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1957 Chrysler 300C WIP - Finished; Outdoor Pics!

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1957 Chrysler 300C WIP - Finished; Outdoor Pics!
Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 4:54 PM

I have previously started this one in another thread so it is now time to start working on this one. Here's where I am:

  1. I've painted the body, rubbed it out and foiled it.
  2. Today, I painted the other parts in either flat black, primer or aluminum.
  3. Assembled the engine block and primered.

I'm going to paint the interior two-tone black and tan and am in the process of painting the first color to tape off and then add the other color. Here's a shot of the work in process:

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 Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:40 AM

Yes ........... Seeing as I have commented previously . LOL 

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Posted by big-e-models on Thursday, October 26, 2017 7:12 AM

Black suits It  nice job looking for to the finish 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:30 PM

Thanks, Spencer and Big-e! I appreciate your comments!

Still getting some painting done and since this is a "Custom" kit decided to buy a regular kit. MrMike let me know that the dual air cleaners are included in the stock kit. I'll also be able to use the stock hubcaps that are also included in the kit.

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 Friday, October 27, 2017 5:39 PM

Here's the basic set-up for the interior, flat black and Krylon Satin Almond:

And here are the door panels foiled:

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 Spencer Mopar Fan on Saturday, October 28, 2017 7:30 PM
The " Almond " goes nice with the black .
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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 11:15 AM

Thanks, Spencer! I appreciate your comment! The Krylon Almond also matches Testors Radome Tan which I used to touch up some bleed-throughs on the dash. I am using some glue on gauges for the dash that I found on e-bay while I was purchasing the other kit for the dual air cleaners.

I've also completed the bottom side of the engine, installed it in chassis, and completed the suspensions and exhaust assemblies. Now I need to paint the air cleaners and valve covers but its raining today. Thanks for looking! Cool

The frame is a bit warped so I had to use some persuasion to attach it to the floorboard.

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 Wednesday, November 01, 2017 8:43 PM

Now how come my clothespegs aren't that clean??  That looks like a well detailed engine in that kit. The dash looks good. Lots of bits to paint on those old cars interiors, aren't there?

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, November 02, 2017 5:12 PM

Thanks, Mike! Yes, I have just recently employed clothespins. Previously, I have used other types of plastic clamps that have to be used carefully as they can ruin a paint job. I found a bag of these clothespins in a drawer in the garage and thought I would put them to good use! My wife doesn't hang laundry anymore! LOL!

The detail on the kit is pretty good. The glue-on faces for the dash worked out pretty well, gauge faces, radio face, and red, white and blue emblem on the corner of the glove box. Now I just have to figure out how to do that in the trunk lock.

I've also primered the dual air cleaners and the valve covers. I'm planning on building the engine box stock since the spark plug wires can't be seen and heater hoses are not visible either on engines I've seen.  So box stock is easy. 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 Thursday, November 02, 2017 6:12 PM

Boy do those gauge decals ever add to the look.

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by dimaxion on Friday, November 03, 2017 8:40 AM

I do appreciate this Factory Stock Build . Black = one of the three only color chices for thr '57 MY . Black and Tan interior only way equipped as these were HALO Cars . I applaud this build .. Thanx .. 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, November 05, 2017 5:23 PM

Thanks, Mike and Dimaxion! I appreciate your comments!

Well, as usual on these old AMT kits I ran into a a big problem trying to get the body onto the frame. The widshield has a lip on the big curved glob of clear plastic that serves as the windshield. I had installed it with 5 minute epoxy but the lip on the bottom of the windshield prevented the dash from fitting up tight and made it impossible to glue the frame to the body in front. So I took the windshield out, cleaned out all the glue, cut the lip off the bottom of the windshield and then re-installed the windshield.

Now the interior fits nice and tight at both the dash and door panel edges. Thr front of the frame still had a ways to go to glue the pins in the front of the body into the receivers in the frame. Maybe the frame is really warped but I solved that problem like this:

So now its fitting nice and level on all fours but I have some work to do to clean up the paint, remove some glue from the windshield edges and repair some of the foil around the windshield. But I should be able to finish from here! Thanks for looking! Cool 

I know the red in the wheel covers shouldn't be that large but a smaller red circle was above my skill level.

