Scale Model Fan March 2009

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Maybach DS7 Zeppelin

Bucciali TAV

After Wilhelm another busy life: of Jean-Albert Bucciali.

A little

Despite having no formal as an engineer, Bucciali set on building an car at an early age – and do many other along the way. Born in in 1889, Bucciali was thirteen witnessing a local car race his life forever: though he was philosophy, he eagerly read all books he could put his hands on, and boasted that, one day, he too build a car.

His ambition went out of control, as instead of a car, he ended up building an that he called the Buc. The was 1911 and aviation was still in its Many people were hard to make airborne of their own designs. Bucciali on his very first attempt, himself sat at the controls, though he had learned how to fly. Soon was among the only fliers the world to master the looping.

Such an adventurous – and patriotic – would obviously enlist as as the first shots were in the summer of 1914. Bucciali aviation, naturally. He ended up an ace of the des Cigognes. the famous “Storks’ Squadron”, and despite fighting for two and a half on both the Western and the front, was able to survive the

Back in civilian clothes, the young man finally fulfilled his building his very own car and racing it in national events. His racer was so that he decided to go one step and enter automobile manufacture. In 1922, the first Buc was introduced at the motor show.

Although the was fitted with a small supercharged engine, the small of production Bucs had more four- then six-cylinder They performed well and highly praised by their as both road and racing This wasn’t enough for who, with the help of his brother Angelo, was now determined to a front-wheel drive automobile.

During the 1926 Paris show, the public discovered the TAV 1, which despite being was still the talk of the event. A Jean-Albert Bucciali kept his original design, presenting the TAV 2 and the TAV 3 the end of the decade. A V16 engine was also but only a mock-up had ever built.

Sadly, the Bucciali were attracting nothing than interest. The brothers got the vital financial support would have needed to the production of their stunning Running out of money, they the towel in 1932. Ironically, had just delivered their TAV 8-32 to a delighted Parisian, very first customer. ultimate Bucciali featured a “Flèche d’Or” body by its extremely low lines being by its huge 24-inch wheels. The TAV was propelled by a Voisin V12.

Jean-Albert Bucciali died in Over a decade, only a of Bucs and half-a-dozen Buccialis had built.

About the model

Maybach DS7 Zeppelin

Bucciali TAV 8-32 Flèche

Year: 1932

Maker: Ixo

1/43

Distributed by: Altaya as of its Voitures Classiques press


Acquired: brand new, in 2006, in Souillac, France

the most famous Bucciali Ixo decided to reproduce, as this car is not spectacular, it is also still today, which made the manufacturer’s job easier. Though a series release, the model is well done and, reduced forty-three times in still an impressive car on the shelf. the stork represented on the sides of the reminiscent of Bucciali’s flying in the army, had been seriously — the original, difficult to in scale, looked thinner and was decorated in three different being plated in gold, and bronze. They don’t cars this way nowadays. I’d 14/20 to this nice

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