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CMC Mercedes McLaren SLR Review
Authored by Leslie
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  The CMC Mercedes McLaren SLR seems to be a model that garners a love it or hate it relationship with collectors. This is solely due to an oversight on the part of CMC. For one reason or another, the wheels on this diecast model appear too small in diameter. Mind you, we are only talking about maybe 2 millimeters at most here, but on a 1:18 scale model it equates to about an inch and a half off in wheel size on a 1:1. On closer inspection however, the wheels are actually correctly sized (1" diameter on the model vs 18" on the 1:1). This leaves me to conclude that the sidewalls of the tires are too tall and wheel arches of the model are made too large. For this reason alone, the CMC SLR has polarised opinions. Collectors either get over it and love all the other gorgeous details that this model has to offer, or they wouldn't even touch it with a 10 feet wooden pole, sighting that the wheel error is too much of an inaccuracy to overcome. I belong to the former group of people, obviously.

With that out of the way, we may finally begin with the review. Touted to be the silver arrow of the 21 st century, the McLaren SLR was built from the ground up as a supercar that can match the pace of the best, such as the Ferrari Enzo and the Lamborghini Murcielago, while providing the creature comforts of a luxury saloon, such as Mercedes' own S-class. Proof of this is the 0-100km/h time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 334km/h, the 5.5 liter V8 supercharged AMG engine will see to that, while providing the comforts and gadgets that the S-class has to offer. It is a practical supercar too, with a boot that can engulf 2 golf bags.


On to the model. Aside from the aforementioned wheels, the model captures the stance and form of the real car quite perfectly. I am not one to condemn a fault for eternity when there are so many other exquisite features on offer. The model comprises of 895 individual pieces and is very hefty which imparts a feeling of a well put together model. Paint is very glossy, thick and smooth though the metallic flakes on my silver example are a bit on the large side, leaving the paint with a sparkle like appearance which some may dislike. If you are the type who loathes flaky metallic paint, then I would suggest you look into the gloss black instead. There is also red, anthracite, grey and blue to consider as well.

Fit and finish on my example is generally good, with shutlines that are tight and quite even, with the exception of the front engine hood. Mind you, the engine cover is made from stamped copper, which has enabled CMC to model the intricate shape while keeping the piece true to life in terms of its thickness. There are elaborate fins towards the rear of the hood which are also mirrored on the side of the front fenders. Each fin is made of a separate piece and they form gills that are shark like in appearance. The hood also surrounds part of the headlights and the three pointed star. The headlights are nicely modelled, sufficiently chromed and without sign of attachment stubs. The Mercedes trademark in the center is perforated and also well modelled, although it could do with a bit more chrome, when compared to the 1:1. Below these are numerous air intakes which are faced with real mesh. The only real letdowns at the front are the fog lights and the side indicators on the front bumper. These have visible attachment stubs, though they are somewhat expected as the lenses are so small.


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