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  1. Nothing special. Just a photo taken during a rest period while fighting the wildfires that ravage Long Island every few years. The only connection with aviation is the fact that the location was a churchyard fairly close to the old Grumman Peconic River complex in Calverton which, if I remember correctly, was approximately 7,000 acres in area before being turned over to civilian control by the Department of the Navy. It used to be a fairly interesting place, particularly when Grumman was building and testing the F-14.
  2. Original luggage straps are 25mm wide. I can not speak to the width of reproduced or refurbished straps.
  3. Although there is some discussion about the color of a 300 SL's belly pans depending on the age of the car, most production vehicles were finished in a light brown color on both sides of the pans. I'm attaching a link showing a restored Gull Wing sporting the correct colored pans. https://www.brabus.com/en/classics/w-198-gullwing.html
  4. There are no fixtures at the forward ends of the lateral rail. The rail itself translates from a round to flat cross section with a hole drilled through it and is fastened to the side wall with a small Phillips screw approximately 15mm to the rear of the door opening, The fixtures you have made are works of art but reproduce too prominently in 1:24. Perhaps better to fasten short lengths of wire at right angles to the lateral rail to approximate the several standoffs.
  5. Airfix research was a bit off when it cam to serial orientation on the port wing. Perhaps hurried to get the P1127 to market while it was still new.
  6. If you are redoing the luggage, you might consider making the hinges a bit less prominent. in 1:1 hey are almost flush with the sides of the case.
  7. Lateral protective rail in luggage area is 11mm diameter and spaced approximately 15mm from wall at center rear tapering to 0 spacing where it is fastened just to the rear of door openings. Rail is roughly parallel to the the bottoms of the side window openings and is approximately 30mm below at forward end and 50mm below at center rear. Transverse protective rail is also 11mm diameter and lies just above the carpeting immediately to the rear of the seats. For the transvers rod in 1:24 scale I would simply drill holes in the wall and insert a wire going from side to side. The lateral protect
  8. Absolutely nothing to seal the vents. They are open all the time. During my 58 years with the silver car (and 50 years with the red one) I have never experience the slightest water intrusion through the vents, even when washing the car. Be advised, the floor of the vents does have a slight upward slope (approximately 10mm) at its far forward end which is not noticeable from outside the car and is hardly worth mentioning in 1:24. Keep up the great work.
  9. ejboyd5

    Lockdown Genealogy

    One of my paternal ancestors left your part of the World on the Mayflower. Others, named Bruce and Anderson, came later from north of the border.
  10. Carpeting and rubber floor mats look spot on, Good choice of materials. I particularly like the edging that separates the carpet from the rest of the transmission tunnel cover - very realistic. .I note there are speakers in the door sills. Do you have a radio to hang underneath the dash board? Also, does the kit supply the thin chrome rails that line the luggage area behind the seats? Handbrake lever was color coordinated to match the headliner - gray with gray headliner, cream with tan headliner. Plan ahead.
  11. Your dashboard lens colors as modified are OK except for the generator light below and to the right of the speedometer which should be red rather than white.
  12. Suitcases look good, but perhaps too short. To bad I don't have dimensions readily at hand, but when stacked, the two cases stood well above the tops of the seats Indeed, one case alone was about as high as the sear backs. Suggest you do a search for 'Gull Wing luggage' for many pictures. Sorry, but I miswrote when describing the colors and functions of the lenses for the instrument panel lights The center light above the speedometer/tachometer is red, but it is the turn signal indicator, not the charging light. The charging light is also red and is located below and left of th
  13. Much better without the flocking. Don't get crazy about the ribbing on the floor mats. On the original, the ribs are 3.25 mm apart and are only 1.5 mm in height, which is hardly noticeable in a 1/24 vehicle. Any black matte finish should suffice, but if anyone really cares, the ribs run from side to side at a right angle to the direction of travel, Similarly, the square weave of the carpet is very tight and difficult to duplicate in small scale. It should be somewhat rough however to differentiate it from the smooth finish of the seats and the interior leather/vinyl trim.
  14. Instrument light lenses look good. Shouldn't be too difficult to scrape the flocking off the carpeted areas and the floor, To be absolutely clear, the only portion of the transmission tunnel cover that is carpeted is the front removable portion. The part between the seats that is not removable is covered with leather or vinyl matching the dashboard, and the interior trim. Perhaps also flatten the gloss on the leather/vinyl a notch or two
  15. Suggest you remove the "flocked" carpet. The 300 SL had black ribbed rubber mats covering the floor areas in front of the seats. The vertical sides of the footwells were covered in either leather or vinyl to match the interior. The transmission tunnel cover was carpeted with a tight square weave carpet as was the horizontal area behind the seats. Since the carpet was such a hard, tight weave, there is no softness or pile visible in 1:1 scale let alone in a 1/24 model, Wheels look much better following the repaint, but please be advised that fully chromed wheels were extremely rar
  16. A lifelong interest in Naval Aviation is always appreciated. Now we need some pictures.
  17. Interesting to see your use of the proper medical single snake Rod of Asclepius rather than the two snake Caduceus or Staff of Hermes, Appreciate the attention paid to historical correctness although I can not locate a clear enough picture of the M*A*S*H 1:1 example to confirm a single snake rather than the two snake Caduceus that has been incorrectly appropriated in the USA to represent medicine.
  18. How much time might be involved in a 1:1 scale printing. I can envision a reasonable market among fans of the 300 SL.
  19. Tamiya part 19B is indeed the brake fluid canister for the ATE system meaning that the vacuum reservoir you so carefully constructed is inappropriate for this particular car. All in all we are now in a strictly academic discussion since both the vacuum reservoir and the ATE T-50 brake booster are completely shrouded by the car's bodywork and can only be seen if one removes the left side rocker panel. Solider on with your remarkable 3D printing efforts. Some considerable work still lies ahead in opening the two vents in the roof area to the rear of the doors. Be very careful in following
  20. Not exactly. The Treadle-Vac appeared on only a small percentage of the 300 SLs. 198.040 5500354, the car with the first installed T-50, was completed on June 2, 1956. With all the work you are putting into this project it would be a shame to miss out on this important detail. If you will post a picture of the Tamiya supplied booster it should be a easy matter to determine if is a Treadle-Vac or a T-50. A copy of the Instruction sheet would also be helpful as booster locations were different.
  21. Send me an address if you want the list of 300 SL changes. EJB

    1. CrazyCrank


      OK ejboyd5: please, use thierry.decorniquet@gmail.com

  22. It was impossible for me to determine from the pictures provided whether Tamiya has supplied parts for a Treadle-Vac or an ATE T-50 brake booster, Be advised that beginning with chassis 198.040 5500354, Mercedes-Benz replaced the original Treadle-Vac unit with the ATE T-50 which obviated the need for the vacuum canister that you have so carefully constructed.. Probably a good idea to determine early on what car you are replicating since the 300 SL was subjected to many rolling changes during its production life (including the fill pipe and breather system for the lubricating oil reservoir). I
  23. Neat interpretation, but how did the bridle disengage from a closed spool/hook?
  24. Probably camera settings or computer rendition, but I remember the A-26 interior presenting a lot more green than brown.
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