Building a Lego Porsche 911 is long, meticulous, rewarding work

The school holidays are still lingering for some, and that means finding activities to keep the kids entertained and engaged in a way that’s educational, but not boring. Lego Technic is designed for exactly that, combining the modular fun of Lego with the intricacies of gear boxes and building something with the potential to be functional.

Compared to some other more high-end Technic sets, the Porsche 911 RSR isn’t as involved as some adult fans of Lego would like. But that makes it far better suited to younger teenagers who want to get into the hobby, yet whose parents are unwilling to part with $500+ to get the significantly larger Porsche 911 GT3 RS or Bugatti Chiron.

The Lego Technic Porsche 911 RSR, alongside its much larger inspiration.

The set’s 1580 pieces primarily comprise connector pegs of varying colours and lengths, of which there are more than 500. Yet there is still plenty of variety in the building techniques and other parts.

You start off by building the chassis and suspension, which includes most of the gears and functional parts. Paying attention in this section is crucial, so you don’t make the same mistake I made; putting on one of the gear boxes upside down on page 14, and then not noticing until page 119 and having to take the whole thing apart to fix it.

Yet these kinds of mishaps aren't necessarily bad things for kids who are more used to building with traditional Lego. It shows them that if you vary something cosmetic, then you have something beautiful and unique, but if you vary something integral to the function of a model, then you have an irritating mistake that will take more than an hour to fix. A vital life lesson for all future engineers.

Using real shock absorbers for the wheels is cool, because it gives kids a chance to see how a regular car works, without doing something expensive.

The model looks great, and doesn’t hide the inner workings.

Builders of Technic need to be very patient, because until they start building the outer parts of the body, the frame doesn’t really look like much beyond a complicated mess of strategically placed holes. Once the shell goes on, though, it looks like an extremely cool car, and one that doesn’t hide the inner workings. You can see how the V6 engine moves, and use the steering wheel to turn the front wheels.

It took me a couple of weeks of building in the evenings (and across some weekends) to complete the model, so although the RRP of $249.95 makes the 911 RSR a fairly expensive toy (certainly pricier than my usual preferred value of 10c per piece), it’s not something that will merely be completed in an afternoon and then forgotten about. Besides, a lot of that is paying for the licence to use the Porsche brand, which is notoriously difficult to secure, and it’s rare in this age of constant discounting that anyone would ever pay full price for a Lego set.

Although the instructions don’t mention it, it is also possible to turn the 911 RSR into a remote-controlled car. There are plenty of Lego fans who have released instructions online utilising the new Lego Powered Up motor and remote control kit. Of course because it’s such a heavy car this build will require two XL motors, which aren’t cheap, but once you’re done using the motors in this car you can take them out and incorporate them into your next Technic build.

All in all this isn’t a perfect model, and there are certainly some frustrations to be had during the building process, but the sense of pride children (and some adults) will feel at the end is completely worth the price of admission.

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