Review: 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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Earlier in the year, we were given some teaser images of a new Technic sports car that was due to be released in the (northern) summer. The model on display at LEGO shows had a black and white camouflage look. Then in April images started to appear of the final version: the lava orange 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

For Technic aficionados, this looked like it was going to be a comprehensive build, with new parts and which included a functioning PDK gear box.

Read on to see whether the build meets these high expectations, and find out more about the fully functional Technic Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe.


The Box

The front of the box shows the Porsche 911 GT3 RS car in its distinctive orange colour. It also suggests that the model is at 1:8 scale.

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The back of the box has a birds-eye-view of the car along with four smaller images showing details of some of the features of the build.

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The lid of the box lifts off. It has seven images showing the history of the 911 model. First appearing in 1963, the 911 has had seven distinctive models over its 50 years of production.

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All the boxes are made from the matte black cardboard usually seen on Ideas sets.

Inside the box, parts have been segregated into five smaller boxes. The instruction manual is framed by four of these boxes.

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There is a sticker sheet sitting behind the instruction manual.

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The instruction manual looks like a Porsche owner's manual. The front cover has an image of the Porsche badge on the bonnet of the real 911 GT3 RS car.

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Weighing 1.3 kg (3 lbs), the instruction book is 25 mm (1 inch) thick.

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The Porsche logo symbolises a crest of Stuttgart, a town located in the south of Germany which was founded in 950 CE and has been a horse stud farm from the 13th century. The main feature of the crest is a prancing horse. There are also red-and-black stripes and antlers which are taken from the coat of arms of the Württemberg Kingdom.

The word Porsche arches over the whole crest.

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With the instruction book removed, all of the five smaller boxes can be seen.

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The instruction book is 578 pages long and divided into five sections. All the text is written in English and German. There are 856 building steps.

The first introduction section outlines some of the history of the LEGO Technic theme as well as the history of the Porsche AG Company. There is some history of the 911 car, finishing with some great images of the lava orange 911 GT3 RS.

There is an interview with fellow kiwi Brendon Hartley, one of two kiwi professional drivers with Porsche. The new 911 GT3 RS breaks new ground. Join Brendon Hartley as he takes the 911 GT3 RS to its limits during his trip to the Nardo test track.

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Interestingly, there is a timeline showing the development process for this significant project. This set has taken nearly three years to develop from a concept in winter 2013 to full production in summer 2016.

Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, VP Motorsports and GT Cars at Porsche, was given an 8860 Car Chassis. Dr Walliser reveals that LEGO was a big part of his childhood. He was given this specific set when he was 11 year's old.

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8860 Car Chassis could be considered the closest Technic predecessor to the Porsche brand: it has a flat-four boxer engine located in the rear of the chassis.

Brickset member, TechNick has written a comprehensive review of 8860 Car Chassis. He takes the set further by using it as the basis of a 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster MOC.

The Porsche logo mentioned above first appeared on a 1952 356 Speedster.


The build - Box 1

The first building section of the instructions starts at page 38 and indicates that box 1 builds the drive train, complete with dual clutch gearbox (PDK), paddle shifters, suspension and the heart of the 911 GT3 RS, the 4.0 flat 6 engine.

Box 1 has an image of the 4.0 litre water-cooled flat-six engine.

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Box 1 is the biggest of the parts boxes and contains the most parts.

There are 10 numbered bags, and one bag of orange panels and soft axles. This bag of orange parts is used during the box 3 build.

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All of the engineering is completed during this section.

The steering column includes the paddle gear shifters.

Here are some images of this module. The two yellow half bushes are the paddles. The right paddle advances the gears and the left paddle reduces the gears. The paddles pull the yellow knob wheel against the red gear change lever. This causes the yellow knob wheel to rotate, which leads to the CV joint rotating 90°.

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Here is a view from below.

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And a view from above.

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Here is the complete module with the steering mechanism included.

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By page 133, build step 176, the PDK gear box, steering column and paddle shifters are in place.

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There is a GPS unit on the dashboard. The set comes with two stickers; one showing the GPS shut down with a Porsche GT3 RS logo.

The second sticker shows a map of Porsche Engineering, Weissach Development Centre. Porsche use these facilities to test components and systems on standard engine test benches and high-performance test benches. Porsche has their engineering development centrally located at a single site complete with a test track.

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It would have been nice for two 2x4 black tiles to be included with the set so builders can have both sticker options available. Instead, there is only one such tile in the box.

There are some new parts in this section. The 3M axle with end stop has been seen earlier in the year in 42050 Drag Racer.

A new red 3M Gear Shift Connector is used extensively in this set and is the key component in the PDK gear box.

Porsche use red shock absorbers, and so this set has extra hard shock absorbers for the first time in this colour.

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By page 172, build step 235, the front axle and steering is complete.

