by: Joel Willstein [ ]
IntroductionThe Porsche 935 race car was manufactured by Porsche. It was 1st raced in the 1976 FIA for Group 5 cars.
For the 1977 season Porsche sold the 935 to private teams who were also competing in the World Challenge.
Porsche customers had a great advantage over other privately entered cars, as most other manufacturers never sold their current factory version, only the previous years cars. These cars were entered in Group 5 which was known back then as "silhouette rules", where several significant modifications were allowed, including bodywork modifications, larger wings, wider axles and water cooling, providing that the basic silhouette of the car remained unchanged when viewed from the front.
Some teams rather then using the Porsche 935 kits developed their own cars, which Kremer Racing being the best of the lot. Their K1 version was the equal to the Porsche factory cars in 1976, and in 1977 modified their customer's 935 to the K2, and then in 1979 they introduced the 935 K3.
Kit ReviewThe kit is both marketed by Beemax and in association with Aoshima. Both boxings are the identical kit, and since I'm reviewing and building the Beemax boxing, that will be the focus of this in box review.
The kit is molded in what i call a semi curbside or semi detailed kit depending on your point of view. The engine/transmission/suspension is only the visible bottom sides, yet very well detailed. No need to mold the tops as the hood nor the trunk opens up.
Upon opening the box, you're greeted with one large section of 11 sprue trees, with the larger trees separately bagged in clear plastic, but the smaller trees are bagged in groups of 2 & 3. The sprue of clear glass parts are separately bagged and the rubber seal areas are very well marked for easy masking or hand painting. Separately bagged are the 4 chromed wheels which are absolutely beautiful. The plating isn't heavy handed and quite realistic, so no need to strip and repaint. There is also a bag for the rubber tires & caps which contains a piece of mesh to cut the screens out of.
The decals give you the option of either Vaillant car, the white #70, and the version I'm planning on doing, the #51 Vaillant Green. Thank Goodness that Gravity of Spain makes the exact color, which I've already ordered. The decals are printed by Cartograf and look absolutely perfect. No need for after market ones on this build.
The instructions drawn on 6 pages with a complete chart for both Mr. Color Aqueous and Creos paints. Neither type of Mr.Color paint that I presently use for air brushing.
After carefully reading and trying to understand the instructions that break the build down into 13 sections, there's arrows everywhere, so you need to really study each section and dry fit the parts to make sure you have the part attaching to the right part, and the right color.
As for color callouts, well, some are right, and some are wrong. I've done enough research on the Kremer 935 K2s to understand why the differences in colors. An example is the steering boots, which the call out is for Orange, the same color as the brake air intake tubes. The racing version had flat rubberish black. Tamiya Nato black would be a perfect match. The Interior of the car could have been white, green, or flat black. The issue stems from the fact as to how the car came from Porsche. Kremer on the complete rebuild painted the interior usually in the same color as the exterior, but not always. And then there is the Kremer show cars, which were painted always in the sponsors colors, as well as the roll cage.
All the parts are very well detailed. Unfortunately, some flash does show up that has to be cleaned off. This really puzzles me as to why on a new molding.
Conclusion I really like this kit, as well as this molding format of semi detailed, which the vast majority of Asian kit makers of covered wheel type cars are now following. This will in reality make the build go faster, and with a lot less issues, especially with suspension and wheel alignment so that all four wheels touch the ground and are aligned correctly. And with the decals being Cartograf shouldn't offer any issues.
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