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Porsche 944
Would you believe this is my first proper Large Scale Replica since the Delta in 2015?
About this creation
I mean, I've since done the Murc and the Fezza, but neither were truly large scale replicas - the Murc was done quickly and the 288 was a smaller scale. It's certainly been a while, and this probably wasn't the best car to come back to. But there's a reason I've chosen the 944.

The 944 is a somewhat obscure car. Maybe not in the way it looks, but it's far too easy to get it mixed up with the several other 80's front engined wedge Porsches, all with far too similar and forgettable names. No real racing heritage or stand out features, the 944 was always going to be remembered as one of the 80's front engined wedge Porsches. The 944 was an update of the 924, a car built after VW denied Porsche a 914 update. The 944 was a medium luxury sports car, front engined with the gearbox in between the rear wheels. Over it's 7 years in production, Porsche shifted just over 100,000 944s across the globe half of which were in America.

The reason I've built this is because my Dad, Uncle, and a friend (Mark Preston, the Formula E team owner who was the one who commissioned me to build this) all own one as a joint project. It's not really the best track day car, but that's part of the challenge. I've wanted to build it for a while, and during the Christmas holiday I set to work. And immediately ran into trouble. The side took some time, but the main area of issue was easily the C-pillar/rear canopy section. The front and bonnet was awful to do as well, and hours were spent tweaking it to get it to look right. But now it's done, I'd say it my most realistic replica yet. Doesn't look quite 944-y to me, but that might because I know what it looked like before the tweaking. I hope you enjoy it in all it's wedgy glory! These are probably my best renders to date too, and the main image is twice the size of my normal renders, as it's being printed for my Uncle (hence the date).




Le front. Our Porsche is an S, but I built the normal version as it has a nicer front end in my opinion. The grille uses the same technique as the El Camino.
Porsche 944 front - 16-wide - Lego





The side profile was a large issue, and something I used to help with all the "tweaking", as well as advice from fellow builders.
Porsche 944 side - 16-wide - Lego





Not sure why the POV-Ray render came out so dark for the rear. Hope you can still see it well enough.
Porsche 944 rear - 16-wide - Lego





The rear went together smoothly compared to the rest of the model. PLeased with how the tail lights turned out, not sure of the colours exist in real life (they should if not) but it's all legal - the whole model is.
Porsche 944 rear 3/4 - 16-wide - Lego





A couple of annoying gaps aside, I think I managed to keep thing fairly smooth. That was the objective at least.
Porsche 944 front 3/4 - 16-wide - Lego






I don't really like using new parts so soon after they're released, but the quarter tiles came in handy quite a few times here, especially on the rear bumper.
Porsche 944 rear aeriel - 16-wide - Lego





Pop-ups! They ain't pretty but they're there.
Porsche 944 pop-ups - 16-wide - Lego




For once the boot actually opens! Huzzah!
Porsche 944 all open - 16-wide - Lego





And the boot opens to reveal...messy construction. Ah. On a happier note, I managed to make the spoiler which I wasn't sure how spoiler-ish it would turn out.
Porsche 944 all open rear - 16-wide - Lego





Not too proud on the engine, a lot of gaprs, largely dues to the lack of studs to work with and the bonnet. Exhaust manifold would have been far easy in real with the pneumatic tubes, but grey sausages would have to do.
Porsche 944 engine - 16-wide - Lego






Interior is smooth, but not that detailed. Note the door and door sill is all angled.
Porsche 944 drivers side - 16-wide - Lego






Useless fact no.68 - The real car has a stereo that looks like a flat shiny surface but all the dials a buttons raise. Which is cool.
Porsche 944 interior - 16-wide - Lego






Not the best glovebox ever, but, again, it's there. Probably 5 SenatorChinchillas out of 10
Porsche 944 glovebox - 16-wide - Lego





Something different. Pleased with the rear suspension and gearbox, so I thought I'd post it. Reckon I should do this more often?
Porsche 944 underside - 16-wide - Lego





Here you can see some of the inner workings of this. Most the technical parts are actual around the rear wheel arch, however. Would probably fall apart via a light sneeze in real life.
Porsche 944 cross section - 16-wide - Lego





Hope you enjoyed this! Hoping to do more large scale replicas this year - already have one planned....

