A couple of quick ones – Fujimi 1/24 Porsche 917s
The Porsche 917 is one of the most iconic sports racing cars of all time, largely for its high speeds and power outputs. It was made into a movie star by Steve McQueen in his 1971 film The 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The 917 is a race car which gave Porsche its first overall win at Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. The final Can-Am version was capable of 0-62 mph in 2.3 seconds and set an unofficial test track top speed of 240 mph.
There are at least eleven variants of the 917. The original, introduced in 1969, had a removeable long tail/medium tail with active rear wing flaps, but, unfortunately, suffered severe handling problems at high speed because of significant rear lift. After exhaustive testing and investigation by both Porsche and their race partners, John Wyer Engineering, a shorter, more upswept tail was found to give the care more aerodynamic stability at high speed. The changes were quickly adopted into a new version called the Kurzheck, or short-tail, named the 917K. The 917K, and the special Le Mans long-tail version, called the Langheck, or 917L, dominated the 1970 and 1971 World Sportscar Championships. The power output was also developed, from an output of 590 bhp in 1969, enlarging the engine to 4.9 litres and 5.0 litres, producing a maximum of 630 bhp.
The 917K models were generally used for the shorter road courses such as Sebring, Brands Hatch, Monza and Spa-Francorchamps. The big prize, however, was Le Mans. For the French circuit’s long, high speed straights, the factory developed special long-tailed bodyword that was designed for minimum drag and the highest top speed. As already mentioned, the early versions suffered from high speed stability, but by 1971 the definitive 917L was raced by both the factory teams and John Wyer Engineering, although the 917K was still preferred for its extra security by John Wyer Engineering.
Fujimi produce a number of 917 kits in 1/24 scale and I’ve build two of them as part of my Year of the Porsche project in 2017. The blue and orange Gulf coloured version is perhaps the most famous, although this particular car retired fairly early on the 1970 race with transmission proglems, it was eventually sold to Steve McQueen’s film company and appeared in the film. Personally I prefer the white/Martini colours, and this is the one that won the 1971 race. Out of the box the Fujimi kits offer a fair amount of detail, but, are, strictly kerbside models. Like some other Fujimi kits they seem to ride a little high, but that’s the only real defect.
For those interested in photography, the heading picture was pictured on my dining table at night, lit overhead by the torch on my iPhone.
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