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  1. Hello, I'm starting a new build. This is the Bugatti racer released the year after, by Special Hobby. I have two boxes of the car, the first will be assembled as it would have appeared in 1939 if the Deutch de la Meurthe race had continued. The second will be assembled in the workshop with the cowling removed. As usual with Special Hobby, assembling the model is a bit sporty. The parts require quite a bit of cleaning. The small ridge at the top of the gearbox needs to be removed, as this detail is a major flaw in the replica aircraft. First digital work, the instrument panel is ugly on the one hand, but also fake because it corresponds to its current state in its American museum, it has been furnished a little 'va comme je te pousse'. A little Fusion 360 modelling: Design of print supports: printing! I'm now tackling a big job: representing the two Bugatti type 50 engines in the aircraft. Here are a few images of my work. I'll also be modelling a version on a stand, as I did for my R-985 Wasp Junior. Regards?
  2. Good evening gals and gents, today I'd like to present to you a gift for a good friend of mine. As he is a huge fan of Bugatti, mostly of the Veyron, I decided to get him a Bugatti he hasn't in his collection yet. Small wonder. Most people associate the name Ettore Bugatti with racing cars and luxury automobiles but only a few probably know the story of the Bugatti Model 100, sometimes called the Bugatti-De Monge 100P. In 1937 Bugatti decided to get back at the Germans and to win the prestigious Deutsch de la Meurthe Cup Race. He teamed up with Belgian engineer Louis de Monge and they were on course to enter the 1939 race, but to do so they needed to get their aircraft completed by September and we all know what happened in September of 1939. They missed the deadline and so the Model 100 never took to the skies and when in 1940 the Germans were approaching Paris, the still incomplete plane was moved to the French countryside where it was hidden in a barn for the next almost 30 years. It was sold a couple of times, among other to an American automotive aficionado who bought the Model 100 for its two Bugatti Type 50P Straight 8 4.9L engines, which were used for restoration works of Bugatti cars. In 1996 the airframe was donated to the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh where it was restored and is now on display. But the story doesn't end there. While Ettore Bugatti never saw the plane fly, it finally did in 2015 - at least a replica did. It was built by a group of enthusiasts using the original plans. Some materials originally used by Bugatti and de Monge were changed for safety reasons and the plane was powered by two Suzuki Hayabusa engines. Nicknamed Blue Dream, the plane was slightly damaged during an landing incident on the first flight, but was repaired and did another successful flight. Almost exactly one year after its inaugural flight, Blue Dream took to the skies for a third and last time. Unfortunately it crashed right after take-off, tragically killing the pilot and initiator of the re-creation of the Model 100, Scotty Wilson. Even more tragic - this was to be the aircrafts final flight anyway as the team behind the project planned to donate it to a museum afterwards. So while these enthusiasts proved the Bugatti Model 100 could fly, neither them, nor Ettore Bugatti and Louis de Monge themselves could prove that this might have been the fastest, most advanced racer in its time. At least it looks absolutely stunning! So...after a long brainstorm what to get that guy for his birthday ("I don't want anything!") I got back to the most obvious but I didn't want to get him another 1/18 scale Bugatti Veyron, even when I entertained the idea of getting one, remove the paint and spec it individually, I finally settled on the Special Hobby 1/48th scale kit of the Model 100. It's compact enough so he can add it to his collection without any problems, which was the main reason I didn't go for another Veyron or the 1/32nd variant of this kit. The build was quite enjoyable. The bulk of the parts is used in the cockpit and the fitment of the small parts amazingly is not bad at all. The airframe on the other hand didn't go together so easily, there was quite a gap in the front of the fuselage, but with the help of putty it wasn't that big of a deal. What I couldn't get rid of is the visible step between the fuselage and the wings at the rear. The fuselage seems to sit way lower than it should or the wings are to thick, don't really know where the mistake was made and unfortunately I'm not that skilled with sculpturing and rescribing to get it done with putty. But it bugs me so much, I even consider to keep that one for myself and build another one and approach the attachment of the wings differently and hoping it will look better. Anyway, the rest was easy going, except I had to write to Special Hobby because one of the resin parts was missing from my kit. But one mail and two days later I got the part in my mailbox, free of charge. Kudos for that service, thank you Special Hobby team! With everything in place the kit was primed with Tamiya white primer from a spray can and sprayed with Tamiya French Blue. For the cockpit, canopy, landing gear and propellers Vallejo and Revell acrylics were used, I kept the weathering to a minimum, just suggesting a bit the plane might have been raced once or twice and yeah, Bob's your uncle. Except for the problem with the wings, I'm quite pleased with the result and it certainly looks sexy in blue next to all the mostly grey and huge military jets on my shelf, as I still haven't decided if I should give it another go or if this actually is worthy as a gift. Either way sooner or later I will add this little beauty to my collection. That at least is decided Thanks for reading and watching!
