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6 Important Lessons From My First 6 Model Car Kit Projects – Lesson 2 Italieri Porsche 928s

Italieri Porsche 928s – Project 2

Project 2 – Italieri Porsche 928s

When I’d finished licking my wounds, and decided to give this model making thing another try, this kit seemed the obvious choice.  It said on the box that all the main parts were pre-coloured, and didn’t require painting of any kind.

Bingo !  Whatever kind of hash I made of this one, at least the paint finish should be perfect.

And the 928s was my dream car in the 1980s, when I was a teenager.  Who could fail to love that beautiful rounded boot and back section ?  Not me – that’s for sure !

So on this project I was able to concentrate on getting the parts to fit together neatly and properly, and when the dreaded moment of fixing the base to the top finally came, I was relieved to find that I had none of the problems that I’d had with the Mini Cooper.  

The only parts that I did have to paint were the indicator and break lights.  This time I diluted the paints down with water (“milky consistency“seems to be the name of game apparently),  although I didn’t at that stage realise that you could get clear colours specifically for lights.  

It did, however, feel a bit like cheating not having to paint any of the main parts, with the result that I didn’t quite feel that I’d created the end product in the same way that I had with Mini Cooper (lumps and bumps and all), or my subsequent projects.    It was a bit like that feeling you get when you finish a crossword puzzle, before you realise that it was a puzzle for 5 year olds, and you are a fully grown adult.  

Most important lesson learned :

  • Never touch bodywork or clear parts whilst you have modelling glue on your fingers.  The most common glues effectively melt the two bits of plastic which are intended to be glued together, and weld them together as they cool.  Brilliant if you want a strong join, but not so good if the bit of plastic being melted is part of a body panel or window section on the car, and doesn’t need to be glued to anything.  All you then end up with is a smeary mess, which you will never be able to get rid of (at least not without a load of soul destroying work).
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