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Porsche 911
Porsche 911 4(R)
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

Introduction
Porsche 911 4, item 038638, is a new model from Herpa. Herpa and Porsche have renewed their partnership to make models in 1/43 (O scale) and HO (1/87). Herpa is miniaturizing Porsche 911 models including Carrera Coupes, a Carerra S Cabriolet and the Carerra Cabriolet. As well as showing off the new models, Herpa includes the story of their participation with Porsche going back to 1980 in the December 2015 issue of DER MASS:STAB, linked below.
    New type! The difference between the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S is the exhaust system and the rims. This sporty 911 4S is released in the colors racing yellow and rhodium silver metallic. - Herpa


The Model
Herpa's 911 is one of 119 Porsche models Herpa catalogues, as well as 75 911s, and 72 Coupés. This new model is factory assembled. It features fine recessed and raised lines, as appropriate. Distortion-free clear plastic simulates the windows.

The model is beautifully molded and free of flash, mold marks, and glue smears. The body plastic is glassy smooth. It has rubber-plastic composite tires.

Detail
Herpa uses clear and tinted clear lenses for the headlights and brake lights. Side mirrors are attached, as is a rear view mirror inside the cabin. That cabin is very detailed with thin seats, dash board, consoles, and a steering wheel. Speaking of wheels, only the edges of the low profile tires have any tread detail.

It looks like the body is assembled by snapping it to the chassis. Crisply defined grille and window trim are surrounded by openings in the car body. Dual exhausts poke out from under the rear bumper.

Sharply detailed rims hold the tires. But there is virtually no detail on the underside.

Finish
It appears that each component of this model is molded in color. Only the Porsche emblem and logo are painted on. The body color is rhodiumsilber metallic / rhodium silver metallic. The finish is excellent.

This 911 is a striking model!

Conclusion
Judging by this model, Herpa has created and released an excellent new HO scale series of Porsche 911s. The excellent finish compliments the quality molding and surface detail. The clear lenses and attached mirrors enhances the molded detail. The interior is exceptional.

My minor criticism is the lack of meaningful detail under the car.

This new HO Porsche 911 Carrera 4S is very detailed and expertly molded and assembled. It should enhance any model railroad layout or 1/87 diorama. Recommended.

Please remember to mention to Herpa and retailers that you saw this model here - on RailRoad Modeling.
SUMMARY
Highs: The excellent finish compliments the quality molding and surface detail. The clear lenses and attached mirrors enhances the molded detail. The interior is exceptional.
Lows: De minimis.
Verdict: This new HO 911 Carrera 4S is very detailed and expertly molded and assembled. It should enhance any model railroad layout or 1/87 diorama.
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 038638
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  PUBLISHED: Apr 27, 2016
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.42%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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