This is the Fixed Gear model B-37 of the Bullette Series.
The landing gear were completely enclosed to keep the
aerodynamics as clean as possible. This also enabled the
engineers to have a robust, tough damper system in the
suspension, enabling the sleek and small Bullette to land
on rough air strips and fields that were in rough condition.
Classic version wing set with stressed flying struts on top and bottom and
across landing gear. Fabric covered with wooden ribbing. Split flaps with
woodwork throughout the flaps components, bays, and panels.
The 'Modern' wings variant came about with the new model B-40. Proton Flugzeug
Werke were updating their designs and construction techniques and advanced their
wing design to 'Cantilever' which enabled them to get rid of the large flying struts on
the wings and landing gear. The 1940's models featured wood laminate skin for a
smooth surface, similar to Bellanca wings. Modern day versions are retrofitted with
modern day carbon fiber.
Development of the Proton Bullette. Sketches were done in Splines, then basic shapes were created. An airframe similar to the Bucker aircraft
was seleted with an inverted Argos As-10 inverted V-8 aero-engine, like that in the Fieseler Storch. A good male 3D figure is then fitted to the model
and changes made to give him room inside the cabin. It was decided to go with two versions of wings, a vintage 1930's style 'strut' supported layout,
and a newer, more modern version that featured state of the art canti-lever design, strut-less, that would be manufactured in carbon fiber. The classic
version would be wooden ribs with fabric covering. The fuselage of the 'classic' Bullette would be shaped wood and also fabric with steel tubing. The
modern version would be all carbon fiber molded assemblies including the interior cockpit.
The beginning theme was to make a 1930's German trainer and air-racer. Something that would be exotic, yet basic. Something buildable and simple,
but with some very classic German lines.
Original draft, early rudder (small).
Basic shape is 'smoothed' in
The fuselage was widened around
the pilot and at the cowling.
First fitting of the pilot. Cabin was
a bit tight.
Cowling Sculpting, room for the
Argos inverted V-8
The early intentions were for a
Panels being cut out, cargo boot,
control surfaces, flaps.
Alot of changes from the sketch to
Ribbing in the landing gear,
The cockpit of the B-40 is a bit tight. Probably more like a glove. To ingress this little craft, you pop open the top canopy which is actually sort of a cap
over the cockpit. As you lift up the canopy cover, you'll see the step strut and a small slide-out step retract out of the fuselage. You climb up those steps
into the plane. Your wings are too far forward to step on to get in. You slide into the seat and reach up and pull down the canopy cover and then find
yourself sealed into the tight Bullette cabin, your shoulders against the opening, your arms locating to the arm rests which are filled with radios and
instruments and switches and levers. Its 'very' tight, so only the basics are fitted into this bird.
|All screenshots were taken in Prepar3D V2 Flight Simulator with REX full cloud and runway systems.
B-37 BULLETTE FIXED GEAR MODEL
B-40 BULLETTE RETRACTABLE GEAR MODEL
Introducing the exciting, classic Proton Bullette, the single seat trainer of the 1930's and 40's. The Bullette was a mix of the best of Germany's
aircraft era, sporting a fuselage that was quite similar to the Bucker Jungman with its bowed down engine cowling, allowing pilots to see over the
cowling much better. The wings were made similar to Junkers swept back wing design. The propulsion was the inverted V-8 by Argus
engine company featuring 245 HP. The front cowling sported the famous scoop shape that was made famous by the Messerschmidt Me-108
and the Fieseler Storch. Lastly, the B-37 model, the first model that went into production, featured flamboyant, full fairing landing gear designs
that gave the Bullette a very 'stylish' 1930's appearance.
The Bullette's cockpit was very tight which would allow only so much room for instrumentation. Some instruments were placed along the
sides of the interior. The aircraft also featured a very small set of wings that were a mear 4.87 Meter / 16 feet wingspan, making landings faster
then your normal aircraft of that era. With that, you had what could be summed up as a Messerschmidt Bf-109 and a Piper Cub, mixed into
one, or perhaps a Bucker / Junkers collaberation to make a mini air-racer of the 1930's.
This is the sleek, slippery version of the Bullette lines, the
B-40 advanced trainer with retractable landing gear.
Featuring an electric cable drawn retraction system and
coil spring extension system, the liteweight gear system
worked quite well on the B-40 Series. With the RG variant
came a 100 pound weight gain and nearly 10 gallons of
fuel reduction, but a gain of 10 knots in cruise speed.
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every detail of the package including tips of flying the Bullette, all of its
specs for both models, and the various textures, panel layouts, etc. The
manual is 35 pages and mostly in screenshots, so do not be afraid. It is
a quick read.
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These are in Photoshop PSD format, fully layered.
* The wings are identical
* The RG version planes will have different wing
shading on the bottom surfaces and gear door
lines. Find the proper layers for the right plane
* The Gray Trainer has interior sections if you are
interested in doing an interior.
* VC Panel is on the 'Fuselage_Misc' texture.
** REMEMBER: Keep your layers! Do not
collapse layers to export. Export a DDS from your
PSD file. The PSD is your master file.