For those who wonder how one can expand his collection of Porsche models in the format 1:43 by an attractive eye-catcher, Schuco offers in its Edition 1:43 the solution with the modelcars of the Mercedes-Benz O 317 racing transporter in Porsche factory painting: wonderfully elaborated details, surprisingly existing functional parts and a processing that leaves nothing to be desired. But when we start to rave about these must-haves, we do not want to and can not pass the Porsche 911 S, which also comes from Schuco's production, but runs in the format 1:18 in the collectors' showcases; published in the Edition 1:18 in limited edition. Two miniatures, one brand: Rarely have modelcars on the subject of Porsche fascinated us as much as these two models, which we would like to introduce to you here in more detail.
With the role model of the Mercedes-Benz O 317 racing transporter, the motorsport department of the sports car manufacturer in the mid-1960s found a possibility to carry body parts, engines and transmissions to the racing track, on which the Porsche 908 short and long tail version had went to the start. The conversion on the basis of the high-floor bus Mercedes-Benz O 317 was carried out by the body shop Robert Schenk from Stuttgart-Feuerbach. With this miniature, Schuco delivers a masterpiece whose details range from the radiator grill to the double-wing tailgate, where fold-out ramps are hidden behind. Thus, the miniature of the item number 450372900 provided with filigree windshield wipers and exterior mirrors can be loaded according to the model with suitable models.
In the context of its Edition 1:18, however, the well-known for its high-quality modelcars label has launched a hand-crafted excellent miniature of the Porsche 911 S, the fore nine-eleven in the scale 1:18. The model, build in a unit of 911 pieces, has a host of lovingly crafted details such as opening doors and a functioning front and bonnet. In the engine compartment, there is a fine miniature version of the air-cooled 2.4-liter six-cylinder boxer engine that delivers stately 140 kW / 190 hp and made the Porsche 911 S one of the fastest sports cars of its time with a top speed of 230 kilometers per hour. The detailed interior of the miniature Porsche with the item number 450036300 is exactly modeled on the large prototype vehicle and has numerous highlights.
This includes the five typical round instruments of the Porsche 911 with the also typical orange-colored pointers of the sports car. The two-tone seat covers and door inner panels or side panels are considered as very successful. On the black base coat of the model, the silver-colored Porsche trim strips come over particularly well; suitable for the classic fox rims. Simple and contemporary, the trunk presents itself under the bonnet. The curves of the fenders front and rear - always a challenge for modellers to implement them correctly - has Schuco managed perfectly. "Just" another Porsche 911, yes, but what we've found in the editorial while writing this article is that the heartbeat while viewing this model is still accelerating. But what also applies to the van.