I've been a fan of model Porches ever since if I first saw Wilco Machiels' Porsche Dioarmas. After writing my original post on Wilco I was fortunate enough to reach an agreement with him that allowed me to purchase one of his masterpieces for my burgeoning collection. That's a picture of it below.
Yesterday, I stumbled across something that I think would give even Wilco pause. The 1/8 911 Carrera RS 2.7 engine by Marushin. What's so special about a scale model engine? Nothing really, unless of course you take into account that this one actually works and does so all the way up to 5500 RPMs!
This miniature masterpiece was created under license agreement from Porsche by the Marushin company in Japan. Inclusive of a functioning crankshaft, pistons, camshafts, timing chain with tensioners, rocker arms and valves, the model kit consists of over 500 component parts (not including hundreds of screws) in cast zinc, aluminum, copper, steel, brass and rubber. The exhaust box is also in metal and the air intake cowling is plastic, as per the original engine.
Unfortunately, based on what I've been able to find online, this model is a one-off. It seems that either Marushin couldn't figure out how to properly market the model or just decided to go in a different direction. Either way, they are no longer available for sale.
If any of you know of one of these models available or have more information, please let me know. While I'm not sure I would want to put it together, I would love to add it to my growing collection. 🙂