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The set has a new front wheel bearing. Yellow brake callipers are in place. Porsche colour code their brakes and use yellow for their Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB).

The grey 5M half beam limits the steering lock. I would expect to see a new part developed to be used in this location giving future models a better range of steering.

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The new front wheel bearing receives the existing 3 snap gearblock. As the three pivot points are in a straight line, this set has parallel steering geometry rather than the better Ackerman steering.

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It would be possible to create Ackerman steering geometry by using Technic lever 2M to bring the steering knuckles in by one stud.

I always like to align the wheels with the steering wheel. The instruction at build step 235 on page 172 could be improved by showing how to easily align the wheels and steering wheel before pushing in the 12-tooth gear.

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By page 189, build step 266, the rear axle, differential and suspension is complete.

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There is a mistake in the instructions at build steps 267, 268 and 269. The gear box as built using the instructions has the gear ratios in the wrong order. The gears shift from 1st to 3rd to 2nd to 4th with ratios of 7:9, 7:25, 7:15 and 7:45 respectively.

Here is an image of the gears under the differential, as built, using the instructions at build step 269.

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Build step 267 should be amended by placing the 12-tooth gear in front of the bush.

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Build step 268 should reverse the two gears by having the 20-tooth gear in front of the 16-tooth gear.

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Build step 269 places the second 16-tooth gear. This change effectively switches 3rd and 2nd gears around.

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By page 211, build step 302, the flat-six boxer engine is taking shape.

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By page 223, build step 323, the engine is complete with the exhaust manifold and filters installed.

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Each LEGO cylinder has a diameter equal to the height of one brick and a stroke of one stud making the displacement of each piston 579 mm3. The six cylinder LEGO engine has a capacity of 3474 mm3.

The 911 GT3 RS car has a displacement of 4.0 lt or 4,000,000 mm3. This makes the engine's ratio of 1:1151 by volume or 1:10.5 in each dimension (3√1151).

This completes the build for box 1.

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Box 2

Porsche use the term 'marriage' to describe the process of joining the drive-train to the body of the car.

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There are nine numbered parts-bags in box 2.

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By page 335, build step 493, the upper chassis and roll cage is complete.

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This module is married with the lower chassis and drive train.

The two halves are locked together using 12 red friction pins; a method first seen with 8448 Super Street Sensation.

Here is the chassis, when combined. The engine is now hidden under two layers of the build: the exhaust manifold and the black 5x11 flat panels.

The chassis is very rigid; I believe this is the most rigid studless Technic chassis, and given its size, this is quite remarkable.

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Page 341 to 346, build steps 499 to 510, makes the right bucket seat.

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Pages 352 to 357, build steps 516 to 527 makes the left bucket seat.

Both seats are identical and usually the instructions indicate a repetitive build at the start of a sequence, and finish with ×2 at the end. It was obvious that the two seats were still to be built: the image on the box hinted that the seats were included in this section, and the parts remaining were typical for two seats. The instructions, however, could be more concise.

When both bucket seats are installed, box 2 build is compete.

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Box 3

With box 3, you start building the body of the car and finish with the iconic hood.

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There are four numbered parts bags in box 3.

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It is here that you start to see the orange panelling and soft axles.

The set includes six new wheel-arch panels, two of which have air vents and lights printed on them.

The set includes five 12M and seven 19M soft axles in orange for the first time.

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By page 448, build step 637, the rear panelling including rear wheel arches and tail lights is complete.

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By page 462, build step 663, the bonnet is compete.

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By page 473, build step 679, the car is taking shape and the distinctive Porsche 911 shape can be seen.

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Box 4

Box 4 finishes the model by adding the distinctive wheel arches with their air outlets found only on the 911 GT3 RS. The adjustable motorsport rear wing will also be added.

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Box four contains four numbered parts bags.

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The set has eight printed parts; the two wheel arches, five hub nuts, and the laser engraved part with an individual serial number.

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The distinctive wheels, unique to this set, are included in an un-numbered box. The four tyres are inside this box.

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The wheels are 42 mm (1 5/8" inch) wide. They are the widest wheels in the LEGO system.

The tyres have 81.6 x 44 ZR printed on the side. ZR means that the tyres are rated for speeds in excess of 240 km/h (149 mph).

The bolting plate of these wheels has a positive offset of 7 mm. These are the first LEGO wheels to have a positive offset.

The new front wheel bearings and 3 snap gearblock gives a spindle length of 14 mm between the steering knuckles and the bolting plate, leaving a positive scrub radius of 7mm.

8448 Super Street Sensation still retains the distinction of having the smallest scrub radius of 4 mm (half a stud).

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There are some new and rare parts used in this part of the build.

The 5x7 and 5x11 panels in orange have only been seen in one set each.

