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Ultimate displayable Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS (42056)
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Much ado has been made regarding the new Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Functionally, there have been many complaints; looks, however, for the most part, critics have been much quieter. As with most models, the legions of AFOLs have more or less corrected the functional problems (see here for details). In fact, for a worthy read viewers are directed here (Ultimate playable Porsche thread by @didumos69).

Given that (according to speculation) TLG’s main purpose for this set was for AFOLs to display, I think that it is also appropriate to have an Ultimate “displayable” version of the set. This is where my version comes in. Although the intent was to enhance the set’s visual appeal, I also wanted to focus on the functional aspects of the model, so the following changes were made: (the details of each of these changes, as well as credits can be found on the threads posted above)

- Removable (more modular) body
- Switching changeover catches in paddle shifters to smooth gear selection in the gear box
- Correction of gear sequence
- Friction reduction in gear box to fix gear shifting problems
- Gearing up engine 300% for more realistic looks/function
- Application of 90 degree limiter

For looks, several changes were made as well, although the meat and potatoes of this model obviously are the lights. Before we go there, however, several other visual aspects of the model were dealt with.

First, the large spaces under the front lights were a complaint right from the get-go. Several propositions have been made. I like the one below the best. I don’t think there is any objectivity here, just a matter of taste between the different propositions. Others have come up with different solutions. But ultimately I think we all agree that at least something needs to go in the dark hole under the headlights.

Before:



After:





Another thing I changed which really hasn’t been addressed is the large space in the back taillights:

Before:



After:



This gaping hole was a problem because initially when I added lights all you could see was the LED…. Not showing through the Bionicle piece just the LED. The change was simple, move the red Bionicle piece over one stud and fill the space with some element, hopefully orange. Because TLG does not make a one stud connector piece in orange, a one by two liftarm works perfectly. The additional stud just sits inside the model and does not interfere with anything. I had extra from my model because I never built the little suitcase, which, IMO was a very unnecessary trinket added to the set.

I played with the disk brakes to try and come up with a solution for curved calipers. TLG’s solution was to use stickers (on a 1x4 tile), which I did not really like. However, although solutions to fix this problem are available, ultimately, I was undecided if it really added any improvement, so I kept the originals. Possible solutions are below.



(didn't really like the end of the axles showing through so here is another design)



The tire rim fits in both these solutions perfectly, with no rubbing. However, what I did not like with the solutions was that from the outside, it appears as though the calipers are right up against the rim. Which obviously is not right…. It just kinda looks wired. In a real car, although the calipers are curve red, there is also a space between the rim and the curved edge of the calipers. On the solutions I tried to come up with, there was not, so I nixed the idea. It just did not look right.

The lights were a lot of fun to install. Make no mistake about it though, it was a lot of work! I have advocated for lifelites before. I think they are a great product and I proudly vouch for them (a solid review of them can be found HERE by fan-favorite SARIEL). However, just because of the nature of very small LED lights they are going o be very fragile, and you have to take great caution when installing them. Order, wire management, spacing, etc. all of this becomes a constant concern when installing them. I have had a lot of success with these lights, check out my other creations using lights here, here and here. But, without further ado, here are some pics with the LED lights installed:





















One thing I wanted to achieve was also installing neon lights underneath. I was going for something like this:



The lights I used were too focused though…. All I got were large dots underneath. Kinda like this, which I did not like.



Placing them higher in the chassis would have spread the light out, however, it would have hit all the beams (liftarms) and given a very poor showing. So I nixed the idea. I had already bought the lights however, so I thought about installing them into the interior. They are much more subtle than the regular lights, so you cannot see them in the pics well, but the light is there. It is a pale-ish orange light, which in contrast with the black, I really like. You can see the hue on most of the pics, but here is one that accentuates the interior. All in all, there are 20 lights.



I didn't think a video would be necessary for this build, but after tinkering a little I found it a little mesmerizing:



Hope you enjoyed the picture and read!







