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1939 Mercedes F1 W163

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
1939 Mercedes F1 W163
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, May 31, 2018 1:15 PM

This is a 1/20 revival metal / cast kit. All I can say is be ready to file and polish alot. All of thier metal bodies come pre-painted. This one had grit and bubbles in the paint, so it was stripped and repainted. Here we go:

Here is a look at the body imperfections prior to repaint

And here are a couple photos of how the cast peices arrive in the kit. As you can see there is much cleaning to do on each peice. 

Bagged parts and instructions

Much more to come....

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, May 31, 2018 8:10 PM

Update: built rear trans-axle and modified radiator to add internal core element versus a see through screen.

You can also see the basic frame rails de-burred and cleaned in the background.

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Posted by justmike on Saturday, June 02, 2018 11:27 AM

Oh Wow! but this is gonna be a build to watch!

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Saturday, June 02, 2018 12:46 PM

Jumping forward, here is some progress.... the photo reference was from the web. The chassis parts were cleaned up and test fitted prior to paint. The engine was painted based on period photos. The shifter actually moves through the gates. Next pictures of the completed chassis I hope....

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  • From: Tacoma, Washington
Posted by Gary Davis on Saturday, June 02, 2018 1:12 PM

Looking good Drums. That engine looks like it's ready to drop in.

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Posted by Bainford on Monday, June 04, 2018 7:51 AM

Very interesting project. Nice work so far.

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, June 04, 2018 7:12 PM

Moving ahead, with a blown knee and awaiting surgery; I was able to stay on task with this (because I could'nt do anything else). Here is a jump forward on the build. 

I cut some caps from solder and spun them on 220 sand paper then added them to the side chassis cans. The straps are bare metal foil. I also had to modify the tie-rod as it was too short. The rear suspension lower links were modified as well and created from bar stock aluminum. The radiator mounts were change to reflect those on the actual car by bending old guitar string (now the nose of the car fits properly over the radiator and the chassis fits to the lower body panel.) Three of the four rubber tires were dry rot; believe it or not, I was able to take the peices and glue them onto the metal inner liner; sand the sidewall and tread profile true, and paint them flat black. I believe they came out OK (?). The brass lines on the side of the chassis are simple raised detail. First was a dirty wash then I touched the raised lines with a brass colored permenant marker. The exhaust was first painted a dirty wash, then several dry brush colors of rust, dark brown,, copper, etc. in the attempt to create some patena. 

On this last photo you can see some of the tire mending on both right tires, still it was salvageable. 

On the home stretch now, soon the repainted body with after market decals (the factory ones will not handle water well and self destruct). Next I hope to post photos of the finished product.

Comments welcome...

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  • From: Roswell, GA USA
Posted by Ergo Proxy on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 5:51 AM

I remember those old kits. Looks like you have a nice build coming along.

Too many models to build in a lifetime.

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 6:23 AM
looking good.
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Posted by DRUMS01 on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 10:41 AM

Here we are with a body and decals. I had to remove the plastic peices that go between the radiator and manifolds because they would not allow the hood to lay properly on the body. I replaced them with complete hose. I also had to reduce the thickness of the hood as well. I believe I am calling this one DONE...

Here is the repainted body prior to decals and clear coat:

In this view you can see the modified radiator hoses and the added throttle linkage below the right cam cover and beside the body panel:

Updated gage bezels and acetate window as the one from the kit was missing:

The money shots:

Please let me know what you think....

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 6:58 PM
Phenomenal work !! Love the shape of these old silver arrows , well all of the early 50's F1 cars . I have a Mistercraft / Smer Alfa Romeo 159 Alfetta that was not the best kit ever to be as polite as possible ( =POS ! ) I lost parts of the motor somewhere along the build & hated the wheels , so its now "Upcycled" as an mid 50's DRAG car ! ( Cough cough !) blown 392 & slicks . It was cheap , "Meh!" as the youths say LOL
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  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 9:59 PM

DRUMS01

Please let me know what you think....

 

 
I think BEAUTIFUL.  A remarkable model of an amazing race car.  Well done.  Cheers.
Steve
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Posted by DRUMS01 on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 11:19 PM

Thank you Mr. Spencer sir!; show us a pic of your converted Alfa...

