Well here is the long overdue post I alluded to well over a month ago. This has been one of those adventures that I probably wont repeat anytime soon (the time and money commitment was too much for me) but the road to the finish line was fun. What you see here is most likely 40+ hours of work, made from three separate 1:18's, built over the span of 2 months. I have more money into this build then I’d like to admit, one of the main reasons I’ll be sticking to 1:64 customs, but at the end of the day I can say I have the only one.

The base model started life as a Sun Star 1956 Porsche 356 A Coupe and was transformed using many pieces from a Maisto Porsche 1957 550 A Spyder. The heart of this giant killer, an aircooled flat six mated to a six speed gear box, was donated from a Maisto Porsche 1994 993 Cabriolet. Obviously there isn’t much that wasn’t touched or modified to make all these pieces come together into one cohesive automobile. The only thing I didn’t do that I couldn’t bring myself to do is completely disassembling the whole thing and repainting it, I just couldn’t motivate to take it that far.

Let’s start with the body. The bumpers were removed and the holes were plugged, I tried to file off as mush of the nubs that I could to try to smooth out the body. Next, a hole was made in the hood to accomadate the filler cap for the the long range aluminum gas tank. The belt straps were added from the 550 Spyder spare tire hold down for that importantant Outlaw look. I was going to add louveres to the rear engine cover but chickened out after much debate and testing. The finishing touch was the Mobil 1 Pegasus decal, which unfortunately came in only one direction on my decal sheet and so it is only seen on the driver side of the car. I also debated adding some more period sponsor decals and white meatballs to give it a period race look but I couldn’t get over the clean look. The base was heavily modified to accept the whole front suspension sub assembly from the Maisto model, yes, this model has working suspension and steering (though tire/fender clearance is definitely an issue). The rear of the base was also heavily modified to fit the longer trans/engine combination as well as notching the rear channels to allow the axles to move further up in travel.

Let’s move to what’s under the skin. Starting at the front of the model, the original gas tank and spare tire were removed and fitted with the long range aluminum gas tank. The battery was relocated to where the spare tire sat and then the tool bag was placed on top of the battery. This was the biggest challenge besides fitting the trans/engine in the body due to the use of the Maisto front suspension. Moving into the cabin, many pieces were swapped out for their race counterparts from the 550 Spyder such as the bucket seats, three spoke wood rim steering wheel and heavy duty shift lever. Most noticeable is the addition of the half cage which I constructed out of aluminum stock in a scale equivelant size to 1 3/4" (yes, I did the math to get the correct scale). I was careful to retain most of the original interior to make it feel like a complete street car rather then an all out track toy. Now on to the heart of the beast. The six speed has a shortened bell housing and the tunnel under the rear seat had to be raised and moved back to make sure the axles came into line. The engine borrows parts from both a Maisto and Bburago model as well using a modified form of the original muffler with larger diameter tail pipes.

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Standing back and looking at the model I am very pleased with what I created being my first dabble into a modified larger scale car. I know there is still more I could do to make it even that much more special but you just have to step back and say when sometimes. Even with it’s imperfections I’m glad to know that this is a one of kind die cast, something that I would aspire to create and drive in real life. As always, enjoy!

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