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1955 Chrysler 300 WIP - Finished outdoor Pics!

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1955 Chrysler 300 WIP - Finished outdoor Pics!
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, May 04, 2017 11:52 AM

Attended an IPMS Contest with Vendors and I was able to pick up a few kits. I've been wanting to build a few Moebius kits and I also found two Revell kits that are hard to find now so I picked up all 5 of these for $100. the Moebius kits sell online for about $25 as is the 2009 Challenger but the 70 Challenger is about $40 at Model Round-up. So I figure I did good considering I would also have to pay for shipping online.

So I am going to start with the 55 Chrysler 300 as the reviews of it have been very good and I'm anxious to build another Moebius kit afterf building the Hornet.  The instructions indicate that 3 colors were available; Tango Red, Black or Platinum White. The instructions suggest Testors Guards Red for Tango Red. I have a can of that in enamel but I hate to use Testors enamel spray cans so I compared it to Testors Italian Red lacquer on a piece if cardboard and really can't tell much difference.Tthe Guards Red is a little lighter and softer, perhaps, but not enough to use the enamel.

The instuctions also indicate that Radome Tan is a good color for the interior and I also have that in a bottle paint. But I compared it to Krylon Satin Almond and it is also close enough for me. I could air brush both the Guards Red and the Radome Tan, but I would have to decant the Guards red from the spray can which can be a messy proposition and then thin the Radome Tan for air brush. Using the Italian Red and Satin Almond will be a lot easier and I won't have to break out the air brush, etc.

Only a few small mold lines on the top, hood, and trunk so body prep should be easy. I have to wait for the wind to die down before I can go outside to paint. The only other issue is the Chrysler scripts. The raised engraved letters are very small and will probably not reveal well if I paint over foil. It will probably remove some paint from the body and not just the letters. The decals are very small and gray and may not really settle well over the raised letters. I may foil the letters and then just try to rub the paint off with a polishing cloth before I clear the body. If that doesn't work well, I'll use the decals.

So I'll start sorting out the parts and preparing to paint today. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by smhardesty on Thursday, May 04, 2017 1:43 PM
Looking forward to watching this build. It's one of the kits I still need to pick up. Be sure and post lots of photos!

Steve

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Posted by smellyfatdude on Thursday, May 04, 2017 10:31 PM

'Bout time you did one of these! Thumbs Up

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, May 05, 2017 6:19 PM

Thanks, Steve and SFD!  I appreciate your comments! I'm old and slow but as we say in Texas I got a round Tu it! Time

I was a little disappointed with the body. There were sink marks o the front fenders over the headlight buckets so I got them straightened out, I think.

There was also a difficult little sink mark in the right B pillar. Took a little work because it was right in the compound curve but I think I have it worked out.

So now I have everything in primer and have started with color on the interior pieces and black on the frame and suspension pieces. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by justmike on Friday, May 05, 2017 7:16 PM

Sometimes, much as ya may hate it, you gotta do bondo. Can't wait to see the Challenger get built too.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, May 06, 2017 4:39 PM

Thanks, Mike! I appreciate your comment!

I got some paint in it this morning. I had a half a can of Testors Italian Red and it was just enough for the body, hood and firewall. Two coats (or two sessions) of red and two coats of Krylon Clear Lacquer. Then I let it dry for a couple of hours and removed the paint from the foiled letters with a cobination of 6000 grit cloth and lacquer thinner on some Tamiya medium swabs. I think it worked out great! Much better than I could brush or foil after paint. Tomorrow, I get busy rubbing out the body. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by smellyfatdude on Saturday, May 06, 2017 10:51 PM

Great job on the paint, jr. Those letters look good. and that's the first time I tried that trick, myself, when I did my ' 55. Makes for a nicer look than the decals! Thumbs Up

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, May 08, 2017 11:57 AM

Thanks, SFD!  I agree, the foil looks way better than decals!

Rubbed out the body and although it looks pretty good, I noticed some red paint on the polishing cloth. So I decided to give it a couple of more coats of clear. I'll have to rub it out again but it won't take too much work this time. Thanks for looking! Cool

Before additional clear:

After 2 more coats of clear:

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by crown r n 7 on Monday, May 08, 2017 12:03 PM

nice red !!