New to this set are six black and eight orange 3x7x2 panels.

There is one 11M Technic axle. This is the first time there has been an 11M axle in any colour.

The car has two 32mm diameter clear transparent round plates for the first time.

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By page 482, build step 691, the dash board is complete. There are three stickers on the dash. The speedo indicates a speed of 325 km/h (202 mph) with the engine tachometer indicating 8500 rpm.

This is not bad, given that the real car has a top speed of 310 km/h (193 mph) at 8250 RPM.

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For the remainder of the build, details are added to the body, starting at the front bumper and moving anti-clockwise around the vehicle until it is complete.

The last part of the build involves making the Porsche branded carry case that sits in the front under the bonnet.

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Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe

Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) translates to dual clutch in English. The PDK allows for fast gear changes as the next gear is selected and the drive is transferred between the two clutches and two drive shafts. This YouTube video explains the PDK system.

The LEGO PDK gearbox works slightly differently to the real version. As most of the engineering is hidden underneath the panelling, I have taken some simplified images with the panelling removed.

The two driving rings are controlled by the 9M steering arms which are linked to the PDK selector shaft. This shaft has two orange 1x2 beams with cross hole, which are out of phase by 90°. As you move the PDK paddles on the steering column, the yellow knob wheel rotates 90°, advancing or retarding the gear selected.

The new red gear-shifter-connector allows the driving rings to slide smoothly between the red clutch gears. There are eleven instances of this new part in this set, and it is used to join axles together, as can be seen in the image below.

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If you change gears slowly, or only half move a paddle, it is possible to have two gears engaged momentarily.

Here is a view which includes the steering column, paddles and gear selector mechanism. If you plan to build your car with right hand steering, the yellow knob wheels must be located on the other side where the yellow cross axle joint is located.

The upper drive shaft in the image below connects the forward-and-reverse gear box to the differential.

I have been told that the white 24-tooth friction coupling sometimes slips, particularly in 1st gear, but I have not had this problem. There is quite a lot of friction between this coupling and the engine.

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Here is a close-up view of the forward-and-reverse gear box. There is only one white gear-shifter-connector in this set, and here it is.

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The completed model

The images and specifications of the real 911 GT3 RS can be found at the Porsche web site. There is also a 10.3 Mb PDF catalogue available to download.

Here is a side view of the car. At 71 studs long, this car is the longest Technic super car, beating 853 Car Chassis by 5 studs.

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And the rear view of the car. 8865 Test Car is the widest Technic super car at 32 studs. At 31 studs wide, the 911 GT3 RS is only one stud narrower.

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These dimensions make the Technic model 1:8, 1:7.6 and 1:8.7 scale respectively when compared to the real car's length, width and height.

Here are a few more comparison views.

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Andrew Woodman, Senior Design Manager for LEGO Technic, hints that the current 911 GT3 RS is the first vehicle in a new LEGO Technic series. Have a look at the cars that LEGO currently has licences for. I wonder what Technic car will be produced next.


Overall opinion

Creator Expert Technic theme

There is quite a lot of detail in this set. For me, it feels as if this is a Creator Expert Technic set and deserves a new theme designation to distinguish it from regular Technic sets.

It is solidly built and weighs 2.48 kg (5 ½ lbs). It has 17 7x5 beam frames to brace the rigid chassis.

This year has seen a shift in Technic sets towards a completely closed-in panel look. Several people commented on my review of 42052 Heavy Lift Helicopter that LEGO could include more plates and tiles for lights or detailing; this set's design has moved in this direction.

Power Functions

As with the Creator Expert trains, this set should have been motorised with Power Functions; however, this feature is absent. There is no provision in the instructions to show how to add Power Functions to the model.

An XL motor can be installed if the flat-six boxer engine is removed. The battery box can be placed where the forward-and-reverse gear box is located. Either the battery's polarity or IR speed remote control could control the forward or reverse function. Removing this gear box would also simplify some gearing.

I will be looking at removing the paddle steering column and mounting this on an IR speed remote control so that it can control a servo motor which will then rotate the DPK selector shaft. A second servo motor will fit under the bonnet for the steering.

Like the Creator Expert trains, these Power Function parts will add to the cost of this set, and like those trains, the brick-built engine must be removed.

Engineering visibility

I would like to see more of the fantastic engineering in the set and I am disappointed that the key features are hidden under panels. It seems to me that there is no reason to have all this functioning intricate engineering when it cannot be seen.

I think that some transparent panels could be produced as a service pack so people can choose whether the engineering can be seen. A similar transparent panel was seen in the side of Creator Expert 10241 Maersk Line Triple E ship to reveal its engine room.

Instructions

Despite this set being in development for three years and scrutinised by both the senior LEGO Technic design team and the engineering team at Porsche, I am surprised that the gears are in the wrong order. This is an iconic engineering feature of the 911 GT3 RS and this fault should not have occurred. Fortunately, it is a simple mistake to fix.

