More work done today. Fujimi has included a significant amount of detail on the interior, but the actual engineering and fit of the assemblies could be better. I think this is where the kit designers of Tamiya, Wingnut Wings, Eduard and Meng excel. A high level of detail is, all things considered, a good thing when it is designed to fit exactly and with sufficient support and structure to look the part, and to offer actual support to the subassemblies. Although the structures and their components look the part once assembled, Fujimi’s anchoring points and design of interconnecting parts could be better. For example, the fit of the dash to the supporting tube structure, which sits on and is supported by that tube structure and the top side of the instrument panel has insufficient alignment and support for a solid and correctly oriented structure. Looking closely at the finished assembly, it is difficult to see where the driver’s legs will fit between the seat and the bottom of the steering wheel. This won’t be so obvious once the compartment is enclosed, but it is still not right.

After doing a fine job brush painting the wheels steel I saw from contemporary photos that they were actually black. Oh, well. I airbrushed them black today.

At this point I can tell that the model will certainly look the part of Porsche 917K #20, and peering through the windscreen and side windows will reveal enough detail to suggest an accurate interior. But, if one were to want to open the car up for closer inspection a great deal more work would have to ensue, much of it would involve building parts from scratch.

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