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Bernard Kron

Porsche 356A - Speedster Wars style

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I’ve started a second Porsche race car project while I wait to receive some small parts for my Porsche 904 build. This one is based on the venerable Revell Competition Porsche kit, which represents a classic SCCA style Porsche 356A Speedster as raced in the late 50’s and early 60’s. The cover art on the box promises much and captures the flavor of the era, but unfortunately this is an ancient kit with the old Revell multi part body, consisting of the top of the tub-shaped body, and the two side panels in the area between the wheel wells. The kit also has some pretty glaring inaccuracies, the most important of which is that the wheels openings are radiused into a round shape and are somewhat larger than the real car’s characteristic shape. Below is a composite picture showing the cover art, a picture I found on the net of a straight out-of-box build of the Revell kit, and a side view of the real 356A speedster. The oversized, rounded wheel wells should be obvious. The build-up picture also shows the rather horrible stance of the kit build and the fact that the wheels appear to protrude somewhat. I’m not too thrilled about the wheels and tires either. The 4th panel shows the bodywork I’ve done. Most of the Speedsters of the era tended to be street cars which were quite often driven to the races. Many of them kept the stock side trim. But just as many can be seen to have undergone some mild clean up include removing the trim and filling the seams around the front and rear pans. After reinforcing the body structure where the side panels joined the top of the body with styrene strip I looked at the result, and while it was quite clean, the side strip was all wrong (see the build up picture again). The side trim is too short on the Revell kit, and, with the oversized wheel wells, stops short of the wheel openings. It looks awkward so I decided to fill and smooth the body.

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Correcting the stance and doing something about the wheels and tires will be a challenge, If anyone knows a good source for period Porsche wheels in the right scale (1/24th), I’m open to suggestions. In the meantime I’ll keep plugging away. The paint scheme will be bright red with white stripes and roundels.

Below is a composite picture of two period cars which are examples of the style I’m after. The upper car is an east coast as campaigned by Bruce Jennings, the legendary King Carrera. The lower two pictures are of the Ray Kimble “Kimble Special” which is a west coast car known mainly for all the movie work it got.

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Thanx for lookin’,
B.

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Great project.  For wheels I would use the 1/25th wheels from the Aurora/Monogram 904.  If you could find an old glue bomb to sacrifice them.  I have 2 such wheels  I could contribute to the project if you are interested send me a PM with your address.

Disregard the above.  The bolt pattern is different  on the 904.

Edited by Gramps46

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Nice project. Can you use the wheels and tires off the Tamiya early VW or maybe the Hasegawa VW vans? I have several of the 1970s issue Revell 911s. They come with those wide two piece tires and I found out that some of the Pegasus lowrider tires fit the Revell wheels and are much closer to the correct stock Porsche tires.

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Thanks everyone!

I’ve gotten the main paint and graphics done. The basic color is Duplicolor Bright Red with a white racing stripe. The stripe was done by spraying a base coat of white lacquer and then masking out the stripe and applying the top coat of red. The white number roundels with the fine red stripe around the outer edge are leftovers from my ’57 Corvette project from last year, as are the red numbers which I had printed as extras at the time. The bodywork is essentially done, waiting only for a clear coat and final polish. Now on to the chassis, motor and rolling stock! I’m going to try to adapt the kit wheels to larger, more period correct tires, in the hopes of filling the enlarged wheel wells in a better proportioned, more pleasing way. We’ll see…

Incidentally, a member on the SA board reports that the first release of this kit had the correct wheel well openings but on the next re-issue they were enlarged to clear slot car tires. There was even and article in Scale Auto Enthusiast at the time which had templates to restore the correct openings. I’m committed to making this version look as good as I can without the additional bodywork changes, but I look forward to a later, more correct project using the Fujimi 356A Speedster as the base.

Thanx for lookin’,
B.

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The Bathtub Porsches are a favorite subject.   I have the Fujimi Speedster kit, would never consider doing a Revell, but I look forward to the final result!

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Good progress.  Looking forward to the next installment.

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I have the Fujimi speedster as well, but your Revell is looking pretty darn good, bud!!!

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Looking good, Bernard! I would agree with the above, regarding the 904 wheels. You should be able to make those work, and they're nice wheels, too. Keep up the great work, sir!

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Your projects are always interesting. I have always enjoyed watching the Speedsters at vintage racing events.

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