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Evening guys :)

 

As I said on my last post in my Delahaye thread, I've begun to work on this fabulous kit from Tamiya.

 

I purchased it I think a year ago, and each morning, the box calls me. several times, I've open it, to see the wonders it offered, and finally I couldn't resist to begin to work on it.

 

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Let's see the content of the box:

 

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And the Detail up set:

 

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As you can see, one is sure to have fun :)

 

And I've planned, as usual, to enhance more the kit with some scratch, particularly on the engine :)

 

Stay tuned for the first step... 😉

 

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Morning, chaps 😉

 

The chassis frame ( a tubular steel treillis)  of this iconic car has been assembled.

It's made of 12 thin parts, perfectly molded and absolutely flash-free !

 

The assembly has been a delight:

 

-The instructions are perfectly clear and very explicit.

-The parts fit perfectly, no adjustment were needed.

- When you have to glue 2 parts, the first one has little pins when needed, and little holes already exist in the second part, where the pins thread.

- This allow a perfect positioning of the parts and to respect the angulation constraints between them.

 

It's my first Tamiya kit, and I've to say that, when you come from the complicated Heller world, it's a real shock 😲

 

Instructions:

 

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Result:

 

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To compare with the real one:

 

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Possible additions to come on the plastic one...

 

Stay tuned if you like :)

 

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I've always wanted a model Mercedes-Benz 300SL that has a detailed space frame chassis, seeing your progress so far has made me want to get this kit.

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One of the great classics I'll follow along if you don't mind?

 

           Roger

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It looks like you've already made a great start on what looks quite a complicated kit (although I've only heard good stuff about it). That spaceframe already looks like the sort of thing you could display - no wonder they give you the option of a clear underside. With this one sitting in the stash I'll be keeping an eye on this, not just as I know you'll produce a masterpiece, but also to get some pointers for when it's my turn to get onto it.

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Evening chaps :)

 

I've spent all my Sunday with my preferred scale model... my grand-daughter Emma, so no progress today

 

But I'm going on gathering infos about the tubular frame of this car, and I've found this drawing, directly loaded from MB archives:

 

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After comparison with the Tamiya frame, there's on the latter a lack of several parts, essentially for the frame around the dashboard and the steering column , and some minor pieces at the back of the chassis.

I've painted them red on the previous drawing, and got the following stuff:

 

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I don't know yet if I can add them or not, because the build process asked by Tamiya is possibly incompatible  with these additions.

 

I've to study more accurately the assembly instructions before deciding !

 

Stay tuned if you like and thanks for your encouragements :)

 

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And this technical drawing of he tubular frame is very interesting too:

 

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And after comparison with the Tamiya simplified chassis, I've painted red the missing parts:

 

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See you later for next steps :)

 

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Looking forward to seeing this. With typical Tamiya (high) quality and your skills, this will be a fun project.

Great start, Thierry.

 

Cheers, H

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13 hours ago, CrazyCrank said:

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I don't know yet if I can add them or not, because the build process asked by Tamiya is possibly incompatible  with these additions.

 

I've to study more accurately the assembly instructions before deciding !

 

Stay tuned if you like and thanks for your encouragements :)

 

Yes, be sure that you will be able to build the model, before spending time on these additions.

Looks like a real nice kit. Did Tamiya ever do the cabrio 300sl too.

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These are great plans you dug up there. Where did you find these?

 

I bet Tamiya quality and fitment is a big difference in what you are used to. I expect a gorgeous build - might be a little too easy for you 😉

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25 minutes ago, Schwarz-Brot said:

These are great plans you dug up there. Where did you find these?

 

I bet Tamiya quality and fitment is a big difference in what you are used to. I expect a gorgeous build - might be a little too easy for you 😉

I begun my research on the Web with Google, using some simple keywords: "Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing", "tubular", "chassis", "frame", "blueprints", "drawings", and asking for pictures.

And then, clicking on those that matched with the tubular frame of the car, one thing leading to another, I got what you've seen !

 

As simple as that !

 

For instance, you can find on Mercedes Public Archives, related to this car, these articles : Here

 

Interesting, isn't it, for super-detailing purposes ?

 

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I found the MB archives, but couldn't find the one with measurements on. Had hoped to find more blueprints there as this would be the most reliable source one could ask for. The google picture search is my usual way as well, but with most historicaly significant cars it is hard to determine what you are looking at. Often it is replicas or inofficial drawings, blueprints most often are taken from model instructions and sold as the real deal... Still better than nothing, but nothing beats original plans in my book.

 

Even if I don't intend to build a subject I love to drool over original technical drawings, trying to figure out what went on in the engineers' heads. There's just something special about beautifully handdrawn plans. In my company I sometimes even recognize the draughtsman by their style of placing dimensions and details. Maybe I'm a bit to obsessed overt this... 😄

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49 minutes ago, Schwarz-Brot said:

I found the MB archives, but couldn't find the one with measurements on. Had hoped to find more blueprints there as this would be the most reliable source one could ask for. The google picture search is my usual way as well, but with most historicaly significant cars it is hard to determine what you are looking at. Often it is replicas or inofficial drawings, blueprints most often are taken from model instructions and sold as the real deal... Still better than nothing, but nothing beats original plans in my book.

 

Even if I don't intend to build a subject I love to drool over original technical drawings, trying to figure out what went on in the engineers' heads. There's just something special about beautifully handdrawn plans. In my company I sometimes even recognize the draughtsman by their style of placing dimensions and details. Maybe I'm a bit to obsessed overt this... 😄

Another link to get the blueprints with measurements on, in English here

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That looks like it's a cracking kit that will look brilliant once you have built it to your usual standard :) 

I've nearly bought one of these a fair few times then something else has caught my eye and I got that instead

Must get one at some point  :)

Going to tag along with this one :) 

 

Ian

 

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I have started to do battle with the Heller SL 300. What a difference!

I may just have to get the Tamiya one some time... :)

 

Cheers,

Alan.

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Evening gentlemen :)

 

Having taken a thorough look at the assembly instructions and at the Tamiya parts for dashboard and firewall, it appears that it won't be possible to add all the missing rods on this frame, essentially because the plastic parts don't allow it, but also because certain additions would be totally invisible.

 

But, I believe I can add those tubes:

 

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They will be visible from above or below, so I think it's interesting to scratch and add them,,to give more realism to the frame :)

 

Stay tuned for next steps, and thanks for watching :)

 

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Evening Guys :)

 

I've begun to scratch some crossmembers and other tubular parts of the chassis.

 

They're made of 0.9 mm brass rod, glued in place with CA gel .

 

 

At the moment, I've made this:

 

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One part is more complex and has needed to make numerous tries to give it the right shape; it also has appendices which were soldered .

 

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And with the firewall dry fitted:

 

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I'm far from the achievement of this chassis,  it remains to make that:

 

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Stay tuned if you like and thanks for watching :)

 

 

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