LEGO TECHNIC Porsche 911 GT3 RS Lego 42056
We enjoy putting together different Lego sets and writing reviews on them. When some images of a new Technic sports car popped up in front of us, we were extremely happy – it was a Porsche! Not only are we a big fan of Legos, we are also a big fan of the Porsche. Even more surprising, while the model on display at the Lego shows indicated it would have a black and white camouflage look, when the final version appeared, it was in a beautiful lava orange color. There we were, expecting a camouflage look, when a lava orange car showed up on the cover of the box (it really is a beautiful orange).
This set right here contains a whopping 2,704 pieces and regardless of your skill level, we don’t care if you have put together every single set in the book, this right here is going to take at least 2 hours to put together. This is the type of set you put together during your spare time. Either way you go, once it’s put together, you’ll probably want to save this vehicle as a trophy...
Product Overview: LEGO TECHNIC Porsche 911 GT3 RS 42056
Item Weight: 13.2 Pounds
Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 14.9 x 6 inches
Item Model Number: 6137065
Manufacturer Recommended Age: 15 or older
Here’s the box of the Lego 42056 set. It remind us of the Lego 42039 set – the box that had the futuristic looking green car on the cover. It just screams “open me” out loud. On the front of this box, as you see in the picture below, it shows a beautiful Porsche 911 GT3 RS car in a distinctive orange color. It also suggests that the model is at 1:8 scale. On the back of the box, you’ll see a bird’s eye view of the Porsche.
When we lifted the lid of the box (it easily lifts off), we found a total of seven images. The images showed the history of the 911 model, which we personally enjoyed. Here’s a pretty cool history fact for you - the 911 first appeared in the year 1963 and over its 50 years of production, it had a total of seven distinctive models.
All of the boxes are made from the same matte black cardboard, which is quite stylish for a box. Once we opened up the box, we found the parts had been separated into five smaller boxes (labeled with big white numbers). We found the instruction booklet framed by four of those boxes. Behind that instruction booklet, we came across a sticker sheet.
With the instruction manual in my hands (you can see the instruction manual in the box in the picture above), we felt as if we actually owned a Porsche! This is because the instruction manual looks similar to a Porsche owner’s manual …it really does, we’re not joking. On the front cover, there’s an image of the Porsche badge - it’s the same badge you find on the bonnet of the real life 911 GT3 RS car.
The instruction book is pretty thick (you can see that in the picture below). We put it on the scale just to see how much it weighed (yes, we were curious) and found that it weighed 3 pounds – it’s one inch thick.
The instruction book is 578 pages long and thankfully, it is divided into five sections, making it easy to read. The text is written in English and German. We love the 856 building steps …those really helped me out.
When we first opened up the instruction book, we learned about some of the history of the Lego Technic Theme along with the history of the Porsche AG Company. The interview with one of two kiwi professional drivers with Porsche, kiwi Brendon Hartley was pretty neat (not something we would expect to come with a lego set).
Here’s an interesting fact for you – do you know the Porsche logo? Well, it symbolizes a crest of Stuttgart. Stuttgart is a town founded back in 950 CE – it’s located just south of Germany and ever since the 13th century, it has been a horse stud farm. This is why a prancing horse is the main feature of the crest. What about those red and black stripes and antlers, where do they come from? They come from the coast of arms of the Wurttemberg Kingdom.
Now, back to what we were saying …once we removed the instruction booklet, all five boxes were clearly there.
If you’re like us, you probably cannot wait to open up each box just to see what’s inside of it. Be patient, we’re going to take you through the process, box by box … don’t go skipping ahead of me.
On page 38 of the instruction manual, the first build starts. On page 38, we are told that box 1 builds the drive train complete with paddle shifters, dual clutch gearbox, the suspension and of course, the 4.0 flat 6 engine, which is the heart of the 911 GT3 RS. This is probably why box 1 has a picture of the 4.0 litre engine.
Mind you, box 1 is the biggest out of the 5 boxes because it contains the most parts. Inside the box, we found 10 numbered bags. One of those bags contained the orange panels and soft axels. You will need to put that to the side, because that bag of parts will be used during the box 3 build.
During this section, we were able to complete all of the engineering.
When Porsche used the term “marriage,” in order to describe the process of taking the drive-train and joining it to the body of the car, we couldn’t help but to laugh. There was just something funny about that term. In box 2, we were faced with nine numbered bags, all containing parts. By now, we must say, we were quite satisfied with what Porsche did …we love when a company is organized like this. Some companies just toss parts in a bag and expect you to know what’s going on. If they did that, we’d probably still be at step one and wouldn’t be writing this review right now.
By the time we reached page 335 (wooh, page 335 …), we were on build step 493. Mind you, we didn’t put this together all in one setting – we do have a life, and putting these Lego sets together is a hobby of mine. The Lego 42030 set actually took me longer to put together – that was meticulously detailed, but we loved every minute of it because it created one of Volvo’s largest high-tech wheel loaders, complete with power functions and the whole nine yards. When comparing all of those steps to the Lego 42056, this one right here is a piece of cake, no problem at all. Anyhow, by build step 493, the roll cage and upper chassis is complete. Using the terms of Porsche, the module is now “married” with the drive train and lower chassis.
Using the 12 red friction pins, the two halves are now locked together.
