You are doing a great job on this, Ken. About 10+ years ago I searched and searched and found the "clear body" version from Protar. It cost stupid money for what the model turned out to be as the "clear" body was not very clear and had too many distortions. Kinda hard to fix that, so I sold it all. I'd still like to build two of the F40 race versions, and held onto a few of the Revell "slightly detailed" versions. Dunno if I'll ever get to them, but that engine is very nice. I used one of the V8's in my '37 Cord custom. Odd, but a good choice to hook up to the Cord's front wheel drive. Please keep giving us pics.
I tried to post a pic, but nothing happens. You can click on the Fotki link below, my albums, my models built, page 8, #189 or 014.JPG.
I always thought that nose drooped to low...and those wheel openings are really screwy for sure. I was so hoping it could be salvaged, but I'll probably sell both kits after looking at this. One is totally original, the other has been primed, the wheels weathered, and some other detailing started. I just never got back to it because it seemed oddly proportioned.
Thanks for the link and info. I hate to even start another kit or project, but I have always liked the 300SL and some other Mercedes marks over the years. This kit has always put me off a bit with its clumsy bright work and toyish underpan, though. I have taken HTF diecasts and detailed them to approaching the real thing, but it gets tiresome having to figure out how to compensate for poor detail in parts I cannot replicate.
BTW: I have two of the old Ferrari 275GTB kits I really want to move forward with (because I think it is the best looking car ever...even more than the XKE), but the body shape just plain bothers me. Something isn't right, and I don't think I can correct it. Maybe I should just build them and do my best and they will be what they are. It's not like I have an alternative to them. I plan a stock street version and a race version.....in my dreams.