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Hasegawa Omron Porsche 962C

Omron Porsche 962C
Hasegawa No. 20280
Model Type: Injection-molded
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $47.99
Pros: Little flash for a kit of this age; good representation of a 962
Cons: Two sets of holes in body for wing; numerous decals could be an issue
The Omron 962C in this rerelease ran at LeMans, but primarily campaigned in Japan. Not much flash is evident for a kit first released in 1989.

This is a curbside kit: no engine or drivetrain. It features a one-piece body with a full underbody pan. The rear air tunnels are molded with the underbody

Instructions come in the form of a one-piece foldout sheet. The pieces are pictured with callout numbers for the part, its paint color, and decals. There is no written description of the parts. A supplied paint chart references the recommended colors.

The assembly steps are a little confusing, so study the instructions to determine a logical assembly sequence.

Assembly starts with the cockpit. It is a one-piece bucket. The seat, instrument panel, steering wheel, and shift linkage are molded separately. There is no seat harness.

The instrument panel light and switch colors are called out. There is a decal for the tachometer. The radiators are molded as part of the interior tub.

Attach the rear suspension lower control arm, rear tow loop, rear bulkhead and the brake light to the base plate. Paint per the instructions and it’s complete.

The body needs attention before starting assembly. Faint mold lines follow the tops of the fenders full length. Unless removed, these will show when painted.

Each side of the body has three sink marks. The one on each door is obvious; the others will appear if the body is block-sanded. These need to be filled or sanded out.

The wing is a five-piece assembly. There is a tab on each end of the wing that needs to be removed to allow it to slide down between the uprights. I added an antenna.

You will need to drill four holes in the body to mount the wing. These holes are started on the inside of the body, but care is needed because there is another set of holes for an alternate wing that’s not applicable to this version.

The fit of the cockpit glass could not be better; the headlight covers are a different story. On the passenger’s-side cover, there was too much plastic molded at the lower mounting tab. Possibly the best way to correct this would be to sand it off while keeping the edge straight.

There are two sets of headlight mounting panels. The panel called for in the instructions requires a decal to be used as a closure mask. Getting this decal to conform to the clear lens was the most frustrating part of this build. As an alternative, consider using the panel for double headlights that requires no decal mask.  

A vinyl bushing is to be trapped between the wheel and rotor. This assembly is then pressed onto an axle molded to the underbody. The cooling holes in the rotors are represented with dimples that can be accented with a black wash. There are no calipers.

The tires are vinyl, and dry transfers are used for the tire markings. There is a separate instruction sheet for the transfers. These instructions need to be read and understood, then the application will be easy. The only hard part is getting them positioned correctly. You only get one chance.

The numerous decals could be your main challenge. Using a hair dryer and some decal setting solution where needed will help.

This kit is a fine representation of a Porsche 962C


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