I’ve wanted this model for a long time now. And for an inexpensive model it took me a while to commit to it. Why? First off those big ugly stubs on the headlights are a major turnoff on a model that came out in this decade. I had read that Welly fixed this with a second release, but there was no info on when this occurred. I had hoped that by waiting, I would get the updated version, but lady luck wasn’t on my side. The second issue is the color. I don’t mind the yellow paint, and I think the 964 looks good in it. But yellow paint has coverage issues, and just about every yellow model I have shows it, regardless of manufacturer. But now it’s here and I’m glad I finally got it.
Without taking a tape measure to it, Ill say it’s pretty good. Using my AUTOart ‘88 911 and UT 993 Carrera RS for comparison, the Welly is for all intents and purposes, the same. The only exception I can see is that the Welly’s roof is shorter in length than the other two. I was also concerned about the size of the wheels as they look to big to my eyes, but they are close enough to the UT’s that it is indistinguishable. Behind those wheels are rotors with separate calipers, but the cross-drilled pattern of the rotors is exaggerated. The door handles are separate from the body, which is a nice touch at this price point.
The interior looks like it should. As a budget model, there is not carpeting of course, and while the dash is nicely molded, there isn’t a lick of paint to bring that detail out. Though to be fair, the 964’s dash is rather spartan to begin with. The dash guages are legible and all 5 stickers are properly aligned. The seatbacks are finished in body color, and plastic seat belts hang from the B-pillar.
Under the engine cover is the typical “nothing to see here, move along” 911 engine. The intercooler dominates most of the real estate, but Welly did at least put some effort into what was left. There is a decent level of detail under the car, but it’s all black with the exception of the turbo and exhaust. The exhaust tips though are black and are barely hollowed out.
Fit and Finish 11/15
My concerns about yellow paint were well founded. With everything closed, the model Ok enough, but you can see the thinness of the paint in he molded in panel lines. Pop the engine cover, and bare metal greets you like budget models of days gone by. Welly’s not alone here as some recent Maisto’s like the 2016 Camaro has the same issue. The engine cover is made of both plastic and diecast, and the yellow on the plastic doesn’t match the rest of the car. Again, this is not exclusive to Welly, and I think it’s because they don’t prime the parts, and the different materials give different base colors to the paint. The rest of the car is about what you expect for the price point. On my car, the top of the deck lid doesn’t sit flush with the spoiler, bowing up slightly in the middle.
Just the basics here, opening doors and a spring suspension. But if you want to count these as features, the model has door glass and rotating brake discs with separate calipers.
I paid $32. Not quite Maisto at Costco pricing, but $32 is still firmly in the budget price zone. And compared to the actual retail price of a Maisto, this model makes a much better value proposition.
Welly made this model in white, black, and yellow. I’m supposed to say here that the first 2 colors are harder to come by and will cost you double or more to get, but of course a last minute check reveals that American Excellence has the white one for $46. Oh well. I would have preferred white, and would have paid the premium, but I have decided that cobalt blue is in this cars future, and blue trumps white any day. For you LaLD’ers on the other side of the pond, all colors are more readily available, and for about the same cost.
So there you have it. A fine, if slightly flawed model. But if you are an air-cooled 911 fan (and you know who you are) you would be remiss to not have this model in your collection.