I believe that this is a symptom of having the gearing and engine hidden under the panelling.

As pointed out in this review, the instructions could be more concise in a few places.

Faults

The steering has a very poor steering lock. The turning diameter is a massive 2.0 m (6.6 ft); this is more than twice the radius of its predecessor 8660 Car Chassis (84 cm / 33 inch). If this were scaled up, the turning diameter would be 16 m (52.5 ft). The steering lock could be improved with the development of a new shaped 5x2 half beam.

Despite using hard shock absorbers, due to the weight of the model, the car runs aground easily. The ground clearance is only 8 mm (5/16 inch); it is a race car after all.

There is poor access to the steering wheel and paddle gear shifters, so it is difficult to operate these controls.

Price

Compare the price-per-part for the Flagship Technic sets over the last four years (GBP / USD / Euro):

This is an expensive set and the high price will put many people off purchasing it. There are others who will buy this set regardless of price.

My building experience

This set took three nights of solid Technic building to complete. By the end of the first night I had completed box 1 and was amazed at the ingenious PDK gearbox.

As the build progressed through box 2 and 3 during the second night, I was disappointed that the engineering was slowly disappearing from view. I have to confess that I like the skeletal look of traditional Technic sets. I realise that this set's enclosed panel look is liked by many people.

By the time the model was complete, I had grown to like the finished look of the car. It is clearly a Porsche 911 and I like the colour scheme.

This is a display set and it loses some playability because the steering wheel and paddles are hard to operate.

I can see how licensing affects the price; however, the benefits of LEGO producing a set like this has advantages for both companies and I believe it is a privilege to have LEGO knock at your door to produce something from your stock.

The packing is superior to the usual LEGO boxes and the instruction book is more like a coffee table owners-manual.

The release of this set has been hugely anticipated; I would definitely purchase this set although I realise that it is expensive.

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Availability

It's available now from shop.LEGO.com: USA | UK | Canada | Germany | France and in LEGO brand stores in Germany and Austria. It will be available in other stores from 1 August.

Thanks

Thanks to Sabrina Cornelius of the Porsche Media Team for permission to use Porsche images in this review.

Thanks to Crowkillers for the tip-off about the gearbox issue.

Thanks, also, to Continental Cars, Newmarket, Auckland NZ for permission to use their showroom as a backdrop for my last image.

Finally, thanks to The LEGO Group for sending me the set to review.


This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.

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67 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Dissapointing eyecandy lego. How can the fluff up the instructions!

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By in New Zealand,

I still think it's a stupid amount of money for something that looks like it's been in a nasty accident. I've never seen the appeal of Technic sets and this just reinforces my view of them.

I appreciate the underlying engineering and technical doohickery, but the aesthetics of Technic sets are just awful. I always look at them and think "How could I fill in all the gaps with *proper* LEGO?!" :-)

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By in Canada,

That is the most insanely detailed LEGO product I could imagine. Awesome.

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By in Germany,

Yeah, we do great cars here in Stuttgart. Sadly no LEGO store here.... I guess you can buy it on the store in the Porsche museum. (Worth a visit by the way, much better than the Mercedes one in my opinion. Great architecture!)

Car looks great, but with Big Ben, the VW Käfer and the new amusement park set (should be time for the reveal soon...) I have no money for it.

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By in United Kingdom,

It's not a set I'm interested in, but this is a very good review.

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By in United States,

This set does not appear to be available online at any official Lego shop at the time I post this message (about 12:30am PST). Clicking around to the various country's sites using the links above shows a lot of "out of stock, shipping in 30 days" messages.

On the U.S. site it simply says "coming soon." That message is changed from about an hour ago where it formerly said "Coming soon on Jun 1."

If there are production problems or whatever, I understand that stuff happens, but at least let us order it as they do so called "expected ship date XX" items.

This is quite disappointing. I guess it was just too much for me to expect to simply be able to order and pay for the set when it was advertised to be available.

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By in Australia,

I was hoping to see some inside images of various parts of the oft-mentioned expansive coffee-table-instruction-owners-manual, but alas, no.

Thorough review otherwise. Thanks!

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By in Czech Republic,

Great review.

That are some nice comparison pictures. From these I feel that the overal dimensions could have been matched better. The car looks a bit to flat, especially the side view shows this extensively. The rear spoler sticks out to mucb, ground clearance is smaller than it could be even for a sports car. All in all, in my opinion this model mimics some of the older 911 cars better than the new GT3 RS.

