1994 LeMans 24
Hour. 1st (GT-2)
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|Catalogue Number and
||12163 - Porsche RSR. 1994 LeMans 24
Hour. 1st (GT-2)
|Contents and Media:
||1 White plastic Body Shell, 4 Sprues
of White plastic parts, Two sets of wheels (One Chrome One Grey), Clear
parts and Tyres. Instructions, Decals and Painting Guide for one car.
||Captures the Porsche 911 series body
type perfectly. Simple construction allows experienced modeller to turn
out a masterpiece without a great deal of effort.
||Poor colour matching in decals.
Errors in decals. Incorrect wheels for car depicted. Multitudinous
errors in instructions. Spoiler shape needs refining. Parts missing.
||Recommended for the experienced
modeller to play with correcting (wheels allowing).
by Ian Hartup
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The Fujimi Porsche 911 series have long been one of my
favourites. I built a number of them in the late eighties and early nineties
before they became unduly scarce and expensive. In those days the majority
of the kits featured full and highly detailed engines and interiors, opening
doors and such like.
After a long absence I have just returned to modelling cars in the last
twelve months and had had a hankering to renew my acquaintance with these
kits, so when I espied this kit on the shelf of my local model emporium I
leapt at the chance and picked it up straight away.
The box declares, and I quote directly here;
“This kit is an assembly model of the Porsche 3.8 RSR
which participated in the 24 Heures Du Mans (sic) on June 18-19, 1994.
The rear spoiler and wheels are created from a new high tech mould.
Assembled model can be steered”.
It continues with:
“We have reduced the number of pieces in the set, to
enable everyone to assemble this model with ease, while achieving a
precision of realism normally found only in large scale kits.”
Hmmm, some of that is a bit wrong I’m afraid. For a start
the box are is a very nice picture of the real car in action on the Mulsanne
Chicane, this clearly shows the wheels to have gold centres not the single
colour silver recommended in the kit. So armed with the Internet I set about
finding pictures of the real car at rest. Imagine my surprise to find that
the wonderful new high tech wheels were completely wrong for the car. As can
be seen in the picture of the real wheel sported by the sister car to no 52
at the same race and the garage shot of 52 the wheels in the kit bear no
reference to the real thing save that they are both round and carry tyres!
My suspicions aroused I sat down to further study the kit parts. First up
was the new spoiler. You would have assumed that being a new “high-tech
mould” it would be a very nice part. However that is simply not the case.
The outline is clearly wrong, the main element features sagging on the top
and bottom surfaces and the damn thing has to be adjusted quite a lot to fit
the body moulding. Add to that the moulding seams on the side and both front
and rear edges and it becomes less that high-tech.
This was getting annoying. As I was looking I turned my attention to the
rest of the kit. So far I have identified the following;
Distinctive night running
lamps are simply not in the kit.
Wrong wing mirrors detailed
in instructions (correct parts in kit)
Brake duct intakes in kit
simply ignored despite the instructions advising you to shorted the
front lamp lenses to they can be fitted.
Decal colours wrong, I would
not mind but the box top photo shows them all.
Decals fonts wrong on some
Wheels are undersize as
So have I thrown it, nah. I never like to waste a kit. I
intend to attempt to correct the kit outline issues and I am working on a
new set of wheel centres myself.
Click on the thumbnails
below to view larger images:
The kit decal colours are a bit of a bear but I have a
method in mind to sort that.
So how do I close this little piece of character assassination?
Well by telling you to buy it of course! This is still the
best Porsche 911 derivative on the market and if you are prepared to build
it and put in the effort will reward any competent modeller. If you just
fancy a snazzy 911 in your collection it will fulfil that role well.
So you win both ways.
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