CMC 1:18 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Engine: “Otto” Power

Sep 21, 2013 No Comments by

 CMC Mercedes 300SLR Display Engine 1:18 | $147.00 (misquoted in the issue as $135.00)

If there’s anything wrong with the models coming from premium maker CMC, it’s that a lot of the  coolest details are lost beneath the cars’ skins. The good news is that this maker occasionally releases  a stripped chassis (like the Maserati 300 Bill Bennett reviews in the Winter ’14 issue of DCX), or uncorks one of their engines and pops it onto a plinth for all to enjoy.

That’s what’s happened here, and this amazing little motor is the exact same piece that you’ll find under the hood of the company’s built-up 300SLR, with the only difference being a warm-toned wood base, a clear top – and the opportunity to scope out usually unseen details. In and around the tidy, well-finished castings, there’s tons of those; the intake side of the 3-liter 8 is a snake pit of induction, injection, and electrical controls made from bent steel, soft vinyl, and rubber. There are clamps and fasteners everywhere, with the former used to hold sections of rubber tubing in place on the intake logs and water pipes, and the latter including pinhead sized rivets holding pieces like the engine’s build tag to the cam covers. Amid all of that, our favorite details are the things we could never have seen with the engine in place -  like the sixteen spark plug leads run to the valley between the cam covers, and the cross-drilled and geared flywheel. Wow.

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I was always crazy about toy cars and car-themed play sets, but I got hooked on car models when my cousin sent me a pair of built-up AMT kits - a '61 Continental and a '57 Thunderbird. I was six or seven years old when another cousin - Carl - showed me how to build and paint, and by the time I was nine, I had a pretty good collection and a great "spares box" on hand. The original Auto World catalogs were my dream books; my allowance was spent before it was ever earned, and I knew every hobby store and model retailer on Long Island. Then came slot cars, Cox .049-engined Baja Buggies and airplanes, and, ultimately, the real things. I still have some of those old models, and when time allows, I still build or detail scale cars. But it's the ready-to-display replicas and scale racing models that have really had me jazzed for the past fifteen years or so. The "mint" diecasts and the 1:18 American Muscle cars that I cut my serious collecting (and writing) teeth on back then led straight to the current crop of offerings from high-end makers and models in every scale. I also love scale model photography, and shooting, scoring, and producing videos of the models I love. I'm a proud member of the DiecastSpace Diecast Hall of Fame, as well as the Diecast Car Collectors' Club Diecast Scale Model Hall of Fame. I'm also proud to be a part of the Die Cast X Team, and as Editor-in-Chief, I'm looking forward to years of growing the publication and showing new collectors how much fun this hobby can be. And, yeah - I still have that spares box.
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