LRP Mercedes-Benz DTM

May 15, 2014 No Comments by

Another just-emerging runner from LRP is this Mercedes-Benz C-class AMG DTM – truly a trick sedan, thanks to accurate proportions, a low-slung stance, and the same S10 tub-style chassis used on the Porsche. That tub has a lot of advantages – strength being the principal benefit – and it makes for an adaptable platform that takes RTR (Ready to Run) to its extremes. True, you can take this Merc out of its box and happily romp away on any paved surface, but the real joy is the car’s abilities to grow alongside your own, thanks to a fully adjustable suspension, shocks, and steering. Like the Porsche, the model’s shell  has all the good looks and aggressive styling of the real racer, and comes pre-decorated (as does an available replacement body, sans chassis). The best part is the parts … as in the catalog of available spares and speed-oriented bits this manufacturer has on hand for the more accomplished driver or adventurous beginner. Either way, we thought this one looked great both moving or standing still. – DCX Staff

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I’ll start by saying that my “real world” job for 37 years was being an AeroSpace Engineer in the Preliminary Design Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for 37 years. I’ve been a car nut (as well as an airplane nut) for as long as I can remember but I never intended to be a writer. I began collecting 1/43 scale diecast models in 1966 and wrote a story about making the Dinky and Mebetoys Ford GT models more accurate for Collector’s Automotive Replica Society (CARS) in ’68. Then in the early ‘70’s I bought one of John Day’s first white-metal kits, the Mercedes 300SLR, and wrote a story about that which was published in Scale Modeler in 1972. John liked it and sent some more kits and, well, things just got out of hand. I’ve written about 1/43 scale models (and kits) in one or more magazine continuously since then and those Fords and the 300SLR (yes, I still have it) have been joined by about 3500 more models. Although I’ve never been out of the country, this hobby has given me the opportunity to make friends all over the world, something that would never have happened if I hadn’t bought those Ford GT’s. At this point I’ve had more than 1700 magazine articles published and plan to add some more to that with DiecastX. I’m really looking forward to this association with a great group of people who have helped make the hobby what it is and hope to make a lot more new friends through these pages.
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