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Hi all.

First up from me will be my attempt to create the 'ultimate' 1/32 Le Mans Bentley Blower, by using the best bits from each of these two kits :winkgrin:.

 

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Generally speaking, the Pyro is the better of the two, but is let down badly by Pyro's decision to simply use the body parts from their Bentley Straight-Six kit, rather than create new ones for the Le Mans :nono:

 

So basically, I'll be using the Airfix bodywork/chassis and the Pyro bits for everything else.  I actually started this project a couple of years ago, but progress is well below 25%.

 

When I'm finished, I'll still be left with one complete, un-made kit, but unfortunately comprising all the worst bits!  I'll be open to offers :D.

 

Cheers

 

 

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Lovely subject choice Cliff and a fine plan to create a worthwhile replica of the machine.

 

As for offers of what to do with the remains; barn find diorama - a few tarpaulins or dust sheets, loads of accumulated dirt and cobwebs and leaves, some other associated detritus on and around it...

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I love that - building a great model from the best of two kits (see my entry 😉). This car reminds me of Ian Fleming's books where Bond drove a Bentley, not an Aston Martin with ejection seat - how ridiculous...!

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1 hour ago, Col. said:

a few tarpaulins or dust sheets, loads of accumulated dirt and cobwebs and leaves, some other associated detritus on and around it...

 

Oh, so you've seen my workbench Col?

 

 

22 minutes ago, Toryu said:

This car reminds me of Ian Fleming's books where Bond drove a Bentley, not an Aston Martin with ejection seat - how ridiculous...!

 

I quite agree!

 

Cheers

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I seem to remember that in my book on Airfix it describes how one of their people was driving along and saw one of these Bentleys - thinking it would make a good model he stopped and talked the owner into letting Airfix examine it for the design of the moulds. Don't know whether that is true of not.

 

Pete

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9 hours ago, PeterB said:

I seem to remember that in my book on Airfix it describes how one of their people was driving along and saw one of these Bentleys - thinking it would make a good model he stopped and talked the owner into letting Airfix examine it for the design of the moulds. Don't know whether that is true of not.

 

Pete

 

Thanks Pete.  Now you mention it, I seem to recall that too...

 

 

8 hours ago, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

Absolutely nothing wrong but a Bentley is always welcome. 

 

Thanks Dennis 👍

 

 

3 hours ago, marvinneko said:

Reminds me of several of John Steed's cars in the Avengers. 

 

Thanks, I'd completely forgotten that.  I hadn't forgotten Emma Peel in her Elan though :winkgrin:.

 

Cheers

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7 hours ago, CliffB said:

I hadn't forgotten Emma Peel in her Elan though :winkgrin:.

That was a particularly memorable combination :wub:

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I knew I had one of these knocking around somewhere.... I hasten to add I didn't build this😝

... it was from a couple of job lots of made or part made kits I got cheap to maybe use at some point for modifying, parts or whatever. 

This glue bomb with wonky wheels etc has had the indignity of "racing numbers" cut out from paper and roughly stuck on, surely the kit had decals, or did it? 

Looks like the Airfix job was a very decent little kit originally though, and would've made a respectable model at the time, cast in "spoked" wheels notwithstanding ! 

 

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20 hours ago, Pig of the Week said:

the indignity of "racing numbers" cut out from paper and roughly stuck on, surely the kit had decals, or did it?

 

My mid-70s re-issue still requires you to cut the numbers from the instruction sheet.  I'll have to find an alternative and luckily 1/32 appears to be a favourite of the slot-racing fraternity.  Hopefully I'll find some suitable aftermarket decals there.

 

Cheers

 

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Time at last to make a start on the Bentley.

 

Here are the Airfix parts (note that I've already glued the two body halves together).

 

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And here are the more garish Pyro ones.

 

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The differences between the kits are most clearly illustrated by the wheels and headlamps.

 

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Cheers

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I've made a start by dry-fitting the major parts.  Some filing was required to get the radiator to sit squarely around the supercharger.

Interestingly, both Airfix and Pyro used the same approach to moulding the floor/seats/roof part.  I marginally prefer the Pyro item and luckily it fits perfectly!

 

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As on the real thing, there's a large hole in the top of the bonnet.  Through this, should be visible the firewall and also the rear of the engine.  Unfortunately, neither are provided in either kit.  The firewall will be easy to add using plastic card and I've managed to find an old engine and exhaust manifold in my spares box.  I think these came from a 'spares or repair' Aston Martin kit that I bought some time ago.  The engine's way too small for the Bentley (it's possibly a 1.5 litre), but positioned under the hole it should look convincing enough :winkgrin:.

 

Cheers

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Looking good Cliff,

 

Just realised that the model I mentioned earlier was the big 1/12 scale version - that was the one the anecdote about seeing one in the street and asking to owner if Airfix could copy it referred to I believe. I have built this smaller one myself at least twice and still have one.

 

Pete

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Hi again everyone.

I've been making painfully slow progress with the Bentley, but am now finally in a position to start painting :).

 

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I've added all the running gear and also replaced the front cross-member (which was short-shot on the kit), along with one of the horns (which I'd somehow managed to lose).  Peaking through the hole in the bonnet, you should just be able to see my new bulkhead and the white card plate on the end of the tidied-up engine, will stick to this.

 

Pyro's wheels have the knock-off hub nuts moulded to them (which is fine), but they're all the same.  In reality, the nut on the spare wheel was different and luckily Airfix provide the nuts as separate items.  I was therefore able to add the correct design to a filed-down Pyro wheel (the one on the right).

 

Finally, I improved the Airfix fuel tank by adding some card and putty.  As supplied, the item looks really weird under the filler cap...

 

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Cheers

 

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Time for an update :)

 

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These Bentleys (and I'm guessing other cars of the time), were of mixed construction.  Mostly metal, but with wooden, fabric (leather?) covered bodywork for the passenger compartment.  This can result in a two-tone colour scheme, with the bodywork also having a satin sheen.

 

Here's an example, from Wikipedia.

 

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To replicate this, I've started by spraying the body using BRG, with a satin varnish top coat.  The decals are aftermarket slot car items.

Next up, I'll mask off the BRG and spray the rest of the car using full gloss Brunswick Green.

 

Cheers

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