Revell 1/16 scale 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental

 

1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental

  • length: 34.5cm
  • parts: 179
  • scale: 1/16
  • build time: 100+hours

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The Rolls-Royce Continental

Rolls-Royce’s “single model” policy had proved an outstanding success for the company, but by the early 1920s it had become necessary to replace the elegant but ageing Silver Ghost chassis. It was no easy task, but the new model which made its debut in 1925 was a more than worthy successor, and it brought Rolls-Royce into the modern mid-twenties era of motoring. Nevertheless, the design philosophy of the marque remained careful evolution rather than revolutionary gadgetry.


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During the development of the Phantom II, the majority of the long distance testing was carried out on the long straight roads surrounding Chateauroux in France. This fact and Mr. Henry Royce’s many journeys between the South of England and the South of France no doubt opened his eyes to the type of motoring not available upon England’s narrow and windy roads.

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With long distance high-speed motoring in mind, the Phantom II Continental chassis was created, the project being personally overseen by Henry Royce with assistance from Ivan Evernden.

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Airfix 1930 4.5 Litre Bentley Scale 1/12

1930 4.5 Litre Bentley 1:12

Build Time: 2 Months

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.

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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.

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Racing

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.

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Tactics

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.