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Tamiya 300SL Gull Wing


RonCla
01-28-2015, 04:36 AM
With the Nuremberg Toy Fair about to get under way Tamiya have announced a new kit of the classic Mercedes 300 SL Gull Wing which will be welcome addition to their Historic Car series

Aoshima have already stated they will be announcing new super cars so within the next few hours all will be revealed.

http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r589/Roncla/tamiya-nuremberg-2015-toy-fair-releases-37_zpsu62ipohy.jpg (http://s1173.photobucket.com/user/Roncla/media/tamiya-nuremberg-2015-toy-fair-releases-37_zpsu62ipohy.jpg.html)

viperofoz
01-28-2015, 06:50 AM
Heres a pic from their facebook page. (ignore the tracky thing below it... unless you are that way inclined)

I'm sure it will be a very nice kit and I'll probably buy one.... eventually.
Plenty of other subjects I would have preferred, personally but at least they are producing a new car kit... of an old subject.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10377380_863817493681785_1337768825440628346_n.jpg ?oh=31b55ae601a75c2c7bcb52c6021cca6e&oe=555A3267&__gda__=1432651758_358b349148e4c063fe00b4d73fbb560 f

Regards, Dan

MPWR
01-28-2015, 08:23 AM
...Right in my strike zone.

Bastards. Cant they leave me alone? Don't they know I have enough kits to build? :bricks1:

ZoomZoomMX-5
01-28-2015, 08:50 AM
Looks like a nice kit...of a subject that's not exactly at the top of my wish list. That said, I don't have any SL gullwing kits, so...that might change now.

Clear chassis? Oh my.

lemansnut
01-28-2015, 08:56 AM
I had been considering the old AMT kit for some time but just wasn't that high on my list of wants. This will most likely move it higher up the list depending on the price tag. It will probably end up in the "to do" pile eventually.

Mike

BVC500
01-28-2015, 08:57 AM
Sure, there are other things that I'd like to see, given that the Italeri versions are pretty decent, but this is great news...kind of like when Fujimi announced the 250gto and it was the best one yet.

BVC500
01-28-2015, 09:04 AM
Looks like a nice kit...of a subject that's not exactly at the top of my wish list. That said, I don't have any SL gullwing kits, so...that might change now.

Clear chassis? Oh my.

That's the belly pans represented in clear. Now the aftermarket manufacturers can have a lot of fun...would be nice to see some rudge wheels.

lovegt40
01-28-2015, 09:52 AM
wow..also this is a MUST and one if not the NICEST mercedes ever build.
Cool is possible to finish it in many racers livery. so cool car.

gtziaf
01-28-2015, 11:24 AM
Great news. Ole!!!

BVC500
01-28-2015, 12:45 PM
More photos, courtesy of Tamiyablog.com

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x82/BVC500/tamiya-24338-1_zpspzspgylz.jpg (http://s180.photobucket.com/user/BVC500/media/tamiya-24338-1_zpspzspgylz.jpg.html)

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x82/BVC500/tamiya-24338-7_zpsv2lhhgui.jpg (http://s180.photobucket.com/user/BVC500/media/tamiya-24338-7_zpsv2lhhgui.jpg.html)

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x82/BVC500/tamiya-24338-6_zps9shwnkdi.jpg (http://s180.photobucket.com/user/BVC500/media/tamiya-24338-6_zps9shwnkdi.jpg.html)

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x82/BVC500/tamiya-24338-5_zpse4ghnslw.jpg (http://s180.photobucket.com/user/BVC500/media/tamiya-24338-5_zpse4ghnslw.jpg.html)

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x82/BVC500/tamiya-24338-4_zps38ei33zr.jpg (http://s180.photobucket.com/user/BVC500/media/tamiya-24338-4_zps38ei33zr.jpg.html)

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x82/BVC500/tamiya-24338-3_zpsiztpmhmz.jpg (http://s180.photobucket.com/user/BVC500/media/tamiya-24338-3_zpsiztpmhmz.jpg.html)

Veyron
01-28-2015, 01:37 PM
Looks tremendously good.

