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Tamiya Porsche 934 Turbo RSR

Porsche 934 Turbo RSR
Tamiya No. 24334-3200
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Blue-green, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $64.00
Excellent parts fit; new decals
Cons: None
A development of the roadgoing 930 Turbo, Porsche’s 934 Turbo RSR racer soon proved to be one of the most prolific winners of the GT4 class.             

The newest Tamiya release is a basically a decal variant of the earlier Jägermeister 934. The new decal sheet is printed by Cartograf, and is spectacular!  The colors are vivid and spot-on register.  

The body and majority of the parts are molded in a blue-green color which appears to be close to the specified “Cobalt Green.” One could probably get away without painting if they so desired.  The rest of the parts are molded in black with one tree of chrome plated parts and one clear tree, all separately bagged. A fret of photoetched parts is also included.

The chassis starts with the typical pan with the lower half of the engine molded in place, requiring a tedious bit of masking before painting.

All of the suspension pieces for the front and rear are individual parts; although the total parts count is only about 15, the resulting assembly looks deceivingly more complex.  

All parts feature crisp detail, and almost no cleanup of mold lines or ejector-pin marks is necessary. Tire markings are the dry-transfer type familiar to Tamiya builders. Painting instructions through each step are thorough although I did take a few liberties on some of the small details.              

The interior is also deceptively simple, yet features enough more than enough detail to get by. Add to the basic tub the roll cage, seat, pedals, shifter, and dash.  Photoetched parts are provided for the foot-pedal pads, but they get painted black, so I’m not really sure why they didn’t just mold the detail in to begin with; they’re barely visible.  

The dash, too, is a little simplified, relying on a decal to depict the entire gauge panel instead of having some molded-in relief for the bezels and such.

The body shell is molded in one piece, with just two filler pieces to add to the rear hood before painting. Tamiya is set to release the correct Cobalt Green in its excellent TS line of spray paints, but it wasn’t available at the time of this build.  A mixing formula for its acrylic paints in the instructions, but it didn’t seem quite right when I tried. Don’t forget to mask and paint the headlight bezels!  

Most of your time after the base color will be spent masking for all the black trim around the windows and bumpers.  

The glass parts are thin, clear, fit perfectly, and have nice large tabs for mounting, so there’s no fear of getting glue on the visible areas.

The decal job will most likely be the most time-consuming part of the build, but take your time, and the results are well worth the effort.  

I suggest starting with the multi-colored stripes, then adding the rest.  They may look daunting at first, but they are split into sections that will make the task manageable. You will need a setting solution, especially for the rear wheel arches. The fit is perfect if positioned correctly.

Add the mirrors (self-adhesive faces are included), wipers, and a few other details to the body, and you’re nearly done. Just snap the body onto the chassis assembly.

Aftermarket decal sets are available, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Tamiya offered another version.

The price seems a bit high for as simple as the basic kit is, but it’s definitely the best version of this car available.


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