Building the Tamiya Mercedes 300SL #24338 1/24 scale

by Fabrice Marechal © Modeler Site

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Looking at the photos of a real 300SL body, we find out Tamiya have made an excellent work. However, it’s possible to go even further and give the body of this Mercedes an additional touch of realism. Regarding the chassis Tamiya also made a hard work with the tubular frame, very realistic indeed! besides of being quite simple to assemble. The engine and cockpit are not far behind. To paint this marvel, I chose silver that is unavoidable for this beauty.


Besides, I decided to represent a 300SL in good condition but never restored, that’s to say that some weathering marks would appear in the cockpit, engine…etc. The tubular chassis, the red interior and the silver engine are exactly suitable for this painting exercise.

So, the aim of this article is to share with the reader the building, painting and weathering process of some parts, in such a way that they can be reproduced by a modeller with a minimum of experience.


When looking very carefully the body of a 300SL, you see two rectangular openings on the rear area of the roof. To represent this detail, the kit provides decals!


We can appreciate that there is a trimming in the rubber joints around each window, a method of assembling the windshields and lateral windows typical of the epoch this car was manufactured. The trimming are well represented in the kit but moulded with the body. I tried to stand them out to give more volume to the finished model.


I’ve seen that the kit shows the plastic of the body, distorted on the side air louvers over the front area of the wing doors as if the mould would have been marked in order to place the chromed rods S20. Unfortunately, I thought wrongly that when priming, painting and varnishing, this defect would remain hidden, but it didn’t happen and still the problem is slightly visible. It was too late for me to correct it, so here I warn you about this.

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