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Here's the review that you've been waiting for, guys. It's for the Porsche 935 Turbo (Private Client version) by Exoto



PAINT
The white paint is perfectly applied on the model - there are no unpainted areas, rough edges or unevenly painted areas on the model. The Porsche logo on the nose and the symbol indicating an electrical source in front of the windscreen are tampo-painted.
8/8

EXTERIOR
The model's proportions are exactly right and its scale is spot on. The model is quite large and a lot of metal was used in making it which is why it has a rather portly weight of 870 grams.

The headlights are well done and they look very realistic. The towing ring is separately made from the bodywork and the front air dam has photo-etched mesh with genuine fine perforations. The radiator behind the mesh is well defined. The latches that fix the hood to the body are simulated with separate plastic pieces and the vents over the front wheels are real perforations. The sloping wing mirrors are well simulated and the air intakes behind doors that lead to the intercoolers have finely perforated mesh. The air intakes on the fenders are well defined and although it looks like Exoto omitted the mesh over the left intake, this is correct for the white version of the car.

The two vents on the engine cover are perforated too and the "whale tail" rear wing is very nicely done. The rear lights are very well defined and the rear towing is made separately from the bodywork.
8/8

INTERIOR

The windows are complete so the doors have to be opened with the handles. The dark, minimalist interior (typical of a racing car) is beautifully replicated here. The seat is flawlessly done and has the felt-like material on them. The five-point racing harness is made from real fabric and the Sabelt logos are well applied on them. The dashboard and centre console are well done and they too have the felt-like material. The dials are nicely reproduced with plastic covers over each of them and the buttons for starting up/turning off the engine and the knob for adjusting the boost pressure of the turbocharger are all nicely made out. The steering wheel has real holes and the gearstick leads to a nicely simulated gear linkage. The pedals are correctly shaped and noticeably offset from the centre of the steering wheel due to the space that the enormous front wheel arches take up. The interior roof is complete as is the rollcage and the section of rollcage where the racing harness fits is included too and even buckles are included on the back of the harnesses. The floor pattern is correct as well.
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WHEELS & BRAKES

The tyres are correctly branded and have the correct numbers for measurements moulded on them. The tread of the tyres is very well done too - they aren't perfect slicks as there are series of three very minute slats on each tyre of the real car and Exoto replicated this very well on the model. The drums within the wheels are nicely done and the model comes with a tool to remove the central wheel nut from each wheel so the wheels can be detached. When the wheel nut is removed the drums come out then the wheels.

The style of the spokes is correct in the front and rear wheels - the front wheels have a complex style of spokes and the rear wheels have a simple five-spoke, star-like style. The inflation pins are present in the rear wheels too and the correct gold paint is used on the spokes in the front wheels.

The brakes are very well detailed too. They can only be seen when the wheels are detached. The brake discs rotate with the wheels while the calipers remain fixed. The hoses for cooling the front brakes are very well defined too.
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ENGINE & UNDERCARRIAGE DETAIL

The engine cover lifts to show some of the engine detail - the engine detail is best viewed from a ventral perspective. The cooling fan is one of the most prominent features in the engine bay when you look at it from under the wing. A lot of wiring is present too.

The undercarriage detail shows the engine better and the detail of the engine is exquisite. The engine is fully plumbed and wired; the cylinders are correctly offset - the left bank of cylinders is slightly further forward than the right bank (so that they can share the same crankshaft, minimising engine and overall car weight). The exhausts are well done and lead to the turbocharger which is very well simulated. There are cooling hoses that lead from the vents on the fenders (mentioned earlier) that lead to the turbocharger. The tail pipe for the normal exhaust gases and the pipe for the wastegate are well rendered. The gearbox and driveshaft too are very detailed although there isn't really much to say about them. The suspension is done with functioning spring coils on all four wheels and with dampers on the rear wheels. The floor pattern is accurate too - it follows perfectly from the interior floor pattern.

The hood can be detached to show even more fine detailing in the front section of the model. The large fuel cell has a very realistic look and the pipes and hoses leading from it are well simulated. The battery, water box, hoses and other equipment in the front section are all correctly painted and labelled and have exceptional levels of detail.
8/8

COMPETITION
Only Exoto makes this particular variant of the Porsche 935.
6/6

DESIRABILITY
Exoto's models are usually sold in comparatively small numbers and they are quite difficult to find as only model specialists are likely to stock these - you almost certainly won't find these in a supermarket or toy store.
6/6

OVERALL
Exoto really did their homework with making the 935 as a 1/18 model. The quality and accuracy are extraordinarily good, almost to the point that the model looks like it was a real Porsche 935 shrunken down to 1/18 scale. The only criticism I have is that potential buyers of the model might be put off by its rather high price tag of around $150 - three very good AUTOart or Kyosho models can be bought for as much money. In all honesty I only bought this model because it was going so cheaply on Modelissimo (only €55, as much as a regular AUTOart model).
Quite simply, this model is as close to perfection as one could expect in a 1/18 model. It'll be one of the finest (if not the finest) pieces in any collector's collection. If you expect perfection (or at least something very close to it) when you are looking for a model and you can afford it, this is one of the models for you.

