It’s the year of the Porsche – Tamiya 1/24 Porsche 935/78 Moby Dick Martini
Having recently watched, and enjoyed, Jeremy Clarkson’s test of the latest Porsche 911, I decided that in 2017 I would concentrate on models of Porsche cars, in 1/24 scale there are dozens on offer, both old and more recent examples, and race and road machines.
To start with this is the 935/78 Moby Dick. In 1978 Porsche left the World Championship for Makes to the many 935 Turbos raced by private teams and created the 935/78 Turbo with the goal of claiming the Le Mans 24 Hours. The long, ground-hugging body of the car had distinctive features such as a slanted front nose and an extended tail section for extra stability on the long high speed straights. In addition to a displacement increase from 2.8 to 3.2 litres, the air and liquid cooled twin-turbo engine featured four valves per cyclinder and Porsche’s first liquid cooled cylinder heads, enabling it to produce a massive 850 bhp. The team first entered the car at the World Championships for Makes Round 4, the 6 Hours of Silverstone, only intending to test the car for the upcoming Le Mans 24 Hours, but Jacky Ickx and Jochen Mass drove it to an impressive debut win. At the Le Mans 24 Hours, driven by Rolf Stommelen and Manfred Schurti, it qualified in 3rd place, but frequent pit stops to refuel and other mechanical problems resulted in an 8th place finish overall. The unique body design led to it being known as “Moby Dick”.
The Tamiya kit is a true classic, being originally released in 1978 in the then motorised series. This version appears to be have been re-released in 2010, sans the motor components, but with the update of Cartograf decals and a length of stainless steel wire for the aerial. There’s not too much in the way of interior detail, and virtually nothing in the way of suspension, steering or brake gear, but, I think, it makes up not too badly, and the Martini livery is a classic. Happy new year! George
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