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Good afternoon everyone As promised, and considering @ejboyd5 suggestion, I'm starting today the second build of this kit, modifying it a bit to represent the car driven by John Fitch during the 1955 edition of famous Mille Miglia between Roma and Brescia. All of us know that the overall winner of this race, in all categories, was Sir Stirling Moss, driving a Mercedes Benz 300 SLR, and that the second place went to Juan Manuel Fangio, driving him, too, a Mercedes 300 SLR. Only a few know that John Fitch won the race fort its category (GT cars over 1.3 liter), driving a non enhanced MB 300 SL, exactly as it was once produced, at the average speed of 160 km/h (approx. 100 mph), what was incredible in this era. The car started the race on April 30th, crossing the start line at the pre-determined time of 4:17 am, what explain it got the number 417 (Sir Stirling Moss started at 7:22 am, getting 722 number) For this race, the front bumper had been removed and a kind of deflector had been fixed over the bonnet The body was graphite grey (DB 190) and the interior blue tartan for seats, and dark blue for lining and covering. The car had Rudge wheels option. Well, I'm of course going to take account of all my previous mistakes and defects, intending to build a better model than the previous one. It will be built 100% OOB ....except needed modifications to represent the real race car....However it is greatly possible that my fingers would twitch and that I would scratch some additional parts here and there, only where It's visible, and only to be closer to the real car in order to pay homage to its fabulous engine and stunning bodywork . The underbody will be removable, allowing to inspect all the mechanical organs of the beast. I've probably to buy a color inkjet printer and decal sheets, because it's impossible to find the special lettering for its race numbers. Wish me luck, guys, and thanks for watching and criticizing