Hi all well i wanted to add the throttle linkages and cold starting system but comparing the engine at work with this one, I got to thinking it's nothing like the real thing so I took it into work and asked our engineers and none of them have seen tinware on a 356 Porsche like the one depicted in this kit (baring in mind they only restore classic porsche here) so I cut all the excess tinware off. Here is what's in the kit.
Heres a pic of the engine out of the 356 C Cabriolet
So after I cut off the excess tinware I ended up with this
I also wanted to add the low and high tension leads to the coil but when i tried there was no room under it to add them so I thought I will just move it up but then i thought it may have knock on problems later on so I measured it and it should be 8.75 mm the kit supplied one is 10.5mm so it's too long, after the last few revell kits (which I raved about how good they were I'm very disappointed in this one) I also added the leads from the dynamo.
Loads more details could be added to this kit (I dont havevthe skills so I wont be) the 2 stumps either side of the engine with the 2 holes in the top are supposed to be the inlet manifolds and carbs (I may try to make some rudimentary ones but since when in the car they wont be seen at all who knows.
I admire you following through on this...from the first glance I got of this kit I have been puzzled why they would put out such a toy as this. Just to begin with there is precious little 356B here...the body screams 356C in every detail I can see and this comes from a background of owning three 356As and Bs. Plus like youre finding out that engine is a joke, very little resembles the real thing much less of all those "carbs". And with all the sink marks and stuff I am surprised you are sticking with it, I don't know if I would have. But with your skill and perseverance I think it will end up looking alright. I am with you though, most Revell AG kits are pretty with it, look pretty much like the prototype and are well detailed, this one fell off the tracks though, hope they come back to their prior glory. Thinking about it, though, their Porsche Panamera was pretty weak too so maybe it is a trend. I know the Trabant I just finished fell together and near as I could tell resembled the real thing to a large degree.
you might be able to find some webers and appropriate manifolds in the right scale at shapeways though if you want to throw money at it. There might even be stock appropriate Zenith of Solex carbs too but it might be a case of casting pearls before swine.
thanks for showing us! jb
Last Edit: Jan 18, 2020 23:57:48 GMT -5 by jbwelda
You've made a more than respectable job on that engine, and I've noticed that you cut the square box off the rear of the fan shroud, I believe that was the oil cooler and air duct but nobody's going to see it anyhow. A Porsche is always the star of the shelf, stay with it.
Hi all well I've added the throttle linkages the fuel lines and the cold start valve (I know none of this will be visible when the body is on but hey keeps me out of the pubs and away from those loose women)
Loads more needs correcting, I hope this is not a sign of things to come from revell, this kit was only released in 2018 I've really enjoyed the previous revell kits I've built, I even sang their praises not so with this kit though.
Hi all next update and we have some colour, first coat of many.
A little explanation before I mention what happened next I built a shed in the garden for spraying my models as the misses refused to allow painting in the new house (that's fine I can understand that) unfortunately we have a hot tub which we need to take down in the winter so with the new house theres no room to store it so where is it stored, you guessed it, in the shed so now guess what, yep I cant spray in the shed as swmbo says she doesn't want spray dust all over the hot tub.
Spraying outside the shed door got the body sprayed started spraying the other panels and it started to rain, by the time I got it all in the shed all the other panels had at least one rain drop on them. They all have to be sanded down and done again.
Did some work on the leather seats (used a bit of artistic licence, the seats the cars that I see tend to be immaculate since they have been lovingly restored) but I'm thinking this has been lovingly owned from new so the leather has some ware) ( you have to give me some Lee way as I tend to like to weather things hard)
I do find it really hard making things new and pristine when my natural bent is to add weathering but I think this is a realistic depiction of looked after 50 yr old leather.