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    1. Kit: Airfix, by (Yearly Subscriber) Jo NZ is online now
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      This very much comes under the heading of future projects, but I believe it can be built from the Airfix kit, with a scratch built 1/12 Birkin Blower Bentley single seater body. I've already found some 3D print files for the body, which even if not accurate, could be used as the basis for a body buck.

      Has anyone attempted it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens Andersen View Post
    Hi JoNz
    I read the whole thread and Im happy I did. You made such nice things .. Blower , carburettors , oilcooler and the handle and contacts etc the whole model is wonderfull . Well done !
    Looking foreward to see more .
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    Thanks Jens, I’m still enjoying making it - even if some of the parts have been made 2 or 3 times... there will be a bit of a break as I’m in the UK for a couple of months and so no progress. I do have plans to go to Beaulieu while I’m here to photograph John Bolsters “Bloody Mary” for a future project...


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    Had to look up that Bloody Mary and I wasnt disapointed . Its a super project for the future when you finish the Bentley.. It made me think of Richard Scaldwells JAPs.. That I have in my mind if I gets tired of building Alfa Romeos..You have to look it up under The Old Motor .com..its the 1908 JAP 305 c.i I fell in love with.. That too will be an awesome project and a fantastic model to have standing at home.
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    I'm back! I took about 300 pictures of Bloody Mary, but what I am missing is detailed references for the JAP engines. As they were sourced from crashed Brough Superiors, I thought it would be easy.... except all the Broughs I've found have Matchless motors. So, anyone have details (drawing would be great!) of the 1925 1000cc JAP twin?


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    Hi Jo,

    I have been looking into the JAP engines for some time. There are drawings on the net but one good source is by following this link

    https://loosefillings.com/2018/03/30...wings-surface/

    Also I have a number of sectional drawings. If you are interested just pm me.

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    I'm am very interested in Richard Scaldwells Aero Engined JAP V8 and am collecting as much data for this as I can.

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    Thanks for that, Stu. BM used the 8-45hp KTOR engine - I'll PM you.
    This is why I couldn't get any pictures - the motors are a little squeezed in....

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    Back to the Bentley.
    One of the few remaining unmodified kit parts succumbed - the wooden bonnet seating strips on the chassis are much narrower on the Birkin car....

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    And some body furniture. The reinforcing plates around the fuel and oil filler apertures, and access hatches

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    Looking closely at the car, it's evident that the headrest fairing has a cutout for the fuel filler reinforcing plate

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    I was very pleased that my eyeballed and estimated plate needed the same cutout...

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    That plate is a very curious shape, I have no idea why.


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    Making models from photographs only requires well calibrated eyes.

    Your eyes must be very well calibrated
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    You are so right Don! To me pictures are just a nice help but could not rely on them to do a model. In fact, it's not true: the first Avanti I did was done with the poor pictures I had and the final result was not quite good!
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    Jo, you are making such a nice model! I go back and forth myself on having measurements or photos only, to make a model.

    In small scales a modeler can get away with so much, but on the larger models?

    Well, like I said, you have to have well calibrated eyes, and a sense of proportion.

    Each of us has to decide for ourselves how deep down the rabbit hole, we want to venture!

    Excellent work!
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    Thank you both for your kind words. It's not as if I look at it and then make it - I do a lot of measuring off the photos to get the proportions right. I just don't always need scale drawings, but they really do help!
    Now onto the bit I've been dreading - the rear damper attachments to the axle. I have no drawings or pictures of this so it's an estimated solution.

    The drop link for the big friction damper - soldered and then shaped on the lathe with a half round needle file

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    Incidentally it's sitting on my newest piece of equipment - a plain white wall tile. The ridges on the back are great for holding while soft soldering, and the smooth white ceramic good for glueing etc. - everything wipes off.

    I started by replicating the mounts on the standard Bentley using brass angle, and I had to remove the axle so that I could see what I was doing

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    I don't think that both rear droplinks go to the same bolt, so another bracket (this is the other side)

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    Looks better. I still don't know if it's right, but as it's hidden by the brake drum and wheel, it will stay like that!


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