My friend and I are attending a 4 Hours Classic Race in Randers, Denmark and we discussed the idea of participating with something else than the usual Porsche 917's etc. He has a nice Cobra which I build a couple of years ago and I have a Porsche 908/2 Flunder Kurz.
But i thought about using one of my many plastic kits, which just cries out to be used for a Slot Car. After running through some 60's Ferraris i opted for a Revell kit of the 1955 Mercedes 300SLR.
The kit is for Sterling Moss and Denis Jenkinsons 1955 Mille Miglia winner, but the model also raced in other races without a navigator: Racecars don't have more than one person in a real race car a time, so I decided to build the Sterling Moss car form the 1955 Dundrod TT.
This meant some modifications to the body, the most prominent is the cover over the passager side, new smaller windscreen and only one of the aerodynamic headrests. I also removed some material inside to get a lighter body.
After some unlucky attempts with water based Vellejo Model Air colours for the silver, I painted it in Motip Silver, followed by Motip clear Acrylic after the decals was added.
I et anfald af miljøbevidsthed malede jeg karossen
The Chassis is a German Schöler 5513 brass chassis with 15mm inside dia wheels, 10mm wide front and 13mm wide rear. The front tyres are firm foam rubber and the rears are Ortmann tyres as PU rubber tyres are mandatory for the race. The wheel inserts are made from the kit wheels and painted silver.
I made vacformed copies of the interior tub and instrument panel and used the kit steering wheel and gear lever. The driver body is also vacformed. The interior has to be modified a bit to allow room for the motor and rear wheels in this rather small car. I used the horrible seat decals from the kit on the edges of my seat, and toned the colour down with black wash.
Front intake is covered by a vacformed copy of some fine metal net and the intake on the bonnet is covered with fine metal net.
Windscreen is made of clear plasticard