Lindberg Stutz Racer – 1/16

Lindberg Stutz Racer 1914 – Mud and Glory

  • scale: 1/16
  • manufactured by: Lindberg USA
  • Year of release: 1977
  • parts: approx 50
  • build time: 50+ hours

The Stutz Motor Company was an American producer of luxury cars based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Production began in 1911 and continued until 1935. The brand reappeared in 1968 under the aegis of Stutz Motor Car of America, Inc., and with a newly defined modern retro-look. Although the company is still active today, actual sales of factory produced vehicles ceased in 1995. Throughout its history, Stutz was known as a producer of fast cars (America’s first sports car) The Stutz Racer – 1914

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The Build

I built this model some years ago, and as you may have seen if you follow the site, I’ve recently been photographing some older car kits I’ve done way back when. I remember opening the box to find very few parts, no chromed and no clear parts, sparse detailing, but it doesn’t really detract from the kit, it actually builds into a fairly decent base model, which requires some careful painting to bring it to life, and i went for a  mud track racing legend in all its dirty glory….

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The Stutz Racer

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Mercer Type 35R Raceabout – Scale 1/16

Mercer Type 35R Raceabout

  • Manufactured by bandai
  • Year of manufacture: 1970’s
  • scale: 1/16

The build

Pre-owned, built complete with no instructions [lots of research] no decals, coach lined by hand [passable] great old kit, I really enjoyed the challenge, 8 week build, 2 for painting

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Mercer

Mercer was an American automobile manufacturer from 1909 until 1925. It was notable for its high-performance cars, especially the Type 35 Raceabout.

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Type 35R Raceabout

Type 35R Raceabout was capable of over 90 mph (140 km/h). The
Raceabout’s inline 4-cylinder T-head engine displaced 293 cubic inches
(4,800 cc) and developed 55 horsepower (41 kW) at 1,650 revolutions per
minute. It won five of the six 1911 races it was entered in, losing
only the first Indianapolis 500. Hundreds of racing victories followed.
The Raceabout became one of the premier racing thoroughbreds of the
era- highly coveted for its quality construction and exceptional
handling.

Racing Tragedy

In the 1914 road races in Elgin, Illinois, two Raceabouts collided and
wrecked. Spencer Wishart, a champion racer who always wore shirt and tie
under his overalls, was killed along with the car’s mechanic, John
Jenter. This prompted the company to cancel its racing program. The
Raceabout’s designer left the company that year, and subsequent designs
did not live up to the glory and appeal the Type-35R had earned.

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.