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everyone probably knows by now, I'm a pretty avid scale modeler.
And when I see something new that tickles my fancy I like to
promote it. A new outfit, RCM, run by Allen
emerged in the low volume cottage resin industry and their first
offering is a 1/24 scale Porsche 917 PA.
The 917 PA was
the essential aerodynamic predecessor ahead of the 1970 917K.
original Porsche 917 introduced in 1969 was a bit of an aerodynamic
mess. Porsche had coupled really high horsepower (from 350+
the 908s to 600+ in the 917) into a low-drag, Porsche 908-influenced
body, during an era where the concept of downforce was only just
becoming an emerging idea. Subsequently Porsche began to have
issues with lift at speed. With nearly 600 hp on tap, you can
probably imagine things started getting really hairy at 220+ on the
Mulsanne Straight. Drivers nicknamed the original 917, "The
The 917 PA ('PA' for Porsche+Audi, in recognition
of the US Porsche factory race team that was to run the 917 PA) was
Porsche's initial foray into the Can-Am Championship.
However, given that it was essentially just a toe-in-the
water exercise to judge competitiveness, Porsche quickly assembled the
PA utilizing bodywork influenced by the Porsche 908/2 Spyder mated to a
spyder version of the 1969 World Championship 917 chassis. And
in their rush to produce a Can-Am car Porsche actually stumbled upon
the elements that would lead to the Porsche 917's success. By coupling the
908/2's open top Spyder bodywork, which had been developed for events
the Targa Florio and Sebring, slower, high downforce tracks, they had
moved away from the low-drag coupe version. And
it was during a post-season comparison test between the 917 PA and the
1969 World Championship 917 Coupe that the epiphany occurred that would
soon lead to the 1970 and 1971 World Championships for Porsche via the
heavily revised 917.
least that's why I'm interested in the 917 PA! I know, most
fix in on this car being the leading edge that eventually led to the
Can-Am dominant 917/30. This new kit is certainly a missing
Allen James has produced a straight forward, curbside kit of
PA and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on it!
Cost is $110 + $6.50 S&H. More images can be seen on
RCM's FaceBook page. To purchase your
copy email Allen James: email@example.com.
Let him know Mulsanne's Corner sent you!
Sources: Porsche 917: The Undercover Story,
by Gordon Wingrove and Porsche 917, The Winning Formula,
by Peter Morgan.
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