Models of Silver Arrows
Posted 04 January 2001 - 23:48
Posted 04 January 2001 - 23:54
I am getting quite close to completing my 4-car Mercedes Benz W.196 (open-wheeler) F1 team for my new Pre-historic slot race series.
In the back of my mind, I have an idea that Mercedes ran at the 1955 British Grand Prix with BLACK numbers, although they had red ones everywhere else. Am I right? And if so, was it connected with the Le Mans accident? But if it was, why did they have red ones at Zandvoort?
I know this is technically a Racing Simulators Forum question, but this seems like a suitable thread to put it on.
Posted 05 January 2001 - 00:03
An example: "In form the number shall be of the sans serif type, each figure being at least 28cm in height, and the width of the line in each figure being at least 4cm."
Of course, this applies to F1 cars at Albert Park....;)[p][Edited by Ray Bell on 01-05-2001]
Posted 05 January 2001 - 00:07
Posted 05 January 2001 - 00:12
Posted 05 January 2001 - 00:16
Originally posted by Roger Clark
They certainly did run black numbers, but I don;t think it could have been the race regulations. Some cars had white numbers; and Germany's national colours were white (not silver!) with black numbers.
Sorry. I should have said red numbers!! Made a complete nonsense of what I was trying to say.
Posted 05 January 2001 - 04:52
Not that I don't drag red herrings across the paths of threads, not that I don't enjoy the erudition, but I'd like to know about the damn models.
Posted 05 January 2001 - 07:36
Posted 12 January 2001 - 19:54
I am thinking of resurrecting my interest in slot cars with a pre war bias. (my current collection is 1961 - 1967)
Do you have any details on availability of 1/32 bodies / kits of the 1937 - 1939 era?
Posted 12 January 2001 - 20:19
Posted 12 January 2001 - 20:35
I will start to check it out myself - if I find anything I will let you know
Posted 13 January 2001 - 02:45
annexe 1;couleurs nationales distinctives a attribuer aux vehicules qui prennent part a des manifestations sportives internationales
coulers du vehicule; blanc
coulers des numeros; rouges
seems the numbers should be red....but then again the cars themselves should be white...i've heard all the stories as to why the "arrows" became silver....what i have not heard is just how they got away with it.
Posted 24 February 2001 - 22:15
Regarding the colours of Mercedes' racing numbers; I've just seen a colour film of the 1954 British Grand Prix where the W196s also had black numbers. This suggests that the use of Black numbers in 1955 was nothing to do with the Le Mans disaster.
Posted 24 February 2001 - 22:34
I suspect the answer to my question is to do with the organisers of the race. I suspect there may have been some regulation that said 'numbers must be either white or black on white'. It's too much of a co-incidence that the only time Mercedes seem to have used black numbers was in Britain.
Posted 25 February 2001 - 01:41
I broke down and got the W154, since my former company wanted to give me a retirement gift. If anyone is interested in putting the thread back on topic, I can give a very subjective appraisal.
Posted 25 February 2001 - 01:53
Posted 25 February 2001 - 02:34
Posted 25 February 2001 - 03:09
67? i had a 1939 MB car [scaleltric?]
that was a well done hard plastic body.
but was 4 wheel drive with motor driving
both ends, front had uni-joint & steering.
weird slow tipy car.
Posted 25 February 2001 - 03:24
Posted 29 March 2001 - 18:58
Anyway, here is my home-made slot-race team of Mercedes-Benz W.196s.
People say that my cars look better 'in the plastic', rather than in images. I tend to agree.
Posted 29 March 2001 - 19:37
Now all we need is some 'action' shots!
Posted 29 March 2001 - 19:57
There are some new(?) 1/18th scale models of some of the pre-war Mercedes and Auto-Union racing cars on the market. They are expensive (especially in Canadian dollars!), and I'm interested in any opinions out there. You can use the Casio models that require assembly as a yard-stick.
Can you point me to a website that shows these "new" models? Thanks
Posted 29 March 2001 - 20:28
Really nice cars!!!! And I go with Gary here, show us some action shots, preferably Moss outbraking Fangio at the Station hairpin!!!!
Posted 30 March 2001 - 04:15
Barry, that's a very impressive line up.
Course, if you made a lineup of 4 Vanwalls, that would look even more impressive.
Posted 30 March 2001 - 06:15
Red numbers? Yes, Michael, I settled on red as Mercedes used red more than black during 54-55.
Posted 30 March 2001 - 06:56
Posted 30 March 2001 - 17:40
Barry, the Vanwall team often took 4 cars to fixtures, even though they only entered three. The team seemed to like to line them all up. The cover of the Jenkinson and Posthumus book has them beautifully lined up at Aintree in 1957.
Posted 30 March 2001 - 21:47