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  1. Greetings... About the crudest 1:18th Porsche 959 diecast model in existence this - but also about the only option that might be described as affordable. Motorbox/Exoto, Minichamps as well as the rarified AutoART iterations are the (mostly pricey) alternate paths forward. The model seen here was a freebie, while I'm struggling not to spend so much on materials as to render the effort pointless. The photo reference captures the topic in pre-production form with flush cover wheels, while as a side benefit, at least the Tonka/Polistil model has these on offer even if the surface profile is both literally and metaphorically flat. The body wasn't wholly stripped, although those mold lines that could be sanded out were. This isn't a major rehab, hence some finer points were missed in terms of correcting irregularities present across the shell. At least the window seals look clean enough, while an effort to putty and blend the separate rear wing to the engine cover to suggest a unitary assembly largely succeeded. The tail light panel insert paint effort yielded nice results in particular even if I couldn't do much about the reversing lamps. The latter were done with white paint over the rudimentary amber-tinted plastic part visible on the spare body seen to the right in the image below. A length of party favor/table center piece-sourced foil brightens up the center section of the insert installation, suggesting a reflective surface situated behind it. The plastic glass front screen has had it's black border painted, while the entire glass insert was painted Tamiya Smoke translucent black to lend it a tint of sorts. Seen forward is a thin sheet of pliable plastic used to come up with a traceable pattern for the inside of the front screen prior to applying tape, and finally, cutting such for a mask. The interior is not yet complete, although most surfaces have been painted SEM Color Coat burgundy and appears nice for being subdued and controlled. I've never flocked an interior before, hence this will be new ground for me. As mentioned, the wheels really aren't right for surface profile, although they did respond nicely to a black wash and display better than I thought they would. The tire sidewalls are actually o.k., hence the visuals aren't all that bad. Note that the interior is largely missing, hence the void inside is explainable thus. A Porsche crest decal sheet was ordered from France and ought to arrive soon, while sanding down the edges of the headlamp bucket/inserts helped clean up the appearance of the front quite a bit. It's a fair 'twenty footer' then... Kind thanks for your review of this project... Mike K./Swede70
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