GETTING STARTED

Eaglemoss supplies everything needed to build the model, but I have put together a list of items that I found that improve the experience. These are just suggestions, there is no need to do it exactly this way.

Work Space


This model is going to take a long time to build, so having a good work space to assemble it is important. I created a dedicated location with a small table and laid down a self-healing 24×36″ craft mat by Arteza:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0763YT9SZ/

This has a nice light grey background (on the reverse) with a 1/2″ grid, imperial rulers, and is big enough to cover the entire model.

Screwdriver Set


EM provides a few basic tools along with the issues. For example, Issue 1 contains a basic screwdriver and Free Gift #1 is a small toolkit. I found that these tools are not that great, so instead I used this precision screwdriver/tool set by ORIA:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y2N568J/

This set has many other useful tools such as different sharp-point tweezers, razor knife, magnetizing block, pry tools, etc.

Organizer


If this model is anything like the 1:8 scale Back to the Future Delorean I am building, it is assembled using hundreds of tiny screws. The screws are marked by Eaglemoss with designations like AP, BP, AM, CM, etc.  As there will so many screws, keeping them organized is extremely helpful. And, since Eaglemoss includes extra screws in every issue, you will need someplace to store them all.

I bought a cheap 36-slot organizer from Amazon but any similar product would work fine. I taped the small designation labels included with the screw bags into each compartment to keep everything tidy.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075FXQ7Z3/

Lubricating Oil


I still recommend pre-threading all of the metal holes with the correct screw before attaching things into place. This simply involves driving the intended screw into each hole and removing it before actually fastening anything together. The screws are made of harder metal than the die-cast parts so they should create threads in the metal. This will make the actual connection straighter and easier to use.

However, a game-changer for the metal screws is to pick up some 3-in-One Multi-Purpose Oil and add a tiny drop to the tip of each metal screw (or into the hole). Using this, the metal screws feed much easier and won’t bind, break, and strip nearly as often.

Custom Modifications (Mods)


If you plan on modifying your car, you may want to look into some of the mods available to us before you start building.

See my MODS page for details.

The Community


Finally, there will surely be a lot of other 300 SL model builders online where you can learn more about the kit, build tips and tricks, videos, ask questions, and join discussions. Don’t be a stranger, we are friendly!

Next Up


Phase 01 – Body: Hood, Radiator Grille/Mesh

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