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ALONG CAME A SPYDER

Fabrice Maréchal adds Plamoz wheel set to Revell’s recently released 1:24 Porsche Spyder to spectacular effect

The kit comes in the form of 125 parts in total, moulded in grey, chrome and clear polystyrene plus mesh and waterslide decals. The moulding quality has progressed compared to previous 1:24 from this brand. And we now have ‘real’ wheels without the horrible ‘lid’ on the inside of the wheel. The vinyl tyres have finely rendered treads but there are no manufacturer markings on the sidewalls.

The level of detail is generally good for the powertrain, chassis, suspension and cabin, the latter being visible if you do not install the hard top provided. The body is moulded as one part with the exception of the front and back panels, plus some aerodynamic elements and spoiler. The only flaw concerns the chrome parts whose coating is lacking in finesse. I opted for a ‘Smurf’ blue scheme which seemed to suit the car; the paint and varnish came from Gravity Colors for this project. To upgrade the finer details, I used a photo-etched sheet from Hobby Design which was very useful for the disc brakes, ventilation grilles and seatbelts.

But what radically transformed my 918 were the rims from ‘Plamoz’, a resin aftermarket manufacturer. Certainly, Revell has really improved the quality and design of its wheels, but they are still too small and the detail is a bit soft, so the replacements are an absolutely necessity to me. In this feature, In the photos and captions I describe the work I did on the bodywork, engine and interior and the little improvements I made here and there.

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