This car is well known around these parts, so nothing need be said about the 917K type or the 1970 edition of Le Mans for now...
Needless to say, this is the winning Porsche Salzburg-entered 917K of Hans Hermann and Richard “Dickie” Attwood. Refer below for the full story and some great models from Jobjoris and Philipilihp:
So this is my copy of the famed machine, recently acquired via Jobjoris, in 1/43 by Brumm. Given how well covered the car is, I was a little lost as to what angle to take on writing it up. then Jobjoris suggested a comparison to his Welly version, offered by the Porsche museum. Perfect! I’ll now do that.
This is diecast metal, an older model, made in Italy. It’s similar in feel to the old Solidos I love so much, but doesn’t roll as they do. It lacks driver identification, but shows the requisite equipment sponsor decals. The Welly, shown with permission below, is the opposite. Nice driver script and crisp livery, but no Bosch, Shell, Goodyear, Borg & Beck, or SEV Marchal representation.
The Welly appears to have a bit better bodywork and nice flush glazing, whereas the Brumm, being older, has glass that sits recessed a bit, which would have driven Ferdinand Piech insane in his quest for drag reduction at all costs were it on the real car. This morning’s 1971 Le Mans 917K from Jobjoris is also by Brumm, and he noted the dated looking headlights, decal discoloration, and molding discrepancies, which this car shares. The Welly shows nice little details like the number lights atop the right rear bodywork (which you can just see below), and well defined NACA ducts, which are decaled over on the Brumm. The two pictures below make clear the difference in glazing, hat tip to the Welly on that.
The Porsche museum car is more expensive and had some QC issues according to Jobjoris’ report (a tire off a wheel, for example), as well as the aforementioned missing decals, which I think makes this Brumm a good value. It can only really be faulted for being old, so really it’s not quite fair comparing it to a newer release on details, but it was fun anyway. It checks off another iconic Le Mans winner on my list, so I’m stoked I could fit it in the box from Holland!
A tip of the hat to the don of the Dutch Diecast Mafia, Jobjoris, for the comparo idea. More Le Mans goodness to come, only 3 days, 14 hours, 6 minutes and 45...44...43..42... seconds to race day!!