Toys for boys – How I built a Porsche Carrera RS 3.0 Revell


To be honest, one of the goals I want to achieve in life is to own a Porsche. Ideally a 911 but a 944 for example would but be nice too. Then every Saturday I’ll take care of it and maybe change something here and there, like Tim Taylor in Home Improvement. Because you have to start from scratch I recently build my first one, a Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0 by Revell.

In 1963 the Stuttgart based automobile manufacturer released the first air-cooled 911. Drawn by Ferdinand „Butzi“ Porsche already in 1959, the new model should replace the Porsche 356. From the first moment on the 911 had been a real success and also its model upgrading had been sold like cut bread.

To become a serious competitor also on the racetrack Porsche released 1972/73 the first 911 RS. RS is the short form of Rennsport which means race sport. The fact that they added this letters to the model number already had been a challenge but its spec sheet must have felt like a slap in the face: A 2.7 Litres large engine developing 210 PS (150 kW) with a weight of only 975kg. Boom!

Faster – Higher – Stronger

Due to the fact that this must not have been challenge enough for their competitors only one year later Porsche released its famous Porsche Carrera RS 3.0. The 3.0 Litres engine with mechanical fuel injection was producing 230 PS (169 kW) and even weight only 900kg. It must have felt like riding a street-rocket.

The RS came with a voluminous rear spoiler known as the whale tail and an underlined front-lip wherefore it just looks impressive. If you nevertheless wanted to mess with the car you had to reach its top speed pf 240 km/h too. And therefore you had to be fast from the first moment on because it had been able to sprint form 0 to 100 in 6.3 seconds which had been a milestone at that time.

Although mine is only a model by Revell I’m proud to call this scratch my own. Within about fifteen hours I built and also painted the car, had a look at the engine and its interior. The six-cylinder engine has also a separate air filter, shock absorbers and wheel suspension. Additionally to the chrome parts comes the wonderful spartan interior with an authentic dashboard and steering wheel. Unfortunately I’m too huge to drive the Porsche but one day I’ll own one which I can actually drive.

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