BUILD

This Eaglemoss 1:8 scale Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing partworks build-up can be purchased in two ways. In many countries, it is available for purchase directly at local newsagents. But, here in the US and a few other countries, it is only available by signing up for a monthly subscription service online at sites like Eaglemoss US. Therefore, everything here is based on the subscription version.

UPDATE Feb 2021: Some time in the past few months, Eaglemoss moved this build to ‘Past Collections’ and it appears to be only be available if you call their customer service department directly.

Over the span of about two years, Eaglemoss delivers 100 ‘phases’ that include a few parts of the model along with magazine ‘issues’ containing build instructions and information about Mercedes. These are monthly deliveries, and after the introductory shipment of the first two phases, they are shipped in groups of four phases and one issue about every four weeks.

The subscription is perpetual and automatically charges your credit card every month when the issue ships.  If necessary, however, the subscription can be suspended or cancelled at any time. This subscription version includes some FREE gifts along the way, which I will include below.

I created this site to share my own build progress and hopefully offer hints and tips I discovered along the way. It is not intended to be a step-by-step replacement for the instructions, so please read the magazines carefully! Lastly, most of the parts appear to be very detailed, so I may only be painting a few things to be more accurate.

Below are links to the articles for my build:

2019


June 2019
  • Issue 1
    • Phase 01 – Body: Hood, Radiator Grille/Mesh
    • Phase 02 – Wheels: Front Tire/Wheel, Brake Drum/Line, Hubcap (Single)
August 2019
  • Free Gift #1 – Toolkit
  • Issue 2
    • Phase 03 – Interior: Dashboard, Turn Signals and Windshield Wiper Stalks, Gauges, Steering Wheel/Column
    • Phase 04 – Engine: Left Engine Block, Fuel Injection Pump/Shaft/Pipes, Flywheel Cover
    • Phase 05 – Body: Front Bumper, License Plate, Overriders
    • Phase 06 – Engine: Crankcase, Oil Filter, Oil Radiator Cover/Tank/Pipe
  • Free Gift #2 – Collector’s Binder
  • Issue 3
    • Phase 07 – Engine: Cylinder Head, Front/Rear Exhaust Manifolds, Front Seals
    • Phase 08 – Engine: Intake Manifold, Heat Shield, Air Intake Tube, Compressor Intake
    • Phase 09 – Engine: Cylinder Head Cover, Tensioning Screws, Ignition Cables/Duct, Distributor and Cables
    • Phase 10 – Engine: Right Engine Block, Dynamo, Pulley, Support Plate, Water Pump
September 2019
  • Issue 4
    • Phase 11 – Engine: Fan, Fan Shaft, Pulleys, Crankshaft Damper, Belt
    • Phase 12 – Engine: Oil Lines
    • Phase 13 – Engine: Gearbox/Gearshift Housings, Front Drive Shaft Support, Clutch Housing
    • Phase 14 – Frame: Main Chassis
October 2019
  • Issue 5
    • Phase 15 – Frame: Left Frame, Fuel Filter/Lines
    • Phase 16 – Frame: Right Frame
    • Phase 17 – Frame: Bulkhead Frame, Rear Frame
    • Phase 18 – Suspension: Front Suspension/Steering Knuckle (Left)

At this point in the build, I asked Eaglemoss to start sending my issues every two weeks.

November 2019
  • Issue 6
    • Phase 19 – Suspension: Front Suspension/Steering Knuckle (Right)
    • Phase 20 – Suspension: Steering Tie Rod, Front Anti-Sway Bar
    • Phase 21 – Wheels: Front Tire/Wheel (Single)
    • Phase 22 – Suspension: Rear Half Shafts, Rear Springs/Dampers
  • Issue 7
    • Phase 23 – Suspension: Rear Differential, Universal Joint
    • Phase 24 – Wheels: Rear Tire/Wheel (Single), Brake Lines
    • Phase 25 – Suspension: Rear Shocks, Brake Line
    • Phase 26 – Wheels: Rear Tire/Wheel (Single), Brake Lines

Right here, I encountered a massive delay in receiving any further issues from Eaglemoss. It would be months…

2020


May 2020
June 2020
  • Issue 8
    • Phase 27 – Frame: Oil Reservoir Tank/Cap, Brake Booster Vacuum Tank
    • Phase 28 – Frame: Coolant Expansion Tank/Cap/Hose
    • Phase 29 – Frame: Driveshaft, Rear Axle Guards, Battery/Holder
    • Phase 30 – Body: Firewall, Wiper Pivots/Linkage/Transmission Arm
  • Issue 9
    • Phase 31 – Body: Ignition Relay/Coil, Firewall Hose, Wiring Harness, Headlight Relay
    • Phase 32 – Body: Windshield Washer Tank/Hose/Bracket, Fuse Box, Electrical Relay, Firewall Hoses
    • Phase 33 – Body: Windshield Wiper Motor/Bracket, Brake Fluid Reservoir, Hood Catch, Firewall Hoses
    • Phase 34 – Engine: Radiator Housing/Hoses
  • Issue 10
    • Phase 35 – Engine: Radiator Honeycombs, Cooled Water Return Pipe, Oil Cooler Line
    • Phase 36 – Interior: Floor Pan
    • Phase 37 – Interior: Left/Right/Center Carpets
    • Phase 38 – Interior: Pedals, Brake Pedal Switch/Spring/Bracket, Gear Shift Lever, Hand Brake Lever
July 2020
  • Issue 11
  • Issue 12
    • Phase 43 – Interior: Luggage Compartment Rear Panel
    • Phase 44 – Frame: Firewall Support Struts
    • Phase 45 – Interior: Suitcase Retain Straps/Anchor Frames
    • Phase 46 – Interior: Large Suitcase
  • Issue 13
    • Phase 47 – Interior: Small Suitcase
    • Phase 48 – Dashboard: Dashboard, Ashtray Cover, Rear View Mirror/Bracket
    • Phase 49 – Dashboard: On-Off Switch and Wires, On-Off Button
    • Phase 50 – Dashboard: Dashboard Support Frame/Struts, Steering Shaft

