Beauty Under The Skin... [PIC]
One of my absolute favorite display pieces is this mixed media masterpiece, the 1931 Mercedes Benz SSKL Mille Miglia with its deleted German Racing White finish, polished and clear coated to lay bare all 1885 parts identifying all the different metals, woods and leather it was made from. It was a limited edition commemorating CMC's 15th anniversary in 2010.
The Mercedes SSK, designed by Ferdinand Porsche, was known as the "White Elephant" due to its size, power and weight. As a counter to the more aggressive competition from Alfa Romeo and Bugatti, holes were drilled throughout the substructure where safe to knock off a good 275 lbs. Thus, the SSKL was born. With minimal support from Mercedes due to the crippling Depression, Rudolf Caracciola won a shocking victory at the Mille Miglia that year as the first non-Italian car to triumph at that event. So unhappy were the Italian fans that subsequently, many German entrants painted their cars in Italian Red to avoid having the locals throw rocks at them.
Wow, fine pictures of this sensational diecast model. Really superb 1/18 !
An absolutely stunning model,but then that seems to be CMCs way of doing things!
amazingly detailed model.
Absolutely beautiful, outside and in. What a treasure to own. Great post Rich.
A model-maker's model. Aside from being cast in solid gold, there's really nothing that could improve this one. A delight for the eye, and part of a rare group of 1/18 replicas that is truly better appreciated through a camera lens rather than the naked eye. It's virtually impossible to become bored while looking at this art piece.
Superb photos Rich, thanks!
found one on eBay
Priced at $1’178.00 +$85 shipping I still wouldn’t argue…..if I had that kinda scratch!😂
@larry-kemling ...all things considered, that's actually a decent price. I've seen $4,000-$5,000 for other CMCs and just last week, a "junk" Exoto Jaguar SOLD for over $2,000! The green body had diecast-cancer... literally, over $2,000.00 for a 1/18 replica that WILL ultimately disintegrate. 🙄 🙄
@larry-kemling CMC still has 2 left and selling them for €898,00 which they marked up 3X what they originally sold for... and still cheaper than eBay. Amazing.
...I do like this painted one better because, of course, it's more accurate.
@chris Yeah, but mine was only $15 with some assembly required. LOL
...you overpaid. LoL 😀
Talk about the definition of "contrast!" It's not that your $15 model is all that terrible but rather, your "$1,500 model" is that spectacular!
(...as always, I appreciate your subtle weathering)
Coincidently, I had just sent this pic to a friend, explaining the labor-intensive process of enhancing, spoke-by-spoke, MCC's 1/18 Model A rims and how adding a touch of "rust" (weathering) adds to the realism.
There's rust and then there's RUST. I've use everything from subtle washes, to powdered pastels, to paint washed baking soda. That looks great on the wheel but with that degree of rust, the rest of the model doesn't really go with it. Now the rest of the model needs to lose its pristine look to 'justify' the that degree of rust on the wheel.
@rich-sufficool I agree completely. That ONE wheel (you'll notice the others have not been re-worked ) was just a re-spoke demonstration/weathering exercise.
Will I ever "re-spoke" the remaining 4 rims?
Then, will I ever "re-spoke" the other three 1/18 MCC Model As I own....12 more rims?
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