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  1. vectormatic

    42093 Corvette ZR-1

    Im not 100% on that, it could be that the entire front shell flips up, the middle of the hood is obviously connected to the wheel arches, but those arent secured at the bottom, i cant quite make out the front to see if there is a solid connection from the front shell to the frame, but i wouldnt be surprised. Either way, i think they messed up with this set, the corvette as a car isnt recognizable enough to be worked out in 400 parts, if you'd shown me this car without the corvette stickers, i would have pegged it for some generic design, not a corvette. I might end up getting it as a parts pack/base for MOC/MODding eventually though, but the set itself does nothing for me.
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    42096 Porsche 911 RSR

    Anyone expecting a gearbox hasnt been paying attention to recent trends: - 42056 had a poor gearbox, and was just generally missing features for a technic set of that price level -42063 was a whole $15 more expensive then the previous bike, and had much more parts, all dedicated to show over substance, the lack of a chain actually means that despite the telel-lever front suspenion, the BMW probably has less moving parts then 42036, despite having 228 extra parts, and no extra functions, again, style over substance in a licensed set. - 42077 was missing features badly compared to its predecessors 42039 and 42000 - 42083 continues the trend of 42056 in being light on features for its pricepoint, and while the gearbox is improved, it also shows that designs this complex have problems in lego form, the slop in all the gearmeshes added up making for waaaaaaay too much play in the connection between wheels and engine. Putting any kind of gearbox in 42096 would mean it surpasses 42056 as a set, unless they somehow manage to make an even worse gearbox. For half the price, that simply isnt happening, not in this short a gap between sets. Personally i off course would have prefered a gearbox, even a basic manual fourspeed like 8880 had, but being realistic, that was never going to happen. At least we get a very cool display model (in that respect i much prefer this over 42056), and im willing to bet there is space in there for the die-had AFOL to put in a proper gearbox, especially with the wave-catch part. We get a "budget" body/chassis which looks 100% on the mark, and get to fill in the blanks ourselves, or not, and just use it as a display piece.
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    42096 Porsche 911 RSR

    The description text mentions independent suspension I wouldnt expect too much otherwise, this is a licensed set after all, and it can eclipse the gt3rs at half price
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    42096 Porsche 911 RSR

    Good eye! I checked two of my cylinders, the older one (Ferrari enzo, so ~10 years) has a slit in the gallery for the pins, the newer one (go kart, i think 42048) has a solid gallery but a slit in the cylinder skirt under the gallery (42077, my most recent set has the same skirt slit), the pics of this porsche have neither, so solid gallery and solid cylinder wall I always thought this part was the same from almost 30 years ago, turns out i was wrong, and indeed we are getting a new mold next year EDIT: checked the porsche pic again, they have the same cylinder wall slit... so could be the same mold as recent technic sets
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    42096 Porsche 911 RSR

    Im willing to bet that in the terms and conditions of that contest, you pretty much signed over any claim to ownership of your design to TLC just by entering, so even if they looked at your design and went "huh, thats cool, lets just use that", there was no stealing involved. Also, TLC designers dont work in a vacuum (and even then, two minds having the same idea independently is entirely possible), they are among us in the community, and will always pick up some details here and there. And besides, half the theme we slag off TLC for making some poor designs and how the AFOLs design stuff better, but when they actually look at those designs and incorporate that, it is bad as well? If you want full credit for your designs, go the Jeroen Ottens route and do commision work on a one off basis, and never release detailed fotos or instructions. As for the lights, i actually think lego kinda screwed that up, those canopies are waay too bulbous for proper porsche headlights
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    42096 Porsche 911 RSR

