Monday, July 27, 2009

Rescued to be a 1968 Winner

Received this from a great guy.
This Majorette is in a much loved state. The wheel caps (covering the bent wires) were transferred to complete a similar car in blue with good original state.
I think it’s the only known model of the Porsche 907 L (longtail) in 3”.

Majorette, indicated Lemans on the base thus suggesting it was from the 1967 Lemans race in which the 907L was the 2-liter class winner. This particular diecast is likely appropriate also for the 1968 24-hours Daytona race since it has the unusual vertical air scoops on its tail. The #54 is the race winner, the team taking 1-2-3 finish for 1968.

Here’s the rescue:
I noticed the Majo is shorter between the door and rear wheel opening than the actual car, thus decal is scaled down to fit. It’s not meant to be a so accurate model…it’s a charming 3” diecast car I’m after. Wheels were reused and fitted with straighter axle.

Paint was applied thin to show the casting’s features ….nicks were intentional to give it the not so polished period look. Rear grill and tail-light details added…

and so were front nostril details, gas cap at rear fender…

and 4 tiny badges.

I opted to simulate aged number decals for the vintage look…

and left the base in its well loved state.


BRIAN VESPA of Diecast Japan! said...

Nice! i love that Porsche!

I also love vintage diecast :)

komenda said...

Hi Brian,
Thanks, and that is good to know.
There is much vintage diecast in Japan :-) I'm turning green with envy knowing you have access to the good stuff :-)

BRIAN VESPA of Diecast Japan! said...

I am in MNL now but in a few hours will be flying back to Tokyo. Yeah there are a lot of mint vintage diecast there and I am always excited for my new finds. I have reserved a few items in Nagoya and I hope it is still there on my 4th day of travel.

BTW i have a 1:18 Minichamps version of your Porsche 907.

komenda said...

That's cool Brian!
Enjoy your travel and diecast hunt, and will look out for your vintage finds from Japan.
BTW, I can't seem to place a comment on your blog? Is it locked? It's contents are nice FYI ;-)

BRIAN VESPA of Diecast Japan! said...

Erwin, Daniel a fellow blogger was able to comment yesterday. Maybe you have to be signed in to your blog too to comment. I'll check my settings again.


komenda said...

I was abe to figure it out Brian! Got thru and able to post in your blog.