It's been a while since the last time I got me a model. The waiting is over. Here is the Minichamps Porsche 924. Moreover, this is my first review and it's dedicated to this forum and its members for being helpful (to say the least), entertaining and great guys (and girls) in general! :cheers
The real model was a collaboration sportscar between Porsche and VW and was the successor of the 914. It was "nothing really special", far away from what the 911 or 911 turbo of that time could offer, performance wise especially. However it was a great alternative for those who wanted a Porsche and could not afford to buy a more expensive model.
The model (model year 1985 as it's designated on the box) is a very nice example, it is worth a place in everyone's collection list, and I think it's a must for any Porsche collector.
The paint is a thick smooth red colour with no metallic flakes. The are no uneven spots, no discoloration or orange peel issues, as there are not any plastic parts painted to the exterior colour. The black stripes and logos are decals. They require some attention as they could come loose if you do not pay attetion. They could be attatched a little bit more carefully though.
The body shape is accurate. The dimensions are spot on, the stance looks identical to the real car. The car sits neither higher nor lower than it should. All parts can be opened and stay that way, namely the two doors (on proper hinges), the glass rear hatch (on two little discreet hinges) the engine lid and of course the retractable front lights. Unfortunately, there isn't a button on the underneath to press them open. The front and rear lights look very nice, but the characteristic (and annoying to some collectors) central attachment stub is there. Turn lights are not stickers. Panel gaps are just ok.
The interior is nothing special to look at, but the real car was like this. It is however by no means bad. There is carpeting in the front and in the hatch. The seats have a nice chequered flag paint pattern, which is eye catching and compensates for the hard plastic they're made of. Dial tampos are readable and well applied. The handbrake is on the right side, on the left of the driver. The interior generally looks a bit dark but I'm really picky now. A clumsy point is that the top part of the seatbelts is not mounted on the side pillar as it usually is, but since it is not moving easily it's not a big annoyance.
WHEELS - BRAKES
Not a strong spot on the diecast, just because the real car was not a stunner on this department. However, they are accurately done. Discs in front and drums in the rear wheels. The drums are really nice. The obscure discs do not rotate, but you have to really try to find this out. The brake calipers are a separate piece. There are nice coils representing the suspension as well, which is working too. The Porsche emblem is etched on the central black wheel hub.
The real suprise of the model is the engine compartment. There are a lot of cables and wiring to be seen, all painted in their proper colour and the sundry components of the engine are discrete and painted in accordance. A couple of informative tampos are there too. It misses the perfect 8/8 only because of some Exoto examples! Undercarriage detail is above average and the exhaust is painted silver and is hollow.
No one else makes the 924. AUTOart has announced the 924's sibling, the 944 but it could take some time before it hits the shelves. The 944, however, is a totally different story thus...
Unless I am really missing something, the Minichamps Porsche 924 is only available in red at the time of writing, and it's relatively easy to find. The price is a little bit high, but it is a new model and it's worth every cent of it.
This is a fine diecast by Minichamps. It's not their finest example and for the same price i.e. I bought me the red BMW M3 GTR street E46. However, it is a must for any Porsche collector. It's almost up there with
the AUTOart Porsches, like the 911 Turbo and 911 GT2 and of course a lot higher than what Maisto or Hotwheels can offer.
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