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300SL Gullwing Complete Pics

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  • Member since
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  • From: Detroit, MI
300SL Gullwing Complete Pics
Posted by kenmascia on Sunday, January 11, 2009 3:44 PM

I bought this old original AMT kit on ebay.  The "glass" was severely damaged - the tires were actually stuck to the windows and had made a deep impression in the casting.  I had to sand and polish like mad to make them look half decent.  Overall, this is a great kit!  I love it when everything opens.  It even includes a spare tire and tool kit for the trunk!  I painted it with tamiya Silver Leaf and tamiya clear.  Thanks for checking it out and any comments!

 

WIP

Ken http://public.fotki.com/KenMascia/model_photos/
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Posted by dimaxion on Sunday, January 11, 2009 4:20 PM

Nice..This 300 SL looks better than the last 1:1 I saw in a Showroom for Imports . Same colors , shall we say it was mostly "silly putty" . Thanx for sharing  ...Big Smile

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Posted by Chillyb1 on Sunday, January 11, 2009 5:48 PM

Wow, Ken, that kit really takes heroic efforts to make it look even half-way decent. You must have worked yourself silly! It looks fantastic. I wouldn't mind seeing a couple photos without the red background, which casts a pink tint on the silver.

I built one of these and was disappointed in the kit and my build; my meager modeling skills were simply not up to the task. Very nice job turning that sow's ear into a silk purse. 

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Posted by c.sheaffer on Sunday, January 11, 2009 6:03 PM

That is really beautiful!!! Great job.

Chris check out my gallery http://s244.photobucket.com/albums/gg36/csheaffer1971/
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  • From: Belmont MA
Posted by nells250 on Monday, January 12, 2009 10:28 AM

Being an old AMT kit, I assume it wasn't the most detailed of molds... but yours looks very nice! 

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  • From: Atlanta GA
Posted by Zoom Zoom on Monday, January 12, 2009 10:37 AM

That is absolutely beautiful!  

Zoom Zoom, aka Bob Downie My Fotki Album The only cure for modeler's ADD is "final assembly and decal placement"
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  • From: Cape Coral Florida
Posted by BigTallDad on Monday, January 12, 2009 11:41 AM

Stellar job!!!!!

It's one thing to have everything open; it's a whole different ballgame to have everything line up when closed and you've done that extremely well.

Congratulations.

"In order to teach a dog, you must first be smarter than the dog" P.R. Ferguson

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, January 12, 2009 4:17 PM

I agree with everyone else - that's a beautiful job! CoolThumbs Up

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by sjordan on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 2:06 PM

 Beautiful. Looks like you've done your homework.

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  • From: Detroit, MI
Posted by kenmascia on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 9:21 PM

Thanks you guys!  It was a little tough getting everything to work and fit properly.  I had to sand the interior tub to get the wheels lined up in the wheel wells and to get the stance right.  Plus the instructions tell you to put the wheel wells in before the interior tub but I quickly found out that once the wells were in the tub would not fit (luckily the epoxy was not 100% dry!).  Also, the hood would not close so I had to pry off the valve cover and sand it down enough to provide clearance. 

 Sorry about the red background!  When my wife saw the pics she said it looked like doody but I had already posted it.  I'll have to take some photos with a black or white background.  i spent a lot of time on the paint (had to do the hood 3 times) but the photos don't hardly show it.  Oh well.  Thanks for the nice comments.  It's great to be able to get some feedback after you spend 2 months building something.

Ken http://public.fotki.com/KenMascia/model_photos/
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  • From: Beirut, LB
Posted by elbeik on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 10:09 AM

 That's a splendid build of a splendid car! I love it,

Azmi

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Posted by lmadureira on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 10:28 AM

Amazing!

Best Regards, Luís Madureira
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Posted by oldcarguy on Sunday, July 19, 2009 11:10 AM

Hello there kenmascia. --Say , thats not at all bad. I have built probably 4 of those and ,yes they can be beautiful . When I photograph my cars and ships I use a blue , grey or off white background . You can buy the stuff at WAL-MART in the office and school supply section .When you do it make sure you don,t have a line at the back . Take the posterboard and stand it on end ,and let it slide down till you have the area under the car white ,say , then take another ,tape them together on the back with drafting tape . You will have a seamless background !! All the car will show ,believe me .You can get the stuff with a different color on the obverse side say light blue /dark blue , or cream /light tan or light grey and white, Then make sure you have the subject lit well . On this it looks like you,re there . Well great pics and let us see what you do next .... oldcarguy

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Posted by carguybradd on Sunday, July 19, 2009 12:26 PM
Nice build of a difficult kit. I should know, the chassis and nearly every body panel on mine was severly warped right "out of the box". Here's a link to the one I built, in case you're interested: /forums/t/61774.aspx?PageIndex=1
So much plastic, so little time...
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  • From: Detroit, MI
Posted by kenmascia on Sunday, July 19, 2009 6:04 PM

Hey, thanks for reviving this old post and thanks for the comments!  I kinda thought the car looked pretty good against the black background . . . .

Ken http://public.fotki.com/KenMascia/model_photos/
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  • From: Fall River, Ma.
Posted by baycolony on Monday, July 20, 2009 9:15 AM

 I think this is a fabulous build and hope to build one sometime.  It would look really nice next to Tamiya's Mclaren Mercedes with wings on both open.  I am a fan of these cars and hope that a new tool could be forthcoming, but you proved that this may not be necessary.

 Here is a link to my other completed kits: 

http://public.fotki.com/GilCosta/

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