1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe - A build diary

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Re: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe - A build diary

Postby R2D2 » Wed Jul 15, 2015 5:04 pm

Sounds like this kit is going to be a good one! I could be tepted to buy it when or if it comes to the UK. As regards packaging we had the same problem with the Eaglemose Aston Martin DB5! The first few sets of parts came in well protected packaging then they changed it! I had a few broken parts that had to be replaced! They were quite quick but it was the inconveniance that was anoying. Also the fit of some of the parts left a lot to be desired but in the end with a lot of work and patiance the model turned out to be a great display. Just look at my photo.
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Re: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe - A build diary

Postby baby_astons » Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:08 pm

...the big difference is, the db5 hasn't been done by ixo but by grany&partners - ixo is responsible for the 300SL so it'll probably be better than the aston -
in the region of the 2cv, ds21 etc - both very nice kits even if there were also some faults...
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Re: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe - A build diary

Postby R2D2 » Thu Jul 16, 2015 5:02 pm

I think really you will find faults in almost all kits! I have a Monogram 1/8th scale E Type Jaguar platic kit which Im building at the moment and it is quite inacurate in places and needs a lot of moding and fettling but it does eventualy turn into a nice model if taken time over!
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Re: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe - A build diary

Postby baby_astons » Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:48 pm

keyword said john - only our own effort gets it right...
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Re: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe - A build diary

Postby greyhawk » Sun Jul 19, 2015 1:59 pm

Issue 7

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With this issue we get the cylinder head (zink), front and rear exhaust manifold , front exhaust pipe and two sealing rings (all ABS).

As I mentioned before, there were some problems with the colour on the manifolds missing in some places and I originally planned to repaint these parts.

BUT as it turns out, most of the manifold is actually hidden by parts in the next issue, so I have only dabbed on some silver permanent marker to these areas for now in the hope any blemishes disappear under issue 8s parts. We'll see when the replacement issue arrives.

Installation is done in a minute.

We simply screw both manifolds to the cylinder head...

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... then press on the sealing rings and exhaust pipe to the manifold ends.

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And that's that already.
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Re: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe - A build diary

Postby Eagle36 » Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:20 pm

It's great to be able to follow along , thanks for posting your photos! i have assembled up to installment #19 and your postings helped quite a bit. for those who have not gotten this far, I should suggest the following;
-to mount the full injection pipes to the pump enlarge the holes by rotating an Xacto knife , to make them slightly larger.
-when assembling the the chains tubes, pay close attention to which screw holes and make sure you have the correct part- the magazine drawings could be a bit better- especially the tube that crosses under the engine intake.
-the upper front control arms can be easily mistaken and installed upside down [i'm speaking from experience :angry-banghead: ]

So far I'm pleased with the parts quality and fit/finish and thanks to a forum member I'm able to gather and ship groups of installments to save shipping costs.
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Re: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe - A build diary

Postby greyhawk » Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:44 pm

Eagle36 wrote: the magazine drawings could be a bit better-


Haha, yeah. :D There's an upcoming - for me - drawing in issue 9 that also points to impossible screw holes when fitting the exhaust assembly to the engine block. :dance:

EDIT: Aaaand I just got issues 14 to 19. Still waiting for a non broken issue 8.
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Re: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe - A build diary

Postby greyhawk » Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:01 pm

I'll be stopping regular updates to this diary at this point as this build is turning into an exercise in frustration fast. Broken parts, false instructions, incredibad fit, parts that are impossible to put where intended and an overall loss in quality and sturdity of parts are adding up to a point where I'm too fed up to write all that much about this. This may or may not change in the future if this build becomes fun again.

Also, Eaglemoss! :evil:
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Re: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe - A build diary

Postby baby_astons » Fri Jul 31, 2015 2:51 pm

hope you'll resume soon again, troubles are there to be solved - we all know eaglemoss is quite sloppy with details and research...
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Re: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe - A build diary

Postby greyhawk » Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:25 pm

baby_astons wrote:hope you'll resume soon again, troubles are there to be solved - we all know eaglemoss is quite sloppy with details and research...


No, tried another pack today and immediately stopped the subscription. This is like nothing I've ever seen. This is worse than Revell in the 80s. Nothing fits anymore. At all. Gonna stop this before I hurt myself or others.

I have a ship and a train to build instead and at least with the ship things can be repaired, if they're poorly designed. The whole frame for the car being out of whack? Not so much of a chance.
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Re: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe - A build diary

Postby Eagle36 » Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:43 pm

Hope you revisit the 300SL after a break Greyhawk, I found the frame to be a little fussy, but not horrible- I've found Pocher kits to be lot worse than this one- give it another try Greyhawk soon. :superlglue:
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Re: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe - A build diary

Postby baby_astons » Mon Aug 03, 2015 11:17 am

...also, if you're unhappy with the fit and composture of the frame, you can always ask for a replacement part -
have quite a few guys on hand who are building it and they haven't complained about the frame e.g. being warped -
detail is another issue, but that is the part we're supposed to jump in - suppose the aston was much worse and still many managed to finish the model...
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Re: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe - A build diary

Postby Experten » Tue Nov 01, 2016 5:24 am

A bit of an old thread here. But, I'm 6 issues from having my 300SL completed, and I must say that my experience has been the exact opposite of GreyHawks. This model has been an absolute delight to assemble. The fit, while fiddly at times, is near perfect.

I've attached 3 pics from a while ago. She's much further along now. I'll add more tomorrow, it there is interest.
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Re: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe - A build diary

Postby steve131 » Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:41 am

Excellent work looking good 8-) 8-)
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Re: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe - A build diary

Postby casper » Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:38 am

Very nice R2 :mrgreen: well jel
interior and engine bay look great. more pics please :D
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Re: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe - A build diary

Postby chill » Tue Nov 01, 2016 12:54 pm

Great update.

Yes please post more pictures as I would like to see the finished article :clap:
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Re: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe - A build diary

Postby number1 » Tue Nov 01, 2016 5:52 pm

Same here, more pics please.
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Re: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe - A build diary

Postby greyhawk » Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:45 pm

Looks really great.

I can only figure that Eaglemoss tried to sabotage me specifically as they have done with every single thing I ever tried to order from them. :D
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