Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

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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.

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

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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.

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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

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Thanks Cliffo!

I started on the engine this evening. The basic engine has been assembled and painted.SLS04.jpg
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The engine has been installed into the chassis.
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Chassis construction has begun with the exhaust and front suspension components.
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Lookin' good, nice start.

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Thank you Ray!

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

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Many little decals to apply to the air cleaner assembly.

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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.

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

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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

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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!

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For a change of pace Sunday afternoon, I painted, decaled, and assembled the wheels and tires for the Merc.
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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.
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Nice work! Is the green car in the back ground one i saw in a current magazine as a build?

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That is looking GOOD.

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

Charlie Larkin

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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 :)

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

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

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Thanks guys!

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

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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.

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

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Like!

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Nice job done, looking forward to see more! :)

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glad to know im not the only one to forget mirrors! Nice build man!

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Looking good Mike, I too have one of these in my 'to build pile'.

I agree with your colour choice, but you might want to check the instructions - I think part of the inner roof liner has to be painted body colour too IIRC.

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Nice color choice Mike...

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Nice.

Ben

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