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


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1 hour ago, albergman said:

You keep raising the bar ever higher Nick.   Just incredible detail.   I'm usually left wondering how you did this or that in Fusion.   Now that I don't use it any longer I'm starting to forget how things were done.   Did the purchased version bring you any new tools or could you do most of this with the free one?    Anyway, your skill level with Fusion is what is setting you apart from others with printers.

 

Frank

Hi Frank, thanks for the great comments. No it's all in the standard version I'm afraid! I must admit I'm finding much easier now I'm using it more.

 

Nick

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34 minutes ago, heloman1 said:

Hi Malc, I've just found your Bentley build, I'm normally found in the aircraft section. Your renders are exquisite but as an ex aircraft mech, your wire locking leaves a lot to be desired.  The locking wire should transit from the one side of one nut to the opposite side of it's opposite number almost a figure of eight. I think you might have to draw and print a wire locking tool! (ha).

There is lots of enthusiastic input from the crowd, which I think is helping you.

As an ex industrial modelmaker, I'll follow your build with interest.

 

Colin

Peter,

         thanks for your input. Yes I've already been given a manual on wire locking, so will be correcting my errors in the final version. 

 

regards,

 

NICK

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Hi Nick,

 

All looks fantastic.

The only other thing I have spotted is that the photos I have don't show a flange on the rear of the supercharger body where it mates with the cross member? I see you had to nibble a bit away to get the pressurised air feed pipe passed it!

I'm sure you will have a better photo reference though!

 

MALC.

 

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1 minute ago, Malc2 said:

Hi Nick,

 

All looks fantastic.

The only other thing I have spotted is that the photos I have don't show a flange on the rear of the supercharger body where it mates with the cross member? I see you had to nibble a bit away to get the pressurised air feed pipe passed it!

I'm sure you will have a better photo reference though!

 

MALC.

 

Yes, there's something wrong there. Airfix have a flange which I don't think is right. I'm not at all sure how this works, it just seems to have an enormous jubilee clip affair wrapped around it?

 

Nick

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Yes, not sure what the band clamp is for?

I first thought the clamp held the casting to the crossmember, but the cross member flange faces towards the rear of the car, with a big radius on the front side, so I feel the need to crawl underneath a blower to have a look!!

I tried to find out when the next BDC club meet is, but they only allow members to see the schedule.....

 

Malc.

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Malc, try and ask the BDC to forward on your details to an owner geographically nearest to you so they can get back to you. That will be the best way to access a car if the owner gets back to you. Alternatively try the VSCC and find out about their meetings as a likely place for a Blower Bentley to be found. There are also of course specialist restorers like Elmdown that might be worth contacting.

 

Nick's developments for the old Airfix Bentley will be of great benefit in drastically upgrading that elderly kit. Depending on cost to the buyer, if different aspects can be bought separately like wheels, engine details, Hartford Shocks and so on might suit different pockets as well as supplying a full transkit. I understand that he is developing a full kit too that should prove very interesting.

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On 10/16/2021 at 1:20 PM, Noel Smith said:

Malc, try and ask the BDC to forward on your details to an owner geographically nearest to you so they can get back to you. That will be the best way to access a car if the owner gets back to you. Alternatively try the VSCC and find out about their meetings as a likely place for a Blower Bentley to be found. There are also of course specialist restorers like Elmdown that might be worth contacting.

 

Nick's developments for the old Airfix Bentley will be of great benefit in drastically upgrading that elderly kit. Depending on cost to the buyer, if different aspects can be bought separately like wheels, engine details, Hartford Shocks and so on might suit different pockets as well as supplying a full transkit. I understand that he is developing a full kit too that should prove very interesting.

I tried that and had absolutely no response whatsoever from the BDC. I'll add that I was a Marshall Member of the BDC for quite a few years and volunteered at Silverstone for their annual race meet for over 5 years.

I have nothing complimentary to say about them, so won't say anything.

 

Ian

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Thanks Ian, have to give up on that then!

In the last episode of Dominic Chinea on youtube, he visits Bicester scramble on 10th October.

At 7.46 mins in there is a stripped Bentley engine on a stand with an Amherst Villiers supercharger on the bench behind!

