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Has anyone built the 59 Chrysler Imperial

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Has anyone built the 59 Chrysler Imperial
Posted by evallado1 on Saturday, March 16, 2019 9:18 AM

I would like to know if anyone has built this newly relaunched kit? Seems to be an interesting car with many customizing alternatives.

 

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    October, 2017
  • From: New Prague MN
Posted by 60Buick on Saturday, March 16, 2019 10:47 AM

I have. It is old school. Curbside kit. There are some customizing parts, but generic chassis and no engine! 

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    August, 2015
Posted by htown2 on Saturday, March 16, 2019 9:18 PM
Very simple curbside kit but builds into a nice replica. The grill fit is a little wonky. The customizing parts are kind of hokey early kit stuff like fins and scoops. Besides those things came over the top customized from the factory.
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Posted by Goofy62 on Saturday, March 16, 2019 10:18 PM

It's the exact same kit that was realeased probably a decade ago by "Model King".

Although I think they may have added a new set of tires since then.

 

Here is the one I built several years ago.

 

 

Steve

 

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    November, 2003
  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, March 17, 2019 9:27 AM

Beautiful. I gotta get this.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, March 17, 2019 10:53 AM

midnightprowler

Beautiful. I gotta get this.

 

If you're a fan of the old vintage curbside annuals, like I am, it's a must have!

I would love to see another half dozen of these old "long dead and buried" kits resurface!

 

 

Steve

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    October, 2017
  • From: New Prague MN
Posted by 60Buick on Sunday, March 17, 2019 11:18 AM

Amen! Count me in. One of my favorite kits from the past was the Craftsmen series. You could get them for a $1.00.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, March 17, 2019 12:09 PM

60Buick

Amen! Count me in. One of my favorite kits from the past was the Craftsmen series. You could get them for a $1.00.

 

Not anymore! Big Smile

 

 

Steve

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    March, 2010
  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Sunday, March 17, 2019 9:43 PM

I have one of the previous releases of the '59 Imperial and hopefully one day I'll open it an build it. Of course that holds true for a number of kits that I have including some Modelhaus kits. After all I'm not getting any younger.

High octane

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    September, 2008
  • From: Texas
Posted by jkitman on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 6:02 AM

Thats a real nice build. I was thinking that a guy might be able to use the 57 Chrysler 300 underpinnings to really detail that kit out. Has anybody tried  to see if it will fit? Or maybe the 58 Belvedere?

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    May, 2005
  • From: Central U.K.
Posted by hayes on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 9:41 AM

jkitman

Thats a real nice build. I was thinking that a guy might be able to use the 57 Chrysler 300 underpinnings to really detail that kit out. Has anybody tried  to see if it will fit? Or maybe the 58 Belvedere?

 

I don't know how accurate the underside detail is on the '59 Imperial kit, but there are one or two minor differences compared to the '57 300C kit chassis. The main modification though is down to the wheelbase of the 1:1 scale Imperial being 129", while that of the 300C is 126" - the Belvedere is 118". You would have to cut the chassis at some appropriate point & add a 0.12" fillet - not forgetting the same on the prop shaft & exhausts. It is the sort of work that I have done several times when "up-detailing" resin models by using a suitable styrene donor kit, a fair amount of work but worth it in the end.

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    September, 2008
  • From: Texas
Posted by jkitman on Thursday, April 04, 2019 6:30 AM

I see. Whew, not sure if Im up to a task like that. That is pretty involved.  I tend to think of myself as an average to slightly accomplished modeler.  Oh well. I cant think of another Chrysler kit on the market that would be a good donor. I guess one could take two chassis, cut a section out of one and splice it into the other. I think that would be the hardest part. I might be real hard to blend that added section. One would have to look at the chassis detail in order to decide where the splice could happen.The exhaust and driveshaft would be easy though. I might look into it further. Thanks for the thoughts.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, April 04, 2019 10:20 AM

These build into a very nice kit if you open the hood, add hinges then get a 1962 Chrysler Imperial chassis, engine and firewall and radiator crossbrace as parts pieces from Ebay or maybe a swap meet.

I've done this to over a dozen kits and it really brings them to life and adds more character and personality to the build, plus it's just plain fun to do.

I have a 58' Lincoln, and a 59, 60, and 61 Imperial just waiting for their turn Thumbs Up

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Rev21 on Saturday, April 06, 2019 1:05 AM

If you go over to hpiguys.com, you can watch a build review of this car. Plus many more!

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