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By in United Kingdom,

I had expected to be all over this; but seeing that technically, flawed gearbox aside, it's no more intricate than the 42039 Le Mans car at a third of the price, it looks like I'll pass. Thanks for the review.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm absolutely loving building it - I'm 5 hours in so far (with an estimated 3 hours left). I almost wish I'd waited a few days to read the reviews though, because not being a Technic builder, I never noticed that the gears were the wrong way around. That's now completely buried in the model and will be almost impossible to correct without serious deconstruction.

I'm not too bothered though - I'll just be displaying it. I suspect 90% of people who buy it wouldn't notice the difference. Indeed, it's virtually impossible to tell which gear it's actually in unless you attach a motor to it.

I know a lot of the Technic die-hards are complaining about various aspects of the build, but to me, it's absolutely amazing. As I said, I'm not normally a Technic builder. The only other Technic set I've built since about 1988 is a small £5-£8 set two years ago. I'm therefore very impressed with how everything goes together, and how it all works.

I think that those like me, who don't build much Technic, will be similarly impressed.

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By in United States,

I would rather they put less money into the instructions (with mistakes!) and packaging and instead added power functions.

And the stickers look terrible (in my opinion). I really wish that they would go to painted pieces for this high priced flagship sets. Especially since there are a couple of pieces which were painted.

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By in United Kingdom,

Would love to get this but the price and colour scheme puts me right off. I preferred the placemaker colour scheme to the garish orange. Should've been red or black

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By in United Kingdom,

Believe me, it looks stunning in orange.

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By in United Kingdom,

For a first attempt at a 'luxury' Technic set this is pretty impressive. The subtle packaging style they first used for 41999 looks grown up, and the manual and set boxing is attractive, shame about the manual errors. I'd expect an errata sheet for later entries.
Given the space, and the attempt to be as realistic as possible the gearbox and chassis build is very nicely done.
Just one corrrection - part 3960 has been available in trans-clear for ages, mostly in Star Wars sets, but also an Avatar and a DC set [LEGO call it a 30065 don't forget as it's a polycarbonate part].
One word review: - Noice.

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By in Poland,

Thanks for the review - was really easy to read. I was sure I will get this set but now I am not sure which one should I get. This or Bucket Wheel Excavator? Propably I will wait for Bwe review

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By in United Kingdom,

My girlfriend just picked one up from Westfield London store. Cant wait!

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Both! You have two months to save for the latter.

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By in Poland,

A great, insightful review. Wonderful pictures and comparisons to "the real thing".

However, first reviews of the set put me off quite a bit. For this price, it still seems outrageous they didn't include any PF, nor any instructions how to add them, nor B model, and that there are serious flaws in paddle and steering functions. I'm definitely not buying it without a serious discount. A nice box, the instructions with pictures and interviews? Well, it's only an addition to the model itself. Not worth of paying that much.

Now I'm waiting for August range and reviews. And the price dropping after initial "exclusivity". Then we'll see.

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By in United States,

Lol!!! Out of stock on the U.S. Site, expected shipping 30days. As of 5mins ago..

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By in Denmark,

For me Power Functions have no place in a model like this which should be as accurate as possible and thus have NO space for a bulky battery box and motor/s.

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By in United States,

Nice review - although a bit nit picky in areas. Like the "suggests 1:8 scale" - the length is and the width and height are quite close to that scale.

Glad you mentioned that the omission of power functions does limit the function of this. For a Technic set this has limited functions.

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By in United States,

I'm a tad disappointed at the mistake with the gearbox in the instructions. It's making me second guess purchasing this set, whereas I was all set to drive to my local store after work and get it by cashing in $100 VIP points.

That's a pretty big mistake though.

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By in Israel,

Great review, and thanks for catching the error in with the gearbox.
On a side note, I would suggest blowing the parts with some air before taking pictures. Some of them have... ahem!... hairs in them :)

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By in United States,

Fantastic review FlagsNZ, thanks for the hard work to get it to us! One thing I noticed is that the headlights aren't very accurate.

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By in United States,

If this is the first set in a series, I would love to see a Technic Audi R8 somewhere down the line

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By in Costa Rica,

Great review, but shouldn't displacement (in Part 2) be in mm^3 instead of mm^2?

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By in United States,

Dang. It looks beautiful. And that packaging... :O

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By in United States,

Hmm. As Technic sets go, this LOOKS amazing, but it doesn't seem all that technical. It's also ludicrously expensive and is lacking PF, a B-Model, error-free instructions, and HoG steering. Considering I could get both the Volvo excavator and the Claas tractor for the same price, I would honestly go with those two.

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By in South Korea,

It's a nice car, and I've been waiting for the review for a long time, but I'm disappointed by some of the design flaws regarding mechanics.

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By in United States,

Awesome review! I'm not an expert on dual clutch trannies, but could the gearing be on purpose? I once read that one clutch controls odds (1-3-5) and another controls evens (2-4-6). Maybe that's what they were going for. I'm hoping that building will help me understand it better!

