Planet Models 1/48 Bugatti 100P
March 20, 2013 in Aviation
I had a fascination for this aircraft ever since I heard the stories that Bugatti had attempted to build a plane aimed at taking on the world speed record for 1939/1940. This was a very radical design, using forward swept wings, a butterfly tail and two 500hp Bugatti car engines mounted in tandem behind the pilot and driving a pair of contra-rotating propellers via two prop-shafts running either side of the pilot to the front of the aircraft.
All this from a company that had never built a plane before, what could possibly go wrong?
Needless to say they never finished it before the German armies rocked up in France in 1940.
The airframe remained hidden until rediscovered some thirty or so years later, and the restored (engineless I think) example is in the Oshkosh museum…..
As for the kit itself, well this was my first foray into building a resin kit. I can recommend it for those new to the medium being very straightforward, (for a limited run kit that is). Included are two vac-formed canopies & white metal undercarriage. I replaced half the white metal landing gear with brass tube, and added a bit more detail in the form of the retraction struts.
The cockpit has a bit of wiring added to it, and a scratch built throttle. The upper engine inspection panels were mysteriously not included in the kit as were the front air intake ducts so they also had to be fabricated.
No markings were provided and it is assumed that the plane would have been finished in “Bugatti blue”. Otherwise known as Tamiya Sky Blue X-14. I hope you enjoy viewing the pictures, for the build photos checkout my Facebook page.