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1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster

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This is a simple Franklin Mint rebuild, enhanced with kit parts. I needed a break and slump buster from heavy body work on some other projects. Taking inspiration from one of the perfectly restored full size cars, I changed some things on the model to make it more accurate.         1. Grafted in Monogram 540K front suspension to lower the front, moving the axle line slightly forward and narrowing the track a little bit. 2. Replaced the FM wheels and tires with Monogram parts. 3. Cleaned up the chassis, sanding off the FM advertising from the gas tank, repainted the chassis in red, detail painted everything. 4. Repainted the interior using artist acrylic oils to represent leather, instead of as-cast butter yellow plastic. 5. detail painted the engine compartment, added an air filter mesh. 6. Adapted a  Johan top boot, replaced clunky FM spotlights and tail lights with delicate, more accurate Johan pieces. 7. Printed up some 1935 California license plates and called it good.     

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