If you thought Tuesday’s functional 1/9 scale V8 was interesting, you’re going to completely lose it when you see Pierre Scerri’s fully-functional Ferarri 312 PB. And when Scerri says “fully-functional,” he means it: the engine runs, the transmission shifts, the tachometer reads accurately — it even starts with a tiny key.
From the Internet Craftmanship Museum, who has declared Scerri their “Metalworking Craftsman of the Year” for 2007:
“As a young telecommunications engineer [Scerri] wanted very much to own such a car, but realized there was no way he could ever afford to buy one. If he wanted to have a car like that, he would have to build one himself. He started with drawings of each part of the car — a project that took three years in itself working just from photographs of the real car. He then started on construction of the car. The 12-year construction odyssey took Pierre on a journey though virtually every process needed to build the full size car. He learned to mold his own rubber tires, cast his own glass headlights, make his own battery, weld the tube frame, build the shock absorbers and such delicate tasks as making a miniature tachometer and other working gauges. The drawing and machining skills were learned from reading books, as he had not been given any training in these subjects when in school.”
This is easily one of the most inspirational projects I’ve seen to date. What amazes me far more than the actual completed project is the astounding range of skills that Scerri had to learn. Metalworking, woodworking, casting, glassmaking — the list seems endless.
Be sure to check out the page linked below which includes many detailed pictures of Scerri’s Ferrari. You’ll have to see it to believe it, and thankfully you can: Scerri will be at the 2007 North American Model Engineering Exposition in Toledo, Ohio this weekend — April 21st and 22nd. (For more information, see the link below.)
Sadly, we can’t be there. If any of you go, though, and happen to take a few pictures and/or speak with Scerri, drop us a line via our contact us form — we’d love to hear about it.
Of course, if you’re loaded and looking for the ultimate object d’art, Scerri’s Ferrari is for sale; he’s looking to grow his company (link below) and needs the cash for capital. All we can say is that we hope it goes to someone who can appreciate his 20,000 hour investment.
Pierre Scerri: 2007 “Metalworking Craftsman of the Year” [Internet Craftsmanship Museum]
1/9 Scale Ferrari 312 PB: For Sale [Fine Art Models]
MPSport-Proto [Scerri’s New Company]