Mercedes W196. Jan 16, 2017 13:17:01 GMT -5
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Jan 16, 2017 13:17:01 GMT -5
It’s a couple of years now since I bought a pair of George’s W196 Mercedes GP cars and it seemed like they would have stayed in storage had not one of our newer club members arrived one club evening with a couple of part built mid-fifties GP cars. Competition!
Of all the cars which I have recently built, this seems the most awkward regarding specifications, both the GT kits seeming to be incorrect.
With regard to the 1955 cars, there seem to be three regular areas where variations occur.
Scuttle area cooling vents. At least 4 variations.
Brakes. Front can be inboard or outboard, with different wheels to suit.
Wheelbase. Standard, medium and short.
The wheelbases are the confusing bit with a lot of conflicting information. The scuttle length is obviously shortened for the shorter wheelbase cars, but the difference between medium and short I cannot tell.
My build criteria were;
I wanted a long wheelbase car as the GTM kits I have are both LWB examples.
I already had the correct wheels for inboard brakes.
I had decals for the #10 car in black and the #2 car in red.
The LWB cars only seem to have run in the first 4 events of the season in open wheeler form, and the only one of these running #10 was at Spa, so very simply, the car had to be Fangio’s Belgian GP winner.
Last year saw me throw caution to the wind and ignore all the normal rules of reducing weight, the result being the fastest scratchbuilt car at the local club. Thus, this Mercedes has a steel chassis.
The material used was 18g mild steel. The earlier steel chassis was in 16g, but only had the tabs for the axle mounts bent over. Due to the width limitation and concern over chassis strength around the motor aperture, the Mercedes was formed into a full channel section with 8mm flanges strengthening the 24mm width. Much easier in 18g.
Another practical side of the steel chassis is that with the front mounted motor, if the need arises, a bit of enthusiastic lightening in the upper areas could result in a better balanced chassis assembly.
The present wheels are temporary fittings until I am in just the right frame of mind to build up a very special set of cross laced wheels, including see-through fronts.
Initial testing should take place in a week or so, though finishing, due to painting limitations, will be delayed for a while….