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Hasegawa Porsche 968 CS

Hasegawa No. 20317
Molded Colors: Yellow, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $54.99
Pros: Unique subject, parts fit is terrific, kit looks great completed
Cons: Issues when mating the chassis to body, instructions not clear at times
Porsche’s 968, made from 1992 to 1995, was the final evolution of a line of water-cooled, front-engine, rear-wheel-drive models that began almost 20 years earlier with the 924.

Opening it up, I was surprised to see an engine included. It’s made of 14 parts and looks amazingly complete when built. Everything fits well, but the addition of wires and plumbing would put it over the top if you wanted to take it further with detailing.

The chassis is simplified with 17 parts. A skid plate covers most of the front part but still has an opening where the oil pan is visible.

There are small decals for the brake calipers and the disc brakes are plated in aluminum and look pretty good. Paint and detail the rear transaxle molded onto the chassis at the rear.

Muffler pipes are a two-piece affair and must be painted in a metallic color. Tires and rims are the same size all around, but the rear ones are slightly wider.

Looking at its 16-piece interior you’ll notice an absence of two bucket seats shown on the instruction sheet. This kit supplies two totally different ones, suggesting this 968 shares parts with another Porsche kit from Hasegawa.

Installing velour carpeting throughout the entire interior is optional and the adhesive carpeting is supplied, already measured and cut for placement There’s a decal for the gauges and piece of glass that sits in front. Door panels are separate and install neatly against the tub.

The body and hood are terrifically molded in yellow. I’m usually a bit uneasy when testing the fit of the hood to the body on a kit, but this one doesn’t disappoint.

There are noticeable indentations on the hood that must be addressed though, so be ready to do a lot of sanding and priming.

Front and rear fascias are part of the body and don’t need to be installed separately. Minimal mold lines running along the body had to be addressed, but were easily eliminated.

The front glass mounts from inside and wraps to the sides, the rear is mounted from the outside. Detail the black wrap-around molding that surrounds the rear glass and install the rear wing after.

Also install the two side marker lights behind the front quarter panels before mating the interior to the body.

Instructions call for the front of the chassis to be slipped into the front end first, but this creates a fitting problem at the rear. Be patient and work slowly.

Paint the front and rear marker lights  from the inside, with Bare-Metal foil behind them for reflectivity. Then add BMF or chrome paint to the bezels behind the front lights before installation.

I was worried about was the height of the 968 after completion. The image of the model on the instruction sheet shows it a little too high, but at least in my case, the model turned out very close to the ride height of the actual 1:1. Its wheels also were perfectly centered in the wheel wells.

Overall, it was fun building this kit. I was a tad nervous fitting the chassis to the body but as I said before, with a little patience it is possible to work around it. The matching colors of the wheels and body really brings this 968 to life once complete.

I’d definitely recommend this kit to anyone but specifically to those big Porsche fanatics out there. Believe me, it will make for a special piece in any scale Porsche collection!    


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