Niko

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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 8:16 AM

Nice work on the foil scripts.

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Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:33 PM

Thanks, Niko and Trevor! I appreciate your comments!

I rubbed out the body again and have started on the foil. Paint looks pretty good so I hope the foil goes well. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, May 11, 2017 1:20 PM

Man if that aint red then I don't know what is!!! Sharp. Very sharp looking ride!!!! YesYesYesYes

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, May 15, 2017 5:45 AM

Thanks, Joe! I appreciate your comment! Yes, the Testors Italian Red is a very bright color and I use it alot.

Finished the foil on the body and have started working on the interior. Lots of foil for this one! Now I'll add the decals to the dash, finish the foil on the door panels and assemble the interior. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by crown r n 7 on Monday, May 15, 2017 10:16 AM

Beautifully done all around 

Niko

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Posted by justmike on Monday, May 15, 2017 2:32 PM

Good work on that dash. Foiling: so finicky but so worth it. You've done a good job.

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, May 18, 2017 5:49 PM

Thanks, Niko and Mike! I appreciate your comments!

I've been busy on this one and am in the final assembly stage! Here are a few pics of the interior. I lightly blackwashed the seats, finished the foil on the doors and applied the decals to the dash.

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, May 18, 2017 5:55 PM

Here are the engine pics and I didn't install plug wires keeping this one box stock.  The wasy the engine is molded there is little room and no detail for the plugs. If it were wired you couldn't really see the wiring anyway as I looked at three different engine pictures and couldn't find the plug wires. They must be tighter on the engine than a 57 Chevy!

And it mounts nicely in the frame!

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, May 18, 2017 5:58 PM

Finally here's a pic of the body on the frame and interior. It was a tight fit shoe-horning the body onto the frame but I worked on each corner getting it inside the body and then it pushed down very easily and the pins on the firewall slipped right into their mounting holes in the frame. No glue required!

 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by chucky on Thursday, May 18, 2017 8:26 PM

Coming along very nicely, JR! Don't sweat the plug wires. The plugs and wires are hidden beneath the shields that run lengthwise along the valve covers on the first gen hemis. With the close proximity of the rear-monted distributor, you really can't get a much of a look at the short lengths of plug wires between the cap and the back of the  valve covers. I loved this feature on my '56 300 build! Looking forward to seeing this one finished. 

chucky

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Thursday, May 18, 2017 10:54 PM

Very sharp and yet. Another mopar gotta love em. Nice job vivid and crisp clean 

Moparlover64

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, May 20, 2017 3:03 PM

Thanks, Chucky and Moparlover! I appreciate your comments!

Here are the finished outdoor pics! A great kit, more pros than cons. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, May 20, 2017 3:08 PM

A few more:

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, May 20, 2017 3:11 PM

Last ones:

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Saturday, May 20, 2017 4:41 PM

Another great looking mopar hemi

Moparlover64

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Saturday, May 20, 2017 5:31 PM
Love it ! The body colour looks perfect with the gold motor shining away there . I recently found a cheap £1... (Already thrown the packaging away...) 1:64 version in our " wallmart " - ASDA store here in England ! The three spokes ( ?!? ) have gone too in favour of some matchbox steels ! "Going to get me a big boys version now I've seen this one ! " LOL
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Posted by chucky on Sunday, May 21, 2017 12:00 AM

Looks great out there gleaming in the sunlight. Nicely done. Thumbs Up

chucky

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, May 22, 2017 3:09 PM

Thanks, Moparlover, Spencer and Chucky! I appreciate your comments! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by smellyfatdude on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 11:21 AM

Love your 300, jr! If you'd like a nice companion to the ' 55, consider doing one of the ' 56's. I've built them both, and it's just as nice a kit. Thumbs Up

introducing a leaner, fresher smellyfatdude 

Next builds:

Dunno

 

 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, May 25, 2017 10:05 PM

Thanks, SFD! I appreciate the comment and your suggestion. Maybe I'll get a 56 at the next vendor show if I can find one! I've got the AMT 57 Chrysler 300C Custom so that would make three in a row! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by dimaxion on Friday, May 26, 2017 1:16 PM

I am impessed . Beautiful and all the dots dotted . All the lines crossed . Impressive .. "Where's the keys ?"  Thanx .. 

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