|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||Slot car kit.|
The Porsche 911 GT2 is a high-performance sports car built by the German manufacturer Porsche from 1993 to 1998, 2001 to 2005, 2007 to 2012, and then since 2018 (as the GT2 RS). It is based on the 911 Turbo, and uses a similar twin-turbocharged engine, but features numerous upgrades, including engine upgrades, larger brakes, and stiffer suspension calibration. The GT2 is significantly lighter than the Turbo due to its use of rear-wheel-drive instead of all-wheel-drive and the reduction or removal of interior components. As a result, the GT2 (now GT2 RS) is the most expensive and fastest model among the 911 lineup.
The Porsche 993 is the internal designation for the version of the Porsche 911 model manufactured and sold between January 1994 and early 1998 (model years 1995-1998 in the United States), replacing the 964. Its discontinuation marked the end of air-cooled Porsches, with the 993 being the last air-cooled 911. The 993 generation of the 911 is often referred to as the best and most desirable of the 911 series, not only because of its beauty, but also because of its great performance, even by modern standards. The 993 is quoted as "the last complete 'modern classic'"; "the 993 was and forever will be that last fresh breath of air that Porsche gave the world; elegance and muscle all in one package." The book "Porsche 993 - Essential Companion" refers to the 993 as the "King of Porsche," and it is generally acknowledged as "The purists' Holy Grail."
Most of you know that I like slot cars. I also like Porsche 911s because they have a big open hood area for me to to place a nice decal. Most of what I have are the Scalectric Porsche 911 GT3Rs. I buy them whenever they are on sale somewhere; new or used. I then disassemble the bodies and soak them in 91% isopropyl alcohol as these cars are painted with acrylics and the 91% will strip the paint and markings within about three hours. This gives me a canvas for my paint schemes. I've included a couple of them here.
Revo-Slot is a fairly new company that does fairly high end cars. So far, all I have seen are six of these 911GT2s that are ready to run and the kit. The kit saves about $10, which really isn't all that worth it unless you are going to decorate your own car. Unlike other kits slot cars, this one does not have a ready to install and painted interior. Indeed, the interior is a piece of clear Lexan for light weight. You are provided bags with the clear bits, the photo etch and some of the electrical bits (guide and braid) and another with all the white plastic bits for the interior and the wing.
The body is in white plastic and very nicely done. I did find some rather difficult to fill sink areas on the lower inside of the wing supports and the outside of these supports also has an equally difficult to get to mold seam, but then slot car racers don't care about small things like that. The kit comes with three different wings, each of them a different shape. I do like that the body mounting posts have brass inserts so no worries about stripping them out.
The chassis is superb. It is an anglewinder and formed of aluminum. The motor pod is fully adjustable and it comes with quality axles, gears, and aluminum set screw wheels. These wheels are for those tracks where one runs rubber or foam tires, so to run it on my track, I'll have to swap them out as I run silicones and the design of silicone tires is such they won't fit these wheels. The plastic bits bag has the proper wheel inserts. Motor is a nice 21K version and one that I've never run. The motor mount is held onto the chassis plate with allen screws as is the motor to the mount. If you look at the photo of the bits, all the red areas are aluminum pieces that are attached to the chassis by screws.
If there is a down side it is that there are no assembly instructions. The kit comes to you on a plain blister pack and that is pretty well it. There is an info sheet that basically brags on the chassis and provides info on the other six cars that have been produced.
As you can see, this is not a kit for those without some experience. However, I don't anticipate any real issues and do look forward to painting it, getting it all assembled and running it on my track. I expect it to perform very well.
Copyright ModelingMadness.com. All rights reserved. If you would like your product reviewed fairly and
fairly quickly, please
the editor or see other details in the
Contributors. Back to the Main Page
Back to the Review
Back to the Previews Index Page
If you would like your product reviewed fairly and fairly quickly, please contact the editor or see other details in the Note to Contributors.
Back to the Main Page Back to the Review Index Page Back to the Previews Index Page