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Porsche 911 RSR 1973

Little more can be said about a car as mythical as the Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 of 1973. I already made another decoration on the Fly Racing model with Avant Slot chassis, which you can see in this link, with one of the two cars that I bought. With the other car I wasn´t sure what decoration to make, thinking that perhaps I would use it to compete. Without being very clear about the final destination of the slot car, I opted to make a street version, just as it was sold at the time.

Porsche 911 RSR 1973

Among the colors of the car, I always liked the dull orange, as it appears in the previous photo, which was the color I chose for the decoration.

The reproduction of Fly Car Model of the car has slight variations respect to the real street car, the most obvious is the small spolier under the front bumper. As I was not clear about the use I was going to give the car, I did not want to make any changes to the body. It would have been very easy to modify the front bumper but I did not want to make changes to the body that would prevent me from running later with the car in the slot clubs (the regulations do not generally allow any modification of the bodywork.) So the process of decorating the car was very simple, really there is very little to explain, basically it was reduced to disassemble, smooth sanding and priming the bodywork.

After priming it with a white Tamiya spray primer, I painted it orange. Mixing Tamiya X6 orange with XF2 matt white I achieved a light orange shade satin quite similar to the original car. With that color mixture I applied two coats with the airbrush.

Porsche 911 RSR 1973

With the paint completely dry, I painted the details of the body, which were basically the rubber bands of the windows, with a metallic gray color from Vallejo. Vallejo´s silver paint is a little complicated to apply, since it has a very precise point of dilution, if it is very diluted, it does not cover, and if it is very thin, it is excessively pasty and leaves a badly bad result. After practicing a lot I managed to dilute it sufficiently to apply it well with the brush.

The rest of the decoration is made with homemade waterslide decals. It was limited to the moldings that ran along the front and rear bumpers, some "race" letters on the sides of the car and the letters "Porsche" and "Carrera" on the back. Its placement did not have any difficulty and when they were well dry I applied a couple of generous coats of automotive varnish to the body with this result:

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I painted the rest of the parts of the car, with Vallejo metallic gray (rear view mirror and bottom of the headlights) and the translucent red and orange colors of Tamiya (for the taillights) as you can see in the following image.

Porsche 911 RSR 1973

The mechanics of the car are not the original of the kit, but I made it with several pieces taken from the racing suitcase, a Ninco NC5 engine with 9 teeth pinion, a 27 teeth inline crown from Scalextric and the axles and rims of the kit. I also fitted a homemade suspension as I did with the Lola T290 of the Repsol Team.

Porsche 911 RSR 1973

For the interior, I left the lightweight lexan tray with which the kit came, to which I only painted the helmets of the pilot and co-pilot with Humbrol enamel and I stuck a pair of strips of red insulating tape as safety belts.

Porsche 911 RSR 1973

With the dry and varnished parts I mounted the body and screwed it to the chassis with this result:

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Other times I have commented that I do not especially like street slot cars, in this case I will make an exception. but I admit that the result has been somewhat irregular, being a bit in no man´s land. It is neither a car to compete nor a faithful decoration, since it should have modified the front bumper or have chosen a complete interior to leave the car as it should have been to do it justice. But above all it has a defect that I realized when passed few days with the finished car... It lacks the Porsche shield on the bonnet !!. I can not explain how I could have such forgetfulness. As I said, irregular result.

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