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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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