The first 356 in the company of Porsche's 1939 60K10 and Erwin Komenda's other car from the same period, the VW Beetle. Just a few fiddly transfers to attach to the 356 later, and it should be finished.
Many thanks, chaps, for your kind comments. Just completed the car with Frogeye's most detailed transfers, which include the registration plates, Porsche nosecone badge, and engine vent apertures on the rear lid. Will allow them all to dry before testing the car on the Mess, perhaps, tomorrow, unless impatience gets the better of me - again.
Again, my most grateful thanks to Frogeye for his immense skill in enabling me to build this important (slot) car. The only job I haven't tackled is the division in the windscreen. It needs a fine line of silver paint, which I can't do because my Humbrol silver has dried out.
Thank you, Mark, for your thoughtful advice and kind comment. Hadn't thought of tape, which I haven't got, bit I might be able to cut a thin piece off a transfer if I can find one in silver.
Forgot to mention above that I used a cocktail stick and paint to make five dots on the rear bulkhead. These represent the securing studs for the soft-top, and although I've never seen this car with its hood/soft-top erected, it has got one.
Impatience and curiosity got the better of me. I just had to have several laps of the Mess, and to my delight, the 356 has exceeded all expectations. No teething probs, either. 'Twas perfect from the off.
The tyres give wonderful grip, but the tail can be pushed out of line at will which, in my world, is how I most enjoying slotting.
Thank you, Mark. The headlamps are deeply embedded and glued into the wings. Both look OK to me. Perhaps poor lighting this end is to blame for what you are seeing on your screen, because both lenses look spot on in the 'flesh'.
Como este ya esta acabado, para otro coche... Aparte de la cinta adhesiva de calefactor que ya te han comentado, podrías haber utilizado una tira de aluminio de una lata de refresco. Doblada por la parte de arriba y encolada por dentro y por fuera, con lo que consigues un efecto 3D.
As this one is already finished, for another car ... Apart from the heating tape that you have already been told about, you could have used an aluminum strip from a soda can. Folded at the top and glued inside and out, which gives you a 3D effect.
A truly great afternoon on the Mess. Can't tell you the pleasure... It was like reverting to childhood, except that Scalextric hadn't been invented when I was a boy. "I dunno, these youngsters these days..."
Thanks for your sound advice. Love your new BRM. Looking forward to seeing it with numerals. Congrats. It looks superbly well.
This little 356 has astounded me during the weekend. Despite its short Wheelbase, narrow track and skinny tyres, it's completed hundreds of laps around the Mess without deslotting, and the same applies to the 60K10.
As a result I've decided to resign from the real world for good. All a bit too grown up for me.
A pic below of a Porsche staff member, Otto Huslein, with the 356 prototype at the old sawmill in Gmund, Austria, 1948. This is where the first 49 post War Porsches were made, largely by hand, before the company returned to Stuttgart.
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