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      Something I built a few years back. Italeri's 1/16 300SL, purchased on sale at LHS 1/16 scale Italeri  Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing , and built straight out of the box, with mild weathering 1/16 scale Italeri  Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing applied to engine and chassis.







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  1. sjordan's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    Great job on a tricky kit. Did you have any trouble getting the doors to fit flush?

    I'd love to see more detail shots -- engine, front grille, etc.
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    Construction shot of the engine:
    1/16 scale Italeri  Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing-gullwing6-jpg

    And in the finished model:
    1/16 scale Italeri  Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing-gullwingengine-jpg
    The weathering 1/16 scale Italeri  Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing is just a light dusting of Humbrol Dark Earth with an airbrush 1/16 scale Italeri  Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing .

    Getting the chassis into the body took a little finesse, but outside of that, I found assembly pretty painless. It's definitely not a Tamiya 1/16 scale Italeri  Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing kit, but it is considerably better than the 1/25 AMT 1/16 scale Italeri  Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing kit, and way better than the 1/12 Renwal/Revell/Monogram kit. I could have done a lot more in the way of superdetailing, but the object here was just to finish something as a break between scratchbuilding projects.


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    How did you manage to disguise the front and rear body valance seams? That seems very difficult to do well, especially with metallic 1/16 scale Italeri  Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing paint. Nice work.

    Have you tried the Minicraft 1/16 version? The body is slightly more accurate and the wheels are better, but the Italeri has better overall detail - except for lack of a full space frame, which you'll never see -- and their use of chrome trim is a plus. (I noticed, though, that the Italeri uses the firewall from the 300 SL roadster, which has 2 coils instead of the 1 mounted sideways on the Gullwing.)

    As you said, there is no perfect Gullwing kit in any scale, but I think swapping a few parts between the Italeri and Minicraft 1/16 would come close. Me? I'd choose the Minicraft/Entex kit and use the Italeri engine, interior and chrome badging, but I'm daunted by the chrome trim needed for the Minicraft window surrounds. The Italeri chrome (except for trunk badging) does not fit the Minicraft.
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    I haven't built the Minicraft kit, and at the time I wasn't sure if the Italeri kit wasn't another reboxing. The kit was on sale for $24, so it was an impulse buy. I would say I definitely got my money's worth.

    I used Milliput to fill the numerous sinkholes, because it doesn't shrink, and it sets hard. THe rear valence was attached with lots of liquid cement and pressure. the excess was sanded off once it was thoroughly dry, with some milliput in the gaps. the front valance had a noticeable gap, which I filled with some sheet styrene 1/16 scale Italeri  Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing . Once everything was sanded smooth, I went over those spots with ultrafine sandpaper, followed by Tamiya 1/16 scale Italeri  Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing rubbing compound, because, as you say, metallic 1/16 scale Italeri  Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing paint picks 1/16 scale Italeri  Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing up everything. The paint is Model Master German Silver as per the instructions, but I do think it has a little more depth, and looks a little more like silver car paint than what comes out of your typical bottle of "silver"

    The interior is HUmbrol #60 Matt Scarlet, burnished with a finger to give it that leather look.


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