If you haven’t noticed lately, this forum has been abuzz with the Replicarz deal. I hope you all got what you were looking for. I just put in another order yesterday to fill up my shelves with some more Porsches. All credit to Pillarless Coupe for blessing us all with these cheap Minichamps models. Bonus points to Howard for taking the last 991 Turbo S with the silver wheels, because that’s exactly how I ended up with this baby.
I’ll review the Beetle another day, as both LaLD’ers mentioned above have already done so themselves. For today, I have for you a Porsche 918 Spyder, which I received as a substitute for the out-of-stock 991. If you’re looking from a value perspective, the 918 models generally go for more money, so this is a win. For me personally, I was never going to keep the silver-wheeled Turbo anyways - the black looks better IMO. Albeit a Minichamps model at the end of the day, this stock, un-liveried 918 is certainly a welcome addition to the collection and one I intend to keep for a long time.
As you may already know, I already have one of these with the Martini Racing decals. That one is with the Weissach package. More carbon fiber, different wheels, aero bits, and a removable hard top. But this one looks way better. I still can’t believe I paid $130 for the Martini; my excuse is that it was my first Minichamps model and I had no idea they were blatant rip-offs. I got this for essentially $70 with shipping, and that I have no problem with.
As a Minichamps, it has its fair share of shortcomings. Most egregiously, the lack of actual grilles. You’ve heard it all before. Also, steering that turns all of two degrees. Seriously? At that point, you might as well forget implementing the feature. And I still don’t know how they get away with such robbery, for a model that is normally priced at $180 or so. But Minichamps has always been very good with proportions and accuracy, and that certainly holds true with the 918. The wheels might be a little too big, but it’s only an issue in the low-angle photos.
P.S. If anyone’s interested, I also have a black one with, I believe, a red interior. I’d be open to doing a swap or a sale - just leave a reply below.