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Stevie's Airfix 1/12 Bentley 4.5 litre Options
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#21 Posted : 16 September 2014 22:53:17

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That engine is looking the dogs dangly bits. I built this kit in my youth and it was motorised the rear wheels were supposed to turn but the linkages were terrible and it didn't work very well at all which is probably why it's not motorized now. I have this on my request list for birthday/Christmas, got my fingers crossed great work so far keep it up can't wait for more.
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#22 Posted : 16 September 2014 23:23:09

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Superb work on the motor!! Always the way with oil washes, matt everything down a bit. Satin coat should make it look realistic though. I know from my dealings in restoring classic cars that the engine paint when first done has a nice shine, but once the engine has run and the heat has set it properly, you get a superb satin finish. Then once you add chrone and brass bits it really starts to come alive. Loving this build!!Love BigGrin
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#23 Posted : 16 September 2014 23:47:32

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Wonderful work Steve, you say you are trying to achieve an oily look with a well cared for look..... well, I really think you have achieved that..... looks fab....Drool Drool

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#24 Posted : 17 September 2014 09:39:17

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Hi Steve,
That takes some modelling to get that finish, well done Steve looking forward to the next post
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#25 Posted : 17 September 2014 09:46:18

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Lovely kit Steve and some lovely work being done on the engine Drool



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#26 Posted : 17 September 2014 19:02:43

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Thanks for looking in everyoneBigGrin

Not had much time today but managed to finish the blower with a sepia wash and some gold dry brushing to give the worn alloy look.

Also made some leads for the plugs, not in the kit but they should be at this scale. I went for the old style clamps and the leads are white elastic cord which I hoped would look like the asbestos wrapped flex used on these back then. I dont know what the fittings are - my wife makes jewelery and they were in her supplies - i just cut them in halfLaugh

Lastly I have given all the engine parts a satin lacquer - not noticeable in the pics really but it just makes it slightly more shiny as It went a bit dull after the wash.

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#27 Posted : 17 September 2014 19:14:30

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Very impressive work looks so real loving how this is going.
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#28 Posted : 17 September 2014 20:12:23

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Now that looks spot on!! The satin coat is perfect. The ignition leads are a superb bit of detailing, and scratch building with whatever you can find is half the fun. Superb build.BigGrin Drool BigGrin
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#29 Posted : 17 September 2014 21:17:13

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Great update Steve, that engine looks fantastic.

Im really jealous of the weathering, this is something I am yet to learn
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Thanks a lot guysBigGrin

The engine is done as far as I can go at this stage, there are more oil lines and water hoses etc that I may want to make but these cant be fitted until the engine is in the chassis as I want some of the pipes to disappear into the firewall.

So next up is the fuel tank. There is a lot to be put right on this, the pics below show the tank built out of the box, I didnt waste time filling in the joints etc as it need a fair bit of work.

The problems I can see are firstly the 4 hoses, these look too much like they are part of the tank and not separate lines so they will have to go. Secondly is the stone chip guard - this is supposed to be a steel mesh covering the lower half of the rear and underneath and also the 2 sides. The mesh pattern is no where near deep enough to look realistic so this will also have to be dealt with.

So, basically I think I will be sanding off all detail on this tank and replacing the lot, hoses, mesh and straps.
This is an area where photo etch would have been very handy, even the re-release of this kit from 2012 has no extra detailing and I think it would be good if Airfix could follow the likes of Tamiya and include some etch when they re-release an old kit like this.
I'm certainly not knocking Airfix though, I love their kits probably because I grew up with themBigGrin

So Im currently having a forage around the house for anything I can use on this fuel tank and will report back later.

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#31 Posted : 18 September 2014 17:04:35

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Hi Steve,
Just had a long look,this,will be a fab kit when completed great skills.
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#32 Posted : 18 September 2014 19:08:51

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Steve

Top job on your build. Just a bit concerned your wife is not aware you've been at her craft box or you could be ordering take away for your meal tonight LOL

Very nice job on those leads though and really pleased to see some modelling in its true sense going on here. I can see this turning into a masterpiece.

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#33 Posted : 18 September 2014 21:44:37

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Hi Steve, Drool Drool

A masterpiece already and more exciting instalments to come.

Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool

Can`t wait. Love

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#34 Posted : 18 September 2014 22:36:14

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Thanks Trev, Tony, DelLaugh

Well I got rid of all the fuel tank detail as per pics below.
I had a look round for some bits and pieces and managed to find some things for the fuel lines, brackets and straps but was at a loss to know what to use for the metal mesh....so I then saw a sieve in the kitchen drawerLaugh
Anyway, due to it being woven wire rather than mesh it all fell apart when I cut it to shape so no good (nor is the sieve any more). I have now ordered some aluminum mesh with 1.5mm holes and fixed joints so can be cut to any size. I have enough coming for all the jobs on this model as I think Im going to use it for the carb protection guard, windscreen guard, headlight covers and the fuel tank so worth buying it.

This just means I have to put the fuel tank on hold for a bit so will get to work on the chassis in the meantimeBigGrin

BTW, I'm not really a scratch builder, I often add detail to my models but only if necessary and only then if it will be on show - the fuel tank is also the rear of the car so the addition of extra detailing here will certainly be worth the effort.

More soon

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#35 Posted : 19 September 2014 00:22:51

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Excellent work Steve, a true work of art on that engine.....Cool Cool

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#36 Posted : 19 September 2014 11:48:49

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Cheers Alan, glad you like itBigGrin Im off out shopping later with the wife so I will be eyes everywhere trying to decide if anything I see has "other" uses for detailing (got to buy her a new sieve too)LOL

Just a quick question, Im going to put this on a simple display base so does anyone know of a suitable 1/12 scale figure for this era - sitting or standing , I don't mind a bit of re-modeling but would rather not. I do have a few in my stash but none suitable...Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, James Bond, QE1, Valentino Rossi and a skeletonLaugh

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Thanks, I like that driver, not sure what they would look like from 1930 though, have to do some research - dosent even have to be a race driver. I guess he could bw worked on though so may be a good base

Steve
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Top job on the engine Steve very authentic looking and the scratch build looks fab too

this is gonna be a real treat Cool Cool

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#40 Posted : 20 September 2014 00:00:07

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Hi Stevie.

Fantastic job on the engine so far!Cool I can remember bulding the old Airfix 1/35? Bentley but could never afford the biggie back then!Blushing
Have a look on www.craft-products.com in their dolls house dolls section, they have a range of 1/12 resin figures and the 'man in jacket' might be a good candidate for a little '1930-ing' work. Another site, http://maplestreet.co.uk has the same figure for slightly cheaper at £3.95 (I thought 1/12 would be a lot more than that!)

Best of luck.

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