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That'll buff right out.... Fujimi 356 needs some bodywork

07 July 2008 - 12:43 PM

Bought a Testors release of the Fujimi Porsche 356 recently. It arrived today, a little bit worse for the trip. :( Is this actually salvageable, or would I be better off finding a replacement body instead? The rest of the kit's fine, just that the body's pretty pooched...

Frontal shot surveying the damage. Roof's split and squished off to the right side - all the pillars are bent or broken somewhere. The sides are also slanted to the right, and the entire body is notably warped:
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Rear. Note the body's also cracked above the trunk:
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Top. Looks like the entire body is also skewed back along the left side:
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Close-up on the left pillars:
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...and the right side:
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Good view of the longitudinal warpage:
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Even more fun, looks like the left rear fender got crunched, so there's a bulge/bend out at the top of the wheel arch:
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And just to add insult to injury, the scoop braces are snapped along the bottom! Again, note the warpage:
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Amazing thing is, the box looked fine. The body looks like someone sat on it, but you'd never have guessed without opening the parcel. Not the most pleasant of surprises....

Anyway, I'm a little stumped. Fixing the snap above the trunk isn't a big deal. Fixing the roof once I get it raised back up shouldn't be a big deal. Actually raising it back up - fixing/straightening/aligning the pillars - has me a little nervous. Fixing the roof when the body is warped and skewed so I basically don't have anything square to work from, has me downright terrified. I'd *love* to hear any suggestions you guys might have. Or whether you think it's even worth trying - would I be better served just writing off this body and trying to find a replacement? (anybody have a spare they don't need?) How are Fujimi for sending replacements?

Trying to sort out classic kit quality

05 May 2008 - 09:32 AM

I'm primarily an aircraft guy, but I've been bitten by the auto bug lately. I've been eyeing a bunch of vintage classics, but I really don't know what's worth buying, and what's best left on the shelf. So could anybody help me out and give me a rough run-down on what's decent?

I'm thinking, particularly, in terms of European cars - Mercs, Jags, Rollers, Bugattis and the like. Apparently Jo-Han's Mercedes 500Ks are nice, but how do they compare with the Italeri or Monogram 540K kits? Lindberg's SSK? And what's the better Rolls: Monogram or Italeri? Are the Italeri Bugatti Royale/Napoleon or Lindberg Victoria worth building? Are the Minicraft 1/16 kits any good, or would I be better off with, say, the 1/24 SSK, or MG-TC (okay, so it's not pre-war... but it looks it :lol: )

And, for that matter, when reviewers say a kit like the Jo-Han Mercs are nice... is that nice, given the fact that they're 40 year old toolings, or just nice full stop, and they wouldn't feel out of place among more modern Revellogram releases (since I'm assuming they're not going to be Tamiya quality)?

And if all of that is too big to even begin to answer, are there any good review sites/webzines for model cars, that will have sprue shots or in box reviews of vintage cars?

I realize this is a pretty big and involved question, so I'd appreciate any input at all. I'm not particularly set on particular body styles, model years or the like, so I guess basically it boils down to, what kits are worth searching out for an accurate, reasonably detailed, straightforward, enjoyable pre-war build?