Mel Francis

Mel Francis

Posted on 08/14/2013


Photo taken on August 13, 2013



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Sentinel 280 i

Sentinel 280 i
Just before I start covering the main shape with a layer of glass, I decided to continue the mark-up of all the cut lines seen in the original rendering. The rear section of the roof covers the engine and each side will hinge from the center, including the quarter window as part of the panel, giving unrestricted service access to the engine. A fixed glass divider will allow a clear view of the engine and keep noise out of the interior.

The model is sitting in front of the 1:5 side view and the mannequin shows how bulky the tail is. The vertical lines on the rear quarter indicate the opening, where the wheel skirts will raise for service. I think the rear bumper should project a bit more than this, though.

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Martin van Duijn
Martin van Duijn
I only now realize that there are two Sentinel concepts, the 280 and the 400. What made you decide to do the 280 instead of the 400? Is there an illustration of Mead's 280?
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Mel Francis
Mel Francis
Syd was amused and delighted that the 400 designation on the Limo worked out to a wheelbase of 400 cm, or roughly 158". I then used that format to develop other models in the Sentinel lineup and this two-place supercar scaled out to approx 110" wheelbase, which is almost exactly 280 cm, hence the model name. It's based on this painting of his supercar, which hadn't been given a proper Sentinel model designation: www.ipernity.com/doc/299475/16248569

I'm concentrating on the two-place car initially, since it's a bit smaller, easier to build and it's a pure performance car. I hope to build the 1:5 Limo model eventually.
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.