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  • Member since
    April, 2018
Can This Be Fixed ??
Posted by PorscheDreamer on Friday, April 27, 2018 10:24 PM

  Purchased this Fujimi Porsche 911 Turbo ‘85 Enthusiast kit on Ebay,  and received today.  This was the only part (and the worst possible) that was damaged.  

As can be seen,  it looks like the roof was twisted so it’s no longer straight,  and nor are the broken A pillars.  The roof also appears to have a slight concave bow in the middle front.  It’s interesting that it appears a center brace between the roof and the windsill looks to have been removed. 

I would really hate to discard the model,  but I don’t how I could straighten the roof.  

  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Saturday, April 28, 2018 3:13 PM

me personally would simply (?) remove the a & b pillars , then re do them in flat sheet material ( they look ' pretty simple' - a couple of layers at most - there's no difficult 1950's curvature etc. ) as for the roof "dent" , possibly soak it in a bowl of warm-ish water with a weight inside the cabin to flatten it ???

OR....... do it as a speedster & chop the lot off !! LOL 

Can I use this as an answer to " why don't I buy off Ebay ?? " 

  • Member since
    May, 2017
  • From: Douglas AZ>
Posted by littletimmy on Saturday, April 28, 2018 6:24 PM

Man !!! That's the worst damage I have seen in a LONG time !

Defenitly cut the Pillar's off. They will be much easier to fix / and or / replace, off the car.

It's going to be difficult to heat up just the roof. Soaking it in hot water may work.... If it was me, I would cut the entire roof off and then try to heat it back into shape. Be carefull .... it's very easy to put your fingerprint's in warm plastic ..... ask me how I know ....

In the "real World" , the Insurance companie's would totall  it.

Dont worry about the thumb print.... paint it rust and call it battle damage.

   Soon to be on the bench...

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Atlanta GA
Posted by Zoom Zoom on Saturday, April 28, 2018 7:10 PM

Can it be fixed? Perhaps, with a lot of effort. That body/roof has had serious damage that will never, ever have the strength/shape of the original. You could spend countless hours trying to fix it, then have it break again while assembling or polishing.

Best course is to find a replacement body. They've made these models for many many years, it's a current issue right now. 

Zoom Zoom, aka Bob Downie My Fotki Album The only cure for modeler's ADD is "final assembly and decal placement"
  • Member since
    April, 2018
Posted by PorscheDreamer on Saturday, April 28, 2018 10:20 PM

 

Spencer Mopar Fan

me personally would simply (?) remove the a & b pillars , then re do them in flat sheet material ( they look ' pretty simple' - a couple of layers at most - there's no difficult 1950's curvature etc. ) as for the roof "dent" , possibly soak it in a bowl of warm-ish water with a weight inside the cabin to flatten it ???

OR....... do it as a speedster & chop the lot off !! LOL 

Can I use this as an answer to " why don't I buy off Ebay ?? " 

 

Speedster version...that may be a possiblilty, lol.  I’ve been doing business on Ebay since 2000 and this is the first damage claim I’ve made.  I guess I’ve been pretty lucky.  This was all on the seller,  as the packing box had no dunnage material whatsoever.  

  • Member since
    May, 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Saturday, April 28, 2018 11:29 PM

Spencer Mopar Fan

Can I use this as an answer to " why don't I buy off Ebay ?? " 

 

This is why I don't buy off Ebay "without knowing exactly what I'm getting".

If the seller does not provide adequate photos, I'm not buying.

If the seller does not guarentee that the item arrives as advertised, I'm not buying.

It's a pretty simple equation.

Under most circumstances, if you're dealing with a reputable seller, they will work with you to rectify issues if they arise.

If they will not, you can always seek damages through Ebay itself.

In all my years of buying on Ebay, I have only had one issue with a less than honest seller & all it took was the threat of having the company deal with it & my money was promptly refunded.

 

Steve

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