 

Malc.

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58 minutes ago, Noel Smith said:

Look forward to seeing Nick's further developments on this site.

Thanks Noel, everything is on hold at the moment while I try and complete my F40 engine in time for Telford, watch this space!

 

Nick

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46 minutes ago, Malc2 said:

Hi Nick,

Does this mean you will have a table at Telford, or will you be on a club stand?

 

Malc.

Thought about it, maybe next year I don't have enough material yet. No I'm just chancing my arm in the comp to see what happens.

 

Nick

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The old Airfix big Bentley has come in for some criticism on here as well as the £99 rrp price tag

Considering the kit saw light of day 50 odd years ago using old development drafting and production technology, is it all that bad? Considering that some 1/24 scale plastic car kits knock the £50 Mark these days the 1/12 scale Bentley does not seem so badly priced.

At least it gives Nick something basic to improve on, and offering different levels of trans kits is a good way to go that will suit many pockets. Not all of us can afford a full trans kit or a full kit approaching MFH prices so it looks as though Nick will be doing many model builders a good service with the different trans kit options that it looks likely that he will be offering.

Apart from Shapeways 3D printed shock absorbers, I am surprised that in all these years, no one else has bothered with upgrade kits for this Bentley before.

I wish him well with this venture!

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12 hours ago, Noel Smith said:

Apart from Shapeways 3D printed shock absorbers, 

Thanks for the mention!

I did those with similar ideas to Nick and have been pleasantly surprised by how many have been sold. However I didn't have a 3d printer then and Shapeways have become very expensive so I didn't continue with other parts. I may well rethink when I get back onto my kit as I'll need new bits which I can now do and market them myself, but just too busy at the moment. I also had some decals made up for the shocks.

 

Ian

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9 minutes ago, Brandy said:

Thanks for the mention!

I did those with similar ideas to Nick and have been pleasantly surprised by how many have been sold. However I didn't have a 3d printer then and Shapeways have become very expensive so I didn't continue with other parts. I may well rethink when I get back onto my kit as I'll need new bits which I can now do and market them myself, but just too busy at the moment. I also had some decals made up for the shocks.

 

Ian

Hi Ian, nothing like a bit of healthy competition! I’ve already drawn my Bentley Decal set (including dampers) so the more the merrier :)

 

Nick

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13 hours ago, Brandy said:

Thanks for the mention!

I did those with similar ideas to Nick and have been pleasantly surprised by how many have been sold. However I didn't have a 3d printer then and Shapeways have become very expensive so I didn't continue with other parts. I may well rethink when I get back onto my kit as I'll need new bits which I can now do and market them myself, but just too busy at the moment. I also had some decals made up for the shocks.

 

Ian

Yes, I was one if those who ordered your shocks through Shapeways. Still waiting their turn as the kit is still in my stack.

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Hello Nick,
you are doing a great job on this horrible base ... i know, what i am talking from - i try something similar - the re-invention of the kit. If possible i would like to contakt you via e-mail an share some things, like etched parts for the dumpers i have almost createtd ... may be, it will help you. Wheels i did already quite similar to yours and the engine has been tuned by scratching - your engine ist just great, congratulations!

Hope to get in contact with you - Kai

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It anyone is looking to use Nick's transkits to improve the Bentley a really useful source of detail photos is on the Misko Models website. They make fully built 1/6th scale Bentley Blower models and have a multitude of PR photos showing the incredible amount of detailing of their model on their website. A good reference source to download for this subject.

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Hi everyone, back on the horse now :) 

 

I haven't been taking my pills lately so have just come up with this puppy:-

 

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So come on then, answers on a postcard, what the Hell is it!

 

The clue (not much of a one admittedly) is the recess in the top bit is 80mm X 25mm and .5mm deep

 

It's just printing now, so I'll let you know if it works shortly and all will be revealed then.

 

Nick

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16 minutes ago, modelbautony said:

a tool for making mesh for the various bloody awful clear plastic parts that Airfix seemed to think would be 'acceptable'?

That's on the list too, but no.

Does this help?

 

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Nick

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