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Tamiya Mercedes-AMG GT3

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Tamiya No. 24345
Molded Colors: Light gray, black, silver, clear, chrome
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $66
Pros: Everything in this kit was well-above average, enjoyable build, clear parts easy and clean to install
Cons: Curbside with no engine, no other complaints
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With 134 parts and four rubber-like tires with matching poly caps, Tamiya’s Mercedes-AMG GT3 builds into an impressive racer.

Included are two beautifully-rendered decal sheets as well as Mylar transfers for chrome details and mirror faces, plus window masks and a small sheet of screen mesh.

Instructions call out detail painting clearly and are easy to follow.

This Benz is a curbside kit so while there isn’t an engine, its interior is well detailed.

The body is molded in one main piece with a few other parts to make up the front and rear ends and deep hood vents. Engraving is top-notch with little in the way of mold lines, in fact, they are so fine you might miss them during cleanup

A small sink mark on the nose just in front of the hood can be easily sanded out with 600 grit. Not that I did it, but no worries if you sand out the depression for the

Mercedes-Benz emblem as there is a Mylar bezel included.

Parts fit is stellar and the engineering is both exceptional and the forethought of how to adhere the parts cleanly is phenomenal. Apart from the body-colored radiator outlet duct under the hood, I painted all the body parts individually prior to assembly.

I used the new semi-gloss bright gunmetal (TS-100) paint formulated for this kit. Its similar to the light gunmetal (TS-42) but goes on more steady with a unique tone and sheen. I used TS-42 on the inside parts of the body called out to be coated in TS-100 prior to spraying the exterior portions of it, to make sure one can would suffice. With a little over spray, it did the trick.

Since there are so many undercuts and details on the body, I started by spraying some of the TS-100 to the edges and hard to get at areas first. Then, a couple regular light coats from the can were applied overall to provide uniform coverage.

Most of the time spent building this kit was dedicated to painting.

Basic assembly flew by due to minimal need for cleanup. Some parts had visible ejector-pin marks, but even those were relatively easy to sand away.

A little masking was needed on a few pieces before spraying two colors, but most part details were just brush-painted using Tamiya acrylics as directed.

Many pieces are designated to be semi-gloss black with some to simulate carbon fiber surfaces. To break up the monotony of all that black I substituted in metallic black (TS-040) and added a drop of flat aluminum (XF-16) to the already-in-use black (X-18) for others.

Prior to applying decals to the Benz’s body, I ran thinned-down black (X-18) into the panel lines and painted half of each of the mounting tabs for the fascia black for continuity.

Since the finish isn’t a smooth, glossy one, I used decal solvent Mr. Mark Softer by Gunze Sangyo under all of the decals to ward off the chances of silvering.

Once dry for a couple days, I waxed the exterior with Tamiya Modeling Wax, then added most of the remaining parts and snapped the body onto the chassis. The mirrors, rear wing and antenna were installed after the body was joined with the chassis.

I would build another of this kit simply because of the way it went together. I like the subject matter and livery as well! 

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