Designer Notes: Heller Porsche 917LH

Lincoln Futura Philippe de LespinayPhilippe de Lespinay started with Heller, the French model kit company in the 1960s as a designer and project engineer. He also also worked for Cox, who are now known for their remote control and gas powered vehicles, but also created many kits over the years. More recently, he was the curator of the Los Angeles Slot Car Museum. And he’s on the hobbyDB Advisory Board, so yeah, he’s our kind of guy.

hobbyDB will be regularly sharing his insights on particular models he has worked on including production kits, never-produced projects, and his own custom builds. We hope you enjoy the journey through his career as well.

Read more about his history in the toy and model business here.

Heller Porsche 917LH

Heller Porsche 917 kit

Another that was not issued in the original form, I drew the car in 1969 as a Porsche 917LH, but it was later modified in the “K” version and issued as such. I would actually have preferred this, the more brutal-looking 1969 model.

Here are some of the built kits in the 1978 Heller catalog. The 917 was now the “Kurz” version.

Heller Porsche 917 kit

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