The Singer brand may not be the true representation of Porsche to the Porsche purists, but if any owner of a Porsche is willing to hand over the keys to Singer, the transformation of this aging German benchmark would prove utterly fantastic results. Their DLS offering is one example, defined as Dynamics and Lightweighting Study is pushing their brand to the limits. Accomplishing things that Porsche just imagined during the 964 era; the results are inspiring in technique and style. This isn’t just RWB output of fenders, stance and spoilers, no, this is a completely revamped model from the ground up. Does all this arrangement prove to be possibly the best Porsche/Singer ever? We think so!
Thank you to Pop Race for providing the team with a sample of one of their latest releases, this is their version of the 1:18 scale, resin and sealed Singer DLS in Oak Green Metallic. Retail is around $280 US / about $379 CND. The model offers up some surprising details and high-end packaging. Read on to discover all about the Pop Race Singer DLS.
Since this is our first look at the Pop Race model in depth, we like to start with the packaging and accessories. This is where Pop Race definitely excels and invested a considerable amount of $$ in the model. The exterior and interior packaging if we’re honest is nearly identical to that of BBR’s presentation, so you know it’s going to be good! In addition to the outer box, felt wrap, leather base and cover Pop Race provides a set of decals. What’s included are three Porsche decals, which we imagine are for the sides and rear, just under the duckbill spoiler. And one Porsche emblem to be fitted on the front bonnet. We appreciate the option here.
Moving to the exterior side, kudos to Pop Race for getting the overall shape and design of the Porsche Singer right. We value the use of carbon fibre on nearly all the lower aero parts, but more on that later…
One thing we need to mention, and possibly a first for sealed resin, well as far as we’ve seen, the front, sides (with intakes) and rear windows are executed with thicker more ridged pieces of plastic, typically reserved for the traditional all-opening replicas. This will definitely play in favour of those who have dealt with resin and sealed examples window methods play havoc on the long-term presentation and look of our valuable collections. Even out of the box of a newly unpacked model windows have arrived un-glued. The results with the Pop Race option are excellent! This is something we wish all model manufacturers of the sealed variety would adopt!
The exterior paintwork is definitely on point. The results on our example are consistent throughout with the Green paint option working well with the Porsche/Singer lines. Shutlines and panel gaps aren’t an issue, as this model is fully sealed – good marks to Pop Race for defining the lines and separation points of the various panels and related. Also, chrome elements are well done, and items such as fuel and oil caps do provide applicable labels.
The front is where the model starts to show some of its sins, that being the solid plastic bits used for the lower cooling. The upper signal and cooling/aero ducts are nicely executed and so are the headlights. Well, the outer layer is on point. When looking closely at the inter-parts, a slightly too small primary light and perimeter ring are not truly representative of the original.
The rear section does provide the carbon fibre elements (lower side) and the piece de resistance is the perforated grille exposing the exhaust work – one of our favourite elements of the model. The 3D-printed exhaust tips are nicely translated as well.
On the flip side, missing is the venting in the taillights on the outer edge. And as we move upwards one will notice the matt finish on the cooling, this should be executed with carbon fibre, though this bespoke car could be ordered without. Also, a minor callout to the positioning on the backside of the duckbill spoiler. This grille should pitch more with the body line and for the price, it should have been crafted with perforated metal, not solid plastic. Though we will give kudos to Pop Race for providing the applicable Singer badge.
Wheels are a very important piece of a sealed model, and Pop Race executes well here! With the exception of no tire badging, the wheels are a close second to our favourite aspect of the model. Gold calipers with Brembo labels are checked, cross-drilled rotors are checked, and air values are checked! Overall fit and finish are well above average in our opinion. Note the driver-side wheels are finished in Red and the opposite in Silver.
At first glance, the interior does gain your attention. As Chris Harris stated this is “Singer porn”! What Pop Race provides overall does lack the finish and layers one would expect to see with a sealed offering. Especially at $100 more than a GT Spirit example. With the exception of the air intake piece (soundbar-looking – stellar execution!) bits that are covered in carbon fibre, the interior shows little creativity and lacks inspiration.
Singer interiors are near Pagani level and if we’re honest we don’t see this translated here. For example, the dashboard is a simple one-dimensional piece defined in Black/Purple. The lack of button labels, no painting of venting and related and simple stickers for dials are surely misrepresentative of the original. Even the shifter and surrounding bits lack definition. And no flocking or seatbelts or any kind are provided. The results are lacking for sure.
The Pop Race Singer DLS is a roller coaster of hot and cold, the model does surpass expectations on some levels and then backtracks on others. As a static piece, the model does look stellar, though on closer inspection the misses are quite evident. You need to decide where you live on the overall effort, in short, is the good out weighting the bad?
Pop Race level of presentation/packaging is some of the best we’ve seen (BBR level). If we could offer some advice, take away from this and invest in the interior side. All this filler or added content in most cases once on packed is reserved for the closet or basement. We’ve addressed this many times over the years, sealed models should excel on three basic levels, which are overall accuracy on the exterior lines, wheels and interiors. THIS IS A MUST for all. Enjoy the pics!