I’ve been on the hunt for a beautiful 1/64 Mercedes 300SL for a little while now as it is necessary to complete another model in my collection. More on that later.
You may have seen Lamley’s feature on this set of 5 cars a little while ago. He heaped more praise on them than I’ve seen him give to most anything else. I knew they must be good, so I went ahead and purchased the whole set from a seller in Tokyo. I couldn’t talk him down much on price, but I got them for just over $6 (USD) each, shipped. It was worth it to me, as the other cars are equally amazing in their own rights. The 190 Evo is particularly awesome, as is the AMG GT. I don’t think anyone else has done the AMG GT in 1/64 yet, but I could be mistaken.
“What brand are they?” you may be asking. They come from UCC Good Coffee Smile. No, I’d never heard of it either. And yes, these cars were supposedly attached to packages of coffee in stores in Japan!
Well, no matter who made them or who sold them, they are stunning. I don’t think they have interiors as the windows are all black, but I don’t actually mind. These cars look superb. The castings are very detailed, the proportions look spot-on, and they each have unique wheel designs with rubber tires.
You may think there are 4 black cars and one silver. But they are each different paints. Well, there’s quite a variety to those shades of black!
• The 300SL Mille Miglia is actually a very dark gray, and nicely glossy
• The 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II is more flat black with a bit of sparkle
• The CLK DTM AMG is indeed silver
• The SLS AMG is the darkest car as it’s deep glossy black
• The AMG GT is a deep sparkly black
Each car has plastic lenses for headlights and fully painted details everywhere else. Logos and details are placed spot-on. These are very clean models. All five cars are fantastic, but the 300SL really steals the show. It is impeccable. I have not researched the real vehicle yet but a quick search brings up photos of an identical car to this model, wearing the number 417. I have to say these cars are each at Kyosho level. They’re superb!
Now, here is why I purchased these five cars to begin with. I’ve had a Mercedes-Benz Rennwagen Schnelltransporter in 1/64 by Norev for a few months now. It was also known as the Blue Wonder. You can easily find more information on this fascinating transporter, so I’ll keep it brief. It was made in 1955 as a fast transport to get race cars back and forth from the factory to various circuits. As you may know, this turned out to be a bad year for racing, and for Mercedes-Benz in particular.
However, the transporter is a fascinating design. It is beautiful and elegant, and just a bit crazy. I love the bright blue color, the rear of the cab with those bizarre windows, and the way the whole cab is cantilevered over the front axle. Just imagine this thing barreling past you somewhere in Europe in 1955 at 100mph with an exotic racecar on the back!