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Mercedes-Benz SLK 350
Manufacturer: Welly
Release dates Unknown
Catalog number: 42358
Date Purchased: December 2008
Date Completed April 2010
Number in collection: 39

The SLK is a series of two-seat roadsters manufactured by Mercedes-Benz since 1997. The SLK stands for the German translation of 'Sport, light, and short', while 3 three digit number after corresponds to the engine size in liters. It is a smaller and less expensive companion to the SLK roadster, much in the way the 190 SL was to the original 300 SL. All SLK's are equipped with a retractable steel hardtop that stores in the luggage compartment when folded. The replica featured here represents the second generation of the SLK, which was completely redesigned for 2005. Styling was sleeker, and featured a front grille inspired by their formula one cars. Engine choices ranged from a 1.8 L (110 CID) 161 horsepower supercharged 4-cylinder engine to a 5.4 L (329 CID) V8 in the SL 55 AMG, good for 355 horsepower. This generation of the SLK remained in production until 2011, when it was replaced by a redesigned version that is still currently on sale.

This replica is of the second generation of the SLK, and is made by Welly. It features a spring-loaded, 'pull-back' type of motor at the rear wheels. It has nice exterior details with opening doors, and the wheels are in the style of the actual car. The interior has a good level of detail, with minimal intrusion of the pull-back motor into the area behind the front seats. Chassis detail is basic, with the exception of the area underneath the motor. The overall appearance reminds me of a Maisto Power Racer car, but with a much more realistic look. No model year is specified on the model, I just chose 2005 as this was the first year for the restyled SLK.

I originally worked on this car long before I started photographing them. The 'before' pictures are not of my car, but ones I found on-line of cars that are in original condition. The 'after' pictures were of my car, but taken while I was originally writing this page.

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What I started with. Actual car I used for reference.


Pictures of car before any changes were made (click to enlarge)

Disassembly was started by removing two screws that hold the chassis to the body. Unless I state otherwise, many parts are mounted to other parts by pins which are attached by heat applied from the inside of the part they are mounted to. I cut these bonds and removed the parts. The remainder of this process, as well as the resulting parts breakdown, is as follows:
  • The bottom half of the interior, with the center console moulded to it as a single piece. The front seats and roll bars are separate pieces that fit to holes in the floor. I didn't remove the roll bars, as I was afraid to damage them, and it wouldn't interfere with detailing the interior. All pieces are black plastic.
  • The front axle, plated wheels and tires pressed onto the axle. This falls loose once the bottom interior is removed. Although the tires can be removed from the wheels, I didn't see any way to remove the wheels from the axles without damaging them, so I stopped there.
  • The rear tires, wheels, axle and pull-back motor assembly. As with the front axle, this assembly also fits loosely in the chassis. I also could not remove the wheels without the risk of damaging them.
  • A one piece black plastic chassis. It has basic detail cast to the bottom, except the area under the pull-back motor, which has no detail.
  • Two clear headlight lenses, that have a pin that passes through a separate chrome plated bezel, and then to a hole in the body.
  • Two clear tail light lenses, that have a pin that passes through a separate chrome plated bezel, and then to a hole in the body.
  • Two small screws that hold the raised soft top to the body. The top is black plastic, and has no rear window.
  • A dashboard that locates to pins on the underside of the inside of the body. A separate steering wheel is loosely mounted to the dash, and was easily removed. Both pieces are black plastic.
  • The two doors, which are held to the body by two small screws, with a thin plastic washer between the door and the body. Each door has a black plastic interior panel with nicely engraved detail. They press-fit onto pins cast into the inside of the doors.
  • A clear windshield that locates to a pin on the underside of the inside of the body.
  • Two hood vents, three bumper grilles, and a convertible top boot. All pieces are black plastic and locate to holes cast into the body.
  • A Black plastic Mercedes-Benz emblem ;located in the center of the front grille area. The raised areas are plated,
  • The die-cast body, painted silver with tampo-printed markings.

After disassembling the car, only paint and foil were used to add details.

The following is a summary of the changes I made:
  • Wheels and tires: Sanded the tread surface with 220 grit sandpaper to simulate wear. Painted inside of wheels Testors acrylic flat black.
  • Chassis: Painted entire piece Testors acrylic flat black. Highlighted the few moulded in details with Tamiya semi-gloss black, aluminum, and metallic gray. Applied Bare-Metal foil to the exhaust tips.
  • Interior: Painted the seats, door panel inserts, lower dashboard, roll bars, and an area behind the seats Testors flat red. Testors acrylic flat black was used on all other areas. Tamiya aluminum was used on the dashboard trim and console trim. Remaining interior details were highlighted with appropriate colors, using pictures of the actual car as a guide.
  • Windows: Painted rear view mirror detail on inside windshield Testors acrylic flat black, with Testors silver on the mirror face.
  • Body: Painted the entire inside of the body Testors acrylic flat black. Drew in body panel seams with a metal tipped 'quill' pen and black ink. Testors acrylic flat black was used on the hood vents, front bumper vents, area inside front grille, and outer edges of headlight lenses. Applied Bare-Metal foil to side view mirrors. Detailed tail light lenses with Tamiya clear orange and clear red. Remaining exterior details were highlighted with appropriate colors, using pictures of the actual car as a guide.
Disassembled parts, before reassembly To the left is the car prior to reassembly.

The car was reassembled by reversing the procedure used to disassemble it. Some glue was used on parts that had been previously held in place by heated bonds.


Pictures of completed car (click to enlarge)


The proportions of the completed car look very close to the actual car. The table below shows how close they are.

Actual car 
(mm / in)
Model
(mm / in)
Dimensions of actual car based on model scale
(mm / in)
Calculated scale based on model to actual car
Length 4087 / 160.9 113.5 / 4.47 4377 / 160.9 1:36
Wheelbase 2431 / 95.7 68.0 / 2.68 2448 / 96.4 1:36
Width 1788 / 70.4 49.7 / 1.96 1789 / 70.5 1:36
Height 1298 / 51.1 38.0 / 1.50 1638 / 53.9 1:34

I'm not sure what scale Welly intended this replica to be, as nothing is moulded into the chassis and I no longer have the original packaging to see if it was printed there. My calculations put the scale at 1:36. All of the major dimensions seem pretty consistent to this scale, with the exception of height. I can't explain why it's off, but it doesn't look effect the overall look of the replica, at least in my opinion.

This is the first time I've really looked at this car in any detail since completing it several years ago. I'm satisfied with the way it turned out, and made no changes other than giving a thorough cleaning before taking these pictures. Aside from the concessions made for the pull-back motor, I think that Welly did a nice job on this car. I seem to be one of a very small group that has any interest in it, however. I found very little information regarding any history of this replica, and very few pictures. This make me even happier that bought this one when I had the chance, as I can't recall seeing any in stores since that time.


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