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Here we go again... :lol
This time, I am finally tackling the 300SLS Roadster prototype in its 1956 configuration. At first glance, it looks just like a production roadster without bumpers, however, there are a lot of small differences, the largest of which are the side pipes...
Below is a pic showing the 300SLS Prototype next to Bburago's roadster model (with bumpers removed).
 

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The Bburago has been sanded and the following modifications have been done sofar:
- smoothing of all cast seams (obviously)
- moving of gas door fronm driver's side to passenger side
- removal of the door decorative bright moldings
- drilling for side exhausts (passenger side)
- filling of all bumper attachement points
- reshaping of front end. The SLS featured a much more aggresive "snout"
- extending of the rear end bright moldings
- reshaping of the rear end (more rounded than production models)

Here are 3/4 front and rear shots after the first coat of primer. It still needs a bit of tweaking but you can get a sense of the overall shape.
Another definite will be for me to cast new tires as the Bburago item are twice as wide as what they should be which really hurts the car's overall "scalecorrectness"
 
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An interesting project maestro and I can see a lot of work already went into it. The shape of the car looks much smother with the bumpers removed. Are you going to make yours silver? I really like the color on the 1:1. :cheers
 

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An interesting project maestro and I can see a lot of work already went into it. The shape of the car looks much smother with the bumpers removed. Are you going to make yours silver? I really like the color on the 1:1. :cheers
I wish removing the bumper were the only requirement :lol
Well, even though I strictly have silver MBs and the Blue transporter, I really like this version (only one ever produced, the later SLS that went on to compete in the US were a lot closer to the production version).

The color is a blueish hue of silver... it would fit right in between the silver cars and the blue transporter... :lol
 
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maestro862 said:
I wish removing the bumper were the only requirement :lol
:iagree If that was the only thing I'd have to do (to remove the bumpers), I could probably handle that... :lol

I'd like to see how you changed the shape of the grill. What are you going to use to fill the new hole? :confused :cheers
 

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Rat said:
I'd like to see how you changed the shape of the grill. What are you going to use to fill the new hole? :confused :cheers
A custom grille :lol
Seriously, the grille viewed from the front is exactly the same. When you look at it from the top, it protrudes further at the midpoint. I don't know if that made any sense :confused
 

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maestro862 said:
Another definite will be for me to cast new tires as the Bburago item are twice as wide as what they should be which really hurts the car's overall "scalecorrectness"
Below is a pic of a production roadster to see tire width in relation to the body.
As you can tell, the tire is about the same width as the headlight.
The lower pic shows the stock Bburago tire on the left and the replacement tire I will use (need to make some modifications and a mold before casting them out of rubber...I will probably replace all my Bburago SLs with those tires).
The tire position will be different as this was just a quick "lets check the size" pic.
The rims will also need tweaking to accomodate the new rubber....
 
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