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PostSubject: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Sun 28 Sep - 0:37

I wanted a quick auto build before I start another 1/72 plane project.  So I dug into the stash and came up with an old 1/32 scale Bentley Blower which was originally released by Pyro back in the late 1960's.  I hadn't opened the box before, so I was surprised when this was a curbside kit and, man, was it molded in an ugly green.  I have another that is molded in the proper shade that will end up being built as the real thing.  So, I'll have a little fun with this one.



The body comes in 2 halves with attached suspension.  Wheels are two piece plastic.


I cut off the hood panels from the body.  I'll probably use the top pieces, but there'll be no need for the side pieces.


So, what to do for power?   I remembered one of Jay Leno's many cars - a 1915 Hispano Suiza powered by the WWI Hispano Suiza 8 cylinder 12 litre aircraft engine.  And Roden makes a 1/32 model of that very motor.  Why not.

It has very nice detail molded in and comes with a few pieces of PE for plug wires and such.




I got one and, with the basic block together, it looks like the motor will fit into the chassis just right.  I painted it with MM Metallizers.




So, that's it for now.  I'm planning to paint the body in airframe aluminum with black wheels and undercarriage - thus the name Bentley Silver Aero.

This should be a fun one and I hope you'll enjoy the ride.

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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Sun 28 Sep - 0:50

Interesting project  

I'll go along with you on the color of plastic  

That engine looks like a nice little kit
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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Sun 28 Sep - 6:48

Too bad that's in such a dinky scale, that's a handsome car!
Like the idea of using the H-S engine in it !


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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Sun 28 Sep - 7:01

So Pyro thinks that is British Racin Green!!!!

The engine is already looking good Mike and I like the 'Silver Aero' handle. Neat.

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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Sun 28 Sep - 8:39

Interesting Mike. I really like the engine. Looking forward to seeing how this goes together.

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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Sun 28 Sep - 8:49

At first I thought it might be a copy of the Airfix Bentley kit of years ago,
but if I remember correctly the chassis frame was separate from the body on that one.
Yep, interesting challenge !
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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Sun 28 Sep - 10:26

Thats just awesome Mike !!
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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Sun 28 Sep - 11:46

I am so envious! The 1/32 Pyro wasn't as detailed as the Airfix kits, but it fills a niche. The engine kit is a real surprise, and quite beautiful. THANX!
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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Sun 28 Sep - 12:14

What an awesome project. I Like everything about it.
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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Sun 28 Sep - 20:22

A bit more progress on this wee machine.  Sprayed the wheel assemblies gloss black, then hand painted the tires grey black and applied some Rub n Buff silver to the knockoffs.


Cut out a few styrene discs and placed them on the axles for simulated brake drums.  Oh crap! I just realized I shouldn't have glued both sides on the rear axle because I have to thread the axle through into position.


Got the body painted with Alclad Aluminum over Alclad Black.  Sorry guys - green is gone. LOL


I didn't bother filling the seam on the top rear of the tank because I'll be building a bracket to hold the spare tire that would normally mount on the side of the cowl.  Exhaust headers and big pipes on both sides necessitate the move.


Got quite a bit done on the motor, painting the covers black, applying the PE plug wires, magnetos and fuel system.


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One of the magneto drive tubes broke off in assembly and will have to be put back on.


After I get the axles on next, I'll figure out my engine height, motor mounts and firewall doodads, etc.

Thanks for all your comments.

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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Mon 29 Sep - 5:17

Good work Mike. The P/E looks great.

I'm intruiged by the engine as it appears NOT to have separate cylinder heads!!!



If so, locating the valves in their liners must have been a pain as must lapping in the valves and it looks like the plugs are located in the cylinder bore!!!! Weird!!


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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Mon 29 Sep - 6:06

Nice detailing !!
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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Mon 29 Sep - 10:04

Al, you're right - it is a very unique design. There is no combustion chamber as we now know it. Combustion took place in the upper part of the cylinder bore. A definite nightmare for the machine shop.
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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Mon 29 Sep - 10:42

Good looking build. I really like the engine and the detailing you have done. Nice research pics, Al.
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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Mon 29 Sep - 11:26

"Sorry guys - green is gone. LOL" I, for one, won't miss it Mike.

I really like the engine and the detailing you are doing. Will be following.

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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Tue 30 Sep - 20:30

Painted the radiator shell with Alclad black then Alclad chrome.  Handpainted the flat black and the brass logo wings.


Got the wheels mounted as well as 2 rear fenders.


Painted the seat/cover piece.  Had to hack off the front 1/2 inch with the pedals because I added the firewall.


Next comes engine placement and scratchbuilding the steering shaft/box and firewall doodads.

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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Wed 1 Oct - 4:59

Nice work Mike, it's looking like the hot rod it's going to be now.

Are you losing the bonnets sides and just using the top?

Suggestion: Don't fit the front wings. It looks better without them.

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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Wed 1 Oct - 9:21

Al, I plan to use just the top pieces if all goes well. The motor cam covers and exhaust pipes will stick out the sides, not leaving much room for the side pieces.

I'll have to decide on the fendeers when it's much more complete, but I'd like the look to be more classic than hot rod.

I do have plans to do a Euro Hot Rod, though. It'll have a classic chassis/body with a modern high hp motor and modern wheels/tires - in 1/24th.
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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Wed 1 Oct - 12:04

Looking good. Waiting for a picture with the engine in the chassis.
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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Thu 2 Oct - 12:10

I can hear 'W.O.' rolling in his grave.
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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Thu 2 Oct - 12:38

Yup ... Walters toes would be certainly curling if he saw this.

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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Sat 4 Oct - 12:18

This is for you Buck...

Put a motor mount on the front of the engine and got it installed.  Had to build up the rear mount some to cut the engine angle down.  I had to keep the engine location high because there's an external oil pump that locates on the bottom of the oil pan.  There wasn't a whole lot of room for the steering box (but it is in there), so the shaft is at a really weird angle/location.  You'll just have to imagine a couple of U-joints somewhere under the dash. LOL






Time to dream up an exhaust system for this monster.  

Thanks for the comments, everyone.

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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Sat 4 Oct - 13:02

Thats is so awesome !! I can see some young guy with the leather cap, goggles, and aviator jacket tearing up the back roads and scaring livestock.

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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Sat 4 Oct - 16:43

Hi Mike,

This is looking great sop far Sir, I wouldn't mind being the test driver when she is finished...

May I ask, do you or can you brush paint the Alcad stuff or os it just for air brushes...

Many thanks...

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PostSubject: Re: 1930 Bentley Silver Aero   Sat 4 Oct - 17:17

Love the build Mike. Fabulous work!

Andy, Alcad is for airbrush only. That said I have heard of people brushing it on to good results. I would think that on small pieces or uneven surfaces it brushing would work better. I doubt that it would flow out well enough to look good on large flat surfaces.
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