The Porsche 911 R, in 1/18 scale, by Spark.

Finally, the “ultimate” 911 has graced the collection, and it’s all thanks to CK-modelcars, who had this on sale for “just” 150 Euros a couple weeks back. It’s still a lot to pay for a resin model, but the knowledgeable ones already know that 911 R’s by Spark generally don’t go anywhere below $300. Moreover, I love this particular color combo with the lime green stripes and wheels, and that’s when I knew it was time to make it happen.

Expectations were high, but the level of detail is surprisingly better than what I typically see from the likes of GT Spirit AKA the resin model gold standard. It should be, given that this costs three times as much. Two areas really stand out to me, and they are the lights and the brakes. I should have taken some close-up shots, but just take a look at those front foglights above and then have a peek at the rotors below. This is the first time I’ve seen a model try to mimic the actual look of carbon ceramic brakes, and it’s very impressive.

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The interior also looks very good, with the lime green seats and contrast stitching. Obviously you can’t go inside, but they made the effort to include seat belts like you would see in diecast models.

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The only thing that bothers me about the Spark is the wheel size/ride height. Something about the combination of the two is just off; luckily it’s not as bad as it is on their GT3RS models. Despite that, still a great, great model. No, you shouldn’t have to spend $300 to put a 911 R in your 1/18 collection, but at least you won’t be disappointed if you pay the premium to get one. (As of now, the on-sale colorways are sold out) Fingers crossed that GT Spirit picks it up and gives us some cheaper alternatives and new colorways.

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