Building the Belga Porsche 911 SCRS
Renaissance 1/24 scale
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The Renaissance kit mainly consists of a whole load of resin parts, as usual, with some photo-etched sheets and a few aluminum turned parts to complete the kit. It is intended to be built with an opened left hand side door, which means we are going to an extra effort detailing the interior.
About the car
In the early eighties, the rally scene saw the birth of the turbo-powered 4WD rally cars, introduced by Audi. It became soon clear that this was the way to win rallies and championships. Other makes followed the Audi lead, or at least started to design and develop a super rally car. Porsche was working on a supercar as well, the 959. In the meantime however, the existing Porsche 911 SCRS was lacking a state of the art turbocharger and four-wheel drive. Thus, David Richards Prodrive team, which prepared them, entered rallies where these things were not so important. The European and Middle East Championships were both tackled with success. Henri Toivonen won the Costa Smeralda, Ypres, Mille Pistes and Madeira Rallies in 1984 to finish second in the European Championship despite suffering severe back injuries and missing a couple of rounds. The SCRS was also a regular winner of the Middle East Championship. Porsche had never considered the SCRS as a World Rally Championship winner. The car was intended to be a stopgap before the arrival of the 959 Group B supercar. But tarmac was the SCRS real home as Bernhard Beguins third overall on the 1985 Tour de Corse showed. Unfortunately, the arrival of the 959 never happened due to the banning of the Group B cars in 1986, leaving the Porsche Team no other choice than entering the 959 in rally raids like Paris-Dakar. In Belgium, the Belga Rally Team also chose to tackle the Championship with this 911 SCRS. Two cars were entered, one driven by Robert Droogmans, the other driven by Jean-Louis Dumont, who unfortunately died in a car crash at the 1985 Circuit des Ardennes.
The car we will be building is the Porsche 911 SCRS in which Droogmans/Joosten became second during the 1985 Haspengouw Rally.
Preparing the resin body turns out to be a very intensive job. There is a lot of flash and other unwanted stuff to remove. Moreover a number of resin details appear to be badly shaped so that we will be forced to replace them by means of plastic sheet and plastic strip. Finally the body also shows an awful lot of air bubbles to be filled up, and the panel lines are almost non-existent. All these loose ends ensure that the preparation of the body will slow down the build enormously; at least a week.
Once I was succeeded cleaning up the main resin components, I tried to dryfit the resin rims and the rubber tires, but already a next problem emerges: once the slick tires have been sanded down they become too small. The front wheel diameter in particular looks far too small. So I dived in our spare parts box, and I came up with a set of tires fitting the front wheels perfectly, and above all showing the correct diameter. The standard kit tires disappeared into the scrap box and the new tires will have to do the job. Their main disadvantage is the fact that they are not slick tires, contrary to the rear tires, but the profile can easily be removed by sanding.
The left hand door window frame unfortunately also seems to be beyond repair, so instead of losing our time trying to restore the resin frame we decide to replace it by plastic strip.
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