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Tamiya Porsche 935

Porsche 935
Tamiya No. 24311
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear, translucent red
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $37
Pros: Good parts fit; nice decals
Cons: Curbside; flash on headlight covers and windshield; wire axle
Elsewhere in this issue ("Starting Line" and "How to fix building errors") you can read of my exploits getting this model built. That's certainly not the fault of the kit, or Tamiya; the blame rests on me for taking a nice kit and turning it into something that approached hand-to-hand combat.

This is one of a series of early kits by Tamiya that were motorized. The motor is gone, though the chassis still has space for it, and directions for its placement. Thus it's still a curbside, and the rear axle is still wire, but it builds into a nice-looking version nonetheless.

Another byproduct of the kit's motorized origins is that the front wheels are posable; they click or lock into a couple of positions left or right, courtesy a ratchet-type front-end construction that enabled the electric version to roll in circles.

In general, the parts were "typical Tamiya" in that there was little-or-no flash, and the parts fit together well.
Only the headlight covers had significant flash, and that was easily removed with medium- and fine-grit sanding sticks.

And as mentioned in the buildup article, please be sure to test-fit the windshield. My kit had a bit of flash in one corner of the glass, and when I pushed on it to get it to pop into place, one corner cracked. Argh! Should have done a test-fit!

I used Testor's Model Master Gloss White lacquer over a Tamiya Fine White Primer base, topped with Novus #2 polish, then the decals.

The decals have been upgraded to Cartograf, which have good color and lay down well. The five-piece stripe decals on the body sides need care and setting solution for accurate application, but nothing too unusual. It also seemed that these decals took a bit longer than normal to release from their backing paper; not a big deal.

My self-inflicted "issues" resulted in a model that really didn't do the kit justice. It should have been - and still can be - a relatively quick, fun build that yields a good-looking shelf model.

It's a good kit, and I recommend it to Porsche fans, or other modelers who are looking for a change-of-pace, done-in-a-weekend project. The low parts count and lack of need to detail an engine make it suitable for inexperienced builders, too.


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