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Revell Porsche 934 RSR Jaegermeister

Porsche 934 RSR “Jäegermeister”
Revell No. 07031
Model Type: Injection-molded
Molded Colors: black, orange, chrome and clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $35.95
Pros: Full detailed engine and under the bonnet, excellent decals
Cons: Ride height looks a bit tall
I was surprised when Revell Germany announced it would be releasing a kit of the Porsche 934 RSR just months after Tamiya did. They are nearly the same liveries!

There are significant differences though between the two. Revell’s offering has full engine detail and a removable bonnet with all the detail included underneath. The Tamiya builds strictly a curbside. There are even extra parts included on the trees that indicate possible future variations.

Decals are provided for only one race version, but are superbly printed. The instructions are now in color too! Paint colors refer to Revell’s own brand of paints in the familiar method of using letters to call out specific colors or blends. Since Revell’s paints are not available in the U.S., Revell has a cross-reference chart on its website.

The transaxle, engine, and basic parts didn’t appear super impressive. While detail and fit are good, they looked somewhat plain. As you start adding the rest and doing some detail painting, it really starts taking shape and in the end, looks quite nice.

Comparing the Revell and Tamiya chassis, I really can’t say one is better.

Revell’s benefits from having the full engine, but some of the detail is a little crisper on the Tamiya. Parts breakdown is slightly different too. The main part of the chassis is molded in the required orange, making painting simple, but a couple of other parts are molded in black that you’ll need to try and match. Not a major issue but it would have been easier if all were molded in orange.

Overall fit was very good, everything sliding neatly into place. One cheat I made was using the wheel fans, which aren’t correct, but easier than masking and painting the wheel centers and besides, I like the way they look.

A clue of a future version is that Revell’s kit includes a co-pilot seat, which wasn't used in most road racing variants. Interior assembly is quite typical, with separate side walls, pedal assembly, shifter and hand brake. A four-part roll cage goes together well, but its rearview mirror, molded into the upper part of the cage, looked oversized.So I sanded it down. Decals are provided for the seat belts and gauges.

Dimensionally, the Revell and Tamiya bodies look nearly identical. There are subtle differences you’d never spot without a careful inspection. The main difference, of course, is the Revell kit’s opening panels. Also, Revell’s kit has the window framing as part of the glass so you don’t have to worry about masking off the body to paint the trim. The glass parts fit well too.

The rear bumper is molded in orange instead of black. While the added detail of the fuel cell, oil tank and other elements are charming, it would have been easier to have been molded in several pieces, rather than all in one with the body. It’ll be difficult, if not nearly impossible, to mask for airbrushing so brush up (pun intended) on your hand-painting skills!

If someone were to ask me which kit is better, I honestly don’t have an answer because each has its strong points.

Revell’s kit perhaps has even a couple more pros and is definitely better if price point is factored in. I can’t think of any negatives, it builds well, looks good, and provided a pleasant experience throughout. I’d definitely recommend it!       


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