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Fujimi Porsche Cayman S

October 2007
RELATED TOPICS: SPORTS CAR | FUJIMI
Porsche Cayman S
Porsche Cayman S
Fujimi No. RS-20
Model Type: Injection-molded
styrene
Molded Colors: Red, black, clear, translucent red
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $22.95
Pros: Fantastic detail and fit; clever two-piece headlights
Cons: None
Fujimi's new Porsche Cayman S is beautifully detailed and cleverly engineered –— much like its 1:1 counterpart.

Inside the box, you'll find individually bagged parts trees. Most of the parts are molded in black, but separate trees include satin-finish and high-shine plated parts, crisply molded clear parts, and four rubber tires. The body is molded in bright-red plastic.

Construction starts with the chassis, suspension, and underside engine detail. Strictly speaking, this is a curbside kit, but because the Cayman has a midmounted engine, there's really no hood to open. (Most service is performed from underneath.)
Porsche Cayman S
The model's engine and exhaust-system detail is top-notch, and careful detail-painting will really make it pop. The front wheels can be posed, and all four wheels rotate on pins hidden inside the brake discs. I glued my model's wheels in place, to avoid shelf-related accidents.

The interior is fully detailed, and separate door panels make painting and detail work easier. Instrument-face decals brighten up the six-piece left-hand-drive dashboard.

Speaking of left-hand drive, some of the kit's details (such as the rear bumper) differ slightly from the North American version of the car; you may need to check references and do a little adjustment/scratchbuilding.
Porsche Cayman S
Japanese license plates (with separate letters and numbers) are included, and the "Cayman S" plates I installed. Builders in other countries will need to hit their spares boxes for region-accurate license plates.

The body is a beautiful piece of work; the side intakes and rear wing are separate pieces. The body is molded in bright-red styrene, so if you're thinking about painting your Cayman a lighter color, I'd suggest applying several coats of primer first. Fujimi's instructions provide painting directions for the bright-red box-art car, but if you'd prefer another color scheme, there are plenty of pictures to be found on the Internet.

The windows are a single drop-in piece; the rear window has a delicate defroster grid. The taillights are one of the kit's nicest features. Each lens is two pieces, with a translucent-red surround with a drop in clear center. All of the parts fit together (and onto the body) perfectly. I installed all the clear parts with Microscale Micro Krystal Klear.

Exterior decals include Porsche crests for the nose and wheel centers and Cayman S script for the rear end. All the decals went on perfectly without any setting solution. They released from the backing paper almost immediately after being dipped in water, so be ready to work quickly.

My Cayman went together quickly, and the kit is beautifully detailed and engineered. I'm really looking forward to more all-new car kits from Fujimi.

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