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Airfix 1/12 Bentley 4.5 Litre
kpnuts
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Posted: Friday, May 15, 2020 - 08:22 AM UTC
Hi all I got this back from my ex boss as he no longer wanted it.

I'm going to strip it and rebuild it as a different version, can you guess which version.

It's very rare and was sold for £132,000 (hint there is a lot of wood involved )

Also I had to remove the exhaust as it runs differently.











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Posted: Friday, May 15, 2020 - 12:03 PM UTC
Impressive in scale!
Are you going for the black version?

Gabriel
kpnuts
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Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 09:19 AM UTC
In the years since I built this kit I like to think I've got better at weathering engines realistically so this ones coming out to have a do over.










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Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 09:36 AM UTC
Ken,
I'm not going to venture a guess as to what version you're going to convert this old Airfix 1/12 scale to since I know virtually nothing about the Bentley Blower.

But one thing for sure, I'll be following along every step of the way. With your skills it should be a remarkable journey with a fantastic ending.

joel
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Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 12:20 PM UTC
Ken, like Joel, I know next to nothing on Bentley of this era. Looking forward to seeing this progress.
kpnuts
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Posted: Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 05:40 PM UTC
Reworked some of the engine.

When I first got this back I had visions of turning it into Chitty but then thought I would check out the different versions this engine was used in and decided on the boat tail version.

What's funny is the first guess a lot of people made on what I was doing with it was Chitty (I thought turning it into Chitty was quite original and no one would think of that)

I quite liked the idea so my question is (I dont know how to do a poll) which would you like to see most the red boat tail Bentley or Chitty.





kpnuts
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Posted: Monday, May 18, 2020 - 07:49 AM UTC
Did some cleaning up of the chassis.









Dixon66
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Posted: Monday, May 18, 2020 - 08:28 AM UTC
Your metalizing looks excellent Ken.
Joel_W
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Posted: Monday, May 18, 2020 - 10:09 AM UTC
Ken,
The engine with the blower really turned out well. Nice start on the chassis as well. Keep the updates coming.

Joel
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Posted: Monday, May 18, 2020 - 10:40 AM UTC

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I quite liked the idea so my question is (I dont know how to do a poll) which would you like to see most the red boat tail Bentley or Chitty.



Nice work so far Ken, a rebuilder on this scale can be difficult with trying to disassemble without destroying details or parts.

I loved the movie in my childhood, and Chitty would be a real focal point in the display cabinet with the bright metal and woodwork. I also like the look of the long tapered boat tail, but Chitty gets my vote!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 08:16 AM UTC
Hi all started on the body (that rear end wont be pointed it is cut square on the car)

It also flares out over the suspension lots of work on this part just wondering whether I will have to stain the wood red or if the mahogany when varnished will be red enough, I think on the actual car it is stained.



Joel_W
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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2020 - 12:50 AM UTC
Ken,
Looking forward to seeing how the back of the car looks once primed.

Joel
kpnuts
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Posted: Sunday, May 24, 2020 - 10:12 PM UTC
More work done on the boat tail.





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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 - 01:22 AM UTC
Ken,
Now that's impressive

Joel
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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 - 06:43 AM UTC
Couldn't resist trying a bit of varnish, I must as after 2 or three coats I think it might look alright.



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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 - 09:20 AM UTC
Ken,
Looks better then right. It looks perfect.

Joel
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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 - 11:06 AM UTC
Looks great Ken. How thin was the veneer that you used?
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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 - 01:31 PM UTC
Lovely work Ken, looks great!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 02:43 AM UTC
1x6mm
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Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 08:25 AM UTC
Well I've spent most of tonight working on the exhaust (it goes down and under the car on the original version) it has to come out through the side panel on this version and on the actual car would have nuts to undo in order to move the exhaust and open the side panel. On this I obviously cant glue the exhaust to the manifold as I wont be able to put the side panel on and I cant put the side I've managed to figure a way to do it similar to the way it would have been done on the real car (will post pics when I've painted it all) 
Joel_W
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Posted: Friday, May 29, 2020 - 01:24 AM UTC
Ken,
I'm looking forward to your pictures of just how you solved the exhaust issues.

joel
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Posted: Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 07:41 AM UTC
Hi all regrettably I will no longer be able to post updates on my builds as imgbb (who I've been using ) no longer allows me to upload pics (this just after a week of them asking me to upgrade at £9.00 a month) just as well I didn't. 

All other free hosting sites seem to want you to create your own website to host pics (I'm not interested in spending hours setting up a website just to host some pics) so with regret this will be my last entry here.
Joel_W
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Posted: Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 08:44 AM UTC
Ken,
I just pay $3.99 per month for unlimited 3rd party hosting on ImageShack. I don't have a website, but for their free hosting they also require it. In all the years I've used them, they only had one server issue that was fixed in a few days time.

Joel
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Posted: Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 03:15 PM UTC

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Hi all regrettably I will no longer be able to post updates on my builds as imgbb (who I've been using ) no longer allows me to upload pics (this just after a week of them asking me to upgrade at £9.00 a month) just as well I didn't. 

All other free hosting sites seem to want you to create your own website to host pics (I'm not interested in spending hours setting up a website just to host some pics) so with regret this will be my last entry here.




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Ken,
I just pay $3.99 per month for unlimited 3rd party hosting on ImageShack. I don't have a website, but for their free hosting they also require it. In all the years I've used them, they only had one server issue that was fixed in a few days time.

Joel



Hi Ken/Joel

why not become a subscriber to the Kitmaker website instead?

For $3.95USD per month you get photo hosting, plus you're supporting the website which many of us call our model making "home", rather than just another "faceless" corporation.
Joel_W
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Posted: Monday, June 01, 2020 - 01:15 AM UTC
Russell,
Does that allow you to post directly or only to the gallery?

Joel