Review and Photos by Alan Mann
Introduced as a concept car in 1992, the Porsche Boxster exploded onto the world stage as a mid-engine two-seater in 1996. The 986, as the Boxster was designated, was powered by a 2.5 liter flat 6 cylinder engine. High performance, a trademark feature of all Porsche models, drove demand for the Boxster high, making it the number one selling Porsche from 1996 to 2005.
For the modeler: This review covers the Revell kit #1984 Porsche Boxster in 1/24 Scale Snap Tite. This is a direct Re-Release (Re-Pop) and has seen multiple box arts over the years. It is a Skill Level 1 for the Entry Level builder and requires no paint or glue to assemble. The kit has 37 parts molded in Red, Black, Chrome, Clear and Clear Red and includes Vinyl tires, Metal axles and Screws. The chassis is solid and has all the suspension and motor details molded in. The interior is multiple parts with a tub style interior. It is all Black and can be built and looks nice without painting. The body is Red and although nice does need to be painted to have a quality finish. The glass is crisp and you do have to paint the frosting around the windshield to have a correct build. The tires and rims look good and slide on the metal axles nicely. Overall it is a fairly simplistic build and without paint can be assembled in about a half hour for a novice or less with help. Overall dimensions are: Length: 7-1/8″, Width: 3-1/4″, Height: 2″.
Covered in this Review: If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; abrasive choices; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; making personalized license plates; flocking the interior to look like carpeting; modifying the seat back locator for proper fit; front/ rear axle and suspension assembly and detailing; detailing the frame/chassis; adding custom floor mats; preparing the body panels for paint; clarifying attachment points; test fitting; detailing the tires for realism; using details from the parts box for the dashboard; mounting the body to the chassis; detailing the dashboard; interior construction and detailing; using floor polish to make crystal clear “glass”; making realistic turn signals; using a black wash for grill detail; detailing the turn signals; are all fully examined in this 13 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.
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