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GilShapley
#1 Posted : 23 January 2024 16:07:48

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Airfix Bentley 4.5 Litre Supercharged

My Brother gave me this kit for Christmas. It is some time since I have built this type of kit. Opening the box you are presented with a book of schematics showing what goes where plus any painting that might be required. Next comes a number of “sprues” with various components attached (some 300 parts on 7 Sprues)
On examining the sprues it is apparent that there is no logic to what part is on what sprue. This looks like fun NOT. After some thought I decided it was worth investing some time before I start the build to list each part on each sprue. My system was to number each sprue (1-7) and then enter the data onto a spreadsheet (Sprue number/Part Number). The data was then sorted numerically by part number. I can now quickly see on what sprue the part I am looking for is.
Time and frustration saved

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#2 Posted : 23 January 2024 23:59:50

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Very good plan and system you’ve devised. Cool I’ve been there too, looking for individual parts on a sprue, it is like they not only want you to build the kit, but play a game of hide and seek at the same time.LOL

Mark
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#3 Posted : 24 January 2024 00:34:27

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Great idea Gil.
Well thought out and explained. Thank you.
Looks great kit by the way.
Chris
GilShapley
#4 Posted : 06 February 2024 16:00:35

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This build is progressing albeit on the slow side. The "instructions" consist of a series of drawings of which components are required for that part of the build. Its taken a while to get used to their system, hence the speed of the build.
One of the problems I have come across is reading the schematics (The eyes ain't what they used to be)

Here is my solution to aid me
Step 1) Take a photo the page with the plan
2) Open Microsoft Publisher on my PC
3) copy the photo into publisher
4) Crop the picture to contain only the part you require.
5) Resize the reduced picture to fill an A4 page and print.

Jobs a goodun

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roymattblack
#5 Posted : 06 February 2024 18:41:03

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Yet another idea I use at times, similar to above...

Scan or take a piccy of the instructions, open the image in a picture viewer (I'm on my PC) and just zoom in on the relevant bit.

I have 2 desks in an 'L' shape.
One has my PC etc on it, the other one is my work desk.
Easy to go from one to the other when required.
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