This is GT Spirit’s latest release of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

As per their own words, the GT3 RS has been their most popular model to date. They weren’t lying. I check my regular online shops obsessively and frequently, and the initial release in blue never made it to any of them from what I’ve seen. I wouldn’t be shocked if GT Spirit exhausted their entire supply of blue Porsches (1500 pieces in all, supposedly) via preorder alone; if you take a peek, they have already started going for solid money on the secondary market a mere month after release - not easy to do for a resin model.

I underestimated the popularity of the model, thinking that I could wait and grab one after release. Wrong. Everybody gets a second chance, and mine came in the form of this white colorway, which is exclusive to European hobby shops and is even more limited at a production number of only 504. It’s not the ideal color for a beast of this magnitude, but I wanted to take a crack at it before AUTOart’s version arrives either later this year or early next. A “test drive”, if you will.

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Will it stack up against the premier 1/18 brand? To be blunt, no. When you look closely, you’ll see that GT Spirit’s model lacks detail in some of the critical features of the the car. Those ducts above the front fenders are just patches of sloppy paint (emphasis on sloppy); same goes for those behind the doors. One of the design aspects of the GT3 RS that I don’t like is the black trim that extends from below the bumpers halfway up the wheel wells - here, they are just paint too, but would look much better if, say, they were part of the black plastic base instead.

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Looking from the glass-half-full perspective, the wheels and brakes here are perfectly done. I’ve always admired the way GT Spirit recreates that metallic finish on brake disks. Proportions and shape are nothing to complain about. Lights look great, and interior is pretty decent even when not necessary.

For a retail price of about $80, you can understand the reason for cost-cutting on the finer details of the model. However, the GT3 RS is that kind of special car where I feel paying double, maybe even triple, for the likely-to-be-perfect AUTOart is the better option if you insisted on having just one example in your collection. I’m hoping they also bless us with some fancy colorways because I’ll be in line for one when it comes out.

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Nevertheless, by always being on the lookout, I was able to catch this beetle the morning it released on CK, when they were still available for 75 Euros. Since then, they’ve raised the price all the way up to ~110 Euros because, y’know, classic supply and demand. Cool car, but with the price hike, I’d say easy pass.

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