Solido 1/18 Porsche 935/78 Moby Dick Apr 16, 2023 10:20:11 GMT -5 406 Silverado, Tobi, and 2 more like this
Post by wetsellery on Apr 16, 2023 10:20:11 GMT -5
I wanted a big scale model of this iconic Porsche for a long time, but only a handful of manufacturers make a kit or model of this car. As far as I know there's the 1/12 model from Truescale and the 1/12 kit from MFH. Both are very nice but too expensive for me. Then there's the 1/24 kit from Tamiya, but that's too small.
I was very happy when I saw that Solido made this car, for €45 I think it's great value for money.Foto's from CK-modelcars were I bought the model :
It's a nice model but it lacks some detail (especially in the interior) and has some inaccuracies. I don't want to repaint the body because the 1/18 decals are very expensive and the only set that's available is not made for this model, meaning that the decals are not the correct size for some parts of the body.
When I started this build, I planned on doing some minor upgrades, but gradually I got carried away and it became a long term project with lots of scratchbuilding.
Please join me in what I call "my fight with Moby" :
These were the first steps I took. As we move along, many of my basic modifications were changed again and again :
The last 2 photos show the wheelcovers that look more like clogwheels from a clock. I used a bolt and nut to hold the wheelcovers and removed the teeth with my lathe, I also made the cover a lot thinner. After a coat of primer and Tamiya X7, the covers were attached to the repainted wheels. :
The cockpit will get most of the work. I removed a big piece of plastic to make room for the drivers feet :
But I ran into these big blocks. They are part of the front suspension and have to be removed to make room for the extended floorboard. Out came the Dremel :
Had to go all the way thru the bottom to clear enough space :
First Idea was to improve this part :
Drilled some holes to remove the part between the tubes :
But then I decided to (open the can of worms) make the tubes from scratch, that will allow me to add the missing tubes. The roll cage needs some mods too. The upper tubes in this picture don't look like this on the real car :
This plastic tube is also part of the roll cage on the real car. It will be sanded down and replaced with alu tubing :
The front tubes of the roll cage are supposed to be the same size (like the one on the right). I have no idea why Solido made them like this. Will be fixed with alu tubing :
These tubes on the floorboard will be removed :
This was my first attempt to modify the area behind the seats. Reference photos of this area are hard to find :
Then I found the WIP by Scratchbuilt. He made this car in 1/8 scale from scratch, his build log has some very nice pics :
The big hump is being reshaped :
And slowly the firewall is taking shape :