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Mobius 1955 Chrysler 300
Posted by Ron Hamilton on Sunday, April 15, 2012 10:16 AM

I started to work on this one, and I can say that I am impressed. The flash on the parts, and mould lines on the body are a little heavy, and have to be addressed, but once done, the fit is phenominal.

 

 

The detail and fit of the parts is phenominal, as I expected from what we got in the Hudson kit. The flash is a little heavy on the parts, and the body has a few prominent mould lines, but once they are cleaned up, everything is fine. Once I get everything painted, it is really going to pop.

It goes together quite well, and as you can see, it has a pretty nice stance once it is up on its wheels.

Ironically, I have not built the AMT '57 Chrysler 300, but I am now, just to have the book ends.

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Posted by smellyfatdude on Sunday, April 15, 2012 10:36 AM

Thanks for the preview, Ron! If it's anything like the ' 53 Hudson kit, then as far as I'm concerned it's another must have.

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Posted by mangodart on Monday, April 16, 2012 3:12 AM

I can't wait to receive mine, will start it right away. The model looks good even like this, have you choose the color for it ??

And I think you'll be impressed by the AMT 57 too, it is a very good kit !!!!

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Posted by 73 duster on Monday, April 16, 2012 4:40 PM

Looks really nice !   Is that a PowerFlite behind that 331 Hemi ?!?

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Posted by SLUSHER on Monday, April 16, 2012 8:33 PM

l am looking forward to seeing it built...Slusher

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Posted by High octane on Monday, April 16, 2012 10:49 PM

Looks like an awesome kit from your photos. I just picked one up over the weekend but have yet opened it as I only open about 30% of my kits and I already have several projects in the works.

High octane

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  • From: Ste-Julie, Québec , Canada
Posted by mrchevyblack on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 2:57 PM

I see Ron then inspiring you for an 300C project! What color can preview to paint your?

 

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Posted by Ron Hamilton on Thursday, April 19, 2012 10:13 PM

Black.

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Posted by pbh51 on Sunday, January 17, 2016 11:27 PM

This is an absolutely terrible kit. Just awful. The upper "A" arms do not locate properly causing the front suspension to be compleletly out of alignment. Worse, there are no locating pins for the radiator shield meaning that it is impossible to know where it should be attached. Worst of all is that the body does not fit properly onto the frame.

The directions, for all their prettiness are impossible to comprehend. The assembly sequence is hopeless and the actual drawings of the parts fails to even show the proper location for more than one third of the individual parts.

Guess what? The decals are a disaster. The backing paper will not allow the water slide decals to slide off because it is too porous to keep water on the surface; as a result the decals jam on the edge of the paper and will not slide. And then they do not conform to the surface of the model, period.

Let me not forget to mention that the wheel retainers do not fit onto their attachment pins or into the inner wheel hubs without a half hour of sanding. That is, in order for them to rotate properly. What is the point of having these things otherwise?

At every stage of this kit I have had to correct problems built into it that have been solved by dozens of kit manufacturers for decades. And then the body won't fit to the frame? Is this the firewall, the dashboard, the radiator shield or any one of another dozen parts that have no clear location points?

So, after fighting this abomination for six weeks, I quit.

I've been building models for 55 years. I've rescued Pocher disasters. I've built dozens of resin small market kits from all over the world. This is only the second kit that I have just thrown in the trash after weeks of detailing, polishing and overcoming all the inherent flaws. I will never buy another Moebuis kit and I seriously question the integrity of any magazine that prints a positive review of this company.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, January 18, 2016 12:27 AM

I guess we all have our own opinions.

I've been building models for over 40 years, & I have to say, this was one of the best engineered kits I've ever built.

I had none of the problems pbh51 mentioned.

The chassis was a little difficult to shoehorn into place, but when it snapped in, everthing fit perfectly.

I have no problem recommending this kit.

 

Steve

 

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Posted by pbh51 on Monday, January 18, 2016 1:07 AM

"Shoehorn" the body? You call that good engineering? Shoehorn parts that you have no way of knowing are in their proper position because the instructions and the parts design are so poor? Shoehorning fragile parts that are popping out at every corner because the engineers haven't figured out how not to make the mistakes that other companies have solved dozens of years ago?