Total Score - 50/50

Thanks to the Diecast Zone for their pictures.

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Haaah Thanks a lot for the review Darren!!! :danbanna :danbanna :danbanna
Looking forward to recieving it even more now!!! :danbanna
I didn't know about the wheel drums :confused Awesome detail!!! :drool
 
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This is the first perfect score we have ever recieved using the DX Model Review System. :danbanna :danbanna

Thanks for the review :danbanna

However, I can't see the pics either. :crying
 

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That's odd, DX. I can see them perfectly fine - I'm using Sony's ImageStation to load them up because I can't upload anything to my AOL space for some strange reason.
 
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I can see some of them, but the imagestation banners on the others :confused

Let me switch over to my laptop and see if I they will come up then.
 
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Fantastic review Darren :nicejob :nicejob

So the Exoto 935 really is that good huh ?
I have been tempted to order one for the last 2 weeks , but this has definately nailed it for me . Im gonna order one right away.

Thanx again for the review :cheers

By the way , I can only see imagestation banners too .
 

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Great review Darren :nicejob
I can't see the pics either :crying
 
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Nice review Darren. This is how it starts you know. They are like Lays potato chips - bet you can't have just one :happy .
 

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I got my 935 (#70 Newman, etc...) for $135.00 about 2-3 months ago and its a very nicely done model that led me to purchasing a 934RSR just yesterday, but it cracks me up how good we had it 5 years ago. LOL

"The only criticism I have is that potential buyers of the model might be put off by its rather high price tag of around $150 - three very good AUTOart or Kyosho models can be bought for as much money."

Exotos are now listed for at least $298.95... Autoart is now $120+, and my dear Kyosho is around $100!
 
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Yep, things have really changed since this review. With some shopping around there are still some bargains (comparatively speaking). Outstanding models, ut one warning (from my experience. BE CAREFUL BUYING DIRECT FROM EXOTO!

I purchased a 959 last year from them on line. Next day I get a phone call, supposedly there was a "Problem" with my credit card going thru. I them the info again. A couple of days later I was checking out my credit card on line, TWO Charges. Ok, simple enough, a simple mistake. I called Exoto, the A****** I spoke to insisted that they couldn't have charged my card twice. I tried reasoning, I tried facts, I tried logic. None of these worked with this jerk. I contacted my credit card, as I suspected, both charges had been put thru separately. I called the crook back, he insisted that it wasn't their fault, that it hadn't happened (keeping in mind, I originally wanted to make sure the order wasn't duplicated). I finally had to print out the charges from my credit card and send the to exoto to Prove that they were trying to get my money twice!

Mistakes happen, but how they are handled makes all the difference in the world. And this one was over the top, I was told I was wrong, no attempt made to try to help resolve the situation, this was the worst customer service I've seen and I would never buy from them again. Any other models I try to buy from private sellers, from personal collections, anything to keep from increasing their sales. Too bad also, outstanding models, unfortunately though, from my experience a company with some very disreputable and dishonest people.
 

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wow, sorry to hear that.
 
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Didn't stop me from adding their modelsto my collection, have the 934 in Standox Interlagos Fire and a 935 in Standox Avus Galaxy so far in addition to a silver and a Palisander Metallic 959 (actually that was back in January that I had my "fun" with them!). So far the 934 is my favorite, the color is totally amazing. Almost had a GT40 in the same color but fell asleep (went for a low price too


They are expensive but worth it. I'm assuming their office staff is quite small, but I can always hope the idiot that wouldn't believe me about the duplicate charge became a casualty of the economy, if they were smart they would get rid of someone like that, especially with the quality of their product, not only do we their customers deserve better, but their company does also.
 

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I gave in and ordered this red 935 as well. Now it's sold out at Exoto. Can't wait to receive it... Exoto models are expensive but definitely worth it. Just turn it over and look at the engine, compare it to an Autoart, you'll see the huge difference.
 

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Thanks for this review!
Im thinking of buying the Standox Avus version through their $98 sale...
 

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It's a great model, at that price it's a steal. I prefer regular colours, but it's not my money.
 
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