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By in United States,

A stunner for sure, but disheartening that there's such a serious error in the instructions. How many times are they going to mess up production sets before they get their QC in check? Wall-E, Ant-Man, and now this, just within the past year…
Anyway, good catch on the gearing there, Crowkillers.

Price per piece is definitely on the higher end, but with so many new molds and colors, suppose there's not much to be done about it.

As always, wish they would do all prints instead of stickers, especially at these sorts of prices.

Looks like theskirrid beat me to it, but yes, those 32mm dishes in trans-clear ( http://brickset.com/parts/4166082 ) have been around since at least 1999 ( http://brickset.com/sets/7121 ).

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By in New Zealand,

@ Zackula: well spotted, displacements now changed to mm^3. Thanks.

@ Sorary, with my suggested fix in the gearbox, one clutch has 1 and 3 while the other has 2 and 4, so the even vs odd feature is preserved.

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By in United States,

300 bucks for that thing? No thanks.

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By in United Kingdom,

Brilliant set, looks stunning however the price is abit high, if they made a creator version id defiantly have it

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By in Canada,

Thanks for the review! I can appreciate the time and effort that goes into these. I really would like to get this set but will sit on that decision for a bit. The price seems high and realize that its licensed and thus will be pricier. Problem being is if I buy one and there are future models in this series as alluded to it could get really expensive! Oh the problems! ha ha

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By in Ireland,

Good review, but won't be getting this. It's a nice set, but no-where near the justification for the price point.

BTW, is the model really 5.2kg? That seems more like the total box weight.

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By in Germany,

I would rather buy a technic set where I do not have to pay a premium for some IP I do not care about, no matter how good the set actually is. The packaging is more off-putting, too, it takes away the toy-aspect Lego should keep.

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By in Australia,

Well as a massive Porsche and Technic fan, this was a no brainer, even at this price. Imagine my surprise logging onto the lego shop to see it sold out already. I figured it must be more popular than most Brickset commenters seem to suggest, but perhaps its been pushed back until the instructions are fixed? Either way, I've ordered mine so roll on whenever it comes out!

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By in Denmark,

Those complaining about the high price should realize that just just like the real Porsche GT3 RS is not your "average means of transportation" but an expensive luxury product, also this set is not your "average Technic set" with a plain box, PF (options), B-model etc. but an expensive luxury product.

In both cases it makes no sense to compare with the average product in terms of "value-for-money".

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By in Indonesia,

Straight to the top of my wanted list, even though we pay 40 to 60% more here in Indonesia than elsewhere and on top of that we're usually the last country in the world where new models are released by Lego.

Terrible, but this one looks worth to wait and pay for every single bit though!

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By in United States,

When this set was first teased I was quite excited for it. When the official announcement came I was initially disappointed about the lack of Power Functions and the high price but was still looking forward to purchasing it. This review, however, has greatly furthered my disappointment to the point where I really don’t want it anymore.

This set suffers from an identity crisis.

What I mean by that is that this is a Technic set trying to be a Creator set but not doing a great job at either. As a flagship Technic set it is an awesome example of what fans like to see in the form of the complicated gear boxes and moving part. But unfortunately in an attempt to make this look like a Creator style model all of that gets covered up. You can really only see the interesting engineering bits during assembly and you never get a chance to really see them in action.

As a fan of Technic this is really disappointing to me.

What is the point of a complicated dual clutch transmission if you can’t actually see it in action? Even the 6 cylinder engine has the pistons covered. What is the point of even having them in there when they are only seen during the build? If this had Power Functions (full remote control) at least we would see the effect of the transmission even if we can’t see the gears moving and interacting.

I wish this was designed in a way such that the body was easily removable as an assembly allowing the chassis and all the interesting moving bits to be viewed, like some of the older supercar sets. As it is now, all the interesting things that make this a Technic set are wasted as just part of the assembly process. This might as well be a Creator set.

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By in New Zealand,

@ EternalBrick: This is nothing like the design faults in Wall-E or Ant-Man: it is a few pieces put the wrong way around. It is easy to spot; at the end of the building of box 1, put the wheels on and remove the detailing on the engine. Driving the car around and changing gears will reveal that the pistons are cycling at the wrong frequency. The fix is easy too: just change the four gears as shown.

The fault is not apparent as, when the wheels are finally put on, the engineering is hidden away.

I was alerted to the fault on Saturday when Huw forwarded to me a comment made by Crowkillers. I had planned to take a detailed look at the gearing anyway, but appreciated the heads-up on the fault. The solution was easy to spot as well.

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By in Ireland,

@bok2 So a higher grade piece of cardboard makes this an "expensive luxury product". That's a pretty low bar you have for luxury and weird way of looking at somethings intrinsic value.

