Wednesday, August 29, 2012

1/18 UT Models - Porsche Boxster 986




This is a 1/18 scale die cast car model of Porsche Boxter 1996 Model 986, the first generation of Boxster series.

The Porsche Boxster is a mid-engined roadster built by Porsche. The Boxster is Porsche's first road vehicle to be originally designed as a roadster since the 550 Spyder. The first-generation Boxster (the 986) was introduced in late 1996; it was powered by a 2.5 litre flat six-cylinder engine. In 2000, the new Boxster S variant was introduced with a larger 3.2 litre motor, and the base model received a more powerful 2.7 litre engine. In 2003, styling and engine output was upgraded on both variants.

In 2005, Porsche unveiled the second generation of Boxster: the type 987. The 987 is more powerful than its predecessor and featured styling inspired by the Carrera GT. Engine output increased in 2007, when both Boxster models received the engines from their corresponding Porsche Cayman variants. In 2009, the Boxster models received several new cosmetic and mechanical upgrades, further increasing engine output and performance. The third generation Boxster (type 981) was launched at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

This die cast scale model is produced by UT Models (company name = UT Limited). UT Limited (Unique Toys) was a company which manufactured 1:18 scale model cars in the 1980s and 1990s, trading as UT Models. They were typically of good to high quality and were a bit more expensive than their direct competitors. The company closed at the end of the 1990s, but the essence of the brand is now associated with Gateway Global Ltd which produces models under the AUTO Art brand.

I found this model in one of the local shop specializing in hobby and toys stuff related to cars and military vehicles. From the box, I can tell that this is an old stock and when I saw it, I love it and grabbed it.

Driving a Porsche Boxster 987 of 2005 my self, I've been wanting to get a Porsche Boxster die cast car model with the exact same red color as the real one that I drive, see the picture below - this the one that I drive;






It has a small 2.7L flat 6 (horizontally opposed 6) cylinders Boxter engine capacity with 240hp output, automatic gear with "manual" tip-tronic thingy on the steering. It's not strong and powerful like those Subaru Impreza WRX (turbo powered engine) or those Nissan 350Z which easily produce 300hp and maybe more after further tuning. Nonetheless, the Boxster is surely a fun car to drive because it's a "roadster" and although speed/power is important but it's not really the paramount object of driving a roadster. If you want more power, there are plenty other models out there available and waiting for your money but if you want "winds on the hair" thrills, then this Boxster is one of them. The red color is certainly an attention grabber. People would look at the car and say "its beautiful" LOL.....






My 2 sidekicks from Shewsbury Farmers Association..... LOL





Since I drive the red Boxster (usually I tend to call it as "Red Dragon" in Facebook), it's natural that I would want a red colored die cast scale model. Therefore even though this one is the previous generation model, I don't mind about it coz the main selling point to me is the color and the 986 does not look much different than the 987 actually, just minor updates between them.

So let's have a look at this die cast car model;












This model features openable doors;






Let's get some close up on the interior;





Interior details is very good, I'm not sure how the interior of the 986 with manual transmission looks like but I guess it's more or less as what we can see from the pictures.









Both of the boot or trunk, front and rear, are openable as well;





On the front side, apart from that spare tire which is not available in the "Red Dragon" that I drive, the rest are the same.








On the rear part, everything looks the same;




Apart from the red color, another reason I bought this item is the attractive price of SGD 50.00 (about USD 40.00 / EUR 32.00 / 3,147 Yen). The one from Auto Art available in one of the local toy shop in here are mostly the "Porsche Boxter S" - the "high end" version of this Boxster with bigger engine power - price wise, those from Auto Art cost around SGD 190.00 (about USD 152.00 / EUR 122.00 / 12,000 Yen) and I don't see any red color. Apart from that, in some other toy shop, I saw a Porsche Boxster 987 from Maisto with SGD 45.00 price tag (about USD 36.00 / EUR 29.00 / 2,832 Yen) - however, it comes with silver color - or is it grey.

So yet again, the color become the main factor for me.... sigh



Underneath the chasis;





The Porsce Boxster is a mid-rear engine roadster and this promise better handling and lots of fun while driving for a mere amateur like me. I never see how the engine looks like coz basically it is located behind the seat.





Overall, I think this is a decent die cast car model of Porsche Boxster at 1/18 scale especially given the cheap price tag for such scale. The painting finishing is not perfect, I can see some inconsistencies though you may not be able to see it from the pictures here but if you touch the car and look close enough on the actual item, you can see it - then again, it's not so bad - keep in mind the decently cheap price. I like this car model coz in a way it looks the same as the "Red Dragon" of Shewsbury Land LOL...










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2 comments:

  1. i didn’t know about this brand, neither that it was related with AUTOart but for a vintage diecast looks pretty fine !!! =O... the mold is accurate and the detail is better than the recent 1/18 scale models by Burago or Maisto... i could notice in a picture of the rear, the inconsistencies in the paint job you mentioned, i mean, in the top center of the bumper there are a few points or lumps in the paint, the rest is neat and nice... i guess some things have changed when AUTOart took the place of this brand since, as you said, the price point has raised more than tripled... =)

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  2. Chris, u r amazingly clever!!!! everything u said is exactly correct.... Carlos Valderama would be proud of you....

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