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Old 07-12-2014, 02:21 AM
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Default New model...Factory Porsche 956 Group C

Porsche 956...the 1982 Le Mans winner with Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell driving.

This is a 1:43 die-cast from HPI. Impressive detail.



Rear cowl removed showing engine and suspension detail.


Funny to think this model is only 4" long...
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Old 07-12-2014, 05:43 AM
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That is some impressive detail for a model of that scale! And of course the photography is top notch as well.

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Old 07-12-2014, 11:51 AM
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That is some impressive detail for a model of that scale! And of course the photography is top notch as well.

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Yes, the detail is impressive. The Porsche 956 is one of my favorite race cars, I followed them closely when they were racing the 962 variant in IMSA in the 80s. The cut lines (e.g. lines around doors and panels) are tight and well-proportioned, for example. I had read good things about HPI, which is a relative newcomer to the die-cast scale model industry, and they've quickly built in a very good reputation for their detail. This model is part of a boxed set of three models, the 1, 2, and 3 finishing Porsche 956s from the 1982 Le Mans race. The only defect is the #3 car has the top half of the number circle is misaligned (has a smaller diameter) relative to the bottom half diameter. Weird. I have another copy of the #3 car on my desk at work, because it was the car driven by American Porsche factory driver Al Holbert (a driver I admired very much) and it has the same defect. I think I am going to see if I can find a local pinstriping artist to paint it in for me.
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Old 07-12-2014, 12:01 PM
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So Stephen...is your model collection growing?
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Yep, Michael, I now have four 1:18 scale cars (3 race, 1 street), and four 1:43rd scale cars, including the three Porsche 956s that just arrived yesterday in the HPI boxed set and the resin-cast Audi R18 etron quattro that won Le Mans in 2011.



Also have 6 Gemini Aces Warbirds 1:72 die-cast models, most of which are Spitfire variants! ;-)

The Gemini Aces 1:72 scale series from Gemini Jets are amongst the most impressive die-cast model airplanes I have ever seen:
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Now WWII propeller driven aircraft are my weak spot. I do have quite a few 1:18 scale diecast cars but I do have a few aircraft as well.

Great collection, Stephen!
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Now WWII propeller driven aircraft are my weak spot. I do have quite a few 1:18 scale diecast cars but I do have a few aircraft as well.

Great collection, Stephen!
Michael,
Are you familiar with the Gemini Aces series?

Wait 'til you see the model I bought today! Gorgeous! Doing some lighting/staging concepts right now.
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First concept, need to do a bit of refining on the shot, lighting set-up, etc. But pretty happy with this as a first pass...

The Jaguar E-type Series 1 convertible.

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Yes, I've seen some of the Gemini Ace series models. Impressive units, Stephen!
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Very nice photo of the E-Type!
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