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Mercedes-Benz 300 SL 1954 1/24 FINISHED!!! mostly photos

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  • Member since
    July 2018
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL 1954 1/24 FINISHED!!! mostly photos
Posted by Dutch-modeler on Monday, May 3, 2021 4:04 PM

Hi there everyone, it has been quite a while since I uploaded anything to this forum. Although I used to build planes when I started with this hobby 3 years ago, I quickly switched to car models since I liked the perfection of car models more than the wheatering of aircraft models (my opinion ofcourse ;D). Since this was my most recent build that I finished, I thought that it would be nice to upload this one. 

The kit went really well together and each part fitted perfectly as usual with most tamiya kits. It was really astonishing to assamble the body of this kit and adding each individual chrome piece. Instead of using the numberplate from the kit, I decided to scratch build my own number plate from a aluminium sheet which I then covered with bare metal foil. 

yes another zoomed in photo, but this time from the interior. As mentioned before, the kit went really well together and the same goes for the interior. I first started with the assambly of the dashboard which comes in one chrome piece. In order to get a better finish I bought one of those circle mask cutters which were really usefull when cutting a the masks for each individual dial on the dashboard. After I masked the whole dashboard I painted it with zero paints in black and the 2K clear coat on top. 

with regards to the interior color, I mixed it from several tamiya and vallejo acrylic and based it on a color specified as "saddle brown". Although it took me several hours to get the right color, I was really satisfied with the result. 

It may seem as one of those finishing last tasks to finish off the model, the wheel assambly. But this kit proved different!!! This is my only complaint about the kit, but maybe that is just the fun of this hobby. Eventhough the kit provided silver mercedes logo decalls to go over the wheel caps. However, these don't fit. Yes I know that such a claim is quite bold but I have tried all four of them but failed each time. This has to do with the fact that the mercedes wheel caps have a curved shape which makes the mercedes logo (that is pressed into the chrome piece) slightly bigger than the actuall silver decall. 

as A solution I tried to mask the logo and then paint it black, but this didn't go well either. Therefore, I ended up buying after market decalls. 

The famous gullwing doors fitted perfectly into the body, even when they are closed. Yes, they have to option to open (as shown here) and close. I also added silver bolds in 1/24 scale on the inside of each door (take a close look at the inside door handel).

For the ones who are interested, I did all the exterior colors with pre-mixed Zero Paints which, as you might know, are lacquar. I first removed all the mold lines from the model which took quite some time since these were quite deep. Then I sanded the whole model with 2000 grid sand paper and then 3000. 

then, before putting the primer coat on, I washed the whole body with soap and water to remove all dust. this will result in less orange peel and certainly makes a difference. Even wash it after you have put on and sanded the primer coat with 3000 grid. That's what I did.

after I put 6 really thin layers of black satin lacquar coat on the model, I finished it off with Zero Paint their 2K diamond clear coat system. The system will come with a bottle of the clear coat itself, hardener and thinner. I would recommend to thin the mixture with a lot of hardener and less thinner. This will make the clearcoat way stronger and thus easier to polish. 

To preserve the model, I put it in a display case. 

thanks for reading and I hoped you all like this post. I would love to answer your questions and hear your feedback!

  • Member since
    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Monday, May 3, 2021 5:42 PM

Beautiful!  One of the all time great cars.  You did a great job building a model of this classic.  Mercedes later offered a few more gull-wing cars like the SLS.  They never had the charm as the 300 SL.


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    July 2018
Posted by Dutch-modeler on Monday, May 3, 2021 6:20 PM
Thanks, could not agree more. Although the SLS and AMG GT’s are beautiful cars, it will never be a 300 SL
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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, May 3, 2021 11:27 PM

Nice job.  Paint looks great and I agree it's a beautiful car.  



  • Member since
    July 2008
  • From: Albany, NY
Posted by jeffpez on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 5:01 AM

A wonderful job on a great kit. I love the color choices and attention to detail. The base you have it on appears to be leather. Could you tell us exactly what it is? It makes a presentation almost as good as the model itself.

