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1978 Le Mans : winner and runner-up

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You know, sometimes you're not in the mood to  work extensively on a model - you just want to see fast results: Here these 2 old Tamiya kits come in handy - simple curbside kits with good proportions:

Alpine Renault A442B (1st) and Porsche 936-78 (2nd)

built in 1988, spraypainted from the can, without further detailing, decaling was the most intensive work. no setting solutions necessary, no polishing the laquer - remember: these were RACE and not show cars !


It was a holiday for the French, when 2 Frenchmen won in a French car the most important endurance race - here is the winning Renault-Alpine A 442B of Didier Pironi and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud:


After his own car broke, Jacky Ickx came as a 3rd driver to the Jürgen Barth/Bob Wollek Porsche, was the fastest man on the track, brought the car into the lead, until gearbox troubles finally let it drop to 2nd - so Renault finally had reached their goal and ended its sportscar program.

Porsche would come back and win again in the following year.


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On 10/15/2021 at 10:57 PM, bbowser said:

Very nice!  I have been looking for one of those Alpines, I think they look very cool.  Is that the only season they ran?

Thank you Bruce - after taking over the small Alpine company, Renault started their own Le Mans program with their new V6 turbo engine in 1973 - the A442 came in 1976 and ran 2 more seasons until the goal was reached in 1978. (Alpine - using Renault engines - has run in the 2nd half of the 60's at Le Mans, took several class wins with their small engines, but was far away from an overall victory. Therefore they ended in 1969/70 their efforts and concentrated on rallying with the A 110 instead, dominating the 1971 and 1973 seasons)


On 10/16/2021 at 12:26 AM, Silver Foxx said:

These are two great looking builds , nice decal work , well done .

Thanks, Bruce - these kits are depending on the decal work, everything else is quite easy to do.


On 10/16/2021 at 12:32 AM, 4mula1fan said:

Very cool! Both look great!

Thanks, A.J.


On 10/16/2021 at 3:08 AM, Gramps46 said:

Well done.  I have both built ups too and they are favorites of mine.  Thanks for posting these.  Nice photos too.

Thank you Gary, very appreciated!


On 10/16/2021 at 3:43 AM, Bainford said:

Good looking race cars. 

Thanks, Trevor !


On 10/16/2021 at 12:41 PM, ChrisR said:

Looks great!

Thanks, Chris !


On 10/16/2021 at 1:45 PM, Rich Chernosky said:

Helmut.,   those look great and that is a good idea. I built both of those for that very same reason. 

Hi Rich - thank you - sometimes you don't want to spend endless hours in detailing things.


19 hours ago, cobraman said:

They are both very nice,

Thanks, Ray.


8 hours ago, TonyK said:

2 excellent looking models. Glad the decals worked out for you as that looks like it could've been frustrating if they didn't.

Thank you Tony - you're right: bad decals can really spoil the fun of modeling.


5 hours ago, Hans1971 said:

My favourite kind of race cars. That Renault is still on my bucket list.

Thanks, Hans !


4 hours ago, slusher said:

They look great..

Thanks, Carl !

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