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This is a model of the Mercedes Benz 300SLR driven by Sterling Moss and Juan Fangio in the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

Unfortunately, the worst accident in racing history occurred at this race with over 80 people being killed as the #20 car, otherwise identical to this one driven by Pierre Levegh, went airborne into the crowd and disintegrated.  About 7 hours later, while Moss was in the lead, Mercedes withdrew its remaining two cars, leaving the race for Mike Hawthorn to win in a D-Type Jaguar.  Mercedes did not return a factory team to Le Mans until 1989. 

The model is based on the Monogram kit of the car that raced in the Mille Migia.  The body was replaced with the resin one from Historic Racing Miniatures that included the mods for Le Mans, primarily the big wind brake behind the cockpit.  The engine was wired and plumbed and includes a scratchbuilt fuel injection module.  The instrument panel was detailed and the exhaust pipes replaced with aluminum tube.  Wire wheels and tires are from MG Models, headlights and fog lights from Czech Truck Model, paint from MCW, and decals from V-R-M.

I hope you enjoy the pictures.  All comments and constructive criticism are welcome.

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6 minutes ago, ATHU said:

Absolutely gorgeous, excellent work!!

And.....you will have to change yourhandle from Gluebomber to Master Craftsman.

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Amazing Its so realistic looking, hard to think its a model. 

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That is beautiful!  I will have to pull out my kit and see the differences.  Can see you blued the exhaust pipe.

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Thanks for the kind words, Guys.

Sorry that some of the pics were a little dark.  I've got to improve my lighting for future pictures!

 

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Beautiful is the only word I can think of

Edited by martinfan5

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Impeccably executed and detailed. I love all the little clamps and the various discolorations on the metalwork. What great a canvas this car is for your skills!

Edited by Bernard Kron

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That really is lovely, and having built the Uhlenhaut coupe, I know what the starting point for the underpinnings was like! Great job.

best,

M.

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