Several years ago I did a build where I was Doin’ the Dornier, now it’s time for Buildin’ the Bugatti!
This is not my ordinary kind of subject even if I have done at least one that is a bit racer like before!
It all started as an idea from two of my friends here in Stockholm so immediately two 1/48 kits and one 72-scale kit for the children’s table were bought . The model is brand new but especially in 1/72 scale the parts are rather thick, I guess it stands out a bit extra since the model is so small. The canopy is however thin and clear and that bodes well for the final result! And there are no decals, another big “+” in my world !
Boxart is, as usual, really nice. It isn’t realistic though since the original aircraft never flew. It was hidden away in France when WWII started in what I think was a near-complete condition. It then changed hands several times after the war, ending up (still never flown) at the EAA museum in the US where it still can be seen today.
During the 2010s there was a flying replica built that sadly crashed with lethal consequences during it’s third flight. I get the impression that flying characteristics were “marginal” and I am almost sure that the tragic flight was supposed to be the last one, afterwards it was supposed to be grounded and put into a museum.
Box contents! The resin parts are various intakes with nicely done louvres, exhaust banks (one on each side, asymmetrically on the fuselage) and the gear wells. I’ve also bought a tin of Zero Paints “Bugatti Blue” that will be interesting to try out!
A nice and thin canopy.
Canopy masks, the only after market stuff that was available when I bought the kit about a month ago.
I’ve started this one doing a bit now and then when my other projects wait for paint to dry or glue to settle. Note Gunze paint tin for size comparison, this isn’t a big model!
Fairing the resin into the plastic takes a bit of work, I wonder what it will look like after a coat of primer?