ZoomZoomMX-5
01-28-2015, 02:25 PM
Okay, I'll need at least two. It's spectacular...and I'm in the "I'd have bought a Lusso long before this" camp...:lol:

BVC500
01-28-2015, 03:04 PM
One thing that I noticed: it has speaker grills, but no radio (which was an option and was a small addition to the bottom-center of the dash - see pic). This would really benefit from the aftermarket, including the rudge wheels, fitted suitcases, hose clamps, rivets etc.

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x82/BVC500/DSCF0209_zpsdf7oqj5f.jpg (http://s180.photobucket.com/user/BVC500/media/DSCF0209_zpsdf7oqj5f.jpg.html)

lovegt40
01-28-2015, 03:58 PM
already nearly know which will be "my" versions... :):)

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cm/popularmechanics/images/C5/leno-gullwing-470-0310-md.jpg

racers!! and I am so happy cause Mercedes was a real milestone of motorsport,with an incredible history connected to germany and the nurburgring.hope this is a start of the production of those great cars.I already dream thinking at the heroical pilots racing with theme.. :)
I was lucky to cross one gullwing on the road near linate airport just few days ago, and was amazingly nice and sweet to see her moving around in traffic.

Veyron
01-28-2015, 07:35 PM
I've seen real 300 SL's at Amelia Island Concours that had the speaker grilles but no radio under the dash, I don't think it's a mistake on Tamiya's part.

CrateCruncher
01-28-2015, 08:58 PM
This announcement makes me very happy. Now I don't have to build the 45 year old AMT kit in my stash! Lets hope Studio 27 release some interesting decals for it.

generationx
01-29-2015, 01:05 AM
Wow cool subject! Does this mean the Big T have signed a new agreement with Mercedes? Classic grand prix cars please...!

BVC500
01-29-2015, 04:12 PM
More photos:

http://tamiyablog.com/2015/01/tamiya-24338-124-mercedes-benz-300sl-more-detailed-pictures/

http://www.detailscaleview.com/2015/01/tamiya-124-mercedes-300sl-24338.html

RonCla
01-29-2015, 10:27 PM
Even a video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5WlwD_kppQ

firun
01-30-2015, 03:44 AM
Although I have couple of AMT kits which I find pretty decent and interesting to build, I will buy couple of Tamiya ones too. Just for collection I guess.

tonioseven
01-30-2015, 11:27 AM
I just mught end up with one.

drunken monkey
01-31-2015, 02:29 AM
fantastic

this is definitely something I would get even though I have the old Revell 300SLT and Italeri SL kits.
The SL ones are only part "full detail" and the SLR are annoying fiddly to build.

A modern version might actually make building it fun unlike that goddam impossible to fit the bloody fuel tank in SLR kit.

BVC500
02-03-2015, 10:27 PM
and one more link, this time from Tamiya. The press has left nothing to the imagination in the release of this kit!

http://www.tamiyausa.com/items/plastic-model-series-20/1-24-scale-sports-car-8000/mercedes-benz-300sl-24338

ridefast
02-04-2015, 01:45 AM
wow..also this is a MUST and one if not the NICEST mercedes ever build.
Cool is possible to finish it in many racers livery. so cool car.

My words exactly! =)

It is a MUST. Gorgeous. =)

Seamus McRae
02-04-2015, 08:05 AM
Excellent news. Gotta have this!

CrateCruncher
02-04-2015, 09:40 PM
Looking at the built-ups it looks spot-on to my untrained eye. But did anyone else notice the $71 MSRP? For that kind of ask I'm expecting something much better than an average Tamiya car kit.

ZoomZoomMX-5
02-04-2015, 10:18 PM
$71? Only to someone dumb enough to buy it at full retail. My semi-LHS will have it for $56.80

I have it on preorder for under $29 as of today from HLJ; we'll see how the yen holds up between now and the March release.

hirofkd
02-04-2015, 10:21 PM
Japanese online stores have begun taking pre-orders for less than 3100 yen, which is 26.45 USD at today's exchange rate.

chris24
02-05-2015, 06:35 AM
$26.45 --> $71 :runaround: Who's fooling who ?

lovegt40
02-05-2015, 08:25 AM
LOL, 25 euros on HLJ. ..if I only think I payd double for the old italery model of 30 yrs ago...

CrateCruncher
02-05-2015, 03:25 PM
Hey Folks, it's the fool here!

