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 Post subject: 1/12 Silver Ghost
PostPosted: Sun 31 Aug 2014 18:43 pm 
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Airfix produced drawings for a 1/12 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost in 1974 :!:
What a pity this wasn't brought to fruition :(

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 Post subject: Re: 1/12 Silver Ghost
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I have seen the drawings for the Siver Ghost. The patterns have not survived. In late 1979, the mould cost was quoted as £261,000 but the payback period was less than most other kits at the time.

If it were to be made now it would be CAD designed so the loss of the patterns would not disastrous. I am told that it could probably be tooled for around £100,000 so it might be a possibility in the near future.


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 Post subject: Re: 1/12 Silver Ghost
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Why did Airfix go for the Bentley? Seems an `off the wall` idea for a kit when there were other cars to choose from.

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 Post subject: Re: 1/12 Silver Ghost
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DogTailRed2 wrote:
Seems an `off the wall` idea

The Bentley blower is/was a classic car - why off the wall, its not as though its a Sinclair C7 :?

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 Post subject: Re: 1/12 Silver Ghost
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Ratch wrote:
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Seems an `off the wall` idea

The Bentley blower is/was a classic car - why off the wall, its not as though its a Sinclair C7 :?


As good a subject as any I guess. I'm just not into cars as much as planes.

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 Post subject: Re: 1/12 Silver Ghost
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DogTailRed2 wrote:
Ratch wrote:
The Bentley blower is/was a classic car - why off the wall, its not as though its a Sinclair C7 :?
As good a subject as any I guess. I'm just not into cars as much as planes.
Neither is Ratch, :wink: it was a C5, not a C7. From the 1950s to early 1970s there were a number of films and TV programmes in which the hero drove a WO Bentley. This would have put the car into the popular mind, helping to sell more of the kits.

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 Post subject: Re: 1/12 Silver Ghost
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fred wrote:
DogTailRed2 wrote:
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The Bentley blower is/was a classic car - why off the wall, its not as though its a Sinclair C7 :?
As good a subject as any I guess. I'm just not into cars as much as planes.
Neither is Ratch, :wink: it was a C5, not a C7. From the 1950s to early 1970s there were a number of films and TV programmes in which the hero drove a WO Bentley. This would have put the car into the popular mind, helping to sell more of the kits.


Thanks for the reply. That makes sense. A sort of Jaguar XK of it's day.

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 Post subject: Re: 1/12 Silver Ghost
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fred wrote:
DogTailRed2 wrote:
I'm just not into cars as much as planes.

Neither is Ratch, :wink: it was a C5, not a C7.

You can tell it made a great impression on me :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: 1/12 Silver Ghost
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About 3 years ago at Telford I was having a long chat with Trevor Snowden over a beer or six in the hotel bar. We got onto the subject of car kits and this was one modelling area that Trevor was not a fan of. He said 'why would people buy a model kit of a car when you can just go out a buy a diecast model instead?' And that you 'can never get a finish as good as a diecast'.

So could Trevor, or someone else at Airfix at the time have had an influence in not going further with a big Roller because they didn't like car kits?

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 Post subject: Re: 1/12 Silver Ghost
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In the 1990s, an Alfa Romeo and Bugatti 35B were allocated the numbers 18441 and 18442 in 1:12 scale. However, nothing further happened!

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 Post subject: Re: 1/12 Silver Ghost
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meh, they can be bought in 1/18th scale in diecast, but an Austin 7 range would be better

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