Tamiya Porsche 911. A weekend project for novices

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by Roberto Jacobone © 2005 Modeler Site

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This Porsche 911 has been built in a few nights on February 2001 to be entered at the “Trofeo Tamiya” which took place the day I completed the model. I normally have no problems in starting new projects but then I struggle to finish one, except if I have to enter a contest. At that time the 911 Carrera was a relatively new issued kit, so mine would have been the first one seen at a contest in my area, that’s the reason why I choose a non-standard eye-catching color and showy wheels. After several test with different colors, at the end I got an outstanding Blue-Purple Mica intended for the Piaggio scooters. I moved the kit wheels to the scrap box and picked up new ones from a Tamiya Porsche GT2.


The car

The new-generation Porsche 911 Carrera, introduced as model-year 1999, continues the long tradition started in 1965 with the first 911. The 911 constantly evolved over four decades and established a sports car legend on the road and racetrack. All 911 models feature a rear mounted, horizontally opposed "boxer" six-cylinder engine and the same distinctive profile; it accelerates from 0 to 100 kmh (0 to 62 mph) in 5.2 seconds.

The kit

It came out with the usual Tamiya standard despite a few disappointing aspects such as headlights and taillights, mainly. Very well replicated the first ones but without turn signal recesses, even if the clear lenses are painted clear orange in the lower fascia, the headlights assembly look simplified. The taillight recesses have no engraving at all and despite the rear lenses are well done too, the final look is not 100% convincing. Furthermore the area among the rear pillars and the rear wheel wells is slightly oversized.

Building process

But let me briefly explain how I proceed building this Porsche. I opened the box on Monday evening and glued the 911 on the display case, ready for the contest, at 4:00 in the morning of Saturday, day of the entries. Never do so, will see later why.

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