Monday, September 06, 2010

Whale Wonder

Whales are impressive creatures. Having said that, I feel that might be an understatement too. Enigmatic might somehow do justice to describe them. Of the vast (sadly endangered species) varieties, three famous whales have one thing in common. Their names!

Moby-Dick, an epic 1851 literary masterpiece of Herman Melville. The novel is also known as ‘The Whale’, aptly being the center of the engaging tale revolving around the hunt for a white Sperm whale.

Moby Dick, a 1967 adventure cartoon by Hanna-Barbera. It is part of the back to back series; ’Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor’. Of course, Moby being a white Sperm whale protagonist character. Kids (at heart) my age, saw and enjoyed the re-run decades after.

Moby Dick, an extreme Porsche 935/78 racing behemoth. Nicknamed due, to its white color and distinctly unique long tail shape. A powerful mechanical white Sperm whale at that! A testament to its brute raw force is claiming the ‘fastest car on the straight in Le Mans’ by doing 235 mph in 1978! Earlier it won in Silverstone Circuit driven by Mass and Ickx. An imposing reminder of the glorious car racing days of pure mechanical (not bland electronically aided gizmos) dynamics.

This particular 935/78 is one of the legendary cars of the equally legendary 24 Heures du Mans .

Now, that’s a white whale of a tail!

Complex aero-bodywork, for a 911 derivative racer.

Detailing is typical of 1:43 Paul Model Art, which I have a certain fondness.

Personally, the Martini livery adds to the irresistible appeal! It’s a fav!

The real 1:1 is in the Porsche museum.

This one resides in my miniature (read: modest) museum :-)


interdomin said...

These both cars are fantastic. Congratulations!!!

komenda said...

Gracias! Martini racing is one of the classic livery themes I collect. Glad you liked it as well :-)

Kin said...

Hi Komenda,

Impressive & gorgeous Porsche 24 hours endurance Racing car.

Minichamps always produce good & detail quality diecast model.



komenda said...

Hello Kin,
Minichamps aka PMA is one of my favorite accurate scale car manufacturer. Certainly their 1:43 have started me getting hooked on them. I acquired this particular endurance racer years back and today the overall quality still does hold up to newer released diecast.

JDMike's Diecast Site said...

My favorite kind of whale!!
congrats Erwin on this 935! :-)

komenda said...

Thanks Mike :-)
Got the Moby Dick 935 many years ago, a set from the Porsche Showroom! I'll be looking for more of these species :-)

danielh said...

nice porsche!
really like the blue and red martini liveries on the white color car.

impressive line up!

komenda said...

Hello Danielh, appreciate it!
Surely would be a livery I'll be featuring more in the near future :-) thanks!


Moby Dick! that is one cool car. BTW Erwin, i just grabbed an old 911 tin toy friction car yesterday, scaled around 1:24. I'll share some pics soon.

komenda said...

Hi Brian, glad you liked it :-)
Cool that you liked old tin toys as well :-) I dig these stuff!
I'd be eagerly anticipating you post on it.