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Here's the next review, guys. This one's for the Porsche 911 GT1 1998 Le Mans Winner by Maisto.



PAINT
The white paint is applied with several faults: It is uneven and the underside of the engine cover is only partially painted. The sponsors are applied by tampo-painting but some of the sponsors that are applied with different colours don't line up quite correctly.
5/8



EXTERIOR

The model is to scale and the proportions on the whole are accurate. The only fault with the proportions is that the front section between the front wheels isn't as deep as it should be. The front lights are poorly defined and there is minimal detail for the bulbs. The towing ring is present and although clips are moulded near the window, they do not function hence the front section cannot be removed. The vents over the wheels are perforated as are the fins on the fenders. The side windows are completed and the wing mirrors are correctly positioned - the right wing mirror is slightly further back than the left one. The rear wing is reasonably well defined.
4/8

INTERIOR

The model's dark interior is reasonably accurate. The carbon-fibre effect is done by fine mouldings in the black plastic and the effect is quite effective. The seat is well defined and has seatbelts and the Porsche logo on the headrest. The control console on the left side of the c*ckpit is very well rendered. The steering wheel and dashboard are nicely simulated but the gear stick is inaccurate - it should look more like aluminium than chrome and only the top half should be metallic, the bottom half should be black. The pedals are probably the worst feature of the interior as instead of making separate, realistic-looking pedals Maisto used a chrome piece of plastic shaped like an "E" rotated 90º to the left instead.
5/8

WHEELS & BRAKES
The BBS wheels have the correct design for the spokes but there is no metallic rim on the wheel. Brake discs are present but they are chrome and should look dark grey (to resemble a carbon-ceramic compound). Although the brake discs rotate with the wheels, there are no brake calipers to speak of.
The tyres have the correct "Michelin Pilot SX" branding but the tread is incorrect - the tyres should be slicks but they are rain tyres. The reason behind this is that Maisto used one of their many cost cutting methods of manufacturing their models: they used Bridgestone tyres from another model - you can see the Bridgestone logo on the opposite side of the tyre.
2/6

ENGINE & UNDERCARRIAGE DETAIL

The engine cover removes in correctly from the bodywork - the rear wing should fall back but still be attached to the monocoque chassis but the wing comes off altogether with the engine cover. The engine detail is fair but there are many obvious errors. Firstly the engine bay is too bright and there is only a small amount of black plastic and no black paint to darken it. The engine itself is vaguely defined with a few painted and moulded pieces of plastic representing it. The roll bars in the engine bay however are well defined. The rear suspension isn't functional and is poorly simulated as the springs are steel, not painted red and there is a mass of moulded plastic beneath the springs. The exhausts are correctly shaped but they should look like nickel or nichrome rather than chrome. The undercarriage detail is minimal but correct as most modern prototype racecars have flat underbodies to aid the airflow beneath the car.
4/8

COMPETITION
Only Maisto makes this version of the 911 GT1.
6/6

DESIRABILITY
Plenty of these models were made and the quality is average so this model is highly unlikely to become rare. Being a model of a Le Mans 24 hour race winner may add some desirability to the model as well.
3/6

OVERALL
This model was made at the time when Maisto started upping the quality of the models (more than three years ago) so the model's quality isn't up to the quality of their models today. The inaccurately detailed engine and poorly detailed brakes are the model's biggest downfalls. Still the model looks good alongside Maisto's racecar models and still worthy of a Porsche model collector's collection.

Total Score - 29/50

Thanks to Project 1/18 for the use of their pictures. :cheers

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Very interesting read and result :nicejob
Thanks :cheers
 

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Great review Darren :cheers
But I would give it a better score. I realy enjoyed my car. The biggest flaw in my opinion is the sealed front end, as in all M's GT series.
 

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Thanks for the feedback, guys. :cheers
I like the model very much too, Luciano, but the rating system was designed to prevent our personal feelings about the model from affecting the score. Also remember that a score or 29/50 is average for a budget model, especially for an older budget model such as this one.
 

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Great review Darren! :cheers :cheers As I have the #25 GT1, I think your assessment is right on.
 

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StygianMax said:
Great review Darren! :cheers :cheers As I have the #25 GT1, I think your assessment is right on.
I have the #26 and agree with your review as well. Fine car for a budget model :cheers :cheers :cheers
 

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calgary7er said:
StygianMax said:
Great review Darren! :cheers :cheers As I have the #25 GT1, I think your assessment is right on.
I have the #26 and agree with your review as well. Fine car for a budget model :cheers :cheers :cheers
I have the #25 AND the #26, and I, too, agree with your review! :lol

Nice job! :nicejob
 
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