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I have had this model for a while now, and this is it’s third different setup since I got it, when it sat higher on stock Porsche Supercup wheels. Those Supercups, which I did like, were not really great quality up close and originally got swapped with some nicer quality, thought identical, ones. I like it this new way though, and am probably going to continue to modify it bit-by-bit from here onwards. So let us have a look at this ‘mild-custom’ 1/18 Porsche Turbo from Welly!

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Firstly let me say that I, personally, might just like the 964 more than any other 911 variant, with the Turbo being the obviously obvious choice. I would love to have a bonfide RS, the naturally aspirated and lightweight version of the Carrera 2, from the 964 lineup, but a boost-laden Turbo would be undeniably hard to resist.

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Originally the Turbo model came with the same basic 3.3 liter engine from the outgoing 930 Turbo model, being that the Turbocharged version of the new engine, as found in non-boosted 964's, wasn’t ready yet. This means that there are multiple versions of this car in 1:1 out there. This model is definitely not one of the two Turbo S models; those had small intakes behind the rear doors. This could either be a 3.3 liter or a 3.6 liter Turbo, unless there are some exterior visual cues to tell those particular two apart that I do not know about here.

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Welly did a pretty decent job on this car; it retails in the $25-$35 range, and I was lucky enough to snap this one and another white one up when they really started to flood the market a while back for about $10 each. Shipped.

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For that price, and being that not many companies produce models of this version of the Porsche 911, a Welly 964 should be on pretty much everyone’s list at some point. Admittedly the up-close experience cannot be compared to the big names in the diecast model game, but even from a half-a-foot away it looks fantastic, with a major highlight being the Speed Yellow paint. It looks almost like mustard in some lights, and more like a neon safety jacket in other lights. Love it.

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So obvisouly I have swapped out the stock wheels, I didn’t even try to pass this post off as anything other than a wheel-swap post, so why not have a peek at these wheels that I’ve had for so long with the intention of throwing them on this exact cast.

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They are actually all front wheels and tires from an old CAN-AM car, though I’m not sure which one; I bought two sets of four wheels in order to get four of these black ones for this project. The rears from those sets are all basketweave style wheels, the magnificence of which I am fairly certain will be lost in my attempt to describe them so I shall simply say: wait for it, it’ll happen.

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You may also have noticed that the front brake rotor and caliper are both black, while the rear rotors are silver with a black caliper. I fully intend to add better-detailed silver front rotors once I find some, but I am unsure of whether or not to paint the brake calipers yellow to match the car. Maybe gold? Thoughts?

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One reason to paint the brake calipers yellow is that this model comes with yellow backs on the Porsche bucket seats, the other color options all also come with matching seat-backs! Almost makes it a shame to buy a black one.

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I have also added a four-point racing harness to the driver’s seat. It is not a very high quality one, but it is what I had laying around at that exact moment I decided to try this all out, and I fully intend to rip this model to pieces again to work on it more. It will be the 964 Turbo that I would like in 1:1!

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For example, wouldn’t it be cool to see a yellow-painted strip running horizontally on that dash? How about a yellow tach, like what is available on current 911s?

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Welly did a nice job recreating the spartan interior details of an early 1990's Porsche, and I find the accuracy and quality level to be a bit higher than the usual brands you find at this price level. Those guages are very very nice, and there is not really any mold lines or oversized components in there; it all looks right.

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One further detail I added, and am actually very happy with, is the TURBO script on the rear firewall of the interior. Usually a 964 Turbo would have a fully-upholstered interior; the Turbo model being the range-topping offering of the 911 line. The Turbo S model is the one with the stripped out interior which omits the rear seats entirely. That particular model, in 3.3 liter or the much, much, rarer 3.6 liter version, has naught-but alcantara covering the rear floorpan and firewall, which has a TURBO S script embroidered onto it.

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This model did not have rear seats in the cabin, and seeing as the regular Turbo model didn’t have color-matched buckets seats either, it felt right to take one of the license plates with TURBO written on it and place it right there. Welly made a halfway Turbo S and I only recently realized that!

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Under the frunk of the car there is only a molded plastic component means to look like some sort of interior. I would like to do something to make this more realistic down the road, but how often do we display 911s with the frunk open?

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The engine bay is another story. The usually well-hidden flat-six motor of a 911 is even harder to observe in the Turbo models, with their large intercooler placed square above the engine itself. Welly did a very nice job of at least trying to give us some details in the way of separated components and pretty-accurate silver painting, and I have no real complaints. Even at a bit higher price this would be a great deal considering the details of the car, and the engine bay serves to drive that point home thoroughly!

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Naturally the underside of a 911 model is where the most detail can usually be observed, and this is no exception. A decent job indeed, and that low-hanging turbo in the exhaust is a very nice touch when glimpsed from behind as well, Though I did drill out the openings on the black exhaust tips with a small dremel drillbit. I thought about painting the tips silver also, but I sort of like the black exhaust next to that black-tipped wing and new black wheels, and I’ve done that to a real car with pleasing results.

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Not to mention the mesh in the hood intake. Most would have left this as a non-perforated piece, or even forgo the two-piece method and just mold the intake in without perforation. This addition is a very welcome surprise detail on this model.

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Lastly, I love the stance and squat of this car with these wheels. I cut two coils out of the springs, and cambered the fronts a tiny bit by bending the mounting point on the wheel hub. I specifically did not want the raked look of more modern 911s, with the rear sitting higher than the front; In my eyes these cars look better when they are sat level to the ground, as the weighty rear end squats over the rear tires so nicely.

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The last addition to the wheels needs to be center caps, and I think I have found some center-locks to use. I just cannot decide between black ones or yellow ones, though I’m leaning towards black just to not make the yellow accenting so... everywhere.

Lastly, I may change the whole thing and try to make this a RUF CTR Turbo model, though that would require quite a few changes. Updates will follow, but let me know what you’d do!

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Aside from the changes, this is/was a very nice model from Welly, a company whom I have little experience with actually. Certain details could be better, but all-in-all this is a steal for any Porsche enthusiast who collects diecasts.

Enjoy the rest of the pics!

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