MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 kit

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MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 kit

Post by Chris Sweetman » Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:35 am

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MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 kit by Chris*4, on Flickr

Top Queens were a range of white metal model car kits from MCM.

One of their features was that they had opening panels to allow you to have access to engine detail and mechanical underpinnings.

The originator of this range was Christian Gouel.

The photograph here show the parts from the Mercedes-Benz 1934/1935 W25 Grand Prix racing car. When built the engine cover is removable to view the 3.4 litre engine. The rear body panel is also removable to allow access to the rear mounted gear box.

My summer project is to build it and there has been some progress since this picture was taken.

By gum it ain't 'alf a hard build!

Chris

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Re: MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 kit

Post by seppuku » Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:59 am

Hi Chris,

Cant wait to see pictures your progress. :)
"I have to admit I dont understand 1:43. 1:12 and larger I get, but most 1:43 I have seen (MOST) dont look like real cars. They are usually off in some way."
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Re: MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 kit

Post by Chris Sweetman » Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:44 am

seppuku wrote:Hi Chris,

Cant wait to see pictures your progress. :)
Hi seppuku

Here is my progress as at 15th August 2012:

Chassis frame:

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MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 build 4 by Chris*4, on Flickr

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MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 build 5 by Chris*4, on Flickr

Chassis frame with body panels (note these are designed to be removable):

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MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 build 3 by Chris*4, on Flickr

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MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 build 2 by Chris*4, on Flickr

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MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 build 1 by Chris*4, on Flickr

Front 3/4 views:

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MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 build 7 by Chris*4, on Flickr

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MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 build 8 by Chris*4, on Flickr

Engine close-ups:

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MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 engine 1 by Chris*4, on Flickr

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MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 engine 3 by Chris*4, on Flickr

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MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 engine 6 by Chris*4, on Flickr

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MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 engine 2 by Chris*4, on Flickr

And some of pics with my helpers:

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MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 engine 4 by Chris*4, on Flickr

Size of engine compared with 1:50th scale Preiser mechanic

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MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 engine 5 by Chris*4, on Flickr

This mechanic (Denizen RD 110) is making sure the engine fits perfectly onto the frame

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MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 build 9 by Chris*4, on Flickr

This mechanic (Denizen RD 111) would be a useful accessory in a diorama.

Chris

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Re: MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 kit

Post by JSB33 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:01 pm

Chassis and engine would make a great display on its own.
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Re: MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 kit

Post by Chris Sweetman » Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:57 pm

JSB33 wrote:Chassis and engine would make a great display on its own.
Jeff, if I cannot get the body panels to fit properly then this is the alternative plan! The engine detailing was fiddly to do and I replaced the red thread supplied by MCM with black coated wire from a bead shop. This was as good as those advertised in model shops but worked out cheaper. Plus I didn't have to wait for it's supply. I simply went to the shop and bought it over the counter from a local retail outlet. The internet is a wonderful resource.

Furthermore, I may display the engine as a separate item. This is because I may need about three hands to position the engine and tilt it to allow the steering rod to be at the right angle to go though the hole in the bulk head.

Chris

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Post by JSB33 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:02 pm

We plan and God laughs :lol:
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Re: MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 kit

Post by stewil » Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:07 am

Chris,
Just read your "fiddly" note above and feel your pain.
The model is looking good though and I enjoy your posts, & am looking forward to more.
Cheers and Happy Collecting,
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Re: MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 kit

Post by Chris Sweetman » Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:24 pm

stewil wrote:Chris,
Just read your "fiddly" note above and feel your pain.
The model is looking good though and I enjoy your posts, & am looking forward to more.
Thank you Steve for your comments and support. I hope to keep focused on this model and not make too many more mistakes whilst building it! :lol:

I will certainly take more snaps as the build progresses.

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Re: MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 kit

Post by stewil » Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:49 pm

A stunning and delightful series of pictures Chris. Very cool old Silver Arrow mit crew.
Thanks for posting.
Cheers and Happy Collecting,
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Re: MCM Top Queens Mercedes-Benz W25 ref 433 kit

Post by Jean B. » Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:13 pm

I've first seen this thread today, seems as if I were five years too late... :o Love to see an old white-metal kit made so properly, indeed: white-metals with engine, chassis and technique are unfortunately very seldom...

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