I posed the question about the $71 MSRP because I thought it a bit out of line with other kits of similar content and obviously hadn't yet seen street pricing. I tried to ask the question in a neutral way so as not to attract "model companies need to make profit", "people deserve to eat" comments so prevalent on forums when pricing is questioned. :rolleyes:

But since we're on the subject, I think expecting a totally new auto kit to be under $30-40 after licensing etc. is actually a poor value proposition in the general case and slowly creating a monster in our hobby. After purchasing better quality decals (with shipping), photo etch (with shipping), and even resin parts (with shipping), to make the model complete, the consumer winds up with a total spend far above that seductive $30 kit acquisition price. If nearly everyone desires a complete model wouldn't it be more efficient to include them in the kit at a somewhat higher price point ($60-80)? I've been looking at recent armor and naval kits coming out of Asia with machined parts and multiple sheets of photoetch. Their value proposition is making me question the trajectory we're on in automotive. Again, I'm speaking generally, not the 300sl kit or temporary value as a result of currency fluctuation.

in a very disturbing trend several model companies (Eduard, Tamiya, Fujimi) have begun blatantly simplifying the kit parts in new releases in order to force the sale of their "upgrades". It amounts to decontenting to create an illusion of value. What happens when the "Special Upgrades" are no longer available and all we can find is the decontented basic kit?

Ponder that!:naughty:

cinqster
02-05-2015, 04:21 PM
My words exactly! =)

It is a MUST. Gorgeous. =)

My only favourite Merc too! May have to buy this one, even though it's not my scale and too small for my eyes!

I know a place in Germany that has 7 of these under restoration...all under one roof. My jaw dropped when I discovered them!!! :)

jano11
02-07-2015, 09:03 AM
Beautiful! A must have even though I already have the old Italeri/Revell/Monogram/Heller...versions.

jstarkweather
04-02-2015, 05:53 PM
A preview of the actual production kit on AutoModeler.

http://automodeler.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=11142

Cheers,
Jim

gionc
04-04-2015, 07:14 AM
fantastic! I'll add for sure at the stash, the spaceframe looks fabulous despite someone must find a way to show it properly, one good way may be a restoration dio: the unrestored assembled one aside the restoration WIP. Anyone has 1/24 Bernie's or Edd China's figurines from famous TV series?

However I didn't realized now how window chrome trims are made: I don't see them on the body, I don't see on the clear sprues, neither on chrome parts.....

Dexter Models
04-04-2015, 07:29 AM
Chrome trims must be painted with the use of supplied masks
Whole instruction on Hobbysearch (http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10310910)
(http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10310910)

nascar49
04-05-2015, 05:17 AM
Hey Folks, it's the fool here!

I posed the question about the $71 MSRP

What are you talking about?, the kit's MSRP is not $71, that is what the US importers are selling it for, Tower Hobbies has it listed for $53 I do believe, you can buy the kit direct from Japan for less than 4000 Yen.

ZoomZoomMX-5
04-05-2015, 09:36 PM
What are you talking about?, the kit's MSRP is not $71, that is what the US importers are selling it for, Tower Hobbies has it listed for $53 I do believe, you can buy the kit direct from Japan for less than 4000 Yen.

US MSRP is $71. Too many middlemen, and now that the yen has dropped, some of the US MSRP's of Japanese kits are insanely out of line. Fujimi Veneno for $99? :rofl:

My $28 Tamiya SL will be on my doorstep early this week. Add $8 for the express shipping...$36, which is half US MSRP which does not include tax. $6.60 less than I'd pay if I was a US retailer buying the kit wholesale from a US distributor.

And I think HLJ does have bulk prices for those who want to buy caseloads of kits to those w/legitimate business licenses.

nascar49
04-06-2015, 07:11 PM
US MSRP is $71. Too many middlemen, and now that the yen has dropped, some of the US MSRP's of Japanese kits are insanely out of line. Fujimi Veneno for $99? :rofl:

.

I was mistaken, it is $71, and I actually did know that, I looked at what one of the disturbers list it for.

ZoomZoomMX-5
04-06-2015, 07:44 PM
I was mistaken, it is $71, and I actually did know that, I looked at what one of the disturbers list it for.