Until then, thanks for viewing!



Comments

 I like it 
  May 2, 2018
Wow! Is there any chance you'd be able to share the LDD file as I'd love to build this. :)
 I made it 
  June 23, 2017
Quoting Rolling bricks Glorious!
Thanks man!
 I like it 
  May 8, 2017
Glorious!
 I made it 
  March 18, 2017
Quoting Matthew Sokyrka This model is amazing! Honestly the best Lego Porsche I've ever seen. Any possibility you can share the LDD file? I'd love to try to build this in real life.
Thanks Matt! There are no instructions as of yet, I'm planning on releasing them with another 944 model. And as far is building in real goes, I'm not sure how many of the parts exist in real life in this colour, blue would be your best bet. Also I'm not sure how strong it would be. :D Be on the look out.
Quoting Emmanuel Spencer Awesome!
Thanks!
Quoting Malte Dorowski ravishingly beautiful!
Thanks so much Malte, amazing to hear from the Porsche man himself.
Quoting Erik Sandh Looks awesome!
Cheers!
 I like it 
  March 10, 2017
Looks awesome!
 I like it 
  March 2, 2017
ravishingly beautiful!
 I like it 
  February 26, 2017
Awesome!
 I like it 
  February 25, 2017
This model is amazing! Honestly the best Lego Porsche I've ever seen. Any possibility you can share the LDD file? I'd love to try to build this in real life.
 I made it 
  February 18, 2017
Quoting Jack Sparrow Nice. Always loved this model. "Poor man's Porsche." Great detailing and very impressive solutions to get the shape perfect.
It's a cool car for sure. Now we have the Cayman, which is the Poor Man's 911 (still a great car though). Thanks a lot!
 I made it 
  February 18, 2017
Quoting gertman 2000 Seriously impressive. Love the cross-section!! When are you going to build it for real? If your not going, please send me the file and I would be glad to do it!!
Thanks a lot man! I'm no planning on building it, no. That's a lovely gesture, but it's 1.5k pieces. Also, I'm not sure how many of the parts do exist in these colours. They all seem legitimate, but I'm not sure. But thanks again, that's really nice of you.
 I like it 
  February 16, 2017
Nice. Always loved this model. "Poor man's Porsche." Great detailing and very impressive solutions to get the shape perfect.
 I like it 
  February 15, 2017
Seriously impressive. Love the cross-section!! When are you going to build it for real? If your not going, please send me the file and I would be glad to do it!!
 I made it 
  February 15, 2017
Sorry for the delay. I don't really have an excuse at all...um, bears. Bears attacked us...in southern England...yes...bears
Quoting Dennis B Hi Sam, this is a very successful large scale replica! I like it a lot and I see how much time went into it. The building techniques used on this are very good. They work very good on LDD, but probably would not work that well on a real model. However the shape is very well done. I like the rear view and the front fenders. The engine looks also beautiful and uses some nice pieces. All in all a superb MOC! Keep it up! Also, your whole story of knowing a Formula E headman is pretty cool. Could be an important contact person for your future life and career!
Thanks Dennis! Most techniques should work fine in real, maybe with a few structural changes, but otherwise it should be hunky dory. Hopefully. :D Thanks again! He really is, and he knows people that work at McLaren and Lotus and such....
Quoting Clayton Marchetti Sam! This is positively gorgeous! The shaping is beautiful and love the engine details. I don't know if this is your first commission, but congratulations on your professional status!
Thanks Clayton! Haha, this isn't the commission, the "this" is a link to an open wheeler. This was a half commission I guess. :D
Quoting Nameless Brick Absolutely Stunning! Keep it up! :D
Thanks man! I'll try! :D
Quoting gene 3S Great implementation of parts! I love the look from side and extremely cool upon seeing the cross section from your recent work! Well done!
Thanks gene! I'm liking the cross sections too, but now everyone will see all the details I've missed :D
Quoting Blaine R. Looks like I could hop in and start it right up. Instantly recognizable.
Thanks Blaine, appreciate that!
