Porsche Carrera RSR Turbo
For the 1974 racing season, four Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera RSR cars were produced for the Martini Racing Team introducing a turbo boost to the 911 platform. Powered by a 2.1 L turbo-charged engine providing nearly 500 HP, the #22 car driven by Muller & van Lennep took second place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
This 2023 model kit re-release has been issued numerous times by various manufacturers. Italeri gives it a skill level 2 rating. It’s a simple kit to build in out-of-the-box (OOB) form (minus the decals). The kit contains 42 pieces. The body is molded in a silver color. The rest of parts are on one tree molded in black, and there’s a clear window piece with headlight lenses. The model features soft rubber tires and colorful Cartograph waterslide decals. There are instructions for 2 versions with full-color decal placement images and paint callouts.
If you want to replicate one of the 1:1 cars, however, be prepared to do some extra work! That would start with some repairs to the deep sink marks on the vertical structure supporting the rear spoiler.
For the most part, the pieces of this model fit together very well. Construction starts with the front suspension which employs a slide rack module to enable posable wheels. The whole sub-assembly builds quickly, snaps into place, and the rubber tires are a nice touch.
The interior consists of 9 pieces and some decals. Two seats, the rear bulkhead with attached center console, dashboard, steering wheel, and the clear window piece with a rearview mirror are nicely done. They fit well, but there are a few inaccuracies to the real vehicle. A plastic axle, slides into the rear wheel well openings, and the larger rear wheels will squeeze onto that.
The exterior pieces need some flash removal but they’ll slip right into their appropriate places. The turn signals need to be painted for realism though. A touch of silver or chrome paint in the headlight bezels will add to that. In the backend, the engine plate and “whale tail” spoiler are easy to install.
Despite the excellent Cartograph decals, the patchwork of stripes makes for a challenging application. I started with the door panel decals by installing them at the top of the door sills where it meets the windows and aligned the rest of the stripes and decals to it. I sectioned the sprawling rear-quarter decal to facilitate installation and matched up the splits. Even so, I still needed to mix some matching paint to fill in some of the voids. As you can see from the finished model – it can be done!
If you’re building a 1:1 replica, refer to online photos of the original racers to duplicate one of the four cars that were built. As examples, I covered the rear quarter windows and added a roll cage.
To make this an “easy kit” – build it OO! Use the big red “spare decal” stripe and some white roundels with race numbers, and call it good. That would be fun for any beginner.
When you’re done the finished dimensions are ~ L-7¾” x W-3½" x H- 2"