Building the Revell Mercedes Benz 1450 LS racetruck

1/25 scale

by Guy Golsteyn © 2008/2014 Modeler Site

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I have been building model cars since the seventies, and amongst the hundreds of models I've built, there is exactly one single truck. About time I started building another truck, and in this case it will be a racetruck. It is the Mercedes 1450 LS in which Steve Parrish became European Champion Truckracing in 1990. The Revell kit is based on the truck as it raced during the Nürburgring GP in which Parrish came second, so that's the one I will be building. The scale of the truck is not 1/24, as you would expect, but 1/25.

Getting started!

First, I cut and prepared all the parts which would have to be spraypainted in BP-green, and that is quite a lot: more than 50%! The driver's cabin, the front bumper and the interior were tackled first. The giant air scoop was fixed on top of the roof, and other parts such as the front fenders were fixed to the cabin as well. The interior was partly assembled. The chassis involved a lot more work: nearly all the parts needed to be painted green so I had to prepare and assemble almost the complete chassis.

Revell 7536 Mercedes Benz 1450 LS racetruck Parrish/Mekle

The rear cowling was almost completely assembled as well, only the gas tank needed to be painted metallic grey. Finally, I prepared the separate parts which also had to be painted green, leaving them separate to simplify detailing afterwards. A first dryfit showed me that the cabin fitted well to the chassis, something that does not usually happen with Revell kits!

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