A New Porsche Model
And it might surprise you!
Now, usually a new Porsche model isn't actually THAT exciting to me. Personally I'm not in a position where I could spend the cost of a return trip to the MOON on a car. Thankfully, this particular model isn't actually the reserve of the tax-dodging, yacht-owning elite.
Back in February when this new model was announced, my son caught wind of it and began enthusiastically encouraging me to rush out and buy it. His argument being that it would be a nice thing for us to sit and build together. This is basically 'Isaac code' for 'a nice thing for him to build, whilst I sit and watch'. So I wasn't too keen. Isaac however turned 10 in late March so I organized it so he could get this model for his birthday. He was VERY pleased indeed.
As you can see, he already has SOME Lego
The fact is, I WAS actually looking forward to sitting down with him and helping to build this model. It's a 964, but to quite a large scale, which you can build into either a Targa or a Turbo model. You have to choose which model you're turning it into towards the end of the build.
The sea of bits that erupts from the first bag.
When you open the first bag, it's very hard to see how the nondescript pieces of coloured plastics are ever going to resemble an iconic Porsche 911. There are 10 bags in the set and it's around bag 8 where you need to make the decision as to build the Turbo or the Targa.
The chassis starting to take shape.
The chassis DOES soon start to take shape however. It's worth noting that it's still quite a while before you know which is the front and the back of the car.
By this stage we'd pretty much guessed where the seats were going to be fixed, but we weren't entirely sure which way around they'd go or which side the engine would be. It was actually the installation of the rear bench which really gave away the orientation.
Rear bench in
Once the rear bench is in place you can see which the front and the back are.
At this stage it still doesn't look much like a Porsche 911 and it's actually quite hard to see how the iconic curves of the classic 911 are going to be recreated in a media which mainly consists of square bits with studs on.
Rear arches and seats on
The back of the car starts looking '911' first with the installation of the air-cooled engine and the sloping rear arches. The seats are very cleverly designed two tone sand and tan leather representation and tilt forwards to allow passengers to enter the rear.
The detail on this model is amazing. The engine actually gets finished off differently depending on whether you build the Turbo or the Targa, a detail I didn't honestly expect. At this stage the engine isn't completed. You will see the movable handbrake lever between the seats though.
Front chassis and disc brakes.
Now we have the front chassis, the disc brakes and the steering rack in place. The steering actually works too. You tune the wheel - the wheels turn.
The doors are also a neat design with detailed handles and wingmirrors. They also have a sand coloured door card in them and open and close with a satisfying 'click' making them feel like they have a soft latch installed, though in reality they don't. Also note the movable gear lever. There isn't an actual working gear box in this model. This 911 is designed more around the aesthetic. Also note the black flat section in the front. This model has an opening boot and like the real car, if you have the Targa you can remove the roof panel and store it in the front trunk.
The 18+ Expert Creator model next the Speed Champions model for scale.
Now we have the windscreen and wings installed. The way the headlights fit again shows a great deal of attention to detail. It's now genuinely starting to look like a 911.
The Speed Champions 911 was a fun, quick build. However the level of detail and accuracy in the 18+ model far, far outstrips it. You can see the Speed Champions build here:-
The two side by side again.
Now we're nearly ready for the wheels. The bonnet opens and in this set, ALL the pieces are printed, so no fiddly labelling involved. This is good, as it means there are no worries about getting the Porsche badge on the bonnet lined up properly!
The Porsche 964 Turbo
By this stage we'd decided to build the Turbo first. This means changes to the roof, engine cover, engine and wheel arches. The wheels on the Turbo are rightly more widely spaced and obviously the coupe body isn't built, instead you make a large glass rear window and a removeable roof which stores in the front trunk.
A quick tour of the finished model.
If you're a Lego fan and a Porsche fan then this is a great model. Probably a 'must buy'. If you have a kid that likes Lego, then you really have no excuse. Even if you don't, it's a really interesting build that leads to a detailed, aesthetically pleasing, accurate model of a 964 Porsche 911.
Now some people might argue, you should go for the Technic RSR - It's a fantastic model. The attention to detail on the engineering is impressive, including a model of the engine that turns as the car is pushed along and actual suspension.
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Personally though, I prefer the Expert Creator model. It still has several functional components, but I think it's a much more aesthetically pleasing model and would look great in any model car display. You also have the added benefit of being able to choose to build either the Targa model or the Turbo, which both have their own merits and points of interest.
Isaac's estimate of about 8 hours build time is probably accurate. I think an adult COULD build it faster, but to do so would be to miss the point. This is really a build you want to take your time on and savour. If you really wanted to bring your model to life you could even buy the LED lighting kit as seen here.
The finished product!
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