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Porsche 356A - Speedster Wars Style - W.I.P. - Update 3-19

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  • Member since
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  • From: Seattle, WA
Porsche 356A - Speedster Wars Style - W.I.P. - Update 3-19
Posted by gbk1 on Friday, March 15, 2019 10:06 PM

I’ve started a second Porsche race car project while I wait to receive some small parts for my Porsche 904 build. This one is based on the venerable Revell Competition Porsche kit, which represents a classic SCCA style Porsche 356A Speedster as raced in the late 50’s and early 60’s. The cover art on the box promises much and captures the flavor of the era, but unfortunately this is an ancient kit with the old Revell multi part body, consisting of the top of the tub-shaped body, and the two side panels in the area between the wheel wells. The kit also has some pretty glaring inaccuracies, the most important of which is that the wheels openings are radiused into a round shape and are somewhat larger than the real car’s characteristic shape. Below is a composite picture showing the cover art, a picture I found on the net of a straight out-of-box build of the Revell kit, and a side view of the real 356A speedster. The oversized, rounded wheel wells should be obvious. The build-up picture also shows the rather horrible stance of the kit build and the fact that the wheels appear to protrude somewhat. I’m not too thrilled about the wheels and tires either. The 4th panel shows the bodywork I’ve done. Most of the Speedsters of the era tended to be street cars which were quite often driven to the races. Many of them kept the stock side trim. But just as many can be seen to have undergone some mild clean up include removing the trim and filling the seams around the front and rear pans. After reinforcing the body structure where the side panels joined the top of the body with styrene strip I looked at the result, and while it was quite clean, the side strip was all wrong (see the build up picture again). The side trim is too short on the Revell kit, and, with the oversized wheel wells, stops short of the wheel openings. It looks awkward so I decided to fill and smooth the body.



Correcting the stance and doing something about the wheels and tires will be a challenge, If anyone knows a good source for period Porsche wheels in the right scale (1/24th), I’m open to suggestions. In the meantime I’ll keep plugging away. The paint scheme will be bright red with white stripes and roundels.

Below is a composite picture of two period cars which are examples of the style I’m after. The upper car is an east coast as campaigned by Bruce Jennings, the legendary King Carrera. The lower two pictures are of the Ray Kimble “Kimble Special” which is a west coast car known mainly for all the movie work it got.



Thanx for lookin’,
B.

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by chucky on Saturday, March 16, 2019 5:46 PM

I love Speedsters, Bernard! I used to enjoy watching them on the old Bridgehampton Race Circuit and had to have one for myself.  A friend had several in various states of repair. He had a modified 1600 S in his and was preparing it for Corvette silver pearl  paint. I bought one with a 1600 N that needed some body work and paint. I eliminated the side moldings and replaced the bumpers with chrome nerf bars as was the fashion. I did mine in Mustang Poppy Red with black racing stripes. Before I got mine on the road in my senior year of high school my friend had a terrible accident with his. I lost all interest at that point and replaced mine with a '57 Bel Air hardtop. The Speedsters are such great handling cars and perform well with small horsepower due to the extremely light weight. While I would never own another one (even if I could at today's prices) I still enjoy watching them on the road courses. I'm sure you will make the necessary "adjustments" to yours to yield the proper appearance and I'm looking forward to seeing the photos. 

chucky

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Posted by Eagle36 on Saturday, March 16, 2019 6:34 PM

There were two slightly different versions of the competition Speedster kit issued by Revell.  The original version had the smaller wheel wells, the later releases had the enlarged wheel wells, apparently for slot car racing.  I have an ancient SAE article with patterns for filler panels that fix the problem.  That article also pointed out that the rocker panels are too short and should be extended downwards by about 1/8'.

Nice work on this kit.

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  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Monday, March 18, 2019 2:08 AM

"    If anyone knows a good source for period Porsche wheels in the right scale (1/24th), I’m open to suggestions."

G'day Bernard.  Any of the Fujimi 356 kits have very good wheels. Cheers.

Steve

 

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  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by gbk1 on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 5:56 AM

Eagle36

There were two slightly different versions of the competition Speedster kit issued by Revell.  The original version had the smaller wheel wells, the later releases had the enlarged wheel wells, apparently for slot car racing.  I have an ancient SAE article with patterns for filler panels that fix the problem.  That article also pointed out that the rocker panels are too short and should be extended downwards by about 1/8'.

Nice work on this kit.

 

Thanks for the explanation. It makes perfect sense to me. I’m committed to making this version look as good as I can without the additional bodywork changes, but I look forward to a later, more correct project using the Fujimi 356A Speedster as the base.

B.

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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    February, 2008
  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by gbk1 on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 5:57 AM

I’ve gotten the main paint and graphics done. The basic color is Duplicolor Bright Red with a white racing stripe. The stripe was done by spraying a base coat of white lacquer and then masking out the stripe and applying the top coat of red. The white number roundels with the fine red stripe around the outer edge are leftovers from my ’57 Corvette project from last year, as are the red numbers which I had printed as extras at the time. The bodywork is essentially done, waiting only for a clear coat and final polish. Now on to the chassis, motor and rolling stock! I’m going to try to adapt the kit wheels to larger, more period correct tires, in the hopes of filling the enlarged wheel wells in a better proportioned, more pleasing way. We’ll see…

Thanx for lookin’,
B.

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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