Fujimi Porsche 356C 2000GS Convertible

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Won this on eBay, it finally arrived this morning, with the windshield frame broken, I'm pleased that it wasn't as bad as the 911 I built not long ago, but still a PITA, but a bit of cyano' and after it had dried up sanded it and reshaped the frame and re-did the panel line in the trim that will be done in BMF after the body has been painted.

Windshield Frame Repaired

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The body was covered in mold lines, on top of the front wings, around the rear wings and along to front panel, I spent around 30 minutes with a coarse sanding stick, floowed by a medium foam sanding block, I finally got them sorted

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Body sorted

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The build starts with the floorpan, and side panels, pretty much like building the real thing, there's a lot of parts in the kit, way more than the Fujimi 911 kit, but I'm sure I'll get though them all ...

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It is all clamped up and will be left overnight to dry out ....

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Geoff I absolutely love this car! I built three of these variants back in the late '80's early '90's. While they can be a bit fiddly, they do build into beautiful models if one takes their time.

One thing to watch out for though-----the instructions want you to install the transaxle into the floorpan, and then install the engine afterwards. Bad Idea! what you end up with is a HUGE gap between the engine and trans.....one that to me looks unsightly especially if you're one that likes to show undercarriage detail.

I'd recommend building the transaxle and engine as a whole unit and then install the works at the same time. Much better appearance.

Keep us posted...........there's enough detail in that kit to keep you busy for awhile! :D

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One thing to watch out for though-----the instructions want you to install the transaxle into the floorpan, and then install the engine afterwards. Bad Idea! what you end up with is a HUGE gap between the engine and trans.....one that to me looks unsightly especially if you're one that likes to show undercarriage detail.

I'd recommend building the transaxle and engine as a whole unit and then install the works at the same time. Much better appearance.

Thanks for the head's up, there certainly is a lot of plastic parts in the box, and yes, I think your right, I will be kept busy for a while on this build ...I'm going to order the paint next week, going to be doing it in Smyrna Green with a tan interior

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One of my favorite 1:1s. I haven't seen this kit built before, but I've got an A Speedster, an A Carrera Coupe and a B Roadster on the shelf, so I'll be watching this one come together.

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i am in the process of rebuilding a B cabrio with hard top version. maybe the most detail kit ever built but some scaling problem. But still a classic kit.

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Nice repair Geoff on the windshield frame. Looking forward to seeing it painted, excelent color choices...

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Geoff

Looking great so far and I am liking the color choices too. I have a few of those Enthusiast Porsche kits to build but I don't have this one. I'd love to get it. I'm watching and taking notes.

Later-

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Can't wait to see more!

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This will be another of youre great builds, for sure!

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I got quite a bit done to this yesterday, so far the parts fit is very good, it's a good job I have a good supply of spring clamps ...

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The door panels need to be drilled out for the door handles and window winder handles, as they use the same parts for the Speedster model, which doesn't have winding windows or even a pull handle fitted

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The instructions tell you to put the fuel tank in at this stage, but it will left out until it is painted, as the interior of the luggage compartment needs to be done in satin black, while the tank needs to be done in gloss black.

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Geoff, I like your work.

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That should be fun detail painting after all that assembly! ;)

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Got a bit more done today, this is the first model I have built that comes with a crankshaft and piston to be fitted, the parts will be airbrsuhed in different shades of gloss black, silver and steel before they are all fitted together

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Got the body, engine cover and luggage compartment in primer, and chassis in gloss black and quite a few of the smaller bit painted in alclad aluminium,

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Interior was airbrushed in a mix of three shades of Humbrol enamels

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I have a few of these models and as Bill Geary says, with a lot of patience they really turn out great. I will follow this one closely because I certainly want to put one of mine together sometime this year!!

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Geoff, I'm loving this build so far. I've been looking wistfully at the Speedster kit in my stash... one day I'll get around to it. Until then, I'll enjoy watching yours come together.

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The paint for the body arrived this morning, so it was straight in the hobby room for me, usually when I paint my bodies, I use my Paasche H airbrush, but I have had the VL-S in my toolbox for a few years now and never got round to using it, however I had heard that I would get a better finish on my bodies using the VL, and they were not wrong, using the #3 needle set up the paint went on a lot smoother, and doesn't need too much wet sanding.

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Body being wet sanded

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Looking good...really like the color. Fella i worked with years ago painted a 1:1 A cabriolet something similar...just as striking now as then.

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After wet sanding with 3600, 4000 and 6000 grade wet & dry, the polishing started with Micro Gloss liquid abrasive, it will now been polished using various auto polishes

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Polishing finished and a coat of wax added

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Great colour and finish!

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Beautiful paint Geoff! You're doing a MUCH better job of building and painting this than I attempted years ago with this kit!

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Beautiful paint Geoff! You're doing a MUCH better job of building and painting this than I attempted years ago with this kit!

The paint turned out real nice this time, I really should have used my Paasche VL-S ages ago ....

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