I don't care how many testimonials this kit receives, it is one of the worst I have ever seen. Be forewarned.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, January 18, 2016 8:28 AM

I'll just say that I've had much bigger issues with assembly on some of the kits from AMT & others over the past few years than this one.

A tight fitting chassis was not a difficult problem to overcome in my opinion.

This kit has been around for several years & I've seen dozens of them built & have heard none of these critisizms.

Everybody has their own experiences & mine was nothing but good with this kit.

 

Steve

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  • From: Canada
Posted by smellyfatdude on Monday, January 18, 2016 8:40 AM

Goofy62
Everybody has their own experiences & mine was nothing but good with this kit.

Ditto, Steve. Mine built like a dream, and I've yet to hear of anyone else who had any of those problems.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, January 18, 2016 2:02 PM

And a beauty it is!

 

Steve

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Posted by American185 on Monday, January 18, 2016 2:15 PM

Guess you got one or the only bad one out there !!! I just built the Moebius 65 Satellite and it was oneof the best and easiest kits I ever assembled. Things fit perfectly, not much cleaning up needed, and took paint and priming well. A lot easier than the Starksy/Hutch Gran Torino molded in red. I am looking forward to the Moebius Comet kit coming out. Will round out my Mercury collection perfectly

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Posted by smellyfatdude on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 11:18 AM

American185
I just built the Moebius 65 Satellite and it was one of the best and easiest kits I ever assembled.

I'm looking forward to getting my hands on that one, as well. And the Comet. And the ' 61 Ventura. Dinner

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Posted by BigTallDad on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 11:22 AM

One man's trash is another man's treasure.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 3:23 PM

Yeah, Moebius makes beautiful kits Thumbs Up.

My first was the International Lonestar - beautiful. Then about 4 or 5 Hudsons including the 'vert. Several '55 and 56 Chrylsers and the latest the '61 Pontiac.

Can't say enough about the quality.

Waiting fot the '65 Cyclone.

[Quote]  "...having more fun than one person should be allowed" - Rush Limbaugh.

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 6:40 PM

I won't deny, that like every kit producer, Moebius has it's occasional issues with fit or finish.

But in general, I feel that they are every bit as good as, or better than, what everyone else is producing.

& you have to give them kudos for subject matter.

Every kit is brand new, unlike the endless repops we seem to keep getting from everyone else.

it's relatively easy to get everything right when it's a kit originally produced 30 years ago.

 

Steve

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  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 10:16 AM

Haven't built any of the Moebius kits yet, although I do have the Hudson Hardtop in my stash.

"

it's relatively easy to get everything right when it's a kit originally produced 30 years ago." Unless they continue to use the same 30 year old molds that haven't been cleaned or tweaked since the first injection.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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Posted by Ron Hamilton on Sunday, February 14, 2016 11:28 PM

pbh51

This is an absolutely terrible kit. Just awful. The upper "A" arms do not locate properly causing the front suspension to be compleletly out of alignment. Worse, there are no locating pins for the radiator shield meaning that it is impossible to know where it should be attached. Worst of all is that the body does not fit properly onto the frame.

The directions, for all their prettiness are impossible to comprehend. The assembly sequence is hopeless and the actual drawings of the parts fails to even show the proper location for more than one third of the individual parts.

Guess what? The decals are a disaster. The backing paper will not allow the water slide decals to slide off because it is too porous to keep water on the surface; as a result the decals jam on the edge of the paper and will not slide. And then they do not conform to the surface of the model, period.

Let me not forget to mention that the wheel retainers do not fit onto their attachment pins or into the inner wheel hubs without a half hour of sanding. That is, in order for them to rotate properly. What is the point of having these things otherwise?

At every stage of this kit I have had to correct problems built into it that have been solved by dozens of kit manufacturers for decades. And then the body won't fit to the frame? Is this the firewall, the dashboard, the radiator shield or any one of another dozen parts that have no clear location points?

So, after fighting this abomination for six weeks, I quit.

