Welcome to Working Top Wednesday, the short series where I feature models with working convertible tops. Up this week is the Mercedes Benz SLK 230. Maisto makes another appearance with its plain-jane SLK, but it also joined by the AMG bodykit wearing version from UT. Despite there being 2 models this week, this won’t be a battle post. Suffice it to say that the UT is better, but the Maisto isn’t bad. As with last week’s BMW, it’s the texture of the interior that mostly lets it down.


Although the SLK was not the first car to feature a retractable hard top, it was one of the first of the modern era. Owing to its small size, the top has a relatively simple bi-folding operation, and both the Maisto and UT are equally accurate in their respective operation. However on both cars, the trunk/boot lid only work in “convertible” mode. Both models are fairly accurate in other areas as well, but the UT is simply better all around, melting wheel paint being the sole exception. Lest you accuse me of picking on Maisto, it’s worth noting that when new, they were priced about the same, and that’s still basically the case. Recent sold listings for the UT were all under $25, which is about where the Maisto is. As with last weeks BMW, Maisto also makes the SLK without the working top so take note.

UT

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Over 600 Smurfs died to make this interior
Switch detail is outstanding. The rearview mirror; not so much.

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Note to self: Make sure the trunk lid is in the shot too

Maisto

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