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 11:21 PM

Thank you Steve; parts of the build were a challenge as it was originally cast and molded in the 70's. The dry rot, warpage, and lack of tolerances made this a thinking mans build, if you know what I mean. Huh?

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, June 07, 2018 4:45 PM

DRUMS01

Thank you Mr. Spencer sir!; show us a pic of your converted Alfa...

 

I thought it looked far to pretty in Italian red & chrome ,

so I got all "Mad Max" on it !Indifferent The donor car was a lemming Mr Norm's '68 Charger that loved being on the floor in bits more than the shelf . Super Angry I do wonder sometimes if there is a ghost in my room !Dead

The panel mis-alignment is actually intentional -  for a change , the rust was just a practice . Next up a rusty corvette ...... Mischief

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, June 07, 2018 10:22 PM

Great imagination! The conversion of the not so good kit is actually pretty neat! Of course, that was the era before big sponsorship, right? Thanks for sharing it!!!

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, June 08, 2018 8:30 AM

Wow! The Merc is a stunner. This is a gorgeous model. The photo of the completed chassis is just awesome. Top notch work. Very impressive!

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Saturday, June 09, 2018 12:16 AM

Thank you very much Mr. Bainford.... there is always alot of filing, sanding, and test fitting even before the primer paint or detail occurs. Add to that some of the warping, bad casting, grit and paint bubbles, missing parts, etc. and it becomes a serious challenge. I too have always found the silver bullet to be a stunner.

Perhaps my next Revival kit build will have both a chassis and a full build. Much of the detail is lost under the body (unless you are looking with a small light up close and personal). The problem is the cost of each kit ($100 and up depending on the kit), so a dual build gets expensive really quick.

If you really like chassis builds and want to see some professional work on these Revival kits, check out some done on the automotive forums by my friend in Germany, his name is Jurgen who goes by the web name of "plastheniker". It will simply blow your socks off! 

Thanks again for your kind words.....

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, June 10, 2018 4:04 AM

Very impressive work !!! You've done an exceptional job with this kit. I can't get over all the imperfections in the original paint job.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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  • From: Tacoma, Washington
Posted by Gary Davis on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 1:33 PM

Man Drums...your work on this build is GREAT! I too like that era of F1 cars and have a few on the list to do. You have inspired me to do one... Again...Great job..

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 2:23 PM

Thanks for the kind words Gary.

So far, I have built three 1/20 Revival kits; but this one was not the quality of the others. I have one more in my stash of the dual wheel rear engine Auto Union. I hope to have that one up one the bench this year...

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  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Saturday, June 30, 2018 2:42 PM

Drums, you really out did yourself on this one. Just incredible work. I will always look for you chapparal avatar for new builds. They are a pure joy to look at.

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Sunday, July 01, 2018 10:53 PM

Texwardfan,

Thank you very much for the kind words.

However, the avitar is not a Chaparral, but a Nissan R381 which won the endurance race in Japan in in 1968 against numerous other brands to include the Porsche 910, a Ferrari variant, Toyota 7's.

You are right to think it resembles a Chaparral because that is where it got some of its inspiration (large rear spoilers, and Chevrolet V8) along with the rules for Can-Am, group 7. I will show it in a future thread (98% scratch built).  

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  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Monday, July 02, 2018 12:38 AM

I've visited back here several times to look again at your superb Merc.  You have completed a great job of a magnificent car from another era.  I look forward to seeing photos in the future of your Revival Auto-Union, another wonderful historic racing car.  Cheers

Steve

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  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Monday, July 02, 2018 7:43 AM

DRUMS01

Texwardfan,

Thank you very much for the kind words.

However, the avitar is not a Chaparral, but a Nissan R381 which won the endurance race in Japan in in 1968 against numerous other brands to include the Porsche 910, a Ferrari variant, Toyota 7's.

You are right to think it resembles a Chaparral because that is where it got some of its inspiration (large rear spoilers, and Chevrolet V8) along with the rules for Can-Am, group 7. I will show it in a future thread (98% scratch built).  

 

 

Thanks, I guess I did'nt look close enough at your avatar. Now I can see that I was way off. Looking forward to seeing it larger.

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