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wkennerley

3-litre Bentley - Le Mans 1927

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Hi All, my build for this GB is going to be a small, short, fun build (I hope) - The kit is one I had not come across before and is really really small, about 1/120 scale I reckon. I bought it by mistake thinking it was bigger - Anyway as I don't have a lot of time for this GB, the model should be quick & easy -

By the way does anyone know what the other 9 kits were that came with this one, which is part of the JET Grand Prix contest set of kits, given out at Jet Petrol Stations, when I have no idea.

Wayne

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Great choice of car Wayne, though was surprised with the kit when I opened the thread!

Had a quick look on the interweb and found this.

http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/10-jet-petrol-model-promotional-car-160438413

"Grand Prix" is probably not the best description they could have used, looks like they were late 60s early 70s promp kits.

Looking forward to seeing it built and welcome to the GB.

Cheers,

Warren

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Excellent subjcet choise - and quite a surprising kit :).

That kit got me thinking as I recognised the sprue layout, but not the packaging and JET promotion. After digging in some om my boxes I found them. The same series as Warren linked, were also issued in small, differently coloured, paper boxes, probably some years before the bagged JET promotions. I have four different boxes laying around here as I had to buy the lot of four on ebay many years ago, although I only wanted the 1899 Renault. I remember the seller had more of them. They are labeled "HP" and "RepLicars", made in England, sole distributors: Harbutt's Plasticine ltd, Bathampton, Bath, but unfortunately no year anywhere.

Will be interesting to see how this little thing turns out.

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Excellent subjcet choise - and quite a surprising kit :).

That kit got me thinking as I recognised the sprue layout, but not the packaging and JET promotion. After digging in some om my boxes I found them. The same series as Warren linked, were also issued in small, differently coloured, paper boxes, probably some years before the bagged JET promotions. I have four different boxes laying around here as I had to buy the lot of four on ebay many years ago, although I only wanted the 1899 Renault. I remember the seller had more of them. They are labeled "HP" and "RepLicars", made in England, sole distributors: Harbutt's Plasticine ltd, Bathampton, Bath, but unfortunately no year anywhere.

Will be interesting to see how this little thing turns out.

Like this Jorgen?

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I believe they 1/87th scale, made in the 60's .

steve

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Yes, exactly those, with a "wooden base" printed on the back. I beleive the colour of the box are different on all the cars.

I quite like the idea of this build, this old very simple little kit, nicely painted up, perhaps with som small detail added and the decals printed. Could be brillant mounted on a little base. Wonderful idea. :)

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Thanks guys, so they have been around a bit. I have been thinking today that a small base would go nicely with this, say the size of a cd cover with the road going diagonally across it.

Might keep an eye out for the bugatti too.


Wayne

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some better pics of the sprue now that I have opened the kit, remember the whole sprue is only about 90mm long

Wayne

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Thanks Jorgen, I am enjoying it too, I want the Bugatti now as well but can't seem to find one. Photo below of progress to date, hopefully finish painting the car tonight, detail and assemble tomorrow - The diorama may take a while yet though, still trying to figure out what to do - I also need to find some white No.'3's about 4/5 mm high

wayne

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Painted up, just needs some decals and weathering, I thought I had quite a good finish on it but not according to the pics!! You also can't really see the bonnet is gloss but the body is matt

Wayne

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That's turned out rather smart, I like the diorama idea. Which green did you use?

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Hi Busdriver, it was humbrol 3, can't recall the name.

Start of the diorama below, its a little big for the Bentley alone but I hope to get the Bugatti in the same series and display the two together

Wayne

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Great little build and the base looks fab.

Well done on being the first to finish.

Cheers,

Warren

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In all its simplicity I think it's a brilliant little model finished in this way. I'm glad we got to see it in this GB. Well done.

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Thanks MadMonk & Jörgen - It was a fun little build, I am trying to locate the Bugatti T35 from the same range (did T35s take part in any Le Mans race?).

Wayne

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Hi Wayne, don't think the T35 ever raced at Le Mans, there were 2 T15s in the 1923 inaugural race, then some T40s in 1930.

They do race in the Classic Le Mans.

Sorry,

Warren

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You beat us all to the finish line! Lovely presentation!

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Lovely looking model and quite a high parts count for such a kit. Hope you find the Bugatti, that will set it off nicely.

Steve.

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Lovely Bentley.

I used Humbrol Clearfix to glaze the windscreen on mine.

Prieser do 'drivers' in 1/87 scale, some of which fit these cars nicely.

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