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2000 Porsche Boxster
Manufacturer: Welly
Release dates Unknown
Catalog number: Unknown
Date Purchased: December 2008
Date Completed March 2010
Number in collection: 35

The Boxster is a mid-engine roadster introduced by Porsche for the 1997 model year. It was inspired by a 1992 concept car of the same name, and was partially intended to replace the slow-selling and front-engine 928 and 968 models. It was powered by an water-cooled 2.5l (151 CID) horizontally opposed (or, flat) 6-cylinder engine. This was the first use of this type of engine in a Porsche That didn't have a front-mounted engine. While the mid-engine configuration was unique to the Boxster Several of the body, chassis, and interior components were shared with the more expensive 911, which made some of the buyers of that model less than happy. The Boxster has been enough of a success that it is currently in production, although it has gone through two significant redesigns since its introduction. In 2006, the roadster was joined by a fixed-roof hardtop, called the Cayman

This scale model is made by Welly. It features a spring-loaded, 'pull-back' type of motor at the rear wheels. It has nice exterior details with opening doors, and the wheels are in the style of the actual car. The interior has a good level of detail, with minimal intrusion of the pull-back motor into the area behind the front seats area. Chassis detail is basic, with the exception of the area underneath the motor. The overall appearance reminds me of a Maisto Power Racer car, but with a much more realistic look. No model year is specified on the model, I just chose 2000 for a reason that escapes me.

I originally worked on this car long before I started photographing them. The 'before' pictures are not of my car, but ones I found on-line of cars that are in original condition. The 'after' pictures were of my car, but taken while I was originally writing this page.

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What I started with. Actual car I used for reference.


Pictures of car before any changes were made (click to enlarge)

Disassembly was started by removing two screws that hold the chassis to the body. Unless I state otherwise, many parts are mounted to other parts by pins which are attached by heat applied from the inside of the part they are mounted to. I cut these bonds and removed the parts. The remainder of this process, as well as the resulting parts breakdown, is as follows:
  • The bottom half of the interior, with the center console moulded to it as a single piece. The front seats and roll bar are separate pieces that fit to holes in the floor. I didn't remove the roll bar, as I as afraid to damage it, and it wouldn't interfere with detailing the interior. All pieces are black plastic.
  • The front axle, plated wheels and tires pressed onto the axle. This falls loose once the bottom interior is removed. Although the tires can be removed from the wheels, I didn't see any way to remove the wheels from the axles without damaging them, so I stopped there.
  • The rear tires, wheels, axle and pull-back motor assembly. As with the front axle, this assembly also fits loosely in the chassis. I also could not remove the wheels without the risk of damaging them.
  • A one piece black plastic chassis. It has basic detail cast to the bottom, except the area under the pull-back motor, which has no detail.
  • Two clear headlight lenses, that have a pin that passes through a separate chrome plated bezel, and then to a hole in the body.
  • Two clear red tail light lenses, that have a pin that passes through a separate chrome plated bezel, and then to a hole in the body.
  • Two small screws that hold the raised soft top to the body. The top is black plastic, and has no rear window.
  • A thin metal spring, used to hold the doors in place. The spring mounts to a metal post cast into the body.
  • The two doors, which are easily removed once the retaining spring is removed. These are painted the same color as the body, and have good door panel detail cast into the inside surface.
  • Two small screws that hold the dashboard to the inside of the body. A separate steering wheel is loosely mounted to the dash, and was easily removed. Both pieces are black plastic.
  • A clear window assembly that locates to the same posts used to hold the dashboard in place.
  • The die-cast body, painted metallic charcoal with tampo-printed markings.

After disassembling the car, only paint and foil were used to add details.

The following is a summary of the changes I made:
  • Wheels and tires: Sanded the tread surface with 220 grit sandpaper to simulate wear. Painted inside of wheels Testors acrylic flat black.
  • Chassis: Painted entire piece Testors acrylic flat black. Highlighted the few moulded in details with Tamiya semi-gloss black, aluminum, and metallic gray.
  • Interior: Mixed Testors acrylic flat black and flat white to get a light gray color, which was then used on all parts. A slightly darker blend was used for the interior floor and the lower door panels. Testors acrylic flat black was used for the steering wheel, dashboard trim, door trim, and center console. Remaining interior details were highlighted with appropriate colors, using pictures of the actual car as a guide.
  • Windows: Painted rear view mirror detail on inside windshield Testors acrylic flat black, with Testors silver on the mirror face. Used clear plastic sheet to add a window to the raised soft top.
  • Body: Painted the entire inside of the body Testors acrylic flat black. This was also used on the rear fender vents, front bumper grilles, and raised soft top. Drew in body panel seams with a metal tipped 'quill' pen and black ink. Applied Bare-Metal foil to rear turn signals, front fender indicator lights, and exhaust pipe tip. Additional detail was added to the lights with Tamiya clear orange, clear red, and Testors flat white. Remaining exterior details were highlighted with appropriate colors, using pictures of the actual car as a guide.
Disassembled parts, before reassembly To the left is the car prior to reassembly.

The car was reassembled by reversing the procedure used to disassemble it. No glue was needed.


Pictures of completed car (click to enlarge)


The proportions of the completed car look very close to the actual car. The table below shows how close they are.

Actual car 
(mm / in)
Model
(mm / in)
Dimensions of actual car based on model scale
(mm / in)
Calculated scale based on model to actual car
Length 4383 / 171.0 118.3 / 4.7 4377 / 172.3 1:37
Wheelbase 2418 / 95.2 67 / 2.64 2479 / 97.6 1:36
Width 1781 / 70.1 49 / 1.93 1809 / 71.3 1:36
Height 1290 / 50.8 35.2 / 1.39 1302 / 51.3 1:37

I'm not sure what scale Welly intended this replica to be, as nothing is moulded into the chassis and I no longer have the original packaging to see if it was printed there. My calculations put the scale at 1:37, and all of the major dimensions seem pretty consistent to this scale.

This is the first time I've really looked at this car in any detail since completing it several years ago. I'm satisfied with the way it turned out, and made no changes other than giving a thorough cleaning before taking these pictures. Aside from the concessions made for the pull-back motor, I think that Welly did a nice job on this car. I seem to be one of a very small group that has any interest in it, however. I found very little information regarding any history of this replica, and very few pictures. This make me even happier that bought this one when I had the chance, as I can't recall seeing any in stores since that time.


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