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This is a scale model kit to be assembled by an adult; it includes all the parts as indicated, but it does not include glue or paints.
MFH has done it again, surprising us with a model with a long history and with which Stirling Moss forcefully prevailed over his teammate, Juan Manuel Fangio, in the 1955 Mille Miglia. Once assembled, the model allows the opening and closing of the front and rear hoods, as well as the doors, allowing a complete view
of the detailed interior and the mechanical part. A complete model that includes, among many other details, tires with the manufacturer's marks in relief
, and beautiful spoked rims
to assemble from a turned aluminum rim and stainless steel spokes with which to achieve maximum realism. What a wonder!
Additional details for the Mercedes Benz 300SLR
model car kit:
- Manufactured by Model Factory Hiro in 1/12 scale with reference MFH-K817 (also listed as K817 and K-817).
- Belongs to the Daimler Benz AG Team.
- Raced at the Mille Miglia in 1955.
- Includes 3D printed parts, metal parts, photo-etched parts, resin parts, rubber parts, turned metal parts, vacuum formed parts, water slide decals, white metal parts, assembly instructions and painting instructions.
- Package measures 275 mm x 420 mm x 155 mm (width x depth x height), weighting 2500 g (review pending).
- Featured in newsletter 530.
In 1955, Italy's biggest race provided the perfect layout for one of Stirling Moss' most inspired drives, as he and co-driver Denis Jenkinson steered their Mercedes 300SLR to victory ahead of Fangio. And this is where we would like to draw attention, in case someone had not noticed, to the importance that the presence of a co-driver had in this milestone, something that was not usual in the Mille Miglia... in fact Fangio ran alone.
For this reason, even the 300SLR units, derived from the 2.5-litre single-seater presented by Mercedes for F1 the previous year, although with the engine increased to 3 liters and with reinforced suspensions and chassis to withstand 24-hour events, they were different from each other. Fangio's unit had a single headrest and a windshield protected around it, while Moss's had two headrests and a panoramic windshield, which had to be shaped on the sides so that the aerodynamic wake did not bother the pilot and co-pilot.
Initially "Jenks" was going to participate as John Fitch's co-driver, for which he had been studying the Thousand Mile event from a "tactical" point of view since the previous year, since according to his opinion it was the only way to be able to beat the Italians in the home race given their greater knowledge of the terrain. When Moss was chosen over Fitch for the race, Stirling asked Jenks if he was still interested in being his co-driver, accepting the proposition without hesitation.
The system devised by Jenks used a 5.5-meter roll of paper where he wrote down all the details of each zone, classified as safe, fast, medium, slow or very slow zones, in addition to noting speed bumps, tram tracks and level crossings, plus a series of identification points to recognize where they were on the route. Jenks built a box with a window at the top, and with two rollers he went through the notes of the route.
The next step was like communicating instructions to the driver in an open car with no soundproofing at speeds approaching 290 km/h. After several trials with different intercoms, the solution adopted was a simple code of hand signals that Jenks had to make visible to Stirling.
With everything ready, at 7:22 pm Moss and Jenks began the race. Fangio had done it at 6:58. Moss' partials in the different stages placed him in the lead from the beginning of the race, although not everything was easy. Various fights made them touch the straw bales that delimited the route on several occasions, and the heat, the noise and the hot oil put Jenks's resistance to the test, which at a certain moment had to vomit at 241 km/h, losing the glasses when he turned his head. Luckily Jenks was well prepared and had a spare goggle.
The rest is history, Moss won that edition with an advantage of 32 minutes over Fangio, breaking the race record. Would he have managed to go alone as Fangio...?
This item is not suitable for children under 18 years old. SpotModel recommend this item for advanced modellers and professionals with high experience on building cars and bikes. Read carefully all instructions.