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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Welly 1:24 Porsche 964(911) Turbo S




The second vehicle was one of those trying to rescue it before all hell breaks loose.  In other words, get it while it's in good condition with all of the parts intact before the kids start to play with it and break off the parts.  That was the constant problem every time I see one of these Porsche 964's, so when I saw one in pristine condition I immediately got it even though I really not a fan into collecting every Porsche, but this one's got some unique touches.





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Moving toward the future

The Porsche 911 has been continually evolving since its introduction in 1964.  After spending a decade and a half with the Turbo-esque look, the 911 was ready to move forward with smoother curves, as evident by the integrated front bumper (the rear bumper would be next in the following generation).  Also incorporated is dual airbags and a few special models, including the Speedster.  The Turbo continues on with the whale tail in the rear and the lone turbocharger for the 3.3L Flat 6 producing 376 hp. and 361 Ib-ft. torque through a 5-speed manual.  Also added are front cooling ducts for the front brakes where the foglights used to reside and the aluminum 5-spoke wheels that would be a stablemate for the 911 in the 1990's.  The Turbo S featured a lightweight interior with no rear seats, Recaro seats, and no radio, yet there was A/C.  The suspension was lowered and the steering with no power assist, it was considered one of the most fastest 911's at the time.  The 3.6 Turbo arrived a few years after the 1993 introduction to add more power to the Turbo S.  The 911 would see one more generation before the air-cooled motor would say goodbye.






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Eyeful of details!

Even though color selection is sparse (and I really not a fan of white), this 911 Turbo offers quite a bit of details just like the 1:18 only without the opening front hood, which is a good thing because there's not much to look at anyways.  The front has the round headlights with white outer lens, signal lights, brake ducts, and Turbo plate front and rear.  More notes include the black bumper gap, washer headlights, and separate wiper blades unit.  The sides have flush-mounted windows, door mirrors, door handles that are cut out of the door, and flared fenders.  The rear has the taillight bar that needs a touch of color details with PORSCHE letters in the center, smooth bumper with plate and plate lights, and dual exhaust.  Note the rear spoiler and its black lip edge and see-though vents to the engine underneath.  Open the hood to see the flat-6 motor with large box on the top, which I think is the intercooler as the airbox is behind the right-rear wheel, the silver fan that cools the motor, and the air compressor and lines for the A/C.





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Underneath is more detail with the engine block and separate silver exhaust headers (with heat shield) and pipes that snake around the engine and turbocharger that shows up near the left exhaust tip (which has the blow-by pressure release valve inside the exhaust).  Ahead of it is the transmission and the control arms, while the front is nothing more than panel covers except for the silver cover at the front.  The wheels are even nice with the 5-spoke design, outer bead locks, and Turbo on the center cap.  The coolest part is the vented brake rotor that moves around the stationary red caliper with Porsche on it.





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Out of the bright white exterior is the dark and cold black interior where only the backing of the Recaro front seats in white light up the dark interior (and a part where the white color wins).  The rear seats are empty and is viewed from the defroster lines of the rear window.  The front dashboard has multiple gauges with the speedometer and tachometer behind the 4-spoke steering wheel with dual airbags.  Note the lack of a radio despite having A/C controls and the shifter and pedal layout.  It's not much, but it is correct to the Turbo S lightweight motto.



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So while this Porsche doesn't look good in white or is not one of my favorites, give it to Welly to do a fantastic job with the level of intristic details that is provided on this casting to give it a sleek and sporty look.

Welly 1:24 Porsche Cayman S



This is one of two nicely-done Porsche's done by Welly in 1:24.  The Cayman seems to be the pegwarmer as I see one every time I find Welly's at a local drug store, even a brief time at Hobby Lobby, but this red one seemed striking to me.




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The hardtop Boxster

The Cayman was the working in progress for Porsche ever since the Boxster debut in 1997, though the Cayman coupe never appeared until the second-generation Boxster almost ten years after the first-generation.  Why the wait?  Well Porsche exes were having nightmares seeing the Cayman literally obliverate the legendary 911, even though the Cayman lacks the two useless rear seats of the 911.  The remedy to this issue was the limit power output: The 3.4L DOHC Flat-6 produces 291 hp and 251 Ib-ft. torque through a six speed manual, over the 911's (at the time of the Cayman introduction) 325 hp.  The engine, like the Boxster, is located mid-ship ahead of the rear axle, yet unlike the Boxster the Cayman has an access cover that is removable from the rear hatch area.  The neutral handling was the sweet spot for the Cayman, another area where it would be too-close to the 911 whose rear-engine setup had some trickier handling.




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The exterior has some Boxster-styling, but most are unique like the rear fastback roof with integrated rear spoiler that pops up, headlights with projector lens and integrated signal lights, larger scoops with integrated foglights, and flared rear fenders with unique taillights.  The interior is also like the Boxster, but with a few unique dash touches and the cool option of colored gauges that either do or do not match the exterior of the vehicle.  The Cayman offered a smaller flat-6 and various models before the second-generation came along in 2014.





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Cool looks without the special functions

With only the hood and doors open, and even with the rear hatch opening included with the 1:18 version, the Cayman does not offer much just like the Boxster; a side-effect of having a hidden engine.  The red color looks much sharper than the yellow, with 5-spoke wheels that make this car pop out, though the brake calipers are not a separate piece like the 964 Turbo.  The headlights are nicely-done with the projector beam and lines on the inner-lens, as does the front scoops.  The sides feature the detailed side scoops and exterior mirrors with a unique attachment to the door.  The rear has large tailllights and central exhaust with cut-out on the lower bumper to expose the muffler.  The base does not show much except for what much engine that you can see underneath.  While the rear hatch does not open it does show some nice details from the central security net to the colored trim in red or silver that wraps around the engine cover.  Then there's the finer details:  The third brake light that pops up from the engine cover to the PORSCHE letters on the upper edge of the window.




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The front hood does open up to a cargo area that, while still a small area, is much roomier that some Lamborghini's.  The gas tank and spare tire is hidden from view (the spare is at the bottom of the floor alongside the battery), with the jack and first-aid kit standing out in red.  Note in the upper right corner is the master cylinder (or washer jug) in blue.  The interior continues the cool stride in details with silver accents on the doors, silver on the dashboard, on the shifter, and even on the backs of the seat.  The coolest part of the interior is behind the 3-spoke wheel:  The gauges are in yellow and just ahead of the gauges is the exposed silver mesh similar to the one found on the Porsche Carerra GT.  The only downside was the use of pin axles instead of individually-spun wheels.







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While not exiting at first, i'm glad to find a nicely-done Cayman S fully loaded with details.