Model: 58059: Porsche 959 4WD
Status: Restored
Date: 14-Jun-2019
Comments: 8
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The Porsche 959 for me is the biggest Tamiya icon ever. I can remember looking at pictures of it as a boy and fantasising I would pick this one, if I was told I could choose just one from all Tamiya models. Of course this never happened.

so, some +30 years later, I came across this relatively good looking, not too high priced 959 chassis on E-Bay. Before I knew it, I placed an offer and won! Ok, nice, now I have a chassis, but no body. I looked into the options and decided I wanted an original one but I didn't want to pay the money that new bodies are offered for now. So, luckily, I came across this relatively nice original body on E-Bay again, for a reasonable price, and bought it.

The Chassis is in good condition, all important parts are there and the Technigold motor is included. I will do a full rebuild on the chassis, checking all parts and replacing all bearings etc.

The body, as you can see, is not new and far from perfect. But I like the weathered look. It has scratches and small dents and tears, it has some reproduction decals but I like the overall character very much. You can tell it is an old model, it shows, it looks like it is in the middle of an actual rally!

I did already put quite some time in the body to get it better though. For example getting the window trims nice and straight, cleaning, re-modelling the damaged blue lights on the roof, red filler cap, adding aluminium details on the hood, re-painting the rear lights in the correct colour scheme (indicator and rear lights were swapped), painting the exhausts, etc.
After visiting the Porsche museum in Stuttgart some weeks ago, I also decided to add some more details like the 4 aluminium brackets for the windshield, the holes in the rear light brackets on the roof and a pair of wipers.
I took some pictures in the museum of the 959 of course for detailing my model. I will share these pictures in another showroom item.

I will add some electronics to the model and probably run it once (very carefully!) to see how it performs.
After that, I will enjoy the model on the shelf.

Hope you like it too!

Added 4 aluminum windshield brackets. Drilled holes in the rear light brackets. The real thing. Added pair of wipers.




Well, three 959 on the home page today... I'm almost crying



Very nice!!



That’s a sexy car!



Nice mate and l would love to drive one too just to see how it performs! Always interested in the suspension set up on these! What's the damper effect like?



Absolutely a fine surviver. As you say. The body has some blemishes but this defenitely adds to his character.
Love it.



Very nice as it is



what a beauty



Thanks guys!!

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