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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Mercedes Benz 540K Cabriolet B (mod.1936) Italeri 1/24

 Hello again dear friends. One more model that I finished earlier in 2015  - This year was very "creative" for me :) - The legendary Mercedes Benz 540K Cabriolet B 1936 model by Italeri in 1/24.

Few words about the real car

Introduced at the 1936 Paris Motor Show, the Friedrich Geiger designed car was a development to the 500K, itself a development of the SSK. Available as a two seater cabriolet, four seater coupé or seven seater limousine with armoured sides and armoured glass, it was one of the largest cars of the time.

The straight-8 cylinder engine of the 500K was increased to 5.401 cubic centimetres (329.6 cu in). which aspirated by twin pressurized updraft carburetors, developed a natural 115 hp (86 kW). However, there was an attached Roots supercharger which could either be engaged manually for short periods, or automatically when the accelerator was pushed fully to the floor. This increased power to 180 hp (130 kW), creating a top speed of 170 kilometres per hour (110 mph).
Power was sent to the rear wheels through a four-speed or optional five speed manual gearbox that featured synchromesh on the top three gears. Vacuum-assisted hydraulic brakes kept the car under the driver's control. In total 296 Cabriolets B have been done and today it's very hard to find one in excelent conditions and most of them costs thousands of $

The model kit

 Opening the quite big box you can easily understand kit's age. Nice plastic with good details but there is a lot of "flash" on some pieces. Of course it's easy to remove it using a new X-Acto blade and the fortunately all pin marks are at points that you can sand them easily.
Unfortunately Italeri doesn't put the trasparent parts in an other separate plastic bag so maybe some of them have scratches or other signs (like mine). Here you will need to sand and polish them again n' again 'till they will return to be full trasparent. Also I would advise you to make many "dry fits" before glue the engine's bonnet due some fitting issues (specially on the lateral parts and the front mask).

 From the begining I couldn't decide to make it open or close; So I put a black flocking in the interiors meanwhile all seats were been painted using Gloss Black (Gunze) overall and Satin Black in their middle parts - practically were humans' bodies were in touch with seats' leather - I done this because seats' leather become matt due the rubbing with clothes etc. 

 Next step was put together the interiors' "bathtub" and the rest of chassis's parts. Here I find the first issues. The engine's bonnet sides didn't been applied nice with upside and the front mask. After trimming some points with some sanding paper foils all engine's bonnet come easily been fixed. 

 After that it was time for painting. I noticed that all "540K" were been painted in two colors as many vehicles of that era. Maybe made them more elegant and "gave" them better shape...who knows??
So I used the "Galaxite Black" for all the chassis and the "Palladium Grey" for the sides all by ZERO Paints. For the fabric hood I used "Matt Black" (Gunze) as color base and them I made its weathering using various black and grey colours by my Iwata.

 Finally I add all the rest of chromed details and the wheels. So my "540K" has been finished after two weeks. 

 Thank you for watching, hope you like it

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