Airfix Bentley Blower 1:12 Model Car Kit
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Airfix Bentley Blower 4.5L Model Kit

 

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Airfix Bentley 4.5L 1:12

 

airfix bentley chassis model

 

This is an Airfix Bentley Blower 4.5L race car.

I have a love hate relationship with this kit.

It took me over a year, off and on, to finish it.

I swear almost every part needed special attention. You couldn't just glue a part on and move to the next one. Each part needed to be finessed, sanded, modified, etc.

First: the love.

I've seen one of these cars up close in a museum, and it just made them even more awesome than I previously thought. It's just an amazing car.

The engine in the model, while basic, was one of my favorite assemblies to build and paint. The chasis isn't bad, and other parts were ok as far as passable in this scale for such an unusual car.

The size of the model makes the kit even more magnificient. This is a kit I've always wanted for many years, and I bought this one as soon as it was reissued.

Now the hate:

I broke many fine thin parts on this kit as I went along. I don't know if it was the plastic or me, but parts were broken, and I had to repair them or just flat out fabricate new ones. There were too many times I just had to walk away from it in frustration.

Just as a note, you have to be extremely careful if you handle the model. Thin parts tend to fall off if you touch them.

Overall:

I intially wanted to add more details than the kit had. For instance, there should be a lot of wiring, tubing, etc. between the dash and the firewall. As Airfix has it, there's nothing there but a big wide gap. There were other areas I wanted to spruce up some, but reference was sorely lacking, specifically on the internet. I don't have easy access to a real Bentley, and the few books on them are expensive.

So I gave up on the idea.

I intended to remove the plastic leather straps on the leaf springs and re-wrap them with some leather (or similiar scale) material, but I couldn't find a single image of the springs on a real car for reference, so I gave up on that as well.

The windscreen frame broke into several pieces, and I was unable to replicate that thin part. So it's absent from the car (not that the average person would notice, the windshield is usally folded down on the real cars).

Being a race car, I weathered it with mild washes on the engine and chalks / dust on the car it self. I find this much better looking than a pristine example of the model as most modelers do.

I display the car with one side of the hood removed to see the engine. It's been a while since I built it, so there's some atmospheric dust here and there on the kit that has gathered from time.

I wish this car could be done again with modern tooling. And add the parts to finish it (such as the details behind the dash).

I won't build this kit again, but I still love the car, and for the most part, I'm fond of the model. It's quite impressive when done.

 

 

airfix bentley model on bench

 

airfix bentley 4.5l top

 

airfix bentley left side view model

 

airfix bentley front blower assembly model

 

airfix 4.5l blower engine model

 

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