Warsteiner Porsche 911 GT1 Test Version from a Tamiya kit

1/24 scale

by Alessandro Prini © Modeler Site

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A mule or prototype car is used to test new materials and engineering concepts, so many details on the final car do not appear on the prototype. In the case of the 911 GT1, the first prototype car tested a new composite fiber material called Duroplast, and it was used on the car nose only. Over a period of eight months, between the end of 1995 and beginning of 1996, Porsche AG started testing its new 911 intended for the GT1 class. Although the styling of the GT1 retains some resemblance with the conventional 911, it is not the usual 911 but a highly advanced pure race version.


The low and sleek body shell was a product of several wind tunnel experiments. An air intake on the roof and air outlets at either side of the rear contribute to obtain outstanding aerodynamics. Its 3.2 litre water cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine produces an awesome 600 plus horsepower output, coupled with twin-turbochargers. The rear suspension has long A arms connected directly onto the gearbox via pushrods just like a formula one. Front and rear 18 inch wheels are fitted with wide racing tires, and power assisted carbon discs with ABS provide positive stopping power.

The kit

For this project I used the well known 1996 Porsche 911 GT1 from Tamiya, item code 24186. Since this was my second GT1 and the decals application would be a hard task, I decided to build it as a curbside model. Then I used the outstanding transkit from Scale Motorsport (item code #9111), one of the first printed out in 1998 at the noticeable price of USD 35.00. The SMS transkit comes with double decals sheet, and there’s no mistake: they wanted to give the modeler a cushion to produce a successful model, so they decided to package the kit with double decals. The transkit comes with a very detailed instructions and three tables for the decals placement. All templates are numbered in the exact order you should apply them. All decals (in four different shades) are printed by a process called silk screening, every new print run is made from a fresh batch of ink. That’s the reason why the use of alcohol to soften the decals is absolutely forbidden.

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