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Phases 51+ Delayed

Once again, I have not received any issues in more than a month (since mid-July). I spoke to Eaglemoss and they said that Phase 52 is currently out of stock and will not be available until at least October 13. At minimum, we have another 3 month delay with this build.

Unfortunately, this continues to be a troubling trend for all of my part work builds. Delays from lack of availability is very common and not just with Eaglemoss. My DeAgostini and Hachette builds suffer from the same problem. Anyway, the build is on hold for now…

Halfway Update

By recently completing Phase 50 of the Eaglemoss Mercedes-Benz 300 SL model, we are now exactly halfway through the build! Therefore, I figured I would take a moment to share my thoughts so far. Please note that while the header image above depicts our progress up to this point, it does not include the Hood, Grille, and Front Bumper which have yet to be installed.

First of all, I truly appreciate the extensive details of this model. From the pre-printed and pre-applied labels to the paint and finishes on the various parts. The interior carpet feels authentic and adds a nice touch, although I feel it should have covered the entire floor pan. The engine is nicely crafted, the steering wheel folds down accurately, and the suitcases even open. And, the tubular chassis is a real work of art!

I also enjoy the instructions, stories and information shared in the magazines. The instructions are clear and offer many tips and have not contained many errors. The rest of the magazine includes everything from the history of Motorsports and racing cars to the greatest drivers and tracks in history. There was a lot of work put into these magazines and it is worth recognizing.

Unfortunately, the build has also had some problems. This includes malformed, bent, and missing parts. There is so much metal included with the model that I have found myself having to bend or twist many of these parts to fit correctly. I am aware that items can be ‘damaged’ in shipping, but this just feels like bad Quality Assurance. I do eventually get the pieces to fit, but I shouldn’t have to. You will run into fitment issues throughout the build and just have to work through them.

Another thing is the inconsistency of part deliveries. While my experience building many partwork kits has shown that all of them suffer delays at one point or another, it does not make it any less aggravating. It takes over 2 years to build most of them and they cost a lot of money. I would think that these publishers would have the logistics under control by now.

Overall, after considering everything about this 300 SL model, I am still very happy! It is a great build with tons of details and accompanying information.  I have deep admiration for this car in real life and am looking forward to completing the build in the coming months.

3-in-One Oil

If you are building any of the die-cast metal large scale models out there, you are probably familiar with the pain around driving screws into metal parts. In my experience, some of these screws have a tendency to bind up, strip threads, or simply snap off. Not only does it cause frustration, but it could cause a long delay in your build waiting for replacement parts.

For a while now, I have read about other builders that were using a little oil on their metal screw threads to help reduce the risk of damage and the effort needed to seat these screws fully. Up until this point, I had taken my time to carefully pre-thread metal screws, but it turns out they were on to something. I recently picked up some 3-in-One Multi-Purpose Oil (from the WD-40 Company) and it has changed everything!

I simply dip the tip of each metal screw into a tiny drop of this stuff and they go right in and without any drama. I should have done this sooner! If putting a little oil on the end of a metal screw is not feasible, you can also use a toothpick or other small tool to apply the oil directly into a screw hole before installing the screw.

I highly recommend grabbing a bottle of this oil (or other similar lubricant). It will surely save you time and headache!

Free Gift #4

If you signed up for the subscription-based version of the Eaglemoss 1:8 scale Mercedes-Benz 300 SL model build, you will receive four FREE gifts along the way. The first gift was a Toolkit, the second a Collector’s Binder, and the third a Specification Stand. I actually received the third and fourth gifts at the same time, but this page is about the fourth and final gift: this Display Stand.

The Display Stand (base) is a generic black-painted wooden platform. There is a small block at the front that can hold a plaque. A small ‘300 SL’ self-adhesive plague was included separately that needed to be installed. I tacked it on for the picture below. Note that I did not remove the plastic protective film over the plague to keep it protected, but I am pretty sure it is glossy under there.

There is nothing too special about this base. It appears Eaglemoss designed it so they could ship the same base with many of their other part work model builds (and just send out different plaques). I received the same base with my DB5 and GT-R builds. I won’t be using any of the display bases for any of my builds as I have a nice display cabinet for these models. So, I will likely sell my Display Bases to others.

