You've discovered that Gabriel can work wonders in short order.
I'm looking forward to seeing your 934 all dressed up in it's decals.
This time Gabriel worked the biggest wonder at all: he redesigned the Porsche
but seems that nobody likes his visionary styling
Oh, boy! I've done it! I was only half way happy with the last 2K coat and I decided to sand it slightly and apply a last one. I tried 3000 grit sponge and... nothing! The resin is so hard, the sponge just squeal haplessly on the surface. One has to press like a madman to leave some minute scratches, let alone polish properly. I took then to my Proxxon
and my Novus 2
and try it out. 5000 rpm - nothing. Only at 8000 rpm some results started to show and at 9000 rpm it actually worked. So I went polishing the surface all about. One or twice my Proxxon
kicked and the metallic shaft touched the model - not a scratch! (I'm falling completely for this 2K thing). After some serious polishing, I went to the paint booth - now the finish was smoother but somewhat hazy - nonetheless I could see the reflection of my dumb face in it. I applied a wet coat of 2K - it was all I need it and looked fantastic. Then I have noticed on the bonnet a lot of "pimples" of half dried resin or something; perhaps when I sprayed the pillars I over-sprayed the bonnet or something like that. So I had a beautiful car - mirror finish - with an ugly bonnet. I remembered then that - when I was fixing boats - we were using heat gun to level out and to degass the resin. So i took the heat gun and started flashing the resin. It worked! The resin on the tip of the bonnet started leveling out as under a charm. Focused on the operation, I didn't noticed I went to close to the car's body and - suddenly - the A pillar in the right side collapsed. No warning, no smell, nothing! Just twisted in a fraction of a second!
Well, now I have a beautiful "crashed" body for a diorama
Ironically, I cannot even rust the thing, because it was made from aluminum and fiber!
So! What now?
Well, another build, of course!
The only problem is I have no other Porsche
since I bought this only one for the GB. To my bitterness, I completed and sent my last order before my return from Europe just the night before! Oh, well...
The only kit from my stash (the incoming order counted in) that has anything to do with Ferdinand Porsche is Tamiya's New Beetle
which I started already.
Because I don't want to let you alone, I will keep posting my build here, in a hors concours
race.UPDATE - new beginning
The kit from Tamiya
is the poorest in terms of quality and engineering I ever had from them. The molding is good - no flash at all, but the haste in releasing this kit is obvious:
My best guess is that this kit is improvised from other kits. Inside the tires is stamped "TOYOTA" and the bottom pan seems to be re-worked from another master.
The body shell is quite nice and the parting lines smartly disguised in the design lines. Still some bits needed to be cleaned up:
The panel lines are also too shalow and I rescribed all of them - fortunately are just a few:
Probably the worst of all is the yellow plastic. I had to use black primer just to block the translucency of the plastic - otherwise I'll never get a decent paint job on it because of refraction (optical contamination I shall say):
His is something which I normally I don't do, but I try to regain the lost time - and I need badly to block that yellow:
The kit has no engine and actually doesn't need one since the bonnets don't open and this huge shield covers it from underneath:
The interior is "bathtub" type without door cards - I think Tamiya
is the last company to do so, unfortunately. The detail is soft, unfortunately, especially on the doors and rear seats and it's going to be a nightmare to paint because the exterior color covers much of the rear panels and dashboard...
The dashboard is nicely molded but as a single piece, pedals included, making the painting and detailing difficult:Preliminary conclusions
: I'm not very happy with the detail and the general engineering - definitely not a typical Tamiya
. On the other hand, the short parts count might help me regain the lost ground... to be seen!