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Bentley 4 1/2 litre Blower in 1/12th scale - may contain Airfix.


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I already have a Bentley Kit and am about to source an Italeri Bugatti. 

So I would guess like others, what sets for what car will you be marketing first?

 

A question. I looked on your website at the Bentley Wheel kits. 

A bit confusing as it says both coming soon and also out of stock?  Are the wheel sets actually available for the Bentley that could be bought now prior to the release of the parts you are currently developing?

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36 minutes ago, Noel Smith said:

I already have a Bentley Kit and am about to source an Italeri Bugatti. 

So I would guess like others, what sets for what car will you be marketing first?

 

A question. I looked on your website at the Bentley Wheel kits. 

A bit confusing as it says both coming soon and also out of stock?  Are the wheel sets actually available for the Bentley that could be bought now prior to the release of the parts you are currently developing?

Hi Noel, as to what comes to market first it's a question of getting reliable, production prints for everything and this is what takes the time. Also a lot of these things won't 'stand alone' the Bentley Engine for example, wont fit the airfix kit directly as there is so much else wrong, eg the radiator, bulkheads, cross member etc. So I'm trying to get a complete set complete, then I can think about which batches make sense to bundle together.

 

As to the wheels, sorry you're confused but they're coming soon, so therefore not in stock, when they arrive, they will be in stock.

 

Nick

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 I realised there is a bite out of the front of the fuel tank to miss the differential which I missed. Easy enough, there is a similar bite out of the mesh grille too - not quite as easy! but nearly there :)

 

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Calling all Bentley Experts, now I know it doesnt really matter as it can't be seen, but I would like to know what happens to these straps on the front, concave face of the tank. Everyone, Airfix included, has them magically adhereing to the face of the tank which clearly wouldn't happen. Are they rivetted? are there keepers or rods of some kind on the inside faces to retain the straps? anyone have a photo? I've scoured the internet for a picture of the front of the 30 gallon Le Mans tank and found nothing.

 

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Regards

 

Nick

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Thanks for the latest update about the Bentley Wheels and other items Nick.

It's just that I was thinking about getting some wheels done whilst you were still developing all the other bits and pieces.

The fuel tank detailing is really coming on well. As to that elusive bit of detailing you are trying to find, as a suggestion you might find a full size Bentley restorer might be able to help? Or perhaps the Bentley Drivers Club might be able to help put you in touch with a UK owner to get a look at an original.

The only two museum examples I can think of are at Beaulieu, Hampshire and Caister, Norfolk from what I can remember. 

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1 hour ago, Malc2 said:

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Brilliant, well found. So it looks to me like the straps are just held in tension against the chassis cross member then? Some big mush head ship rivets and joints I didn’t know about either.


Bonus.

 

I’m thinking of making the fuel tank out of CNC cut Ali, because:-

1. will look ace before painting

2. Mainly though. I can :)

 

thanks for all the contributions everyone- much appreciated 

 

Nick

 

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1 hour ago, Noel Smith said:

 Or perhaps the Bentley Drivers Club might be able to help put you in touch with a UK owner to get a look at an original.

I emailed them last week as I don’t mind joining (about £150 or so) if you get access to drawings etc, and I think you do, and they haven’t even bothered replying. So not very impressed this far. 
 

Nick

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To get no reply from the Bentley Drivers Club was a bit disappointing and you should have expected better as I believe they have full time staff.

As another thought, maybe Bentley Motors have an archivist who might be able to help as the company might have drawings on file. You might even be able to gain access to their own Blower if they keep older examples of their cars on site. Crewe isn't too far from North Wales so it might be worth an enquiry. And hey, you might even get a factory tour thrown in!

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So as usual, more to this than meets the eye :) Nearly finished now anyway. Just got a bit more to do on the Fuel Cap then it's finished - Fun with Printing/CNC to follow no doubt.

 

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On 6/10/2023 at 1:42 PM, nick said:

I emailed them last week as I don’t mind joining (about £150 or so) if you get access to drawings etc, and I think you do, and they haven’t even bothered replying. So not very impressed this far. 
 

Nick

I was a Marshall Member and volunteered at their Silverstone meetings for many years and still haven't got any replies from them. 

They are not interested in anyone "below their status".

 

Ian

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http://www.kingsburyracing.com/

 

Based in Bicester, Oxfordshire.

 

A colleague of mine had a stint in restoring old cars, I asked if he could ring his old workshop to see if they had any drawings. To which he laughed and said they're like rocking horse droppings! Apparently back in the day, Bentley or Rolls-Royce etc. would sub out all the body-work and joinery to coach builders. Might seem obvious to some but not me. I can imagine how plans and drawings would get lost in the mists of time.

 

Anyway, his old workshop didn't have any but he said that another restoration workshop over in Bicester currently has one which they restored and now race.

 

Hope that helps and apologies if that's all stuff which has been covered before.

 

Jered

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Some Progress and finally an appearance in the real world for some of this stuff

 

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It even fits together! Lordy.

 

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And its a proper 3 dimensional mesh, not just a flat pattern

 

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for perspective, Airfix

 

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Thanks for looking

 

Nick

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Slightly better version - reduced the layer height from 50 to 30 microns which although slower, does produce a more reliable result. Both sides done now.

 

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Nick

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3 hours ago, The guy from quebec said:

Hello Nick,

In response to your question about the tank straps,  they begin and end on the front of the tank. They effectively do not follow the concave shape of the tank.

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I noticed this too late for my tank

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3 hours ago, The guy from quebec said:

 

Just been looking at your builds  - magnificent. I can’t believe I haven’t seen your work before, are you posting your build logs somewhere?

if you don’t mind me asking, where are you getting your data for the Bentley? You seem to have info and images I haven’t been able to find?

I love the fact you scratch built crank, rods, pistons and cams for you Alfa, I tend to draw internals in my CAD but I don’t think I would be  dedicated enough to scratch build it in real life the way you have. I salute you. 
 

I’ve also employed the printing stickers for ali idea too, nice to see someone else doing it! I can also see you’re using CAD so maybe we could help each other out? Drop me a pm if you’re interested. 

 

thanks for the info

 

regards and keep up the inspirational work

 

Nick

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