17 October 2015 Second Test Flight
We thought you might enjoy this short video clip showing the flight from the pilot's perspective. The plane performed beautifully and is easy to fly.
Bugatti 100P First Flight Video
We flew our Bugatti 100P (made possible in part by Kickstarter donors) just a few days ago. We met all of our test objectives - the plane is delightful to... Read more
We will be conducting tests today to include high-speed taxi and possibly a short hop. To view these tests online you need to create a livestream account by going to... Read more
Moderate-Speed Run and Engine Check; Live Video Stream Notice
Engine and Taxi Tests
We conducted a successful moderate-speed test and a high-power engine test a few days ago. This is all part of an orchestrated test profile to ensure... Read more
First Taxi Tests
We recently conducted our first taxi tests and were generally happy with the results. The plane behaves nicely on the ground; steering with the brakes (the plane has a fully-swiveling... Read more
First Drive-Train Test
This is the first test of the completed drive-train system. We limited the RPM to idle for this test, and will increase the engine speed gradually over the next few... Read more
We get many visitors but arguably the most welcome are the Kickstarter donors who "kept the doors open" during a particularly difficult stage of construction back in 2013. One of... Read more
On 02 April 2015 we fired up the engines and powered the drive train for the first time, with successful results. Both engines started easily and all systems - fuel;... Read more
First Engine Run
First Engine Test Run
We ran the engines for the first time today, after a few false starts owing mostly to fuel pressure adjustment issues. Once corrected, the engines started... Read more
Name Missing or Incorrect?
If you think your name is missing or otherwise not correct please let me know. I also need an email address or other contact information so I communicate directly with... Read more
We've posted the photos of our Kickstarter donor names on our Facebook page. Several photos comprise the list of donors and they're easier to view on Facebook. I'll post the... Read more
Request for technical assistance.
We need your help.
The Bugatti 100P stabilizer air inlets are problematic, the degree to which remains unanswered. Professionals and amateurs alike have offered widely divergent opinions even within their... Read more
Names Etched into Cockpit Deck
Some of you have inquired whether the 500+ names have actually been etched into the cockpit deck located behind the propeller gearbox. The answer is yes, and we were even... Read more
"...build a reproduction, faithful to the original..."
With the original at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and our reproduction at the Mullin Museum in Oxnard, California, this is as close as we can get the... Read more
The Art of Bugatti - Mullin Automotive Museum
The reproduction Bugatti 100P - funded in part through Kickstarter donations - made its public debut on 20 March 2014 at the Mullin Automotive Museum's "Art of Bugatti" exhibit. The... Read more
Bugatti 100P to debut at the Mullin Automotive Museum
The Mullin Automotive Museum announced yesterday it will debut the completed reproduction Bugatti 100P as part of the “Art of Bugatti” tribute to the Bugatti family enduring genius.
The Bugatti... Read more
We been very busy over the two months since out last post (we do update our Facebook site on a regular and frequent basis). Mostly, the kind of work we've... Read more
"Bugatti Rendezvous" Giclée Update
Scotty Wilson checks the quality of Phil West's "Bugatti Rendezvous" Giclées before sending them on to our Kickstarter backers.
There is a reason for the delay in delivering on this... Read more
Backer Update - Joe Prosser
Good friend and Kickstarter backer Joe Prosser dropped by the hangar to check on the status of "our" Bugatti 100P. We're grateful for Joe's generous contribution, of course, but we're... Read more
Test #1 Speed Brake Linear Electric Actuator
This 40-second video illustrates how the speed brake system works. We used Kickstarter funds to purchase the linear electric actuators for the speed brake and flap systems.
"Bugatti Rendezvous" Lithograph Update
The "Bugatti Rendezvous" lithographs arrived safely just a few days ago; they are stunning. As soon as the larger shipping tubes arrive I will get them into the mail to... Read more
Bugatti 100p Models
To all the backers who pledged for the 100p model. We would just like to let you know that all 20 models were shipped out from the UK today. The... Read more
Bugatti Squadron; Ready for take-off
All of our special Kickstarter models are now ready. All that remains is to take delivery of the special foam inserts that will cradle the models on their journey to... Read more
100p model - foam insert
Today we checked the 100p model against the first die-cut foam insert and it fits perfectly. The inserts will now move onto the production floor and we should be shipping... Read more
Speed Brake Video
Jordan Wilson operates the speed brakes in this short video.
Of note: the lower flap surface is slightly larger and heavier than the upper flap, offsetting the weight of the... Read more
Gearbox Lubrication/Cooling System Test
Okay, this is not what we'd call a sexy photo but it is a measurable step forward in getting the 100P's drive-train system up and running.
A few days ago... Read more
Propeller Gearbox Oil System Test
To prepare the gearbox for its first tests we've temporarily installed the lubrication and cooling system. Components include the gearbox (top); oil reservoir flanked by scavenge and pressure pumps (center)... Read more
"Bugatti Rendezvous" Giclee and Litho Update #2
Backer Ian Seager asked "Any idea when the first flight Giclee prints are being sent out"
As we reported earlier, the process of turning Phil West's original art into high-quality... Read more
Model Progress Report #2
Below is model progress report number 2. We are slightly behind our original delivery schedule, but felt it was better to delay the models slightly to ensure 100% accuracy.
Early Engineering Drawings On The Way!
For those of you who selected the 1937 concept drawing as your reward we're happy to tell you they are "in the mail" and destined for our U.S. and International... Read more
Models - Progress
John Lawson has been working hard with his vendors to produce the most-accurate Bugatti 100P model to date. The prototypes are stunning and he is ready to go into production.