Quoting Digital Dreams Very nice, and the renders are superb too. I was going to say what I thought of the popup headlights, but I don't think it will pass the MOCpages filter ;) but the rest is excellent :)
Haha! I'd describe them as shi-notverygood too :D But thanks though, and thanks about the renders too!
Quoting LegoPredator ! Itīs great replica!
Thanks!!
Quoting Sjoe 96 I love this one, not a very popular car to create in Lego and it looks amazing!
Thanks man, haven't seen much of you for a while! Also I feel there's a good reason for it's lack of popularity :D
Quoting Nick Barrett Porsches are tough to do... this looks very 944-ey to me. It's always nice to see something that's rarely done, done well.
Indeed! To my knowledge this is the only 944 in this scale, and when that happens you know what you've done is fully original. I think it's safe to say no one's done an F-100 in the scale of yours either :D Thanks Nick!
Quoting Oran Cruzen Excellent!
Thanks Oran!
Quoting Benjamin Heining That's one sweet ride, very elegant!
Thank you!
Quoting Joost Cumps Spectacular build! I recently went to see for a 924 turbo, but no engine was left. Really nice one, this 944
Ace car though! You could always engine swap it I suppose, haha. Thanks man!
Quoting Petey Bird Woooow! That's just brilliant. it looks exactly like the real thing. Very clever solutions on the front end.
Thanks so much man! 80's fronts are never simple.. :D
Quoting Elk Guard Amazing work, the likeness is perfect!
Thanks dude!
Quoting Captain Kenbo This is amazing! Very accurate. I feel like the rear window might look better transparent or at least in black but I wouldn't know if that would be possible or not...
Transparent wouldn't be possible in real and would be a pain in everywhere to render. I would have done plack, but then it would be the same colour as the spoiler, which wouldn't work very well. This was the next best thing. But I agree, black would look better otherwise. Cheers!
Quoting Oliver Becker Great MOC, beautiful shaping, Sam!
Thank you Oliver!
Quoting Sven ;o) A beautiful, accurate and highly detailed replica of the real one :) Fantastic work my friend.
Thanks sven, glad you like it!
Quoting adam thelegofan rutland ammazing!:D
Cheers!
Quoting Undercover Wookiee hey, I want to see If this would look better or render better in stud.io so could you email me the file? thanks UndercoverWookiee
Okey-doke, will do that in a sec EDIT:I do not have your email
Quoting Ryan Link Great model!
Thanks Ryan!
Quoting nick gibbons Great job here sam very well done
Thanks Nick!
Quoting Rick S. Great looking model! The inside is always very detailed on your cars. Nice renders too. How do you get this background?
Thanks Rick! The background is a bluerender background. I use a mix of bluerender and POV-Ray for my renders.
Quoting Marco. qm Hey Sam, amazing Porsche. Can you share with us the LDD file? I'm not going to use it to sell it or anything, I'm just curious about how it's done and might try to do it with real bricks to see how it would work, if I build it, I wouldn't post picutres of it without your permission, don't worry.
Thanks dude! Nah, no worries, I wouldn't think you would. I'm hoping to finish tuned one, and I'll be uploading the file with that, but if you want I can email it or something.
Quoting VAkkron ™ That's simply stunning, Sam. It doesn't appear too complicated or ground-breaking from the outside, but all the details are there, all the curves are right, and the interior fits the exterior so well, which elevates this above the masses of car builds out there. One of my favorites from you, for sure, and I think this is one of the best builds I'll see this year (but I leave it to you to prove me wrong).
Thanks so much dude! Means a lot!
 I like it 
  February 11, 2017
That's simply stunning, Sam. It doesn't appear too complicated or ground-breaking from the outside, but all the details are there, all the curves are right, and the interior fits the exterior so well, which elevates this above the masses of car builds out there. One of my favorites from you, for sure, and I think this is one of the best builds I'll see this year (but I leave it to you to prove me wrong).
 I like it 
  February 9, 2017
