What if a dream were so big that it bridged oceans; so timeless it linked generations; so compelling it spanned cultures? Ettoré Bugatti had such a dream that, once awakened, will inspire the next generation of artists, engineers, and entrepreneurs.
Bugatti built eight-thousand exquisite automobiles; he built one aeroplane, the most elegant and advanced aeroplane of its time. Completed but never flown, it was hidden and left to rot in a barn near Paris, another victim of a terrible war. Few know the plane exists; fewer still have seen it.
Seventy-five years later the original 100P sits tucked away in an American museum, too fragile to be moved. The only other aeroplane with the Bugatti/de Monge lineage will soon take to the skies in celebration of individual vision, courage, and determination. Lawson Modelmakers are proud to be associated with this unique project to finally bring to flight a pre-war masterpiece.
Company managing director; John Lawson was asked if he thought he could reverse engineer what is possibly the most complex component in the aircraft – the nose mounted gearbox. This component takes the drive from the twin engines and distributes the drive to twin contra-rotating propellers. The Lawson designed gearbox has now been validated, machined and is in the final stages of build before testing, after which it will be shipped out to the USA for fitting into the almost completed airframe.