With so many Porsche 911 variants available, you would think there is no room for any more reproductions in 1:18th scale. Well, the Porsche 911 is no ordinary car, as it captured the hearts of many car enthusiasts. We have seen original examples, custom examples, and these RWBs offered by Solido right now. Solido is definitely not shy to bring us multiple colour schemes with different specs to suit everyone’s taste. Today I will take a closer look at two examples, the 2011 Porsche 911 964 RWB Pandora One in green and the 2016 Porsche 911 964 RWB Hibiki in orange.
I always thought the matte green spec was the best one on the market until I saw the orange one. That is when the orange took the crown in the looks department for me. With all the wings and aero enhancements, these Porsches are definitely not for the faint-hearted. For those of you who are new to the hobby, I would like to mention that AUTOart, Ignition Model and GT Spirit made some RWB Porsches but those are at least two, three, four (and sometimes even more) times the price of Solido. This is why Solido’s examples are so important to this hobby.
As with all Solido models on sale today, they are packaged in the usual Solido box with see-through plastic on the front, top and both sides. Both are crafted in good old die-cast with opening doors. Mirrors no longer have to be attached as they are fixed on both doors and no assembly is required.
Let’s take these wild Porsches out of their box and take a closer look. The matte green definitely looks nice, but the shine and the metallic flakes on the orange one make it my favourite. I do like the extra black fender outlines on the orange one (absent on the green version) as they give the model a more pronounced look and make the fenders really stand out. Visible fender mounts are not only part of the casting detail, but painted as well (silver on the green and black in the orange). This definitely shows good effort on this budget-friendly model.
Door shut lines are good and on point. The orange example comes with attractive deep dish rims which are my favourite out of the two. They expose the drilled rotors and I think they work really well with the overall design. The rims on the green one are a disappointment and definitely fall short. All black and looking rather uninspired – but to each to their own. Rim mounting screws are present on both. Tire tread is present on all four tires. Exhaust tips are very reasonable, finished in silver with centers painted in black.
Looking inside, the orange one is the winner here as well. It has some good splash of orange inside including orange gauges, lower dash, center console area and orange stitching on the back seats too. Well done Solido! The green one on the other hand is mostly black with only a green roll cage, green seatbelts in a form of a deal and black gauges with white dials. This is nothing for me to be excited about to be quite honest.
Front and back lights, bumpers and aero elements are fair. I do like the red tow hook on the lower section of the front bumper. Windows are good all-around and it is worth mentioning that both models have windows on the doors (something that select budget manufacturers still do omit). Decals are applied well, giving both models a “sponsored” look.
To sum things up, l think these are reasonable budget models with the orange one being my favourite of the two. As much as the matte green paint looks nice, I do like the metallic glossy paint, rims and interior more on the orange one. Which one do you prefer? With so many new releases, Solido continues to do what it does best – give us lots of model cars at an attractive price point. Keep them coming!