  • Finished in the once officially designated red and white racing colours of Portugal (Starting number 25 and any other labeling on the body are fictitious)
  • Side-mounted spare wheel, secured with leather belts
  • lid metal front axle, painted in a dull silver finish
  •  Hinged two-wing engine hood, perforated with cooling louvers and equipped with two leather straps Long extensions of finely-cut ventilation slots, neatly perforated in the metal body panels above the lateral edges of the car
  • Radiator grill and stone-chipping protection fence made of metal
  • Metal leaf springs with suspension functions at the front and rear axles
  • Removable two-wing tank cap made of stainless steel
  • Highly detailed 8-cylinder in-line engine, replicated with aggregates, cabling and pipes
  • Realistic-looking gearshift and handbrake lever outside of the cockpit, but they allow for symbolic rather than operational manipulation
  • Movable protection grille on the drivers side
  • True-to-the-original replication of the steering housing with worm gear
  • Double exhaust pipes made of metal
  • The metal handle that serves to crank the engine can turn and rotate
  • Highly authentic wheels, featuring a cast aluminum design and ribbed aswell as flanged brake drums. Each wheel is made of 35 single parts
  • Removable wheel with an authentic four-ear threaded nut
  • Distinctive tyre patterns for the front- and rear wheels
  • Seats and backrest are covered in real black leather
  • Steering wheel with metal spokes and a cord-wrapped rim
  • Authentically replicated dashboard covered by a metallic surface of geometric brushes and complete with instruments, plus a magneto for fuel ignition
  • Cockpit hand oil pump lever is movable
  • Water-temperature gauge on top of the cooler cap

Special feature: Metal body screws are custom-made in the famous Bugatti style. All body screws are positioned faithfully according to the original and secured by a stainless steel wire.

Vehicle Background

It was the motor-sports-craving France that inaugurated the first “Grand Prix” race in 1906. Following the end of WWI, other countries began to host the so-called “Great Prices” races, as well. With the popularity of “Grand Prix” growing in the world, it soon became synonymous with international motor racing. The black and white pictures in the contemporary archives, however,
fail to do justice to all the colourful race cars of the 1920s and 1930s. Since rules dictated back then that each participating team must have its car(s) donned in a finish of nation-specific colour(s), the starting field typically presented a fantastic, colourful scene.

With this in mind, CMC has focused its attention on the Grand Prix model of the Bugatti T35, the most dominant race car of its time, so as to show the diversity of nation-specific racing colours once common on the race tracks. We started the project by featuring the racing colours of Great Britain, Spain, and Poland. Each item is limited to a specific quantity based on the historic achievements and appeal of the car.

What you are looking at is a highly-detailed precision replica, where the correct colour pattern is our primary concern. Please be advised that we do not claim that the appearance of our model as well as its decals (e.g. starting numbers) are historically accurate. Nor do we make reference to a specific race or driver with these models.


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Understanding Scale

The scale of a model is its size as a proportion to the real-life item. For instance, a 1:18 scale model means that every 1 unit of measurement on the model equals 18 units on the real item. If you divide the real item's size by 18, you'd get the size of the 1:18 model. Please note that models can vary slightly in size, as not all real-life items, like cars or planes, have the same dimensions.

Model Cars:

  • 1:12 scale: ~38 cm or 15 inches
  • 1:18 scale: ~25 cm or 10 inches
  • 1:24 scale: ~18 cm or 7 inches
  • 1:43 scale: ~10 cm or 4 inches
  • 1:64 scale: ~7 cm or 2.75 inches
  • 1:76 scale: ~6 cm or 2.3 inches

Model Trucks:

  • 1:12 scale: ~75 cm or 29.5 inches
  • 1:18 scale: ~50 cm or 19.7 inches
  • 1:24 scale: ~38 cm or 15 inches
  • 1:43 scale: ~21 cm or 8.3 inches
  • 1:64 scale: ~14 cm or 5.5 inches
  • 1:76 scale: ~12 cm or 4.7 inches

Model Bikes:

  • 1:6 scale: ~30 cm or 12 inches
  • 1:10 scale: ~18 cm or 7 inches
  • 1:12 scale: ~15 cm or 6 inches

Model Trains:

  • HO scale (1:87): ~22 cm or 8.7 inches
  • N scale (1:160): ~12 cm or 4.7 inches
  • O scale (1:48): ~38 cm or 15 inches

Model Airplanes:

Fighter Jets:

  • 1:72 scale: ~20 cm or 7.9 inches
  • 1:100 scale: ~14 cm or 5.5 inches
  • 1:144 scale: ~10 cm or 3.9 inches
  • 1:200 scale: ~7 cm or 2.8 inches

Civilian Aircraft:

  • 1:72 scale: ~40 cm or 15.7 inches
  • 1:100 scale: ~28 cm or 11 inches
  • 1:144 scale: ~20 cm or 7.9 inches
  • 1:200 scale: ~14 cm or 5.5 inches

Model Ships:

  • 1:144 scale: ~150 cm or 59 inches
  • 1:350 scale: ~62 cm or 24.4 inches
  • 1:700 scale: ~31 cm or 12.2 inches

Model Tanks:

  • 1:16 scale: ~97 cm or 38.2 inches
  • 1:35 scale: ~44 cm or 17.3 inches
  • 1:72 scale: ~22 cm or 8.7 inches


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