Jump to content


Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG


  • You cannot reply to this topic
35 replies to this topic

#1 mrmike

mrmike

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,641 posts
  • Location:Nashua, NH USA
  • Full Name:Michael R. Siesicki

Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:33 AM

This is a build I am doing for the Classic Plastic Model Club 1/24 Scale Box Stock Club Challenge for our show on October 6, 2013.  I am building the Revell of Germany Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.  I was going to wait until later in the year to start this project, but I fear that time may not be on my side especially with a Skill Level 4 kit that I am not familiar with.  After reading reviews of this kit in several places, the doors have been known to be warped and I want to be sure they are straight.   

 SLS01.jpg

My paint will be Tamiya TS-85 Bright Mica Red.

SLS02.jpg

SLS03.jpg

I am hoping this build does not come back to bite me especially since I have high hopes for this kit and for placing well during the Club Challenge.

 

More to come...



#2 CJ1971

CJ1971

    MCM Avid Poster

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 292 posts
  • Location:Australia
  • Full Name:Cliff Caddy

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:25 AM

I've built this kit Mike & it's true about the doors, at least 1 of them might be slightly "warped", but, with a little muscle, can be bent into it's proper alignment. I'd get 'em out now & test fit them before any painting. The rest of tge kit is really sweet ( bar the tyres being too thick & the wheels being too small - typical Revell fare )
Cheers & good luck, Cliffo

#3 mrmike

mrmike

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,641 posts
  • Location:Nashua, NH USA
  • Full Name:Michael R. Siesicki

Posted 02 March 2013 - 04:50 PM

Thanks Cliffo!

 

 

I started on the engine this evening. The basic engine has been assembled and painted.SLS04.jpg
SLS05.jpg
SLS06.jpg
 
More to come...


#4 mrmike

mrmike

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,641 posts
  • Location:Nashua, NH USA
  • Full Name:Michael R. Siesicki

Posted 03 March 2013 - 10:59 AM

The engine has been installed into the chassis.
SLS07.jpg
Chassis construction has begun with the exhaust and front suspension components.
SLS08.jpg
SLS09.jpg
 
More to come...


#5 cobraman

cobraman

    Crazy 'bout Cobras!

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,326 posts
  • Location:Arizona
  • Full Name:Ray Kurn

Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:30 AM

Lookin' good, nice start.



#6 mrmike

mrmike

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,641 posts
  • Location:Nashua, NH USA
  • Full Name:Michael R. Siesicki

Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:45 PM

Thank you Ray!

 

 

Been working on the chassis this afternoon.  Nearly done save for the air cleaner assembly and the wheels and tires.

SLS10.jpg

SLS11.jpg

Many little decals to apply to the air cleaner assembly.

SLS12.jpg

 

More to come...



#7 mrmike

mrmike

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,641 posts
  • Location:Nashua, NH USA
  • Full Name:Michael R. Siesicki

Posted 07 April 2013 - 11:36 AM

I thought I would pay a little attention to the SLS and stripped the plating from the wheels using Easy-Off Fume Free Oven Cleaner. The chrome was gone in 10 minutes.  The wheels will be painted with Model Master Aluminium Metalizer.

 SLS13.jpg

I mounted the front and rear bumpers in preparation for bodywork and paint.

SLS14.jpg

SLS15.jpg

 

More to come...



#8 charlie8575

charlie8575

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,003 posts
  • Location:Marlborough, Ma.
  • Full Name:Charlie

Posted 07 April 2013 - 11:51 AM

Nice thing to know about the Easy-Off on the newer chrome, Mike. Ten minutes is most impressive. I've had some luck with bleach on older AMT chrome (10-15 minutes), but have heard some trouble with some of the newer materials.

 

I'll be watching this with some curiosity, as the new SLS is one of the modern cars that actually does hold my interest.

 

I like the color choice, too.

 

Charlie Larkin



#9 mrmike

mrmike

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,641 posts
  • Location:Nashua, NH USA
  • Full Name:Michael R. Siesicki

Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:50 PM

Thanks charlie!  A CPMC member told me he uses Easy-Off Fume Free for stripping chrome successfully, so I had to give it a try.  I have seen an SLS from across the intersection early last fall.  It was pearl white and the exhaust note...awesome!