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By in United States,

Waited up all night to order at midnight but still said coming soon up until about noon and then all of a sudden it says will ship in 30 days. Never even said Available Now. Anyone know anything about this?

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By in United States,

@FlagsNZ: Certainly, this mixup is nowhere near the same extent as the structural failures in either of those sets, but poor design choices continue to show that attention to detail is on occasion lacking. Fortunately, this one won't require any extra parts to amend.

For those of us that try switching out the engine for a PF motor and take it for a spin, the mistake would be evident, but as you said, it's only cycling the pistons otherwise.

Still looks like a great set, if somewhat overpriced. One I'll be keeping an eye on.

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By in New Zealand,

^ I agree. The PDK gearbox was a principle design feature and this mix-up was missed by the LEGO Technic team and the Porsche engineers who approved the build. I suspect that the artwork in the instructions must have been drafted incorrectly and then not sufficiently tested prior to final release.

@ Padraig: I have just re-weighed the car and it is 2.48 kg (5 ½ lbs). I must have read the pounds scale as kg. The total shipping weight, including the protective shipping box was declared at 5.6kg (12.3 lbs).

Thanks for challenging this detail.

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By in United States,

This was posted on the Ambassador forum a little while ago:

"Official statement - 42056 LEGO Technic Porsche

Thank you to all our dedicated fans for the comments regarding the GT3 RS by LEGO Technic.

It is correct that the gears in this model are not sequential as in the real Porsche PDK. This is however, a deliberate decision taken to ensure that we make the best possible LEGO version of this amazing car that both meets our design requirements and gives everyone a great building and product experience.

It was a considered decision taken during development that the gears running in the correct order meant that it did not result in a great experience when driving the car. Too many gears are engaged at the same time and smooth running with all those tolerances is just not possible.

If you switch the build in steps 267 and 269 the gears will run sequentially, and everyone who feels that this is the better solution should feel encouraged to do so.
LEGO Technic really is the ultimate open source design product and now that it is finally available, we look forward to seeing all the 'improved' models our fans create. After all, that is what LEGO building is all about.

We hope everyone will have a great building experience and feel a strong sense of pride from creating both our version and their very own LEGO Technic representation of a Porsche GT3 RS. We are very fortunate to have such skilled and dedicated fans that can spot this small deviation from reality and would like to thank everyone for sharing their ideas and expert knowledge."

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By in Denmark,

^^^To me it is a "luxury Technic set" as the "intrinsic value" to most/many AFOLs apparently is lower than the asked price. Almost the definition of luxury.

The nice box, the nice manual, the hidden complexity, the reduced play value, the name tag, I would consider part of the non-intrinsic value.

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By in New Zealand,

^^ Thanks for posting the LAN comment.

"Too many gears are engaged at the same time and smooth running with all those tolerances is just not possible."

How does this issue change whether a gear is 2nd or 3rd in sequence? This appears to me to be a ducking- for-cover response.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm disappointed in this set, having seen builds (sariel) and this review.

In my opinion, this is a Porsche Product not a Lego Technic one. It would be an excellent static display piece - and I can just imagine Porsche shipping them out to people on the order books for upcoming GT3 RS's as a promo.

I did really want this model, but I just can't justify it on cost and functionality. I'll be getting the Claas Tractor, Tracked crane and Volvo EW130 instead! Much more fun to be had in building and playing with those, and a far better parts haul when they come back apart as well!

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By in New Zealand,

I love how people in the US complain that $300 is expensive when over here in NZ we are paying over $100USD more for the same product.

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By in Netherlands,

Thanks for the extensive review. Is there some kind of coupling of the left and right front suspension by the 3x5 liftarms and 15L beam connected to the suspension arms? Trying to replicate a torsion bar maybe?

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By in United Kingdom,

Does anyone know what the 'laser-etched' unique code in the glovebox actually gives access to?

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By in United States,

...and LEGO's official response says absolutely nothing. I wonder where we've seen this before...

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By in Sweden,

Its awesome.... It really is.

PS. "Sheepo's Garage" did a Technic Porsche 997 Turbo a while back with similar design and scale that actually featured working gearbox and drive.... ;)

- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXK5a6IcjLE

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By in United States,

If LEGO knew the gearbox was shifting out of sequence, then why would they not let every reviewer know about that beforehand to eliminate confusion..?

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By in New Zealand,

^ Further to my response to LEGO's comment, "Too many gears are engaged at the same time and smooth running with all those tolerances is just not possible."

There are the same number of gear pairings for each gear selected. Each gear selected goes through two pairs of gears from the input (the yellow shaft at my image for build step 269) through to the red clutch gears, regardless of gear selected.

1st gear is unchanged and still has the largest amount of friction.

The LEGO response doesn't sway me.