If you are interested in the dimensions, they are as follows:

  • External Edges: 27″ x 14 3/16″ x 1 7/16″ (68.5 x 36 x 4 cm)
  • Internal Surface: 25.25″ x 12.25″ with a 7/16″ lip (63.8 x 31 cm with a 1 cm lip)
  • Badge Size: 3 1/8″ x 2″ (8 x 5 cm)
  • Badge Holder: Adds (13/16″ or 2 cm) to the depth, and 3/8″ (0.9 cm) to the height

Free Gift #3

If you signed up for the subscription-based version of the Eaglemoss 1:8 scale Mercedes-Benz 300 SL model build, you will receive four FREE gifts along the way. The first gift was a Toolkit and the second was the first Collector’s Binder. This third gift, the Specification Stand, should have arrived with my 4th shipment, but it was delayed for months. I actually received the third and fourth gifts at the same exact time.

The Specification Stand is composed of a few parts and does not include any assembly instructions. The specs are printed on a sticker that is applied to a opaque piece of plastic. A duplicate piece of the same plastic is included, but without a sticker. It also contains four decorative screws and two (2) pairs of standoffs, each pair being different lengths. If you need help building this, check out my existing GT-R page on it.

It is basically the same item as my other spec stands and it is nice, but I don’t know if I will use it. Here is a closeup of the data:

 

Phases 27+ Delayed

I noticed that I did not receive any issues last month (December 2019). I just spoke to Eaglemoss and they said that the Issue 8 magazine (not the parts) for Phases 27-30 is out of stock. It should be available again on January 13, so hopefully we can continue our model then.

This is a troubling trend for all of my part work builds. Delays from lack of availability is very common and not just with Eaglemoss. My DeAgostini and Hachette builds suffer from the same problem. I guess it is just what we have to get used to…

UPDATE Jan 17, 2020: I spoke to Eaglemoss today and they did receive these issues on the 13th and are currently processing them. They are expected to ship out next Tuesday, the 21st.

UPDATE Feb 5, 2020: Well, Eaglemoss now says these are not available again. The magazine is not in stock. Word is that they should now go out before March 12th.

UPDATE May 18, 2020: I finally received Phases 27-30, as well as the Specification Stand and Display Stand gifts. However, Phase 27 had a malformed part that is missing a mounting hole (see below) and Phase 30 had a hole in the bag and a few parts were missing. I had to call Eaglemoss and replace both phases. We shall see how long this takes…

UPDATE June 11, 2020: I have received my next shipment of Phases 31-34 and my replacement Phase 30, but I am still waiting on the re-ship of Phase 27.

UPDATE June 21, 2020: I finally received my replacement Phase 27. I also received Issue 10 containing Phases 35-38, so I will get to work!

Free Gift #2

If you signed up for the subscription-based version of the Eaglemoss 1:8 scale Mercedes-Benz 300 SL model build, you will receive four FREE gifts along the way. The first gift was a Toolkit,  but this time it is our first Collector’s Binder.

The first Collector’s Binder is included for free, but future binders are $7.99 USD each and will be charged to your credit card automatically during the build. If you are not interested in receiving these additional binders, let Eaglemoss know by calling them.

 

 

Free Gift #1

If you signed up for the subscription-based version of the Eaglemoss 1:8 scale Mercedes-Benz 300 SL model build, you will receive four FREE gifts along the way. The first gift is this Toolkit containing various basic tools, such as:

  • Screwdriver
  • Craft Knife
  • Needle File
  • Pliers
  • Tweezers

I already have an extensive tool set, so I will not be using these. Still, it is a nice starter set for some builders. I also found it interesting that this is not the Mercedes-branded Toolkit described on the Eaglemoss website, but a generic one I also received with my Nissan GT-R build.

Delay for Toolkit

During the course of the 1:8 scale Mercedes-Benz 300 SL from Eaglemoss model subscription, there are four free gifts that are included along the way. Free Gift #1 is a this small branded toolkit. However, the toolkit is out of stock and therefore no new issues are being shipped to me until it is replenished. There is no way to bypass this ‘loyalty gift’ via Eaglemoss and there is ETA, so I am keeping my fingers crossed it will be soon.

UPDATE July 30, 2019: I received my shipping notification for the next issues and it includes the toolkit, so it appears they are back on track.

UPDATE September 23, 2019: I did end up receiving this tool kit last month, but I recently got a paper IOU for Free Gift #3 (Specification Stand). What is strange about this is why did they delay shipping issues when the tool kit was on back order, but are able to ship this month’s issues when this stand is on back order??