#10 mrmike

mrmike

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,641 posts
  • Location:Nashua, NH USA
  • Full Name:Michael R. Siesicki

Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:09 AM

For a change of pace Sunday afternoon, I painted, decaled, and assembled the wheels and tires for the Merc.
SLS17.jpg
SLS18.jpg
Now that the wheels and tires have been assembled, I realize that I should have added a wash on the rotors.  I can still do that through the wheels with a brush and a little patience.  A mockup with the body.
SLS16.jpg
 
More to come...


#11 jrherald420

jrherald420

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 905 posts
  • Location:Smyrna,TN
  • Full Name:James Herald

Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:22 AM

Nice work!  Is the green car in the back ground one i saw in a current magazine as a build? 



#12 charlie8575

charlie8575

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,003 posts
  • Location:Marlborough, Ma.
  • Full Name:Charlie

Posted 22 April 2013 - 12:08 PM

That is looking GOOD.

 

I think I'm going to be picking one of those up.

 

Charlie Larkin



#13 PowerPlant

PowerPlant

    MCM Avid Poster

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 407 posts
  • Location:Zagreb, Croatia, EUROPE
  • Full Name:Matija Vasić

Posted 22 April 2013 - 02:33 PM

One of the rare modern cars available in kit form that I really like and have in my stash... Great to see it being built :)



#14 jaymcminn

jaymcminn

    MCM Avid Poster

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 487 posts
  • Location:Naples, FL
  • Full Name:Jason McMinn

Posted 22 April 2013 - 03:31 PM

Waiting until I get a photoetched detail set before I start mine... I'll enjoy watching your build in the meantime!



#15 slusher

slusher

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 10,130 posts
  • Location:tennessee
  • Full Name:carl slusher

Posted 22 April 2013 - 04:13 PM

Mike l forgot about you building this kit. Very nice progress. Looking forward to more of your build...



#16 mrmike

mrmike

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,641 posts
  • Location:Nashua, NH USA
  • Full Name:Michael R. Siesicki

Posted 12 May 2013 - 02:19 AM

Thanks guys!

 

 

I am prepping the body for bodywork.  These are the sinkmarks that I found in the plastic.

SLS19.jpg

SLS20.jpg

SLS21.jpg

 

More to come...



#17 mrmike

mrmike

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,641 posts
  • Location:Nashua, NH USA
  • Full Name:Michael R. Siesicki

Posted 26 July 2013 - 08:24 AM

The Merc is back on the bench!  Since I need to do some filling of sink marks, I pulled out my trusty tube of Bondo Glazing and Spot Putty and started to fill sink marks in the nose of the body, both doors, hood, and side view mirrors.

SLS22.jpg

SLS23.jpg

SLS24.jpg

I'll let the putty harden up and start sanding.

 

More to come...



#18 sportandmiah

sportandmiah

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 557 posts
  • Location:USA
  • Full Name:Arnold Jackson

Posted 26 July 2013 - 08:46 AM

Like!



#19 mrmike

mrmike

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,641 posts
  • Location:Nashua, NH USA
  • Full Name:Michael R. Siesicki

Posted 28 July 2013 - 05:21 AM

I'm glad that you do, Arnold.  Thanks!

 

Bodywork is done and it's time for paint to fly!  This is two mist coats of Tamiya TS-85 Bright Mica Red.

SLS25.jpg

SLS26.jpg

SLS27.jpg

I'm really happy with this color and after two mist coats, the coverage is fantastic!  I'll have to get more of this color for an Audi R8 that I want to build later.

 

More to come...



#20 mrmike

mrmike

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,641 posts
  • Location:Nashua, NH USA
  • Full Name:Michael R. Siesicki

Posted 10 August 2013 - 03:53 AM

I have finally found some time to work on the SLS.  Parts cleanup and more painting.

SLS28.jpg

SLS29.jpg

And, as usual, I forgot to paint the mirrors.

SLS30.jpg

 

More to come...