The latest model or should we say models under the microscope is the dynamic duo by Solido. Welcome their latest German offerings, the Porsche (964) Turbo 3.6 1990 in Guards Red and Porsche 911 (964) 3.8 RS 1990 in Speed Yellow. Both models are executed in 1:18 scale and feature diecast metal with plastic parts. Solido, if you’re not aware is a budget-friendly brand, retail for each model is roughly $55 US or about $70 CND.
From a personal level, the Porsche 964 platform is truly an inspiring era. The subtle lines and the available variants of the 964 platform in our opinion are some of the most desirable designs and definitely align with what makes a Porsche 911 so highly desired. So, it would certainly make sense for Solido to bring a few examples to market!
Out of the box, it is clearly evident Solido does an outstanding job at presenting a truly accurate model, the shape and overall look a truly authentic. What differs between the two designs is pretty straight forward, the most oblivious is the rear spoiler. A keener eye will note on the 964 3.8 RS the integrated intakes in place of auxiliary lights (front end) and the additional lower lip spoiler.
As for paint, for a budget piece, both examples are quite decent, the transition from Red to Black or Yellow to Black elements are quite good. If you haven’t noticed via the number of photos, the sample of the Yellow 3.8 RS did arrive with some exterior damage – LOL, even DS is prone to carrier mishaps! Note the scratch in the front windshield and missing rear passenger side window.
Other than access to the interior, these models are fully sealed otherwise. If Solido ever decides to up the performance factor to full access and elevate the overall refinement, they will definitely disrupt the market. Doing this and hitting a specific price point is always the challenge, and Solido’s immediate competition today is from Bbrugo and Maisto.
Moving to the wheels, and an area we consider of high importance Solido again does well. Note the offset differs from front to rear, and also note the different centre logo’s between the cars. Nice attention to detail!
The package comes complete with cross-drilled rotors and Red painted calipers. Where the lack of refinement is noticed is the rim itself, the perimeter is rough and unfinished and the chrome work within the lip section is a little suspect too. For comparison, the sister brand GT Spirit provides a comprehensive package and is better executed.
Beyond the exterior the interior offers up a few differences, the 3.8 RS does come equipped with Yellow painted seatbacks, and also features “RS 3.8” within the back section of the interior. There are no bells and whistles here, the interior is quite basic overall. Plastic moulds are the norm for the various interior bits, no flocking and no seat-belts are provided.
The team here at DiecastSocieyty.com is totally impressed with both the Porsche (964) Turbo 3.6 and Porsche 911 (964) 3.8 RS, all bias aside (we love the 964 platform if you haven’t noticed). Solido genuinely improves with each passing new release. They capture the overall elegance of the automobile without the expensive price tag. Yes, one, must sacrifice in some regards but that decision is left to the collector in the end. And not to mention what an affordable way to start a possible custom project. Solido, is on the right track, looking for more interesting examples soon. Enjoy the pics!