- Model No: A20440V
- Scale 1:12
- Vintage Classics Range
The Airfix Classics range are re-issues of past classic Airfix kits, I suppose the clue was in the name.
Airfix use the original tooling and artwork to recreate the model kit as it was when it originally released. This particular model is a special one, the iconic and world famous 1930 Bentley 4.5 Supercharged.
This model is made with the mould tools from 1971 and also features the packaging artwork from 1971 by Roy Cross. These models are not ideal for a beginner but if you want to build a model from 1971 this is the closest you can get outside of finding an original in an attic somewhere.
Airfix Classics range also include the list of modern paints that most closely match the colours used in 1971. This range may not have modern tooling but that's the point.
Now for a bit about this beautiful car.
The Bentley Supercharged or Bentley Blower as it was commonly known, was created by Sir Henry "Tim" Birkin who was a race driver for Bentley. Birkin believed in forced induction over just increasing engine size. Along with a Bentley mechanic Birkin produced 5 Supercharged models of the 4.5 for the 24 hour Le Mans. This was the start of the Bentley Blower and 55 cars were produced to comply with the 24 Hour Le Mans regulations.
At 4.3m long and weighing in at 1,625kg The Bentley 4.5 Supercharged was a big heavy car. Despite its size and weight it was a very well balanced and nimble race car that also boasts an impressive top speed. In 1932 The Bentley Blower No.1 set a speed record at Brooklands with a top speed of 138 mph. For a car that size that's not a bad speed for today never mind back in 1932.
So if you are looking for a challenging but rewarding model of an icon of British motoring then the Bentley Blower 4.5 Supercharged is certainly worth a look.
I must also warn you that this is a fair size when built so make sure you have the room. This beautiful model is about 37cm long when built so you might want to measure that space on your shelf
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