This machine is the deep look – the housing of the Porsche-Carrera-racing engine type 547, scale 1:3 is made of transparent plastic. Including the game of the four pistons is suspect. Red LEDs simulate the ignition, the fan of the air-cooled boxer engine rotates with the force of a fine belt. The model of the plastic model, a legend is: Of the 1952 Porsche engineer Ernst Fuhrmann developed, was used of the type 547, among other things, from August 1953 on the Porsche 550 Spyder – the first racing of the Zuffenhausen-based company brand. Amongst his major Successes of the class victory of Hans Herrmann in the Carrera Panamericana in 1954.

The Franzis publishing house has its line of engine kits now added to the type 547. The Set costs about 190 euros, consists of 300 Parts, and on two evenings, convenient to assemble. Before installation, the detailed reading of the Manual is to be recommended – the kit is originated in the Edition Porsche Museum, and the guarantees for a well-researched and presented documentation of the history of the model.

“The Assembly of the motor requires even experienced professionals are not only great constructional knowledge, but also experience, time and, not least, very much feeling,” is there in the historical Chapter to the Original with a displacement of 1.5 litres and up to 135 HP (550 A Spyder). In the construction of the model, the kit developers have opted for a tightrope walk between the classic construction toy (with screw connection), modern construction systems (with plug-in connections) and the plastic model (in which the parts as a complete injection-molding-Gießäste be supplied). This has advantages such as the reversibility of the screw and the lighter Assembly by the interlocking of the elements.

Not quite so much pleasure makes the handling of the Gießäste, you can leave the Parts marked ridges. The Clean requires sensitivity, because the model will later be painted, and traces of grinding are otherwise. Who knows the quality of fischertechnik or Lego Technic, here is a comparable high level of production. The model shines with authentic Details: The crank shaft is screwed out of the individual elements together, such as it was in reality the case. For the construction it is recommended to have a screwdriver also side-cutters, keys, nail file and tweezers to Hand.

We start with the piston and the crankshaft. The parts are clearly arranged and identified by the bas-Reliefs of the numbers in the plastic. The construction is progressing quickly, even if the tolerances of the plug-in are connections, sometimes a little tight, and more force is needed, as we would expect from the Material otherwise. Nevertheless, the first evening workshop round ends encouraging, with the successful Application of the cylinder-head gaskets.