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Tamiya 1955 Mercedes 300sl Gullwing in Ivory/Red

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  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Fall River, Ma.
Tamiya 1955 Mercedes 300sl Gullwing in Ivory/Red
Posted by baycolony on Friday, June 02, 2017 4:53 PM

Presented is the Tamiya Mercedes 300sl painted in Gravity Colors Mercedes Ivory with a red leather interior.  Embossing powder was used for the carpet and the engine was plumbed and wired.  This was one of the best car kits I have ever built.  The engineering for its complexity worked flawlessly.  I also added some some photo etched details from the "Hobby Design" set but not many bc most of what you need is already in the kit.


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    September, 2011
  • From: flushing NY
Posted by montelsc on Friday, June 02, 2017 8:12 PM

WOW!!!! nice build looks real   Yes

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    February, 2008
Posted by justmike on Friday, June 02, 2017 10:59 PM

What a gorgeous classic car you built. That interior is beautiful as is the rest of the car

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    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, June 02, 2017 11:55 PM

This is a gorgeous build, Gil. Absolutely beautiful. Very clean and tidy, and shows the natural beauty of the 1:1 to it's best advantage.

I recently picked up this kit and as you mentioned it is exceptional. I can't wait to dig into it. I am interested to know what PE bits you used. I plan to build mine in the same colours you chose. That chassis looks so well done that I am contemplating buying a second kit and building stand alone chassis and drivetrain in detail to display next to the built model.

It's good to see you posting a build again. Cheers.

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  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Fall River, Ma.
Posted by baycolony on Saturday, June 03, 2017 6:40 AM

Thanks guys,  and Trevor, the Hobby Design set had a nice array of snap and grommet details to replace the raised molded detail on the inner door panels. I also used the overlays for the exterior door handles and lock faces.  A couple of things on this kit are challenging to get right.  One is the instrument panel which is a single chrome piece and is difficult to mask in order to "get right."  The other is the chrome hub caps which have raised embossed Mercedes emblems.  The kit provides decals to be placed over the emblems after the body color is applied but these, I think, aren't bright enough.  The answer for me was to sand the embossed emblems, paint the centers, and then apply the photo etched emblems after coating them with a chrome marker. 

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    March, 2017
Posted by Moparlover64 on Sunday, June 04, 2017 12:41 AM

Awsome haven't gotten the nerve to build one of mine yet but thinking Allison v12 supercharged twin turbo for the motor


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    June, 2012
Posted by WZB on Friday, July 14, 2017 10:10 PM

Great job. I owned a '55 GW(red with Rudge knock off wheels) in 1973. Sold it for $14,500.00 Nine months later. OK, It is my stupid story. Every thing you read about the GW is true. Magnificent car. Oh, to be young and smart at the same time<g>. 

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    June, 2015
Posted by dimaxion on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 7:56 AM

Amazing and well done . What a beauty . IMHO is is Nervey to display this gem with the 'doors ajar' . This I just must say .. lol .. . This is way better than the last 1:1 I saw up close .  "Where's the keys ?"  Thanx .. 


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