  • Member since
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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 8:42 AM

Very nice!!






Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 10:41 AM


 To Me, one of the most Beautiful and Timeless coupes ever designed and built!

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  • From: Cincinnati, OH
Posted by DanR1967 on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 2:18 PM

Man, that is beautiful.


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    July 2018
Posted by Dutch-modeler on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 2:27 PM

hi Jeffpez,

As mentioned briefly in my post, it is a display show case made from transparant plastic which also filters out ultraviolet rays from the sun. This will prevent my model paint finish to change color if it stood in the sun for a longer period of time. 

Moreover, this particular display case came with a brown leather base. the dimensions of it are as follows, 230x120x85. this is perfect for 1/24 scale. 

I ordered it from my local hobby shop in the Netherlands, since that is where I live. this particular website sells these display cases in multiple sizes (1/8,1/12,1/18 and 1/24), colors. Here is the link of their website with the respective product;

I do not know if this shop ships their products outside of europe or even outside the netherlands. But since this is just a retailer, I also have the link of the original manufacturer;

However, you cannot order directly from their website since they will direct you straight to one of their distribution retailers such as the one above. 

I hope I answered your question and thanks for your reply to my topic,

Kind regards,

Nout van der Sloot



  • Member since
    July 2008
  • From: Albany, NY
Posted by jeffpez on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 2:31 PM

Perfect. Thank you.


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    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 4:31 PM

Wonderful job, great model of a great car.




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    March 2021
Posted by carmad1957 on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:09 AM

Very nice!! ya definitely knocked it right outta the park! I've been considering that kit, and after seeing your outstanding work, gonna pick one up. Your leather interior is about as close to 1:1 as I can imagine, and the great detail and sharpness is a testament to your building skills!

Very nice work, gotta give a double kudos on this one!

  • Member since
    July 2018
Posted by Dutch-modeler on Friday, May 7, 2021 5:41 AM

Thanks for the kind reply, really appriciate it!!!


  • Member since
    November 2020
  • From: Brunswick, Ohio
Posted by Buckeye2 on Friday, May 7, 2021 9:09 AM

Beautiful build!



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  • From: Vancouver, the "wet coast"
Posted by castelnuovo on Friday, May 7, 2021 10:18 AM


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Posted by nearsightedjohn on Friday, May 7, 2021 11:00 AM

Fabulous clean accurate detailed job you did on this excellent kit. Black with tan interior was a great choice. And your photography really shows this model at its best. I built this kit when it first came out and had the same problem with the logo decals on the hub caps and ended up freehand painting the body color (silver) detail on the hubs. You mention after market logo decals - where did you get them? Do they come in assorted colors? Thanks for posting!


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    May 2021
Posted by Bortixon on Friday, May 7, 2021 2:59 PM

Its a perfect old Benz. Very good job. I love it a lot.

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    July 2018
Posted by Dutch-modeler on Saturday, May 8, 2021 4:10 PM

Hi John, 

I Bought them online from my local hobby shop. It comes as a customized decal set specially made for this Tamiya 300 SL 1/24 scale model kit. To be honest I recomment everyone building this kit to buy this particular aftermarket decal set, since it solved almost all the strugles I had (eventhough these are minor ones). I honestly don't understand why Tamiya did not opt for these decals themselves because these are a way better option than the ones they provided with the kit originally. 

About the decal set, it comes with perfect fitting decals for the wheel hubs and the dashboard in both silver and black. In addition to this, it also provides a set of pre cut masking tapes for the dashboard (if you wanted to paint it yourself) 


I bought it from this website:

Although it is a Dutch webshop, I'm sure you can buy these elsewhere as wel. I wish that I bought them before building this kit since I spent 2 days masking and painting the dashboard myself... 

hope this answers your questions 

Kind regards,

Nout van der Sloot

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    May 2021
Posted by SCOUT on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 6:59 AM

Absolutely Stunning!!


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