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FROM THE February 2009 ISSUE

Lindberg 1931 Bugatti Royale Victoria

RELATED TOPICS: LINDBERG | 1930S | 1/24
1931 Bugatti Royale Victoria
Lindberg No. 72325
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $17.99
Pros: Classic style, finished appearance, low price
Cons: Poor instruction manual, numerous minor fit problems, some inaccurate shapes/details
Most builders aren't familiar with this model, though it's been around for quite awhile, and reissued at least once. The detail level is good for its age, and it compares well with classics by other model companies.

Instead of a replica, I painted my Royale in a white-and-silver combo, inspired by a modern Bugatti Veyron.
The basic shape is good, though some of the proportions are slightly off, and some of the details are incorrect.

The instruction manual is disappointing. Instead of clearly illustrated diagrams, it's a poor-quality copy of the original instructions, which were already difficult to follow.

The straight-eight engine is well represented, with detailed carburetors, intake, and exhaust. It's missing radiator hoses. Many details are chrome-plated.

The chassis was a challenge. It's easy to get parts such as rear leaf springs mounted upside-down or backwards; the brake rods are also hard to locate, as well as the two-piece shocks and the steering parts.

Nearly every pin/receiver in the kit needs the receiver hole opened; some of the pins are much larger than the receiver holes. Double-check all chassis cross-members with the floor pan.

Door panel and seat patterns don't quite match photos of the 1:1; the model's seats have pleats that are not present on the 1:1 car. There should be a strip of wood across the top of the door panels, connecting to the sweep of wood across the top of the dashboard.

The interior built up relatively easily, but the inclined floor pan made it difficult to securely glue the body to the fender unit. With the roof installed, it's difficult to see interior detail.

The body went together reasonably well, with the aforementioned caveat about receiver holes, and slight excess dash and floorboard width hinders the upper body from fitting snugly and gluing properly to the fender unit without a bit of minor trimming.

The box art example and instructions show the landau bars on the roof mounted upside-down. Chrome-plated details are of good quality.

Lots of patience and careful assembly will yield a nice model from this kit. I'm more than happy with my finished example.

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