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Porsche 904 GTS Carrera
Posted by gbk1 on Saturday, February 23, 2019 10:39 PM

As I add sports cars and road racing subjects to my modeling mix (having been almost exclusively an old skool hot rod modeler up to now) I’m going through my mental list of favorites and the Porsche 904 rises to the top of the list. Not only is it a beautiful car and a classic example of the early 60’s “streamline” style, but the model is available in a good quality kit for a relatively affordable price in the form of the classic Monogram kit, the basis for this project.



In researching this project there were two versions which served as inspiration The red Scuderia Filipinetti car, in its restored form, is striking in its pure simplicity with its oversized white roundels contrasting against the striking paint. A modern competitor in the European vintage road racing and rally scene is Jean-Marc Bussolini, CEO of French agricultural coop and hypermarchè chain E.LeClerc who is somewhat of a Porsche specialist. His 904 is the centerpiece of his collection with its striking Bleu de France and silver livery.




I’m going with the Bussolini color scheme combined with the pure simplicity of the Filipinetti car. Because the interior is finished in flat black in the 1:1 I shot the interior surfaces in black primer before going to the outer body surfaces in blue and masked the interior off. Unfortunately, until the exterior paint is finished including clear coats any body mockups will necessarily be a bit dodgy as the photo below will attest. The basic exterior scheme is finished in Tamiya TS-10 French Blue. The racing stripe is the classic French bleu, blanc, rouge in the form of a homemade decal printed to white decal paper. I’m congenitally unable to build a true replica model so I have invented a fictional 60’s privateer (in a tip of the hat to the Swiss Filipinetti outfit), the ostensibly Paris-based Equipe Lutèce (Lutèce is the ancient French version of the Roman name for Paris, Lutetia). The team badge is based on the Paris coat of arms and adorns the fenders and rear Kamm tail. I still have trade decals and roundels to apply and then it will all get clear coated and polished. Then on to chassis, interior and motor.

Thanx for lookin’
B.

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by nottheband on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 4:26 PM

You're off to a great start, Bernard, the painted body looks totally realistic for an Historic racer.  I'll follow along.  Cheers.

Steve

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Posted by chucky on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 8:01 PM

Cool subject, Bernard! Saw one in silver at the old Bridgehampton Race Circuit back in the day. (I think it belonged to and was driven by local Porsche racer Joe Buzzetta.) It looked so cool it became one of my favorite 1/25 scale slot racing bodies in the mid sixties. I like where you are headed on this and look forward to seeing the final photos. 

chucky

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Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 7:25 AM

Looking great, Bernard.

I've had 904s on the mind lately, so your post is timely. I assume the only kit of this gorgeous little car is the old Monogram (please correct me if you know otherwise). I've never seen one out of the box, so I'm curious as to how this kit builds up, and what degree of engine and chassis details it has. I'll certainly be picking up the next one I see, but in the meantime I'll be watching along on your build.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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Trevor

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Posted by gbk1 on Thursday, February 28, 2019 1:34 PM

Thanks everyone. This is a bold new adventure for me.

Bainford

Looking great, Bernard.

I've had 904s on the mind lately, so your post is timely. I assume the only kit of this gorgeous little car is the old Monogram (please correct me if you know otherwise). I've never seen one out of the box, so I'm curious as to how this kit builds up, and what degree of engine and chassis details it has. I'll certainly be picking up the next one I see, but in the meantime I'll be watching along on your build.

 

Thanks Trevor. I'm playng in your ball park now! I'll look forward to your comments. There are at least two other 1/24-1/25 904 kits that I've encountered, both I believe are Japanese.

One is the LS kit dating from the 1980's:

It looks to be a curbside kit with a single piece body and the front bonnet panel molded in place. The body is single piece in contrast to the Aurora/Monogram 904's multi-piece body.

The other is the Sharp Porsche 904 GTS kit, which, if anything, is even simpler. It has a Merit-style two piece body and is designed to be a motorized model.

The Aurora/Monogram kit is the only full detail kit I know off. But it truly is full detail, even down to a separate and accurate pressed steel chassis. My only concern is that like many of these Golden Age full detail kits it's fiddly to build; in particular I have concerns about panel fit for the body pieces during final assembly. But it's a fine kit. Here's a link to the inbstruction sheet on the DPMCC Fotki site: https://public.fotki.com/drasticplasticsmcc/mkiba-build-under-c/monogram-instructions/automotive-cars--pi/porsche/monogram-porsche-90/

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by mmthrax on Thursday, February 28, 2019 5:02 PM

This is great Bernard.  I am really becoming interested in unusual subjects so I'll for sure be watching this.  Having seen what you are capable of, I am sure I will learn a thing or two also.  Bonus!

Carry on sir...

 

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by litespeedsae on Thursday, February 28, 2019 8:27 PM

I have seen 3 of these cars 1:1 in the real and your version is definitly doing it justice. If you stopped at this stage with the four way pictures and no wheels on stands you would already have something worthy of a glass display case. Big Smile

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Posted by Bainford on Friday, March 01, 2019 8:50 AM

Cheers Bernard. Thanks much for the info on the additional kits. Looking forward to seeing this one come together.

edit: I just went to ebay for a look-see. I was surprised to see a large number of the LS kits and a couple of the Sharp kits, but clearly it is the Monogram kit I want. There were only two of those and one was $316 (!), and on the other the shipping was too high. I'll keep searching for a better deal, but in the meantime I consoled myself by buying a couple of surprisingly inexpensive Ferrari kits.

I also saw a couple of Aurora Porsche 904 kits. Do you know if those are basically the Monogram kit?

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

Trevor

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Posted by gbk1 on Saturday, March 02, 2019 11:14 PM

Bainford

Cheers Bernard. Thanks much for the info on the additional kits.... I just went to ebay for a look-see. ...clearly it is the Monogram kit I want. ... Do you know if those are basically the Monogram kit?

 

 

I believe they are the same kit. Here's the history of the kit on Scalemates: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/aurora-561-198-porsche-904--1150395

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by nells250 on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 2:08 PM

Interesting... I also invented an imaginary race scheme, and it was very similar!

;-)

Great minds think alike??  

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Posted by Eagle36 on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 6:24 PM

Those are two different kits.  The confusion is that both subsequently became branded as Monogram kits.  The ex-Aurora kit has complete engine, drivetrain, and chassis detail.  The later Monogram 904 is a curbside kit, derived from the slot car.  If you put the bodies side by side, you'll see that the kits do share a designer, the bodies are very different.

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