Product Review Taken From Four Small Wheels Magazine Boyle Special Maserati 1st Indy 1939 #2 Alternative version MKSPL43001 1st Indy 1940 MKSPL43003 #2 Indy 1941 MKSPL43004 Germany 1939 & MKSPL43005 #49 Indy 1940 Maserati built three examples of the 8CTF to contest Grands Prix in 1938, but while they had pace they lacked reliability and generally did not enjoy great success against the might of Mercedes and Auto Union. The one exceptional performance came in 1939 when Paul Pietsch finished third overall at the Nurburgring. One chassis had already been sold by this time to American team owner Mike Boyle and with the engine modified to run on ethanol, Wilbur Shaw won the Indy 500 twice with the car in 1939 and 1940. He also took the start in 1941 but crashed out. Laury Schell and Lucy O’Reilly bought the remaining two cars and entered them first in European races for Rene Dreyfuss and then they were shipped to America also for Indy use, entered as the Lucy O’Reilly Specials. Dreyfuss failed to qualify the ex-Pietsch car but Rene Le Begue started from the back and with the two Renes sharing driving duty they worked their way up to tenth. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen new models from Meri and the overall shape and finish of these hand builts looks very good. The Boyle Special has been restored in a lustrous metallic burgundy but is in a solid colour here. Pietsch’s car is finished in a bright red but we’re not sure about the Firestone tyre logos here, while the O’Reilly car all looks very good in its French blue.
Last stocks of very well cast kits, usually metal but some resin, with a good level of metal and photo-etched detail. Colour density on decals can be a little inconsistent, as can instructions, but otherwise very good kits. An extensive range of accessories too. Publishers also of excellent Modelling Guides for those building and detailing Ferrari F1 subjects. Made in Italy.
Boyle Special Maserati 8CTF model by Meri
Hand Built: 1:43
Formula One or single seater
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