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Revell Germany Porsche 934 RSR ‘Martini’

Kit No.: 07685
Scale: 1/24
Mfr.: Revell Germany,
Price: $35
Comments: 104 injection-molded plastic parts (white, black, silver, clear, and chrome plated); four black vinyl tires; decals
Pros: Subassemblies fit well; realistic tires   
Cons: Soft panel lines; colored parts complicate painting
Revell Germany initially released its Porsche 934 RSR kit in 2017 with Jägermeister markings, and followed up with a Vaillant scheme in 2018. Now Revell has issued the car in the popular Martini scheme. 

My first order of business when opening a new kit is to inspect the body and exterior panels. The Porsche’s smooth, white styrene body has only minor mold lines that require a bit of cleanup. However, the panel lines for the doors are a bit soft for my liking. The hinged whale tail opens to expose the detailed engine, and the hood lifts off to reveal the battery and fuel cell molded in place. 

Four parts molded in black styrene must be painted white to match the body, including the front bumper and the lower portion of the dash. Black styrene can often bleed through light-colored paint like white, so make sure to prime it before painting. 

The interior consists of a platform with separate side panels, dashboard, and roll cage. The armrests are nicely engraved and attention grabbing. 

A soak in oven cleaner removed the chrome plating from the headlight bezels, a dash-mounted valve, a fuel switch, and a pressure release tube, all of which needed to be painted something other than chrome.

I scuffed the surface of the excellent tires with a 180-grit sanding stick. The kit includes white-lettered Avon decals for the smooth sidewalls.  

Speaking of the decals, these are user-friendly and fit without drama.  I had a slight issue with four decals that signify the beginnings of the fender flares (nos. 7, 14, 61, and 70). Either they are wrongly indicated in the instruction booklet, or I jumbled them out of order during cutting and placement. Regardless, they are unique to each corner of the car, so double check before applying. 

Joining the body, interior bucket, and chassis was a memorable moment in the build. First, the interior assembly mated to the body with six attachment points and fit like a glove. Next, the chassis fell in place, so much so that I was a little concerned about if and how it would attach. Lastly, I secured the front bumper and spoiler, which cleverly locked the chassis in place. 

Revell lists the Porsche 934 RSR as a Level 3 kit, and I agree in terms of how easily it assembles. But due to the skill required to mask and paint the windows, bumpers, and the iconic whale tail, I would recommend it to more advanced modelers.


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