The unique code gives you access to your own personal certificate of ownership, five posters, five smart phone wall papers and seven wallpapers. Some of the images are of the LEGO car while others are blueprints of the LEGO car. There is one poster and one smart phone poster of the real car's bonnet and badge similar to the front cover of the instructions.

The unique code was inactive when I wrote the review.

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By in United States,

^^^ What really hurts a gearbox like this is are the 24 tooth and 8 tooth gears.. they are just a killer when it comes to friction, especially with 20 other gears truing in the mix.. I recently managed to design a 4 speed sequential gearbox with it's own separate reverse gear(so no 4 speed drive and 4 speed reverse) and didn't use any 24 or 8 tooth gears and it works very smoothly.. It also uses a separate driving ring for each gear. I need to get those new sliding red connectors for my driving rings, because right now I broke the clips off of the driving rings so they slide so I could continue to test it out..

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By in United States,

I am also wondering if this sticker for the shifter column is a printing error.. the pic on the left is the actual shifter of the Porsche that this set was designed from..

http://i.imgur.com/6RxFtNB.jpg

It really shouldn't matter in this design which way forward or reverse are because both directions have 4 speeds..

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By in Australia,

Great review - thanks for sharing!
I especially loved that you were able to photograph it with a real one in Auckland - niiice.
Not sure it's worth AUD500 (or why it is AUD500 here and AUD400 in the US - it still has to be freighted from Europe either way) given that the Acros and Unimog, which are both licenced, were such better value for money.
A small PF motor to run the gearbox and pistons would make all the difference (with a selector to choose between the PF motor or the drive shafts).
Is it genuinely a limited edition model, or do they keep printing glovebox badges with ever increasing numbers?

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By in United States,

I probably wouldn't have been likely to buy this set anyway, as I tend to acquire Technic sets opportunistically based on bargains--I like Technic fine, but they are rarely must-have sets for me. So I will just take this opportunity in my ongoing campaign against LEGO orange. It looks awful as a main color--especially in monochrome schemes--and from the great side-by-side photo with the real thing in the review, it looks very obvious that dark orange would have been both more accurate and far more attractive, while bringing an important new color to the Technic parts spectrum. TLG has actually been pretty decent about expanding the Technic palette on the main; I just picked up the Drag Racer with its beautiful azure pieces. This is a massive missed opportunity, as I would have seriously considered springing for the Porsche at full price if it were dark orange for the combination of clever gearing and desirable parts. I'm glad someone else mentioned it in the comments too. With two gorgeous shades in active production in Flame Yellowish Orange and Dark Orange, why TLG persists with widespread use of their uniquely hideous basic orange is a real mystery, especially on a model like this that is supposed to be extra-special.

BY the way, great review and my favorite thing about the set is the packaging, which the review really conveyed well. Honestly the thrill of opening that packaging is the most appealing thing about the set to me, given the color issue.

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By in Sweden,

At half the current price, I would consider buying this set. As it stands now it's outrageous for a set with many flaws and very, very limited playability.

It would have made more sense to make the 911 as an Expert Creator model, like the brilliant Ferrari F40.

I hope they don't focus their future efforts on making more overpriced cars and coffee-table books. Instead bring us non-licensed truly innovative Technic sets.

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By in United States,

^^ @ninjagoyo I've seen the real car up close in person and LEGO's standard orange is definitely the closest match. Dark Orange would have been completely off-brand and Porsche would not have approved. The car is quite bright when fully lit, e.g. http://gtspirit.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/2016-Porsche-911-GT3-RS-for-sale5.jpg Also, looking at the pictures of the model above versus the real thing on my desk, the pictures appear too yellowish or mango, including the shot with the real car behind. It's a much closer match in reality. Orange LEGO parts are very difficult to capture & reproduce accurately in 24-bit RGB space. Camera sensors just don't have the range, as quickly discovered if you try to adjust in post-production; the information just isn't there and you'll either flatten everything or bring out artifacts. I've never been able to get it right, myself

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By in Canada,

I ordered it to. We will see what it is like. What a difference with the first technic car 853.I am not a Porsche fan at all, I always think they look a stretched out VW beetle. But I buy it mostly for the building experience.
Might arrive on my 50th birthday at de end of June.

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By in United States,

^^Good to know camera sensors are having mercy on our poor eyes by refusing to reproduce the abomination that is LEGO orange!
I will certainly defer to your judgment on best color match, having seen neither car nor model in person. Thanks for the info.

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By in Netherlands,

As impressive the technical aspect might be, it just doesn't look like a Porsche. Does it matter much though? If you're a car fanatic I reckon you'll see it right away, for others it'll be a Porsche because the stickers say so. I've no interest in this one, it's way too expensive and the final product isn't working as eye candy either.

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By in Israel,

Looks like Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser requires the confirmation of another watch to tell what time it is.
Why is he wearing two watches?

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