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Porsche 959

The Kit:
If my memory serves me right, this is the very first 1/24 scale car kit that I've built.
And looking back now, I can honestly not comprehend what compelled me to buy and build this kit. It's one of the most ugly cars I know. And why I had to choose this one as my first car, I really can't remember.
I guess this kit must have been on sale or something...

As with most of my kits from that period, this one is also from Tamiya, item no. 24065.

I do remember that the build was not completely troublefree. I had to backorder the bodyshell of the car, because I ruined it trying to remove the paint from it.
Back then I didn't know that cellulose thinner would dissolve the plastic of which the car was made. I learned it the hard way.
I did use TS8, Italian Red, straight from the (Tamiya) spraycan on the body. First attempt wasn't very successfull as I wrote above. But the second (and final) attempt was not too good either.
The paint was laid down well enough. No orange-peel or other problems. But back then I didn't know that you should put a layer of white down first. To give the red a bit more depth and to prevent the colour of the plastic (silver-grey in this case) to bleed through.

Another problem I had with this kit was he fitment of the engine cover. The pins in the loose cover didn't really line up correctly with the holes in the body. So I removed the pins on the cover.
But as can be seen on the pictures below, fitment is still not very good. But I found it acceptable back then, and I really can't be bothered to do anything about it now.
But anyway. It was my first 1/24 scale build, and I think it still looks good enough to put it up on the site.

The Pictures:

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My suspicion that the aggressive solvent-based clearcoat triggered some sort of reaction with either the water-based clearcoat and or the material of the tires appears to be true.
My options were rather limited, so I decided to spray a new water-based clearcoat over the tires, hoping to cover the previous layer of clear and stop the reaction.
For 3 of the 4 tires one layer of clear was enough.
The rear tire with the most problems received 2 layers and that seems to do the trick. Even after more than a week of drying the clear stays flat.

The clearcoat I used was my own Revell Aqua Color mix as used previously. But this time thinned with it's dedicated thinner and applied by airbrush.
Although the image above does little to hide the imperfections I'm happy I finally am able to finish this chapter so I can divert my attention again towards the rest of the kit.

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