Set Review: Porsche 911 GT3 RS

The last LEGO Technic set I owned was the 8860 Car Chassis. It was released in 1980 and contained 668 pieces. Things have moved on a bit since I last built a Technic set.

8860 Chassis
A classic Technic set, albeit with very uncomfortable looking seats.

I’ve always appreciated the large Technic sets from afar, never feeling the desperate need to buy one. They’re masterpieces of technical design, but ultimately display models, and definitely not minifig-compatible. Almost all of my LEGO purchases these days have the end goal of being used in my photography, and I can’t fit minifig Stormtroopers into Technic-scale sets.

However, when given the opportunity to review the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS, how could I refuse? Although this set is thoroughly modern, for me it’s a nostalgic trip back to the 80s.

It has 2604 bits in it, it’s quite a beast. It’s all very nicely presented in its slick black boxes and comes with an instruction manual that competes with epic fantasy novels in page count. It’s a quality production.

Porsche Manual
Now THIS is an instruction manual!

Putting this thing together requires some time. I don’t think I was quite prepared for what 2604 pieces look like. I would have picked a bigger table. I put it together over a couple of days at the weekend—around 8 hours in total. That’s not counting the confused minutes of searching back through the instructions trying to figure out why there were two pieces left over at the end.

Many times I found myself blindly following the building instructions without knowing what I was making. So many cogs and differentials. Only towards the end does it become obvious. I spent ten minutes putting together hinges, rods and a couple of elastic bands to create a mysterious assembly, and only when I attached a steering where did the purpose become clear! You have to be paying attention. There’s always the fear that one missed part could set you back hours (I did make quite a few errors, but they soon become obvious when the next step doesn’t work as expected). In all, an enjoyable experience.

Porsche_Steering
Now what are we making here? No idea.

The finished vehicle was much bigger than I imagined. One of the reasons I’ve never been into Technic sets is that they’re too big for me to store anywhere. I can’t imaging there are many bigger sets that this.

The car is beautiful to look at. It looks good from every angle, which is quite handy if you’re planning a bit of photography. A lot of the cleverness is hidden once you put the outer shell in place—you can no longer see the internals of the engine or the fantastically complex drivetrain, which is a shame. Removing the bodywork from the finished model doesn’t look like an easy option.

Porsche Drivetrain
The fantastically complicated drivetrain and steering assembly. It all works, unless you put a cog in the wrong place, then it doesn’t.

So does it photograph well? It does, it’s hard to take a bad shot of it. There’s no hope of including minifigs here unless you go in for some fancy perspective effects, but that was pretty obvious from the start. I don’t think most people will be buying this to use for minifig photography :-)

Porsche Trooper
Had to upgrade to a 5 inch Stormtrooper to get any Star Wars into this shot. And also a smoke machine.

I really don’t want to dismantle it, but there are some interesting new parts in there (new to me, I don’t know if they exist in other Technic sets). I have a feeling I could make a decent robot or two using some of those parts. A very orange robot.

-Mike

5 Replies to “Set Review: Porsche 911 GT3 RS”

  1. I wonder did you enjoy building the set? I never enjoyed building with Technic elements as much as I do with regular LEGO bricks. Even now, I still don’t enjoy when there are too many technic pins and beams in sets, such as Star Wars spaceships, even though they often make the model very sturdy.

    Also this post makes me think about the Technic figures LEGO released in the 90s. I wonder if I still have the 2 or 3 ones I owned during my childhood and if they have a photographic potential.

    1. I did enjoy building it. I liked the way it all came together in surprising steps. Half the time I didn’t know what I was building or how it would fit together.

      Building the model was the major experience with this set. Normally I’m not too interested in the build and just want to get on to photographing the final model. This was really the opposite.

  2. I’ll just straight up admit that I love Technic models. They are by far my favorite sets in the Lego universe to build. I go into the store and drool over whatever new set is on the shelf. I’m always amazed that I’ll be going along building something rather obscure and then look at it in another light and figure out what clever little piece I just put together. I will admit that I’ve had to rebuild a few drive trains and engines in my day because I got the gearing wrong. Building these sets has given me the confidence to repair my own RC cars. The other day I had to disassemble one to replace the cracked gear in the drive train. I was rather proud of myself and I have LEGO technics to thank for that. What I don’t especially enjoy is taking these sets apart and sorting the bits and pieces. Ugh, seriously no fun!

    Thanks for sharing your experience, I loved the photos and the video!

    1. Taking this apart is going to be a nightmare. There aren’t many bits I’m going to be able to separate without everyone’s favourite little orange tool!

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