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Topless Thursday: Let's talk sealed-cast convertibles...

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I talk to philipilihp too much...

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In his most recent conference, the topic of sealed resin casts came up, in large part due to the excellent write-up and photography of our good buddy and all-around good guy, androo. Pardon my photography, by the way. I hate shooting white cars recently, so have some brick!

The general idea behind a sealed cast is not a bad one; great exterior quality for a lower price that that would normally command due to there being no opening parts and less attention paid to the interior/engine/trunk/underside components.

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If you can live with that....

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Not everyone can live with that. The temptation exists within us all to not only display the cars with parts opened up from time to time, but to also delicately peer within each and every available crevasse of these cars, soaking up the glory of the much sought-after details which the vast majority of us will never gaze upon in person. This is, after all, why most of us collect; I will never own either of these cars in real life.

“wean yourself onto the resin bug with a convertible!!” I said to my hagelslag-munching friend in the States, like a naive dumbass...

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simple-six-four or the nitpicking-nine-seven?
simple-six-four or the nitpicking-nine-seven?
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The idea of breaking the no-sealed-casts rule, of course, is to benefit from the lower-than-autoart-and-kyosho-etc price while still having more than just the exterior to obsess over admire on a convertible sealed cast model. Can you live with it yet?

I’m fairly certain you all know by now that I come across all sorts of random models and they come from random places. So the two convertible sealed resin Porsches you see before you shouldn’t be that surprising.

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Thusly I present for your discerning palates, Two 1/18 scale Porsche Speedsters from one of the larger manufacturers in the sealed cast game; GT Spirit.

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cut-down windshield and those humps in place of the rear seats scream louder to some of us than the paint does...
cut-down windshield and those humps in place of the rear seats scream louder to some of us than the paint does...
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Convincing rims and brakes, no doubt. But can we get some tire sidewall detail up in here?!??
Convincing rims and brakes, no doubt. But can we get some tire sidewall detail up in here?!??

Let’s start with the 964 then. It’s stupendously yellow and looks almost basic compared to the 997 generation in the ‘couples’ pictures; it sits on 17" Cup wheels, has a standard 964 body (save the legendary Speedster Hump and cut windshield, of course) and has a completely spartan interior.

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This was the point, however, of the 964 generation Speedster. This was meant to be a lightweight and simplified version of the Carrera 2 cabrio, a car to slot in somewhere between/around/overlapping the aforementioned Carrera 2 cabrio, and the much-venerated 964 Carrera RS lightweight. The Speedster would be an RS-Convertible, if you will.

be proud.
be proud.
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GT Spirit rocked the basic interior as-best-they-could, with equally bright yellow accents, fabric seat belts (love it!) and all the correct Speedster-only details in place.

little paint-leaking on the door pull
little paint-leaking on the door pull
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RS all the things!!
RS all the things!!
Great detail on the steering wheel logo and gear shift knob.
Great detail on the steering wheel logo and gear shift knob.
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This speedster has done 54,778 kilometers...
This speedster has done 54,778 kilometers...

The yellow gauge-surround might be my favorite bit of this model, I just adore that...

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The flaws should stand out to your discerning eyes; the entire dash is a single unit, and seeing the Maisto-esque buttons and switches on said dash, the low-price point jumps into relevance yet again. Can’t really notice these molded components in the coupe versions...

The exterior on these models really are phenomenal...

Let’s not forget the 3-dimensional molded headlight lenses. noice.
Let’s not forget the 3-dimensional molded headlight lenses. noice.
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So. The 997 generation car then.

Fuchs. Fuchs. Fuchs. Fuchs. Fuchs. Fuchs. Must. Have. Fuchs. Fuchs. Fuchs. Fuchs. Fuchs. Fuchs.
Fuchs. Fuchs. Fuchs. Fuchs. Fuchs. Fuchs. Must. Have. Fuchs. Fuchs. Fuchs. Fuchs. Fuchs. Fuchs.
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Fuchs. And the tiny speedster plaque on the fender.
Fuchs. And the tiny speedster plaque on the fender.

The exterior of this car is no exception to all the nonsense I was spewing above; the 997 generation car has much more detail than the 964 does, and the models clearly reflect this. On both models, each vent or parking sensor or tow-hook cover or whatever looks to be in perfect scale to the rest of the vehicle, and molded appropriately to the cast. A feat not easily accomplished.

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The 997 generation Speedster variant was a different car to any prior Speedster iteration. While it clearly displayed the chopped down windshield and classic humps of the two prior 911 Speedster models, the 997 was a fully-laden behemoth, not meant to throw around a corner, but rather bestowed with an ethos of cruising through the bends, soaking up the sun and the music.

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Yes, this Speedster has all the bells and whistles to which the 997 Porsche 911 driver has become accustomed.

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But... what if I don’t want ANY of this stuff in my lightweight Speedster???
But... what if I don’t want ANY of this stuff in my lightweight Speedster???
Little problem with that window switch...
Little problem with that window switch...
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Okay, thats cool.
Okay, thats cool.
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The interior of this car is really, REALLY nice. Those checkered stripes on the seat bottoms are easily my favorite part. Aside from the Speedster script on the handbrake of course, but that’s just awesome.

The flaws are the same as with the 964 model; the detail just isn’t up to par with the level of attention paid to the glorious exterior. The buttons aren’t really convincing, the shifter looks like an afterthought, and the center screen isn’t worth the patented CSI:LaLD SUPER ZOOM...

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But that’s not what we decided the point of the sealed resin cast was. Right? Didn’t we decide that the sealed cast was all about the exterior, and that while companies like GT Spirit make great detail pieces for the interior, those are usually hidden behind highly reflective 1/18 windows which will-forever remain, like the doors, trunk, and engine lid; sealed?

Was that just me?

It’s just a little cross eyed from this angle.
It’s just a little cross eyed from this angle.
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insert Kardashian joke here.
insert Kardashian joke here.
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*stares into your wallet*
*stares into your wallet*
Love the marker light detail. *stares deeper*
Love the marker light detail. *stares deeper*
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I like these cars. Even though, as some of you may know or have found out while I was waxing poetic above about nothing; the 997 model retails for almost three times the price of the 964. I may have bought the 964 for myself had it not been a generous donation to the collection, mainly because I adore the 964 generation cars. The 997 model? not really at that price, it may be the only 997 Speedster model on the market right now from any big-quality manufacturer, but I’m not personally in love enough with this car in real life to justify that expenditure. It does come with a nice wooden and acrylic display case, however. So thats worth it... right? How about in blue?

Nope. Not really. Not for that money.

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Black headlight surrounds do look good on that 997...
Black headlight surrounds do look good on that 997...
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Entscheidungen...
Entscheidungen...
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Speedster. yes, we know...
Speedster. yes, we know...
Would you look at that little tow-hook cover! adorable...
Would you look at that little tow-hook cover! adorable...
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Speedster!!!
Speedster!!!
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I never know how to end these things... Bye?

Also, someone go check on philipilihp. Feed him stamppot.

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