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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Welly 1:43 1975 Porsche 911 Turbo and 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS



I had just reviewed the 1:24 scale version of the 911 Turbo from Welly, and now I just found the smaller 1:43 pullback version in that nifty lime green color that somehow looks cool on this car.  Oh, and the exterior mirror is still there!  While at the same time I also found another new model that I wasn't too sure of, but after a while I got it because it's cool: the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS.






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The 911 Turbo in lime!

For those who like the new 1975 911 Turbo by Welly but don't care for the larger scale then take a look at the smaller 1:43 pullback model.  It's the same as the larger one except the rear engine bay does not open up; then again I don't miss it after finding out what's under the hood of the 1:24 scale model.  The lime green really sticks out and has to be the best recolor for this car.  Another thing to note that the interior is the same, but the shifter is less-angled than the larger scale version and the rear seat gets taken up by the pullback motor.  Then there's the biggie: there's not much detail.  Yup, all of that detail you see is hand-painted because it comes without them.  While the headlights, foglights, and lower spoiler is detailed, the rest of the black trim has to be added by you.  Strangely enough the side trim is there, as are the cool Fuchs wheels in black.  At the rear the taillight bar has the PORSCHE letters but not the side signal and reverse lamps, nor the black bumper pads and trim.  Also underneath the rear spoiler could've been painted better on my tester.  Finally, underneath the base is all-black and ready for detail.  Unlike the Carrera RS the engine details are clearly there despite the pullback motor.  Once the details are in place the 911 Turbo finally comes alive into realism.









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Porsche 911 Carrera RS

Before the 911 Turbo the most powerful 911 in the line was the Carrera R.S., and like the Turbo it was design to compete in FIA Group 4 racing requirements.  Compared to a standard 911 the RS strips the interior out for lightness, adds a front splitter and rear ducktail spoiler, the famous Fuchs wheels, and a larger engine: the 2.4 stretched to 2.7 liter flat-six to produce 210 hp. through a 4-speed automatic.  Hot Wheels collectors will famously recognize the RSR stablemate that appeared in 1974, one that has the larger 3.0 motor, larger rear fenders, and a lower rear spoiler.  This RS generation is considered the best of the 911 and still continues today as the track-ready version of the GT3.








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White with red Carrera side graphics that stretch around the car with red Fuchs wheels is all you need to get your attention to this Carrera RS.  The body style is the classic first-generation 911 with the same round headlights with chrome trim, but with signal lights that share the foglights and small grille slots at the front.  The lower bumper has an aggressive spoiler and plate area for the front license plate.  The sides really set off with the famed lower red graphics and red wheels, which I added the silver center caps, door handles, and exterior mirror to add to the chrome window trim.  Also I may add I added orange to the front signal lights; However, at the rear the whole taillight lens is orange, so you have to add the silver reverse and red brake lamps.  I also added red to the rear reflector lamps, while the plate area says Carrera RS and splits the rear bumper.  The vent area on the rear has the 2.7 badge, while the Carrera RS badge on the spoiler is correct the PORSCHE letters on the rear is upside down (the larger scale models from Welly are in the correct position by the way, just not this scale range).







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The base underneath does not show as much detail as the 911 Turbo with the rear pullback motor cutting into most of the engine (and elevating the rear end a bit in the process).  I did try my best to add detail to the visible engine components, while up front I added detail to the more visible lower suspension components and trunk tub.  Open the doors to an interior that looks familiar, yet it's a whole nother ballgame!  The seats are racing buckets with no seatbelts, no rear seats (just the pullback motor cover), a detailed shifter that is angled toward the driver, door panels that are flat and only have a window crank and pull handle to open and close the door (no door handles), and a dashboard that has the typical gauge layout, but no radio or ventilation controls.  The classic 4-spoke steering wheel with the horn buttons are a nice touch to an otherwise almost race-car-like interior.






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Both of these Porsche's from Welly are cool, but be prepared to spend some quality time adding the missing details with a few Sharpies to get the full effect like the ones I did shown here.



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