The 914 was a mid-engine, Targa-topped two-seat roadster designed, manufactured and marketed collaboratively by Volkswagen and Porsche from 1969 to 1976. By the late 1960s, both Volkswagen and Porsche were in need of new models; Porsche was looking for a replacement for their entry-level 912, and Volkswagen wanted a new range-topping sports coupe to replace the Karmann Ghia. Volkswagen needed deliver one last project to Porsche to fulfill a contract, and decided to make this that last project. Ferdinand Piëch, who was in charge of research and development at Porsche, was put in charge of the 914 project. On March 1, 1968, the first 914 prototype was presented. However, development became complicated after the death of Volkswagen’s chairman, Heinz Nordhoff, on April 12, 1968. His successor, Kurt Lotz, was not connected with the Porsche dynasty and the verbal agreement between Volkswagen and Porsche fell apart. As a result, the price of the chassis went up considerably, and the 914/6 ended up costing only a bit less than the 911T, Porsche’s next lowest price car. The 914/6 sold quite poorly while the much less expensive 914/4 became Porsche’s top seller during its model run, outselling the Porsche 911 by a wide margin with over 118,000 units sold worldwide.
For the Modeler: This review covers the Re-release (Re-Pop) of the Revell Porsche 914/6 2n1 model. This is Kit # 85-4378 in the current catalog and is in 1/25 scale. Revell lists this as a Skill Level 3 kit for Moderate builders as it requires glue and paint to assemble. The kit itself has seen multiple releases and is about forty years old. It includes both the race and stock parts in this version. The kit consists of 97 parts molded in White, Chrome, Clear and Vinyl tires with Waterslide decals and a Book style instruction sheet. The chassis is solid and the motor simplistic. The interior details are basic. The body is a multiple part body that must be painted prior to assembly. The decal sheet has an excellent selection of Stock and Race decals plus plenty of details to make your build stand out. The instruction sheet is typical of Revell and clearly explains all assemblies for both versions and paint and decals locations are clearly defined. As this is an older kit fit and finish is questionable and you’ll need to take your time to complete this build. Overall size is: Length: 6-1/4″, Width: 2-3/4″, Height: 2″.
Covered in this Review: : If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; mating the chassis to the body; complete engine construction and finishing; using decal setting solutions for that “painted on” look; dashboard detailing; making realistic looking tires; proper brake orientation; window installation; Stock or Race version considerations; engine bay detailing; using “clear” glue for glass installation; build options discussed; decal preparation and application; using Gravity Colors for a top-notch finish; brake/shock finishing and orientation; making crystal clear “glass” with floor wax; correcting heavy parting lines; finishing the turn signals; removing the copyright script; a gauge decal map; undercarriage construction and finishing; expanded car and designer history; suspension construction and detailing; are all fully examined in this 18 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.
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