Comments

  April 12, 2017
Congratulation on you model. Could you tell the lego number of the pieces you used to fill the large spaces under the front lights?
  April 12, 2017
Congratulation on you model. Could you tell the lego number of the pieces you used to fill the large spaces under the front lights?
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  December 27, 2016
Thank you Oran!
Quoting Oran Cruzen Excellent!
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  December 27, 2016
Happy holidays to you too Jeremy. May the new year bring many new LEGO elements to add to your array of beautiful tops!
Quoting Jeremy McCreary Your touches take the visual impact up many notches, NFP! Excellent write-up, too. Happy Holidays!
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  December 26, 2016
Excellent!
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  December 26, 2016
Your touches take the visual impact up many notches, NFP! Excellent write-up, too. Happy Holidays!
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  December 26, 2016
Okay...NOW I am uploading the LDD file. I had forgot about that.... Thanks for the comments. Making the set more modular went great, but they were not my original changes. As mentioned in the text of this build, there is a eurobricks.com thread that explains and gives references to all the changes (except my lights). I highly recommend visiting the thread, even if you are not a eurobricks.com member... .the changes are very useful.
Quoting Danny Welch Those upgrades look amazing, those little details really complete the aesthetic of the model. You mentioned up top that one goal was to make the bodywork more modular, how did that go? Also you mentioned an LDD file for the headlight fix? Considering getting the kit and your upgrades really are a must!
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  December 25, 2016
Those upgrades look amazing, those little details really complete the aesthetic of the model. You mentioned up top that one goal was to make the bodywork more modular, how did that go? Also you mentioned an LDD file for the headlight fix? Considering getting the kit and your upgrades really are a must!
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  October 27, 2016
Fantastic build!!!
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  September 1, 2016
I will add an LDD drawing to this post in the next few days. It is simple enough... it should show you what you need to add the other plate below the headlight. Can't do it right now... but I will get to it.
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  August 31, 2016
What other piece did you use on the orange plate under the headlight?
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  August 31, 2016
What other pieces did you use with the orange plate under the headlight to make it fit?
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  August 18, 2016
Very handy improvements; still can't say I'm that sold on this set. All the improvements people have made to it are pretty cool though.
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  August 17, 2016
Always fun to tinker with a set and improve it. Good job on this. Looks great.
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  August 14, 2016
Thanks everyone for the kind comments. Again, nothing huge in terms of a project, but while I am away on a perpetual business trip it was a fun project to work on after a hard days work.
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  August 13, 2016
The shots with the lights on are beautiful.
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  August 13, 2016
Excellent improvements! I really like those taillights! TLG should incorporate your ideas!
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  August 13, 2016
Excellent modifications!
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  August 12, 2016
Yup, exactly. Almost a teenager or young adult thing as well. Which, don't think many teens or young adults could afford a 911 GT3 RS.
Quoting jds 7777 Great job, Nerds! I can't stop staring at those pretty tail lights! Glad you didn't go with underglow, it's kind of a ricer thing, and I don't think any Porsche owners would actually do that to their car. :)
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  August 12, 2016
The package that would apply here is fairly simple. Few elements and the lights, that is it. I have advocated for these lights before. Work great. Packages for sets, like the Unimog, 8070 supercar used to be available from Artifex Creations, but I don't think they sell them anymore.
Quoting Nils O. Yeah, those are excellent mods. This is how it should look. A modification package would be a cool idea... Great job! :-))
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  August 12, 2016
amazing!:D
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  August 12, 2016
Those small changes made a really big difference, also, the people complain about the side mirrors...
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  August 12, 2016
Yeah, those are excellent mods. This is how it should look. A modification package would be a cool idea... Great job! :-))
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  August 12, 2016
It's quite nice to see that this set has so much potential. I really like what you did here. 5/5
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  August 11, 2016
Great job, Nerds! I can't stop staring at those pretty tail lights! Glad you didn't go with underglow, it's kind of a ricer thing, and I don't think any Porsche owners would actually do that to their car. :)
 
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