Thursday, January 24, 2008

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR from Maisto better known as the “Gull Wing” contains many fine details in the 1:18 scale. The signature metallic silver paint is practically flawless; it shines in almost any light. Both doors open easily as well as the hood and the trunk. The spoked wheels add style and flair to this car. The large rubber tires are clean and detailed as well. The passenger side exhaust pipes certainly make this classic car stand out in a crowd. The designers at Maisto put their time and energy into the exterior of this classic car.
The plaid cloth seats in this car are another unique touch that this model has as well. The dash contained a lot of detail and clearly authentic as well. I was not impressed shiny plastic shifter, gas and brake pedals as this detracted from the overall look of the interior. The plastic window glass looked okay on the model and the back window was actually loose on this particular model.
The real treat comes when you open the hood on this model. The engine is enormous and takes up half the length of the car. Even though the motor is entirely made of plastic
The detail and skilled design is hard to ignore. Each ignition wire is clearly visible and the straight eight manifolds look excellent as well. . If you look more closely at what looks like a front drive arrangement, you'll notice there is no differential between the finned brake drums, nor is there any connection to the engine. This car used inboard brakes at the front, connected to the front wheels by half-shafts, but no front drive. The drive was to the rear wheels through swing axles.( thank you Zoom Beedo for this bit of info...)
I liked this model and will certainly put it up on the shelf with the rest of my collection The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR is a classic car and this model from Maisto is an affordable rendition of the original. If you like one of a kind car, and do not want to break the bank then you should purchase this model for you collection.
Regards
Frank

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