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Revell Germany Porsche 356 C

Kit No.: 7043
Scale: 1/16
Mfr.: Revell Germany,
Price: $82.85
Comments: 266 injection-molded plastic parts (black, clear, chrome plated); five soft rubber tires; decals
Pros: Great instructions; good detail; opening doors, hood, and trunk
Cons: Significant mold lines and sink marks on the body; decals didn’t want to stick

Revell Germany’s newly tooled Porsche 356 C Cabriolet hit the North American market in spring 2019. Inside the big box you’ll find a plethora of plastic, five realistically detailed rubber tires, and a richly colored decal sheet with multiple license plates and country markings to choose from.

The color instructions include a helpful painting guide and also let you know what parts on the sprues you won’t be using during your build.

The 356 comes with parts to build either a U.S. or European version; I went with the European version.

I was surprised at the number of sink marks and mold lines for a newly tooled kit. The main body (Part 89) had the most; both doors (parts 133 and 140), and the hood (Part 121) also needed cleaning up. I sanded all those parts with 320-grit sandpaper, and it looked like I had eliminated the problem areas. Later, when I applied paint and a clear coat, there they were. I recommend taking the time to sand, fill, and sand again for the best finish — no shortcuts!

The locators on the seat frames (parts 52 and 56) do not match those on the floor pan. I enlarged the holes on each seat frame to allow the seats to attach properly.

Assembly went along smoothly until mating the body to the chassis. The spare tire sat too high and wouldn’t allow the trunk lid to close. I removed the spare tire and thinned both the tire and rim (Part 88) with a motor tool. Remove a little material at a time and test-fit often. As soon as the trunk lid closes and fit’s properly, you’re done. Don’t overdo it.

The rest of the kit went together without difficulty. I recommend using decal setting solution when you place the markings. Without setting solution, the decals tend to curl despite going down over gloss. Believe it or not, I used a dot of glue to hold a couple of decals in place.

Despite some of my (mis)adventures building it, I would recommend the Revell Germany Porsche 356 C Cabriolet for those interested in large-scale models. With patience and modeling know-how, it builds into a fine representation of a classic European sports car.


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