    Im absolutely loving this set yes, it has less features then your typical $150 set, yes it has some rather questionable details here and there, but RACECAR. Im a big fan of the GT3/GTE cars in the speed champions line, getting one of those blown up to proper display model scale is epic. And i wouldnt mind if TLC makes more of these, id love a Ferrari 488GTE and other track heroes.
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    Man, that corvette is a mess... I can somewhat appreciate the mini-v8, since a normal fake engine wont work in that scale, but it also looks less impressive. Styling wise... as others have said, the corvette isnt as iconic as a ferrari or 911, so the recognizability just isnt there, its not a vette, its a generic supercar-ish thing, which due to the bulky design says more camaro then corvette to me. The colour absolutely isnt helping though, in supercar land orange is Lambo, Mclaren or GT3RS. It also seems to be missing a HoG, so im really wondering where the playability is The mini wheel arches are nice though, i can totally see someone making a mini-42056 as a C-model. The cherry picker will be a nice small kit for my kid, , but the laziness from TLG there is just insane, i mean how much design effort really goes into those small $10 sets? Surely one of the designers could have taken this on as a side-gig next to the bigger sets right? EDIT: Also, WTF is up with the corvettes spoiler? from the pics it looks like there is less gap between the boot and spoiler on the real thing then on the scale model...
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    Ill have to check my 42077 when i get home, but AFAIK there is a multi axle curve. The "body" of the panel is one curve, but then the arch itself is rolled out a bit, making stickers a no-go
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    The center exhaust is the 2018 spec, the side exhausts are 2017 spec https://www.motor1.com/news/240822/2018-porsche-911-rsr-spied/ So far that and the yellow/clear headlights are the differences i can find for 2017/2018 spec
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    The dimensions given in the description come out to bang on 1:9
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    looks like a pin/towball part to mimic the centercap. Id be shocked if this car has anything other then the regular 3-pin hubs found on every other technic big-wheel car
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    taken from the description: " Porsche 911 RSR measures over 5” (13cm) high, 19” (50cm) long and 7” (20cm) wide. " 25 pinholes is bang on 20cm, so that checks out For reference, the size is about the same as 42039 (which came in at 48x21) Given that a real 911 of the current gen is roughly 450x180 that makes this scale 1:9
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    The 911 is the only model porsche makes worthy of a big technic set though (unless they dive into the historical lineup, the 918/919 are gone), the cayman is never allowed the limelight, and a macan/cayenne/panamera would be laughable. im totally gushing over this thing, but i think there is more then enough to distinguish this from 42056, even if they are both some form of 911. Look at it this way, this is the first licensed technic racecar in over a decade, or ever, if you dont count the F1s, the fact that it happens to be a 911 doesnt matter, there is finally a cool display piece for die hard racing fans (for which the GT3 RS just missed the mark imho, that car is a rich guys toy, not a proper racecar)
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    Gotcha, apparently i didnt pay enough attention this year :P Either way, i think yellow headlights would "pop" a bit more, so i might go for that anyway, ill have to look at the aero changes and maybe mod the car back to 2017 spec. I disliked 42077 for its feature-lightness (bought it for a C-model anyway, ended up disliking that build, made the A-model and now im unsure what to do with it, as i still am not bowled over by it) I disliked 42056 for being feature-light, and just poorly working (that gearbox is shameful in a €300+ set) I dislike 42083 for being feature-light and inaccurate (that triple crankshaft... i just cant get past it) 42096 though, yes, it is as feature barren as 42077 (and the whole 180 degree V6 Vs true boxer thing still mildly annoys me), yes, the features are basically the same in this €150 set as in the €55 42037 BUT, it looks absolutely bad-megablocks, to me it is the coolest looking (stock) technic car since the Ferrari models, it has the engine in the right place, a ma-hoooosive difuser (which is the whole reason the engine got put in the middle rather then the back on this car), and it gets me my porsche display model at half price... Im also digging the cockpit details from what i can see, the air-hose on the dash is a pretty nice touch and makes it look proper GTE-racecar. I know this makes me look like a massive hypocrit, i smacktalk the GT3 and Chiron just about every chance i get for being all style and no substance, and this thing comes in at about the same substance/€, but im absolutely loving the package, and that is coming from a ferrari fan who normally doesnt care about porsches. To me, this is grown up Speed Champions, and Lego could do a car like this every year and i'd keep buying them (as long as i have shelf space)
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    Technic 2019 Set Discussion

    Im totally loving the porsche! Turns out i was dead on the money a few months ago guessing that at this price a new 911 wouldnt have a gearbox though, and that still bums me out a bit, but once this hits the customary %20 amazon pricedrop, itll be mine. Those headlights though... comedy levels of bad, and they should absolutely be yellow as well (given that the RSR is a GTE class car, and those have yellow headlights to distinguish them from LMPs during nighttime racing) Yes, it basically is a dressed up 42077, which for its price was already light on features (essentially a dressed up 42037), but i totally feel like i made the right call skipping 42056 all those years, this is essentially the same thing for half price. The lack of gearbox is objectively a BAD thing, especially for this being a technic set, there are no two ways around that, but im pretty sure this thing will be modified by the community to fit one, and honestly, im loving that im getting a "full-size" GTE car, even if its a dog functions wise, and i would have prefered a ferrari, this is a much cooler showpiece for me then 42056, and at half price!