Welcome to the third instalment of my review of the Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
The build moves on to Box Two (of Four) which creates the frame of the car attaching it to the already created chassis that was done within Box One.
This is another lengthy section of building and involves a great deal of what I would call symmetry building. By this I mean that you are repeating the same steps to create a symmetrical patterns that make up the body of the car. Now having gone through the AROCS and U400, I will not gloss this up – it can get very boring at times. But it is necessary to do – or you can’t get the car built, right? My advice – stick on the radio or do this with the telly on in the background as it helps ease the monotony of repetition.
As you progress, the frame starts to materialise and whilst the first part was a little tedious, the frame is intricate, deliberate and challenging in places. A series of pegs and beams elongates itself to the length of the car chassis and early stages show how this will fit over the Stage One chassis once completed. Getting towards the end of Box Two you actually do get a sense of satisfaction that the car is somewhat nearing completion – to a degree. The rollcage frame is actually a relaxing yet satisfying creation. The cross-members are not as straight forward as they look and as I have mentioned before the frame is fragile.
However, once completed and placed over the chassis, the the Box Two build feels purposeful. Clip the red connector pegs in place and voilà – the guts of the car is there.
And then you realise how big 1/8 scale actually is! I suspect that many a IKEA Detolf display cabinet will not have this on one of its shelves due to the sheer size.
Add the seats and it all starts falling into place as I have mentioned before.
Up to now, as you would have read, I have been very positive about the build but that is not to say that there are some minor gripes. Once the frame is over the chassis those red connector pegs can need a little massaging to get them into place. This can be a massive source of frustration for the uninitiated but annoyingly necessary. The seat build is intricate but very fragile. Whilst being quite a smart design I would have liked to have seen a little bit of an adjustment mechanism to move the seat backwards and forwards. And the moveable steering column is just not necessary – it does not add any actual value to the model.
Box Two is not really a favourite build stage – but it suffices. Whereas there was a lot to write about within Box One, there is not that much to say about Box Two – more pictures than text. Significantly at this point, it is well over half way mark of the manual build steps. I am going to get cracking on Box Three very shortly, but I hope that the review is giving a good insight to this flagship Technic set.