  3. Marsh Models is to release a 1/32nd Bugatti-De Monge 100P resin kit Source: https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/96528-marsh-models-132-bugatti-100p/ V.P.
  4. Hi and happy new year for 2023 So I received this at the end of last year: some dry fit....that's not a Tamiya kit.... ...and some detail added... 👋
  5. After the 1/72nd kit (link), Special Hobby is to release a 1/48th Bugatti-De Monge 100P racer kit - ref. SH48219 Sources: https://www.specialhobby.net/2022/01/sh48212-siebel-si-204e-148-frezujeme.html https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SH48219 V.P.
  6. Hi Guys, Below my latest small project from Special Hobby. Model need some work but its really rear bird, so worth it. It was fun adventure about you can read here => https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-72-bugatti-100p-special-hobby-budowa/ BR Lukasz
  7. Special Hobby is to release a 1/72nd Bugatti-De Monge 100P racer kit - ref. SH72457 Source: http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/Ausstellungen/Nuernberg2020/Nuernberg_2020.html More about this racer a/c: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bugatti_Model_100 V.P.
  8. Some more from the archives... The Mercer was completed at the start of 2006, and the Bugatti that summer. Both were built straight from the box and I still have them although a few repairs are needed due to their size and several house moves... The Mercer went together very easily, but painting all those black stripes took a lot of care and patience. The Bugatti however was an utter pain, as the floorpan / wings wouldn't sit in the right place on the chassis, and also the bodyshell was badly warped which caused issues with both the fit of the doors and also of the body to the floor / wings. At one point, just when the body and doors were all fitting correctly, the model took a plunge and rolled off my workdesk. The impact then snapped the already much straightened and thus very delicate B pillar as well as one of the C posts around the wheel arch. I managed to repair them, but the joins are quite visible. I nearly gave up on this body, which is the Binder Coupe de Ville (a poor copy of the Coupe Napoleon) in favour of turning it into the Esders roadster... The Mercer is not a small model - however it is dwarfed by the Royale! Compared to1:24 models... And completed. In addtion to all the doors opening (hence the body rigidity problems) even the trays on the division are hinged... In this pic, the door hides the mangled B post - once cemented in place, the division was holding that area together. Unlike the Mercer, which was a pleasure to build (& thus why I bought the Bugatti kit from the same series) I think the Royale was one of the few models I was really glad to finish & just have out of the way. It turned out ok in the end, and certainly looks good as shelf model in the display cabinet but I'm not sure I would want to build another.
  9. Having been on here for a while now, I thought that I should actually post up some of my models. I had built a few kits as a child and some as a student (only two survived intact, but several have found useful homes in my spares box). However, these two date from 2005, when I got back into the hobby as I recovering from surgery for a series of operations for skin cancer and needed something to occupy my time. Whilst I have listed them as Heller, both were Airfix reboxes. Both built straight out of the box, bodyshells spray painted with Halfords rattle cans (although the blue on the Bugatti's body was actually the bare plastic...) and Humbrol enamels used for the rest. No BMF used - all that chrome trim on the Mercedes body was included in the kit. I don't have any better or more recent pics, as both are a bit damaged now, following several house moves and so are awaiting repairs. At the time, I had not found any scale modelling forums or magazines, so a lot of novice mistakes were made with both (e.g. fogged headlights, which will also be fixed at the same time). Heller kits often seem to get a lot of flack, however I really enjoyed building both of these, and the experience did not put me off building more models, or from buying pretty much the rest of Heller's classic / vintage car range! Anyhow, I hope you like them, and I'll try to dig out some more pics of my other builds.
  10. Paul Fisher, from Fisher Model & Pattern (http://www.fishermodels.com/), is working on a 1/24th Bugatti-De Monge 100P resin kit to be released in March 2014.. - ref. GA-2401 Source: http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=48212&page=1 V.P.
  11. Sharkit is to release very soon a 1/72nd Bugatti 100P resin kit - ref. Source: http://www.sharkit.com/sharkit/Bugatti/Bugatti.htm V.P.
  12. Lone Star Models is to release a Bugatti-De Monge 100P 1/32nd resin kit. Source: http://www.lonestarmodels.com/completekits.html V.P.
  13. Probably one of the hardest kits I've ever built. The level of detail is fantastic, especially around that complex engine bay, but sometimes it's more ambitious than the toolmakers could live up to. The body shell out of the box is pretty flimsy, with "working" front bonnet and engine cover, so I glued them in place to help straighten out the main body piece. Full build WiP, with all the gory details, here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234977163-bugatti-eb110-revell-124/ bestest, M.
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