We wanted to have a car from Great Britain on our model railway layout. Of course, it is not enough to put British registration plates on a German model car - in the UK they have got their steering wheels on the right. We decided to convert a Mercedes-Benz SL-class car with open roof which will reveal our work at first glance.
1. Dismantling the model car
taken from the package, the model Benz already looked quite realistic. The
exterior mirrors were separate parts (still on a sprue) and had to be glued to
the doors later.
a glance at the interior with its steering wheel on the left there was no
doubt: This car was made for continental Europe. But we would change that…
an unknown model car should always start with pulling off the wheels with a
tweezers. After that you can usually have a look under the wings to find out how
the parts are held together by mortise and tenon. A bright lamp is often useful.
tail lights of most model cars have a tenon that holds together chassis and
bodywork. We pushed the lamps carefully out with our tweezers, like shown in the
photo on the left.