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Offline IanB

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Mercedes-Benz SSKL, Matchbox 1:32 plus extras!
« on: November 01, 2021, 10:37:17 PM »
This is one of the reasons I haven't been here much recently, but it's now done - My first car build in over 35 years!
It's been a long build as I have had other priorities on the bench alongside it, but it's been fun!

The kit was a Chinese repop, and the plastic was very soft and not easy to work with, but a little patience saw it done. The basic kit is not too bad as a base but I modified/scratch built quite a few items which I thought needed improving.

The obvious ones are the wheels! The kit items are truly awful and I did have a good try at modifying them, but in the end gave up and designed my own. I printed rims, hubs, and knock-offs, and am happy with how they turned out (a first effort at 3d printing!). They are threaded with 0.1mm fishing line: 3 rows per wheel, 28 spokes per row, 6 wheels! Needless to say that took quite a while, but it was well worth the effort.

Other scratch parts: Radiator stoneguard, front chassis tie bar/crank handle bracket, all mudguard and headlamp brackets, front mudguard stoneguards, brake drums, steering mechanism, front shock linkages, tool box/bag, dashboard, handbrake, foot pedals, hood frame, bonnet catches and handles, exhaust brackets.

Modified kit parts: front chassis crossmember, windscreens, fuel filler cap, mudguards, chassis frames (drilled out), tyres (cut a chunk out and reglued them to give a smaller diameter), right side bonnet panels and filler panels under the exhausts.


I hope you like her!















































Thanks for looking in!



Ian
« Last Edit: November 02, 2021, 03:46:23 PM by IanB »

Offline Radarman

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Re: Mercedes-Benz SSKL, Matchbox 1:32 plus extras!
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2021, 11:08:11 PM »
Ian,
Wonderful job on this auto. Your wheels a a real game changer.
Now you can take on the Auston Martin Ulster, Bugatti or Jaguar SS/100.

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Re: Mercedes-Benz SSKL, Matchbox 1:32 plus extras!
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2021, 11:19:59 PM »
Wow!

Well done Ian. I quite like your wheels. I can well imagine the amount of time required to finish those.

But I have to ask, did you really mean 0.01mm fishing line? I can't imagine trying to use something that small.

cheers, Graham



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Re: Mercedes-Benz SSKL, Matchbox 1:32 plus extras!
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2021, 12:46:34 AM »
You're right, there is an extra 0 in there. Should be 0.1mm!

Ian

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Re: Mercedes-Benz SSKL, Matchbox 1:32 plus extras!
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2021, 01:40:47 AM »
Kevin, I built all three of those as a kid. If I could find them they would definitely be rebuilt. I also have the Auto Union in the stash.

Ian
« Last Edit: November 02, 2021, 11:31:43 PM by IanB »

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Re: Mercedes-Benz SSKL, Matchbox 1:32 plus extras!
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2021, 04:27:20 AM »
That is super Ian. The wheels really do make the model look realistic, but the other upgrades are also very significant. I am not a car fan but seeing this I could easily change my mind!

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Re: Mercedes-Benz SSKL, Matchbox 1:32 plus extras!
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2021, 05:42:36 AM »
That’s truely cool that car!
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Re: Mercedes-Benz SSKL, Matchbox 1:32 plus extras!
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2021, 12:28:19 PM »
Not really into cars but you've really done a superb job
on the Merc!  Well done Ian.

Cheers,
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Offline pepperman42

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Re: Mercedes-Benz SSKL, Matchbox 1:32 plus extras!
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2021, 11:03:39 PM »
Very slick!! Maybe a spoked wheel demo?

Steve

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Re: Mercedes-Benz SSKL, Matchbox 1:32 plus extras!
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2021, 03:26:56 AM »
Fantastic job, particularly the wheels. I think a WW1 modeller is actually well suited to vintage cars because we are used to fiddling around with lots of small detail in open cockpits not to mention making realistic radiator grills and it shows on this because you nailed it.
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Re: Mercedes-Benz SSKL, Matchbox 1:32 plus extras!
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2021, 11:29:04 AM »
Gorgeous Merc!

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Re: Mercedes-Benz SSKL, Matchbox 1:32 plus extras!
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2021, 07:08:45 PM »
Lovely work. The rims are the cherry on top.
Bye,
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Re: Mercedes-Benz SSKL, Matchbox 1:32 plus extras!
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2021, 06:07:42 AM »
Great looking model.  I'm sure the wheels are quite an upgrade from the kit's wheels.