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Completed Build: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR "722"

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    January 2018
Completed Build: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR "722"
Posted by BuildingCars4Fun on Sunday, April 19, 2020 11:44 PM

Fitting that this is the car I was working on when Sir Stirling Moss passed away last week. This car made them both famous. 

The winner of the 1955 Mille Miglia in a time that still stands as a record today, this is the car that Sir Stirling referred to as "the greatest sports racing car ever built - really an unbelievable machine". 

I have to say the Monogram kit does the original some level of justice. The detail is excellent, the fit is generally good (I had to cut back on a few of the engine parts to get the hood to fit, but nothing too dramatic or noticeable). 

I made a few modifications to the original kit:

- cut out the trunk and added a spare tire. 

- cut out the side panel to make the engine exhausts visible

- cut out the drives side door (there was no passenger door on the real car) 

- added seatbelts and switches to the interior

- replcaed the side exhausts with metal rods

Hope you enjoy the end result as much as I enjoyed building it!

And with all the panels open...

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    April 2020
Posted by Demo80 on Monday, April 20, 2020 9:01 PM

That is awesome!!!!!! How long did it take you?

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    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:10 AM

Excellent build of an exceptional car. I like the added details. You did a great job.
I've been dragging my feet on buying one of these kits for years. I think I really need to pick one up. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 12:18 AM

Just beautiful, a really nice tribute.  RIP Stirling Moss.

Steve

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    January 2018
Posted by BuildingCars4Fun on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:17 PM

Hi there, thank you so much! Means a lot. 

You know, i don't actually count how long these take, I build sometimes for 1 minute in between things, or for hours on end... Ive been thinking about buying one of those chess clocks and actually calculating how many hours I work on a kit. This one took about 2 weeks end to end. 

  • Member since
    January 2018
Posted by BuildingCars4Fun on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:19 PM

nottheband

Just beautiful, a really nice tribute.  RIP Stirling Moss.

Steve

 

Thank you Steve. I have to say when I heard that he passed away, I redoubled my efforts to make it as accurate as possible. Glad you like it, appreciate the feedback. 

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    January 2018
Posted by BuildingCars4Fun on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:21 PM

Bainford

Excellent build of an exceptional car. I like the added details. You did a great job.
I've been dragging my feet on buying one of these kits for years. I think I really need to pick one up. 

 

Do it! Its a really nice kit, but quite old. You will probably have some fit issues with the hood, I hear thats also the case with the Revell Ulenhaut coupe. But its fixable with a bit of chopping away of hidden engine parts. A shame though as the engine has lovely details. Hope you enjoy the build as much as I did!

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    May 2017
Posted by Papajohn on Friday, April 24, 2020 10:47 AM

Impressive work! Is this the Revell 1/24 Kit that still appears to be available? I haven't had the courage to cut open doors and trunks on any model builds that don't come that way; did you use two kits and use one for the base body and the other for the open doors and panels? I would think it would be a real challenge to separate parts and not loose quite a bit of plastic. You did a great job opening up everything. 

I have a fond memory of seeing Moss drive this exact car (minus one of the two head fairings) at the Monterey Historics at Laguna Seca in 1986. He drove it like he stole it!

John

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    January 2018
Posted by BuildingCars4Fun on Monday, April 27, 2020 1:24 AM

Papajohn

Impressive work! Is this the Revell 1/24 Kit that still appears to be available? I haven't had the courage to cut open doors and trunks on any model builds that don't come that way; did you use two kits and use one for the base body and the other for the open doors and panels? I would think it would be a real challenge to separate parts and not loose quite a bit of plastic. You did a great job opening up everything. 

I have a fond memory of seeing Moss drive this exact car (minus one of the two head fairings) at the Monterey Historics at Laguna Seca in 1986. He drove it like he stole it!

John

 

Hi there, no this is the monogram kit of the 722 (I think the Revell kit is the Walter Ulenhaut coupe which he used to drive. I have that kit also). 

Regarding the panels, no I just cut them out very very carefully with a japanese saw blade. It takes patience, and you will lose some plastic as you said, and inevitably slip and make scratches (sometimes deep ones) that need fixing. SO yeah, there is a lot of repair work to be done to the body and panels before you can spray the primer and top coat, but I think its SO worth it. The photographs of the car when open are always my favourites (You can see others here - my Mclaren F1 is my favourite!)

 

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