From pages 352 to 357, we followed the build steps 516 to 527 in order to make the left bucket seat. Mind you, both of the bucket seats were the same and usually with lego sets like this, the instructions will tell you a repetitive build from start to finish, both times. When we first saw the box, we knew right away that we would have to build the bucket seats and the parts remaining in box 2 was for the two seats.
Once we had installed both bucket seats, we were ready to move forward to box 3.
In the picture below, do you see the two bucket seats up front? You’ll probably also notice a Sharpie ...we placed that there to show you the size of the car in comparison to a Sharpie. Useful, right?
Okay, we’re on box 3 now! During this time, we started working on the body and finished with the beautiful iconic Porshe hood (one of my favorite accessories).
Seriously, come on, what’s not to love about this hood?
The hood looks quite stylish, don’t you think? Yeah, it’s nothing like the real thing, but it still looks nice.
Okay, so let’s jump back into box three. Inside it, you will find four numbers bags with parts (we know, we keep saying this, but we still love how Porsche did this).
In this box, we found the beautiful orange paneling and soft axles. It included six wheel-arch panels – two of them had lights and air vents printed on them – they were going for that realistic look.
This set included seven 19M and 12M soft axels in the orange color for the first time.
By the time we reached page 448, we were on build step 637. Yeah …but this time, we probably took 8 coffee breaks. Anyhow, after step 637, the tail lights and rear wheel arches were put together.
In the picture below, do you see the tail lights? They look pretty fancy for a Lego set!
By the time we got to page 462, build step 663, we had the bonnet all put together. Yay, we are officially getting somewhere!
When we got to page 473 and completed build step 679, we started to see the car taking shape – the beautiful Porsche 9111 shape can now be seen!
Nice, we are finally on box 4! We’re telling you, ever since we opened box 1, we were wondering about box 4. Actually, who are we kidding, we were wondering about all 5 boxes. The kid in us just wanted to go right in and open up all 5 boxes at once, but we knew that would be a mistake, because we need to stay organized as we’re building these models.
That reminds me of a story … long story short, we got the LEGO 10252 set and ripped the box open right away … it was a true mess because we didn’t keep anything organized. Guess we learned from that mistake, right? Luckily, we were able to salvage it and put the Volvo together.
Now, let’s get back to the contents that are in box 4. In box 4, we found four numbered bags containing parts.
The set had a total of eight printed parts. We found five hub nuts, two wheel arches, and the laser engraved part that contained an individual serial number.
The wheels were unique to this set – they contained an un-numbered box. When we opened the box, we found four tires (pictured below). The wheels measured 1 5/8 wide. In the LEGO system, these are the widest wheels.
On the side of the tires, they have 81.6 x 44 ZR printed on the side. For those of you that aren’t familiar with what ZR means – it means that these tires have been rated for high speeds of up to 149 MPH …now, we can’t imagine my little Lego car going 149MPH, but the real Porsche sure can.
We were surprised when we discovered the positive offset of 7 mm with the bolting plate of the wheels. When putting together the Lego 76023 set, we didn’t even have a positive bolting offset. These wheels right here are the first LEGO wheels to have a positive offset.
In this part of the build, there were some rare and new parts used. Like the 5x11 and 5x7 panels in the orange color – we only saw them in one set each. Also new to this set, we discovered eight orange and six black 3x7x2 panels There’s one 11M Tecnic axle. This is actually the first time we came across an 11M axle.
By the time we reached page 482, we were on build step 691. During this time, the dash board was complete and the crowd went wild! No, but seriously, we were extremely happy with the outcome. On the dashboard, there’s three stickers. The tachometer indicated 8500 rpm (that’s thought put a major smile on my face) and the speedo indicated a speed of 202 mph (yes, you now have my attention).
This isn’t that bad, because the real car has a top speed of 193 at 8250, so the Lego set isn’t that far off from the truth.
Really wish we took a better picture of the dashboard for you, but here’s a picture looking at it from above:
Here’s a closer look at the dashboard …
Next, we took time to add the details to the body. We started with the bumper up front and moved myself anti-clockwise, working around the vehicle until my job was complete. We’re telling you, while doing this, we felt like a real professional.
With the last part of this build, we made the Porsche branded carry case. This carry case is paced in the front of the car, right under the bonnet.
Take a look at the side view of my car – it’s 71 studs long. Did you know this is the longest Technic car? We took a picture of the side of the car sitting in front of the box – didn’t we do a good job? It looks just like the model on the cover of the box! We are quite happy with ourselves.
And here’s a picture of the car sitting on my floor (wish it was sitting in our driveway) …
Here’s another interesting fact for you – the rear of the car contains a total of 32 studs. This makes it the widest Technic super car to date.
Our Final Opinion
We really enjoyed putting this car together. Being a big Porsche fan, we had a lot of fun and when it was finally complete, we were satisfied with the outcome. Before we put this together, we had the opportunity to put together the Lego 60097, which is basically a Lego town, together, and we must say, this one right here was my favorite.
The Lego 42056 weighs 5.5 pounds and has a total of 17 7x5 beam frames. In 2016, we noticed there was a shift in Technic sets – they transformed into a closed-in panel look, but we don’t have any complaints about that. When we were looking up Lego coupons (yes, that is something we do during my free time), we came across the Lego 42042 set and that just might be the next model we put together – either that or the Lego Hulk, which is pretty eye catching.
Here’s some additional pictures for your viewing pleasures:
Despite it all, we had a lot of fun putting the Porsche together and we still have it setting on my shelf right now, as we write this review!