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    1. Kit: Airfix, by (Yearly Subscriber) nickedw is offline
      Builder Last Online: Jul 2022 Show Printable Version Email this Page
      Model Scale: 1/12 Rating:  Thanks: 1
      Started: 10-01-21 Build Revisions: Never  
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      I’ve started a major project to produce a full transkit for the Airfix Bentley blower.

      The wheels are done using the composite 3D printed/wire spoke system I developed for the Alfa 8C Monza, and the engine is around 90% complete too, here are some shots of progress so far:-







      Thanks for looking,

      Nick


      Bentley 4 1/2 litre Blower in 1/12th scale
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  1. Jo NZ's Avatar Yearly Subscriber
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    Lovely job! Those rims even make the Airfix tyres look good.

    Front crossmember next?
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    This is getting more and more interesting.
    I think that a lot of modellers, besides the kit and transkit being worked on might just want wire wheel kits to become available as separate items.
    Having respoked the Airfix wheels myself in the past using plastic rod, they are not a patch on the ones Nick is developing looking at his picture in his last post.
    Last edited by Bugatti Fan; 10-13-21 at 03:35 AM.
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    Thanks for your message and support. So far, I am planning on printing everything including springs and shock absorbers, let’s see how that goes. You almost certainly know more than me, but I believe a 6 cylinder version/conversion should be perfectly possible as well.

    My transkit will only really use the chassis, tyres and a handful of other ‘big bits’ from the Airfix kit, so my idea is that almost anything would serve as a donor for this - childhood disasters, eBay pre-built monsters etc. in the future I am toying with the idea of a small CNC machine, mainly to mill chassis rails and other big structural parts, if I can master either flexible resin Bentley 4 1/2 litre Blower in 1/12th scale printing of a casting Bentley 4 1/2 litre Blower in 1/12th scale /moulding system that will take care of tyres - my 2 current obstacles.

    As for release, I plan to stage it, I just need to do the photography for the manual for the wheels, so they will go on sale as soon as that is done.

    The engine ‘module’ also needs a revised crossmember and radiator to fit the Airfix kit, but I plan to release this next, maybe a version with a stand of some kind as a stand alone too? the rest will follow as modules - brake drums, shocks, fuel tank, dashboard, springs etc, etc and eventually bundled as a transkit.

    Hope that makes sense?

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    Looking forward to seeing your developments on this Nick.
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    How about this then?




    Just drawn this today.

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    Nick, your radiator shell looks almost there. I think that there is a bit more curvature sloping back on the top of the radiator shell and the badge would sit where it is but would be more on the gentle curve as a result The curvature down each side looks spot on in your CAD drawing
    I tried to upload a couple of pictures or UR6571's Radiator Shell for you but failed miserably. Only managed to get one to attach.
    Please message me with an Email address and I can send a couple more to you on there. HTH
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    Merry Christmas all!

    I have some pictures of the badge and surrounding area. That I'll load up in between bouts of sneezing and coughing! -right now my head is in too much of a fog, I can't remember the significance of the badges colours?

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    All three are of Nickel plate or sheet. The one is shown without "bug" screen, and note on the other two, that the screen has a flange to it's edge.


    I'm pretty sure that the bottom picture is of UU5872
    Last edited by MODEL A MODEL; 12-21-21 at 03:52 PM.
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    Those are great references, thanks folks, I will review and have another go!

    Nick


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    I found out something interesting about the Winged B Bentley badge.
    Read somewhere that they deliberately made the badge with an extra feather on one side to avoid copying as it would probably go unnoticed.
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