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Tamiya 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo

April 2006
1988 Porsche 911 Turbo
Tamya No. 24279
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Silver, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $30
Pros:Sharply molded body; metal transfers
Cons: Basic interior and chassis detail; some ejector-pin marks

Porsche's 911 is one of the most-recognizable shapes in the automotive world, and Tamiya's new kit gives fans of the long-lived sports car the opportunity to add a 1988 "whale tail" Turbo to their collections.

Unlike some of Tamiya's recent superdetailed offerings, the 911 is a simple curbside kit with music-wire axles. Many of the kit parts snap together.

The model's body is a beautiful piece of molding. I was surprised to see that the large rear wing is molded in place, and even more pleased to see its open grillework. The body's light mold-separation lines came off easily with a finegrit sanding stick.

I sprayed my model with Tamiya Mica Blue (TS-50), resisting the urge to model the red and silver cars illustrated on the box art. Be prepared to spend quite a bit of time masking the body's thin, delicately molded trim before painting it semigloss black.

A crystal-clear tree includes all of the lenses, including the fog lights, sidemarker lights, and the distinctive wraparound taillight panel. I airbrushed the parts with Tamiya Clear Red (X-27) and Clear Orange (X-26), then backed them with chrome Bare-Metal Foil.

The kit's interior and chassis were a little bit of a disappointment. The interior bucket lacks door-panel detail, and no pedals are included.

The floor had several large ejector-pin marks, but thankfully these were easy to hide with a little flocking. The one-piece seats had prominent mold-separation lines and large ejector-pin marks, too, and I filled them with some gap-filling super glue.

Decals are included for the five-gauge instrument cluster and the steering wheel's Porsche crest. Most of the interior parts snap together.

The suspension and engine parts snap onto the nicely-detailed chassis plate. The satin-plated wheels press onto the axles and are held in place by soft-plastic poly caps; when everything's painted and assembled, the music-wire axles aren't all that noticeable.

No brake discs are included, but little is visible through the deep satin-chrome five-spoke wheels.

The kit includes a small decal sheet with instruments, the hood-mounted Porsche crest, and license plates, as well as a set of self-adhesive bright-chrome metal transfers with mirror faces and a delicate "Turbo" emblem for the rear deck. Separate front and rear wipers and a pair of sharply molded door handles are also provided; they bring a little extra detail to the exterior and make the body shell easier to paint.

Despite its basic underlying detail, Tamiya's 911 Turbo builds into a greatlooking model of one of Porsche's mostfamous cars. Experienced builders will make quick work of it, and beginners will be able to add it to their collections without having to struggle with complicated subassemblies.


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