Airfix - 1/12 1930 Bentley 4.5 Litre

Manufacturer: Airfix Product Code: 20440V


20440V 1/12 1930 Bentley 4.5 Litre

Specifications

Scale: 1/12 Skill Level: 4

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With its front mounted supercharger, the 4.5 litre Bentley became the quintessential British sports car of the 20s and 30s. It was shaped from the earlier 4-cylinder 3 Litre, but produced substantially more power with its blown engine. As such, it was a stunning road car and a perfect contender for endurance racing. Due to its dramatic appearances at Le Mans and successes in speed trials at the Brooklands circuit, racing and winning became synonymous with Bentley during this period and few other models capture this image as well as the 4.5 litre Bentley. The number 9 car featured in this kit, UU5872, is the original Birkin Team Car known as 'Birkin Blower No. 2'. This is the car that made a dramatic appearance at the 1930 Le Mans 24 Hour Race.

In 1929, Bentley replaced the 4.5 litre and opted to race the higher capacity Speed 6. Three 'Birkin Blowers' were entered to compete alongside the Bentley Speed 6s at the 1930 Le Mans. In the event, only one Blower, (Birkins own No. 2 car), started the race. Under Walter Owen Bentley's tactical team management, Birkin's role was to draw the Mercedes of Carraciola and Werner into a high speed duel, which he successfully achieved. The Blower lead from the start, swapping the lead with the Mercedes throughout the night, until eventually the German car withdrew with a blown engine. Birkins success came at a cost, as he had to retire after 20 hours with a bent valve, leaving the two Speed 6s to take 1st and 2nd Places.

  • Power: 240bhp
  • Wheelbase: 3 metres
  • Weight: 1,930kg

Bentley Motors Limited England. Bentley, the B in wings device and other associated logos and names are trademarks of Bentley Motors Limited. The body designs of Bentley motor cars are protected by Bentley Motors Limited under design, trademark and intellectual property law.

Schemes

A   Bentley BSV 1594653660

A20440V 1930 4.5 litre Bentley

A20440V    1930 4.5 litre Bentley

Paints required for this scheme

No 3 Brunswick Green - Gloss - Tinlet No 1 (14ml)
No 11 Silver - Metallic - Tinlet No 1 (14ml)
No 19 Bright Red - Gloss - Tinlet No 1 (14ml)
No 33 Black - Matt - Tinlet No 1 (14ml)
No 113 Rust - Matt - Tinlet No 1 (14ml)
No 195 Dark Green Satin - Tinlet No1 (14ml)

Tech Specs

Item Length - Without Packaging (cm) 36.5
Item Height - Without Packaging (cm) 11.84
Item Width - Without Packaging (cm) 14.5
How many pieces will be found in the box opened by the customer? 278
Item Scale 1:12 Scale
  • License line
  • Manufactured in China under license from Bentley Motors Limited England. "Bentley", the "B" in wings device and other associated logos and names are trademarks of Bentley Motors Limited. The body designs of Bentley motors cars are protected by Bentley Motors Limited under design, trademarks and intellectual property law.
  • Contents (what's in the box) sets: Sprues & decals
  • Finish: Plastic
  • Number of Scheme options: 1
  • Skill Level: 4
  • Flying Hours: 5

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