Right here, I encountered another multi-month delay in receiving any further deliveries from Eaglemoss. When they finally resumed, I got random phases like 51, 60, 62-67, so I could only proceed a little bit at a time.

2021


January 2021
  • Issue 14
    • Phase 51 – Interior: Control Circuit Board, Cable Clips
February 2021

Another multi-month delay here while I waited for replacements for missing and damaged parts:

April 2021
May 2021
  • Issue 15
    • Phase 58 – Body: Left Door Headliner/Window
  • Issue 16
    • Phase 59 – Interior: Left Door Inner Panel
    • Phase 60 – Body: Right Door
    • Phase 61 – Body: Right Door Headliner/Window
    • Phase 62 – Interior: Right Door Inner Panel
June 2021
  • Issue 17
    • Phase 63 – Body: Door Hinges, Hinge Cylinder Pistons/Cover Plates
    • Phase 64 – Interior: Front Roof Liner, Visors/Brackets, Front Hinge Cylinder Barrels, Interior LED/Wires
    • Phase 65 – Interior: Rear Roof Liner, Rear Hinge Cylinder Barrels
    • Phase 66 – Interior: Left Door Sill Liner, Door Switches/Bracket
  • Issue 18
    • Phase 67 – Interior: Right Door Sill Liner, Door Switch Bracket
    • Phase 68 – Body: Rear Bumper/Overriders, License Plate Lamps
    • Phase 69 – Body: Rear License Plate, Bumper Brackets, Rear Fog Lamps
    • Phase 70 – Body: Headlights, Headlight Holders, Turn Signal Lights, LEDs and Wires
July 2021
  • Issue 19
    • Phase 71 – Body: Rear Light Clusters/Bulb Holders, Rear LEDs and Wires
    • Phase 72 – Body: Hood Support Bracket/Arm, Hood Hinges/Flanges
    • Phase 73 – Body: Trunk Lid Hinges/Flanges, Trunk Support Rod/Bracket/Clip
    • Phase 74 – Body: Trunk Lid and Lock
  • Issue 20
    • Phase 75 – Body: Windshield Air Vent Grille, Windshield Wipers, Side Mirror
    • Phase 76 – Body: Fender Grilles, Grille Trims
    • Phase 77 – Body: Front Fender Moldings
    • Phase 78 – Body: Rear Fender Moldings
  • Issue 21
    • Phase 79 – Interior: Trunk Wall
    • Phase 80 – Interior: Trunk Floor
    • Phase 81 – Interior: Trunk Floor Carpet
    • Phase 82 – Interior: Fuel Tank Filler Tube/Cap, Booster Pump/Motor, Tool Kit, Jack, Spare Wheel Support
  • Issue 22
    • Phase 83 – Wheels: Spare Wheel Rim
    • Phase 84 – Wheels: Spare Tire, Washer, Rim Lock
    • Phase 85 – Frame: Front Left Engine Bay Liner, Brake Fluid Lines, Hood Release Latch
    • Phase 86 – Frame: Front Left Wheel Arch Liner
  • Issue 23
    • Phase 87 – Frame: Front Right Engine Bay Liner, Engine Bay Tube
    • Phase 88 – Frame: Front Right Wheel Arch Liner
    • Phase 89 – Frame: Rear Left Wheel Arch Liner
    • Phase 90 – Frame: Rear Right Wheel Arch Liner, Cable Clips/Tie
August 2021
  • Issue 24
    • Phase 91 – Frame: Battery Box/Lid (Fuel Tank)
    • Phase 92 – Body: Left Sill Rocker Panel/Trim
    • Phase 93 – Body: Right Sill Rocker Panel/Trim
    • Phase 94 – Frame: Front Undertray

The following phases are next to be built…

  • Issue 25
    • Phase 95 – Frame: Center Undertray
    • Phase 96 – Engine: Exhaust Pipe
    • Phase 97 – Frame: Rear Undertray, Muffler Top, Exhaust Tailpipe
    • Phase 98 – Frame: Battery Box (Fuel Tank) Cover
  • Issue 26
    • Phase 99 – Frame: Muffler Bottom, Tailpipe Trim
    • Phase 100 – Engine: Compressor Left/Right Halfs, Compressed Air Duct, Support Blocks
    • Phase 101 – Car Cover

Building the 1:8 scale Mercedes-Benz 300 SL from Eaglemoss