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Drove to a branch of Halford's today for paint. Their supplies are so depleted that the nearest I could find to Jade Green was... orange, which is nothing like any shade of green. Disappointing so I put plan B into operation.

Bought a takeaway Indian meal and drove to the hospital car park reserved for staff who specialise in sexually-transmitted disease to eat it. It's a peaceful place that tends to be uninhabited during hours of darkness. No tourists. The average clap clinic has limited appeal unless you need a quiet place in which to truffle well away from troublesome yobs.
 

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Another 60K10 getting underway today. Chassis built but, as the pics below show, the axles need to be reduced in length. It's a job I dislike doing, as I usually end up injuring my hands during the process. This aside, it's something I shall tackle shortly, despite the apparent absence of a responsible adult supervising proceedings.
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Another 60K10 getting underway today. Chassis built but, as the pics below show, the axles need to be reduced in length. It's a job I dislike doing, as I usually end up injuring my hands during the process. This aside, it's something I shall tackle shortly, despite the apparent absence of a responsible adult supervising proceedings. View attachment 292372 View attachment 292373
A good wire cutter (scissors) will do Laurence, or Dremel(my choice) , just remember always use pliers to grab the axle and goggles for protection of the eyes😉
 

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Sound advice, Daniel. I always use a dremel but always seem to end up cutting my hands. Mrs Grumpy says it's because I'm inherently stupid. Just plain and simple: born daft. Regrettably, she has prima facie evidence that leads me with little option of having to plead guilty. No defence and no mitigating circumstances, either.
 

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Chassis and axles now cut down to size with, surprisingly, just one burn mark to a finger as a result of grinding through an axle. The third photo below shows a length cut from an axle which, because it has 'blued' nicely, can double as an exhaust pipe.

Body mounts and painting next but, alas, Mrs Grumpy's in residence which means painting the body is out of the question today. Command list very long and so far makes about as much sense as a combine harvester as a getaway car.
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Having failed to locate a tin of Jade Green paint due to supply probs, I'm tempted to paint this Porsche in gold, but Frogeye (who made the shell) would probably never forgive me. It's just a thought as a companion 'marker' for the gold-painted millionth Beetle built in 1955.

I have a spare Pink-Kar Beetle special edition that I want to tart up. A reasonable pair? I dunno.
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I had the pleasure of spending my entire working life (1976 - 2017 ) working on Porsche cars. Along with my two business partners we ran an independent Porsche specialist garage in the Birmingham area initially, moving to Coventry in 2003 before we retired in 2017.
I would love to get hold of a couple of the resin cars made by frogeye. Are they available for sale?. I have several Porsche’s in my slot car collection but no early cars.
Below are a couple of pictures. The 911 belongs to one of my business partners. It is recognised as the first right hand drive car to come off the production line. The 356 we sold to a friend a few years ago as it needed renovation. At the time the renovation costs (£20k) were more than the vehicle was worth at the time.......... hindsight would be a wonderful thing eh?
The Jag is mine, having opted for more comfort these days!
As I said earlier, I would like to add some early cars to my collection.
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I can only advise that you send a Personal Message to Frogeye (Michael) and ask if he's still able to cast early Porsche bodyshells. He's made several very important cars to the highest attainable standard, but I understand (probably wrongly) that the moulds don't last for ever.
 

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George Turner makes resin kits of the 356A. http://www.georgeturnermodels.com/
There are metal diecast toys of the 356B made by Kinsmart which you can find online or in beach gift shops.
MRRC made some 911s, but I haven’t managed to find one myself. I’m currently contemplating trying to buy an Arii 1/32 kit from Japan, but the postage cost is discouraging: 1965 Porsche 911S

hope this is some help

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I've enjoyed 'parlee-voo' (sic) with me great chum, Frogeye., 'safty, and he has, happily, assured me that, surprisingly, he won't run me through with a disconcertingly blunt instrument, if I paint the latest 60K10 in gold...

This is fairly reassuring, because I'm rather hoping that, if gold is to be applied, I have sufficient justification for such obvious, and damnable, heresy. Mitigation, d'ya see?

"Mitigation, d'ya see?" It's an oft-quoted epithet by uncle Bonkers, which he learned from his chum, the ol' judge. I've so often wondered why, having been brought up by two families of lunatics, that I've remained as the essence of normality. It's certainly nothing to do (a do?, a party?) with genetics.
 

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Had to remove the wide PCS wheels from the chassis today, and revert to narrower alloys. The fit with the body is just a little too snug. This aside, I think progress is being made. View attachment 292930 View attachment 292931
Yep, problem with 356 and the likes of narrow cars or fenders is that standard wheels won’t fit, so it’s narrow classic wheels or 13.8 mm wheels with low profile slicks🤷🏻
 

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It's fun to have the wide slicks under older narrow cars, but they are less accurate, of course.
Quite envious of your fleet....it is a lovely menagerie, without the denizens of The Mess. Who are doubtless fully chipped by now.
 

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Wide slicks under narrow cars make them simply roll over during hard cornering. It's nice to have a little side-slide to warn you that you're near the edge of control.

If at first you don't succeed? Eat chips and try again. :p At least your tummy will be happy.
 
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