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 Sunday, November 05, 2017 10:28 PM

There ain't much thats more nerve wracking then clamps on a painted model. I hate it when I have to do it.  

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, November 06, 2017 6:19 PM

You are absolutely right, Mike!

Finished the engine bay today and it is busy! I wanted to use a champagne gold but couldn't find a can of testors so I found a substitute, Krylon Caramel Latte Brushed Metal Satin.  I like how it turned out! I may use this on a 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 modelcarjr on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 3:45 PM

Finished! A lot of good detail in this kit but mounting the body on the chassis makes this one a challenge.  I'm sure that young modelers would have found this one too difficult to get together when it first was issued. This kit didn't help encourage young would-be modelers. 

Hood fits great and the chrome is in good shape!

Grill, bumper and headlight buckets fit well! Even the antenna looks respectable.

Bumper and taillights fit great; no glue on the bumper as it snapped in place over the taillight ends.

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 Wednesday, November 08, 2017 3:52 PM

Outdoor pics when we get some sun. 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 chucky on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 7:27 PM

Looks good, JR! I agree the kit has nice detail but a few gremlins. I remember the warped chassis adding to my headaches when I built my shortened version a few years back. This kit might discourage some, but it might also help others to get the satisfaction of sticking with it and overcoming the obstacles. Learning to adapt and overcome is important in life in general. 

chucky

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, November 09, 2017 10:19 AM
Absolutely beautiful MCJ ! The little red accents in the caps just pop enough to compliment the l black .
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Posted by nottheband on Thursday, November 09, 2017 7:05 PM

Great result JR, she looks really classy with the black paint and that ivory interior.  Sweet.  Cheers, Steve

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, November 09, 2017 9:20 PM

Thanks, Chucky, Spencer and Steve! I appreciate your comments!

On the assembly problems I agree with you, Chucky! But I always want to try to understand from a model manufacturing standpoint why they would sell this with a skill level 2 on the box and it seems simply ignore a major assembly flaw.

I looked up the history of the kit and it was first issued in 1999 and subsequently re-issued through 2007. So it was well before they went out of business. I looked at a review by another modeler on another forum in 2007 and he had the same problem with the fit of the dash in the cowl and clamping down the front of the body to the frame as it is in a bind.

So when the manufacturer did a test shot did the person completing the test shot not have these problems? Did they do a test shot? Did they do a test shot and then decide there was nothing they could do about it without major re-work so they just ignored it? 

The window could have been reshaped to do away with the lip under the cowl. The front could have been fixed, I think, by simply lowering the engine and drive train a bit and lenthening the radiator support a bit. Maybe they could have found a better way to anchor the rear of the chassis. I don't think it would have altered the stance and would have fixed the problem.  Instead, they slapped a "2" on it let it go! I don't think it was a good marketing strategy and maybe another reason why they went out of business.

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 rostomian on Thursday, November 09, 2017 11:47 PM

It is perfect....Thumbs Up Bow

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, November 10, 2017 11:56 AM

Thanks, Rostomian! I appreciate your comment!

Here are some outdoor pics!

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 Friday, November 10, 2017 12:02 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 Friday, November 10, 2017 12:06 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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  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Friday, November 10, 2017 7:35 PM

Nice, JR! Just as with John Teresi's Merc, the natural light outdoors really adds another dimension. I'm glad you always give us the indoor and the outdoor pics. Thumbs Up

chucky

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Posted by justmike on Friday, November 10, 2017 7:45 PM

Lovely. That really is a full engine bay. Black suits that car well and your black paint job is well done. p. s.  I don't see any clamp marks!  lol

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, November 11, 2017 6:11 AM

Thanks, Chucky and Mike! I appreciate your comments! Its a wonder the paint survived!  I had to handle it multiple times while installing the windshield twice, clamping down the front end and installing the exterior hardware. I probably polished it out with wax and 6000 - 8000 polishing cloths about a half dozen times. It turned out better than I expected after all that. 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 Saturday, November 11, 2017 9:45 AM

Beautiful job ! 

Niko

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Posted by dimaxion on Saturday, November 11, 2017 2:26 PM

I admire this beauty . It requires a fair amount of effort to finish this kit . Your build is amazing .. "Where's the keys ?"   Thanx .. 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, November 12, 2017 7:32 AM

Thanks, Niko and Dimaxion! 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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