I've been building models for 55 years. I've rescued Pocher disasters. I've built dozens of resin small market kits from all over the world. This is only the second kit that I have just thrown in the trash after weeks of detailing, polishing and overcoming all the inherent flaws. I will never buy another Moebuis kit and I seriously question the integrity of any magazine that prints a positive review of this company.

 

Wow! I feel your pain!

As you can see in the pictures I took, mine has went together nicely. I have yet to deal with the decals, as I do not plan to use too many of them.  Like you, I have been building model cars continuously for over 50 years, building most of the brands of model cars I have an interest in.  In my building of this car so far, I did the same thing I normally do, in that I pre-build the car in assemblies with no paint, then I go back and paint and foil the car according to the plans I set forth for the build. The only reason I have not finished this particular model,  is that I do not desire to do another black car at this time, so I went to other projects, including the aforementioned AMT '57 300, which is at the same building stage as this one, as well as the Mobieus Hudson Hornet, and the '65 Satellite.

I did finish a Mobieus '69 Ford F100 Pickup last year, using my normal building style. I had a few pitfalls during the build, but it was nothing I could not handle. 

I would love to see some of your work.

I am not having a hard time with either one of these cars, as both as been an easy experience to me. I have no explaination for what happened to you, as I am not an employee of Mobieus Models, but I am a satisifed customer.

Your comments are going to prompt me to re-visit this project later this year.

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Posted by ClintHedges on Tuesday, March 08, 2016 10:13 AM

Wow! That sounds like maybe a review for an AMT kit or something, but I've NEVER heard anything like that amount of negativity toward a Moebius kit! I am currently building this kit too, and like every other Moebius kit I've ever bought, I've had just about zero problems! I'll buy a Moebius kit sometimes even though it's not the type of car I was looking for, just because I know it will be as near-perfect a kit as I could find! 

Is ANYONE ELSE in agreement, that they've had this many problems with a Moebius kit?

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Posted by dimaxion on Tuesday, March 08, 2016 1:41 PM

Good News . The '55- '57 MY Chrysler Letter Cars had 3 choices : Red , Black , White . The '53 Corvettes , White . '54 Corvettes White , Blue . The '55 Corvettes White , Red . '56 /'57 Plymouth Fury White . The '58 Fury an off white the only chice offered on the "Plymouth Silver Edition" that year too . The first year Fieros Red , Black . See a theme here ?

   I've been building Cars only since 1958 . I have 4 Mobious . I plan on more . may I suggest you shy away from MPC and all other kits from the '70's and '80's . My 2 cents .. Thanx ..

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Posted by GTX6970 on Friday, March 18, 2016 7:09 AM

I built the 55 kit and the ONLY flaw I will say is the windshield fit could be a bit better, maybe even a touch larger overall . Getting it in without getting glue all over the place takes patiance.

Otherwise I loved it and so did the guy I gave it to that owns the 1/1 car it replicates.

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Posted by bowtiefan on Friday, March 18, 2016 9:24 PM
Dimaxion, just a clarification. '54 Corvettes were offered in red, white, blue & black. (only 4 black ones. a friend has one) '55 Corvettes were offered in red, white, blue, copper & gold. Ken
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Posted by dimaxion on Saturday, March 19, 2016 6:03 AM

Thank you . I am not infallable . I stand Corrected .. In my String of Built Corvettes I have a Pennant Blue '54 MY .

bowtiefan
Dimaxion, just a clarification. '54 Corvettes were offered in red, white, blue & black. (only 4 black ones. a friend has one) '55 Corvettes were offered in red, white, blue, copper & gold. Ken
 

bowtiefan
Dimaxion, just a clarification. '54 Corvettes were offered in red, white, blue & black. (only 4 black ones. a friend has one) '55 Corvettes were offered in red, white, blue, copper & gold. Ken
 

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Posted by Deathgoblin on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 2:30 PM

So far, I've only built the 1953 Hudson, but I have to say that the only issues I had with the kit were mistakes I made.  Once I got past those, it built up beautifully.  All I've heard on Mobius kits is how well engineered they are and how well they go together.  

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