1930 4.5 Litre Bentley 1:12

1930 4.5 Litre Bentley 1:12


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1930 4.5 Litre Bentley 1:12


Item Code: A20440

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With its front mounted supercharger, the 4.5 litre Bentley became the quintessential British sports car of the 20's and 30's. It was shaped from the earlier 1-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 appearences at Le Mans and successes in speed trails at the Brookland 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 nine 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 appearence 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 6's at the 1930 Le Mans. In the event, only one 'Blower' (Birkin's own No.2 car), started the race.

Under Walter Owen Bentley's tactical team management, Birkins role was to draw the Mercedes of Carraciola and Werner into a high speed duel, which he successfully acheived. 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. Birkin's success came at a cost, as he had to retire after 20 hours with a bent valve, leaving the two Speed 6's to take 1st and 2nd Places.


Power: 240bhp

Wheelbase: 3 metres

Weight 1,930kg

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y Technical Specification & Detail

Scale 1:12
Skill 4
Flying Hours 4
Number of Parts 278
Dimensions (mm) L365 x W135

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Lovely Kit shame about the plastic.

Once upon a time the good quality plastic in this kit was mainly a perfect colour Green that meant that if so desired painting was optional (and not necessary). The kit I have just purchases has a standard grey plastic the means to do a half decent job, the kit will need to be primed and then painted. This may be a petty gripe but the quality of the kit is generally high with now the added burden of the extra work of painting the whole thing. On the plus side Airfix still include a chrome spur which does not need to be painted if so desired.

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Very nice model

I bought this kit many years ago, but finally i built it recently! This was a unexpected pleasant build! A very old kit and such a amazing fit. Very good! With a little work and detailing you built a real masterpiece. The only thing that i missed were plastic tubings for the plug wires and some foto etsing for the mesh on the front. To make it up-to-date a steel new wheels are also needed. I am very happy with my model!

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great old kit

Hi all I really enjoyed building this kit considering its age there was barely any flash and the mould detail was great built oob it makes an impressive model, with a little research and scratch building it makes a superb model. My only suggestion would be adding some sort of jig to enable the modeler to create wire wheels and correct scale mesh added to make the light and screen covers. A great kit, gets 5 stars from me.

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Humbrol Enamel paints for the kit's primary decal scheme.

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