Hey Sam, amazing Porsche. Can you share with us the LDD file? I'm not going to use it to sell it or anything, I'm just curious about how it's done and might try to do it with real bricks to see how it would work, if I build it, I wouldn't post picutres of it without your permission, don't worry.
 I like it 
  February 8, 2017
Great looking model! The inside is always very detailed on your cars. Nice renders too. How do you get this background?
 I like it 
  February 6, 2017
Great job here sam very well done
 I like it 
  February 6, 2017
Great model!
  February 5, 2017
hey, I want to see If this would look better or render better in stud.io so could you email me the file? thanks UndercoverWookiee
 I like it 
  February 5, 2017
ammazing!:D
 I like it 
  February 5, 2017
A beautiful, accurate and highly detailed replica of the real one :) Fantastic work my friend.
 I like it 
  February 5, 2017
Great MOC, beautiful shaping, Sam!
 I like it 
  February 5, 2017
This is amazing! Very accurate. I feel like the rear window might look better transparent or at least in black but I wouldn't know if that would be possible or not...
 I like it 
  February 5, 2017
Amazing work, the likeness is perfect!
 I like it 
  February 4, 2017
Woooow! That's just brilliant. it looks exactly like the real thing. Very clever solutions on the front end.
 I like it 
  February 4, 2017
Spectacular build! I recently went to see for a 924 turbo, but no engine was left. Really nice one, this 944
 I like it 
  February 4, 2017
That's one sweet ride, very elegant!
 I made it 
  February 4, 2017
Hey guys, thanks for all the great feedback, positive and negative! There have been a couple of points raised on here and my Flickr about the "legal"ness of this model, and on models in the past. So I just wanted to clear things up a little. Everything you see here is connected, or would be in real life. And by connected, I mean attached to another bricks by a stud or a clip. Nothing is floating, held there by gravity or requiring glue. The strength of my models is certainly questionable, but on most the part if you were building in real, you could feel where it's weak and modify accordingly. Still wouldn't survive a flight of stairs mind, barely one (anyone else use to make lego models with friends to roll down the stairs and see who's would the most...alive?) but it would be able to support itself for sure. Hope that makes thing a little clearer for the future! I will reply to you all soon, thanks again for all the compliments and criticisms! It's all appreciated!
 I like it 
  February 4, 2017
Excellent!
 I like it 
  February 4, 2017
Porsches are tough to do... this looks very 944-ey to me. It's always nice to see something that's rarely done, done well.
 I like it 
  February 4, 2017
I love this one, not a very popular car to create in Lego and it looks amazing!
 I like it 
  February 4, 2017
Itīs great replica!
 I like it 
  February 4, 2017
Very nice, and the renders are superb too. I was going to say what I thought of the popup headlights, but I don't think it will pass the MOCpages filter ;) but the rest is excellent :)
 I like it 
  February 4, 2017
Looks like I could hop in and start it right up. Instantly recognizable.
 I like it 
  February 4, 2017
Great implementation of parts! I love the look from side and extremely cool upon seeing the cross section from your recent work! Well done!
 I like it 
  February 4, 2017
Absolutely Stunning! Keep it up! :D
 I like it 
  February 4, 2017
Sam! This is positively gorgeous! The shaping is beautiful and love the engine details. I don't know if this is your first commission, but congratulations on your professional status!
 I like it 
  February 4, 2017
Hi Sam, this is a very successful large scale replica! I like it a lot and I see how much time went into it. The building techniques used on this are very good. They work very good on LDD, but probably would not work that well on a real model. However the shape is very well done. I like the rear view and the front fenders. The engine looks also beautiful and uses some nice pieces. All in all a superb MOC! Keep it up! Also, your whole story of knowing a Formula E headman is pretty cool. Could be an important contact person for your future life and career!
 
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