"Bugatti Rendezvous" Giclee and Litho Update
Yesterday, Phil West (L) traveled to the printing company to approve the "Bugatti Rendezvous" image before the printer runs the Kickstarter Giclée and Lithographs editions. Proofing permits Phil to make... Read more
Bugatti 100P Prints Almost Ready
(L-R) Scotty Wilson, Trent Schoenhals, and John Lawson discuss adjustments to the Bugatti Trust drawings before Trent prints copies for our Kickstarter backers. Trent works for Graphic Resources & Reproduction,... Read more
Gearbox Permanent Installation
Where the "rubber meets the road" or - more accurately - where "CAD and CNC meet 80-grit sandpaper and epoxy".
We reached a milestone today with the final installation of... Read more
Putting Kickstarter to Good Use
John Lawson is shown here installing one of the gearbox's oil lines. We use an external electric pump to scavenge oil from the gearbox and send it to the cooler... Read more
Propellers - Ratier
John Lawson is visiting from the UK and spent part of the day yesterday applying the "Ratier" logo to the 100P's propellers.
Ratier - they made the ground-adjustable propellers found... Read more
Test fit and alignment
This photo was taken from the cockpit area looking forward toward the nose of the plane. We've temporarily installed the gearbox using a support ring machined from plastic (we use... Read more
We've had several requests - on Facebook and Kickstarter - to identify the countries from which we've received support. Follows is what we believe to be an accurate list to... Read more
Flags; Rewards; Progress
The flags represent each country from which we've received Kickstarter funding or other substantive support. Most are in alphabetical order but we're still receiving flags from the vendor (we just... Read more
We made a lot of progress during the Kickstarter pledge period. The nearly-completed structure makes for a great photograph but says little about the work that remains to be done.... Read more
I promised to display the flags of each country represented by our backers. We currently display flags from: Australia; Belgium; Brazil; Canada; Italy; France; Germany; Netherlands; Sweden; United Kingdom; United... Read more
Gearbox / Props - Trial Run
We could not help ourselves - we HAD to try spinning the props. Luckily, the gearbox action is so smooth (thanks to John Lawson) that we could power the box... Read more
The Other 1937 Drawing
We've been asked to include as a Reward the companion to Louis de Monge's first concept drawing.
Drawing 1100 - Avion de Course- depicts the profile view of the... Read more
We reached our initial goal with six days to spare! We're heartened by your response and elated with the results. We are grateful for every donor's contribution. We make... Read more
We wanted to give you a better idea of how others will see your name through the cockpit canopy glass.
We've made significant progress over the course of the past few days. The most important milestone was the successful trial installation of the gearbox and propellers. We also covered the... Read more
Prop Spinner - Made in Brazil!
Our good friend Professor Paulo Iscold is busy fabricating the 100P's spinner. This is a good example of pairing a 1930s drawing with modern CNC technology to easily and inexpensively... Read more
Gearbox - Trial Installation
The gearbox arrived late in the day Tuesday. This morning we conducted our first trial installation. To our great relief, the box slipped right into place, exactly as expected.
Remember... Read more
Gearbox Arrives in Tulsa
The trip was long and arduous, but after two and one half years the gearbox finally made its way from the UK to Tulsa! This is a major milestone event... Read more
Increase Pledge / Add Rewards
A generous backer wrote that he wanted to add a second reward and increase his pledge amount accordingly. Apparently, that is not an option Kickstarter supports.
Let me paraphrase the... Read more
Phil West Original Art "First Flight" Completed!
Phil West's original art "First Flight" - created for our Kickstarter fundraising appeal - is complete!
This is a stunning artist's impression of how the Bugatti 100P's first flight might... Read more
Avion de Course 1937
We've received suggestions that we need a reward in the USD $100 range.
We've added a high-quality print of the earliest known de Monge engineering drawing. Avion de... Read more
We get Visitors
Dr. Robb Brinkley snaps a photograph of a JLawson Modelmakers' prototype Bugatti 100P model. Dr. Brinkley (he's an anesthesiologist) snapped up one of the few remaining limited-edition models.
No one... Read more
EAA Features Bugatti 100P in On-Line Magazine
We're featured in the Experimental Aircraft Association's most recent edition of their on-line magazine. Read about the EAA and their coverage of the Bugatti 100P project here.
Gearbox Ready For Shipment
The Bugatti 100P gearbox is modeled after the original and was designed and built in the UK. It is shown here packaged and ready for shipment to Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Gearbox Test (10 Seconds)
Not every required test is filled with drama. Sometimes it's a simple as ensuring the gears mesh correctly. These do!
While not unexpected, the gears will contribute to the 100P's... Read more
Landing Gear Retraction Test Video (10 Seconds)
Nothing dramatic, just a check of the landing gear components as they cycle through retraction and extension. We're doing this manual test in preparation for fabricating the landing gear doors.... Read more
With the gearbox finally complete, we thought you'd like to see a brief (20 seconds) video animation of the gearbox and its internal workings. Many thanks to John Lawson and... Read more
John Lawson and I had our first conversation about the gearbox in September 2010, over two and one-half years ago. Finally - after redesigns, broken promises, and vendors who just... Read more
Phil West Painting
We're honored to be working with noted aviation artist Phil West. Phil has created a stunning series of paintings depicting "what might have been" had the war not interrupted the... Read more
Leading-edge fairings - complete Step 1
Today, we completed the first step in fabricating the leading-edge fairings. These are the triangular-shaped metal pieces just aft and either side of the cockpit. They have a very complex... Read more
Old World Craftsmanship
We've built this airplane the old-fashioned way - by hand - torturing wood and metal into shape. Here TJ Balenitne forms an aluminum fairing. He's an artist who paints with... Read more
I just received a message from a backer who suggested we make more meaningful updates. Great idea!
We post updates on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheBugatti100pProject.
You can also visit our website... Read more