Our friends at Solido sent us a few samples of their new Porsche 911 RSR in Street and Race trim. If you don’t yet know the brand, their primary focus is on no frills, opening price point specimens.
As mentioned, we have the Street 1:18 Porsche 911 2.8 RSR 1974 in Blue and the Race 1:18 Porsche 911 RSR Targa Florio 1973 featuring Martini livery. The basic makeup of a Solido piece is diecast exterior with plastic and metal parts. Also featuring access to some internal bits. Our examples would only have us access the interior. Each model will set you back about $50CND.
From an exterior point of view the paint on each model is done well. We absolutely LOVE the Baby Blue exterior the street trim has to offer. And the Silver base with Martini livery surely has impact too. Exterior differences between the two are little. The street version does have a driver side mirror. Window trim is chrome on the race and Black on the street.
What is somewhat suspect is the decal work on the race version, though applied well the quality of the decals won’t last the test of time. Lacking clear coating they will become frail and prone to cracking. Main reason I moved away from livery cars in general. But hey what can we expect from an opening price point model.
Overall lines of the Porsches are completed well. Shut-lines and panel gaps on the opening doors is extremely well done and overall fit and finish is pretty damn good for the most part. Each piece would display well. Our samples didn’t come without some issues, notably the driver side rear window on the Blue car; note the gap and poor execution on the window fitment (see image below).
The front of each Porsche are basic to say the least. Each is completed with the most basic approach and material. Front straps are rubber the rest of the materials include plastic and painted bits. What we found odd was the decal work for the street version for the gas filler, no indent simple decal to make out the filler cap.
The rear of the Porches feature the famous duckbill spoiler. The material used to execute the rear elements mirrors the front. All areas are completed with care and overall fit and finish is very good.
Two difference between the pair is the race version features the 2.7 logo on the upper cooling, while the street does not. We assume internal motor differs for year or race spec. You Porsche authorities can tell us why? Also the straps are noted in Black on race and left unpainted on the street. Hmm.
We don’t have access to the motor for either piece but we can give you some insight on the undercarriage. As you can see from the photos it is pretty simple and somewhat crude, though it gives the collector some insight on how the original car was back in the day.
Moving to the wheels, the elephant in the room are the tires. We are so puzzled why so many manufacturers over the years, as well as Solido, can’t get the tires size right! Someone please explain why it is so difficult to get the tires in check with this era of Porsche. What is presented here looks more like flotation devices than tires. The reminder of wheel is in check but is very basic in design and execution – cross-drilled rotors are found, but no brake calipers are present.
Inside the interior is completed in all Black. For the most part the package for each is identical. Roll cage, Red extinguisher, dash, doors cards, etc. are equal. The only difference between the two, the street version has a checkered pattern on the seats – see above photo.
This is an all plastic interior with the most basic approach. Expectations weren’t over the top anyway based on price point. Finally door operation is flawless, but does feel somewhat flimsy. Overall the package is clean and serves the model well.
The dual from Solido isn’t going to win and awards for high detail and exceptional fit and finish. What the team does right is present a good replica at a truly affordable price. Each features diecast exterior, good paint and access to interior. Shelf presence alone is very good. If you’re looking to fill a gap on a classic Porsche the Solido examples might just be the right additions for you. Enjoy the pics!