That's quite the Freudian slip :rofl:

nascar49
04-07-2015, 05:28 AM
That's quite the Freudian slip :rofl:

That was supposed to be distributor :screwy:

CrateCruncher
04-07-2015, 12:08 PM
I just received my 300SL kit from HLJ. I can't believe how nice the chrome parts are! Gates are located in hidden places and the tooling finish is perfect. Even the upper surfaces of the bumpers, which often contain scratches and flash in other kits, are absolutely flawless. The body is more thin and delicate than the AMT with very delicate A-pillars. The window glass parts have large tabs in hidden places making gluing easier. The space frame parts are thin and flash free. Metal stickers are included for the trunk scripts etc.

I do have some concerns. Some engine details are a bit softer than I'd hoped for but I l value engines more than most. The hubcaps and dash will be a pain to mask and paint. The door struts are way over scale and clunky but can easily be replaced with metal rod and tube. No inside trunk details but that's not a biggy.

Overall, this is a large box of gorgeous parts. I can't believe how little I paid for it. It's superior to the old AMT kit in every way but I'll still keep the AMT for nostalgia. This new 300SL is one of the best passenger car kits released in years in my opinion.

jeathray
05-06-2015, 08:46 AM
Just got mine! Looks great; even better than the Italeri version that didn't have opening doors. A few misses: missing the chrome rail running around the the back of the package shelf area (shown on the box art), a battery, and the bottom of the chassis is molded in clear to show the frame, but it is frosted not crystal clear. I noticed some swirling going through this clear part, so maybe the frosted finish is to hide this. A better solution would have been to include both a crystal clear and solid white version of the part. Also a lot of the interior parts are molded in metallic gray instead of white which makes them difficult to paint in red without a white undercoat. Ideally they should have produced the MERC symbols and rings on the hubcaps in adhesive metal transfers. It would have made it much more accurate and easier to detail. They provide decals for them, but they won't look nearly as good as transfers would or if you are able to accurately mask them out on the hubcaps. Good luck with that! I'm also wondering if the hub cap decals would even show up when applied to the silver body color.

viperofoz
05-06-2015, 12:18 PM
I'm also wondering if the hub cap decals would even show up when applied to the silver body color.

I'm holding off building mine in silver in the hope that someone (Hobby Design?) makes a metal sticker set.

Studio 27 has just released a PE set that includes them, but I still think the metal stickers would look better.
I'd also love to see some plaid seat decals available too.

Regards Dan

flashman1957
05-06-2015, 01:19 PM
On second thought the frosted finish on the clear bottom is probably for better paint adhesion should you decide to paint it. A better solution would have been to include both a crystal clear and solid white version of the part.

I doubt paint adhesion would be the reason for the frosted finish as a light bit of sanding would take care of that problem, and would also make clear and solid versions unnecessary.

Unless Tamiya explains the reason or someone else knows the purpose, it seems like the frosted finish may just be a poor decision on their part. :dunno:

Cameron

nugundam93
05-06-2015, 05:58 PM
I doubt paint adhesion would be the reason for the frosted finish as a light bit of sanding would take care of that problem, and would also make clear and solid versions unnecessary.

Unless Tamiya explains the reason or someone else knows the purpose, it seems like the frosted finish may just be a poor decision on their part. :dunno:

Cameron

they're probably aiming for a textured finish even after painting (although you can still make a textured finish just by underthinning the paint or spraying too far, lol). although i am not too familiar with the actual car's underchassis finish.

tamiya did put in frosted clear parts on some of their kits too, like the lanevo6 rallycar (new zealand rally).

jeathray
05-07-2015, 06:40 AM
Upon examining the actual frosted clear bottom part, I have noticed that the outside of the part is in fact glossy, while the inside of the part is frosted. So paint adhesion is probably not the reason for the frosted finish. I have noticed that there is some swirling and other irregularities going on throughout the part itself, so maybe the frosting is there to disguise that.

viperofoz
05-31-2015, 11:03 AM
I got some paint and clear on my 300SL today and I have to say, I'm impressed by how well those doors fit. :)

https://scontent-lax1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xta1/v/t1.0-9/11377321_10204204775021169_50850865728797919_n.jpg ?oh=56543ea46bfc3f2d4d5668b1b4e77ec9&oe=5605DD12

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/11391345_10204204774741162_6787404188008985633_n.j pg?oh=62bcdfcbcc68f2a90cc3c4118b65b600&oe=55F55B97&__gda__=1442001274_f8e7f2f25a35139883a599f10ac19e9 4

Regards, Dan

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