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Hey! I did a '64 Chrysler 300 Silver Special too!

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Hey! I did a '64 Chrysler 300 Silver Special too!
Posted by Ron Hamilton on Sunday, December 21, 2008 3:15 PM

I restored this one from a unpainted builtup a few years back. When I saw the article in Collectable Automobile Magazine, I had to do one, since I had the model available to me. I do not have any assembly photos, just the finished model.

I had a few problems with the paint (Tamiya Silver), and all 4 of the wheelcovers were melted to the tires. I cut the edges off of the wheelcovers and joined what was left of them to a set of chromed reverse wheels. I mounted the tires on a set of Satco Firestone Deluxe Champions, which I added the whitewalls with a bow compass.

I added the vinyl roof, using .030 half round styrene for the moulding, and some Model Car Garage Black Vinyl Roof Material. I carefully painted the emblems after they were "Bare Metaled"

I built this one to represent a 413-4bbl 4-speed car. I'll bet that one would have been a hoot to drive.

Thanks to Mikowa Phd for reminding me of this one through his build. What do you think???

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Posted by Coo Coo Chris on Sunday, December 21, 2008 3:45 PM

That's a Beautiful Chrysler, nice work and thanks for the tip on the white walls,

Coo-Coo

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Posted by Mkowa PhD on Sunday, December 21, 2008 4:29 PM

WOW! Somehow I think this will be a whole lot better than mine! It looks absolutely real!

-Mike

* Please Note-I do not sell any of my built or unbuilt kits-Thank you.* Yes, I am a PROUD PARENT OF A U.S. MARINE! (currently-9-11-09-BACK in the USA!) http://s21.photobucket.com/albums/b262/mkowa/
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Posted by kevinm on Sunday, December 21, 2008 5:39 PM

Nice job!! It's a really good looking model! Thumbs Up -kevin

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Posted by arcturus on Tuesday, December 23, 2008 7:49 AM

 DROOL!! DROOL!! and more DROOLL!! That looks stunnin. I really don't know how you do it Ron. Your chrysler is right up my street when it comes to building models.

Because unlike some Robin hoods,I can speak with an english accent...
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Posted by burlllee on Tuesday, December 23, 2008 7:58 AM

  Wow, great job Ron,

  Earl Thumbs Up

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, December 23, 2008 8:38 AM

Great job with the whitewalls, foil and paint! Looks great! CoolThumbs Up

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 Arin on Tuesday, December 23, 2008 9:10 AM

Now thats cool!! Great job, I work for Chrysler and I love it!!

 Arin

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Posted by Space Cowboy on Tuesday, December 23, 2008 10:54 AM

Hey Ron an absolutely beautiful build. I use a compass also from my drafting tools.

(I Love It When A Plan Comes Together) Hannibal Smith.

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Posted by Modelcarsz on Tuesday, December 23, 2008 11:15 AM

Nice job on the rebuild, Ron! Great paint and detail work. I like the way you saved the wheel covers. Cool idea! Restorations are one of my favorite parts of modeling. This thing looks awesome!

Thinking of using Tamiya Silver on a model also. What kind of problems did you encounter with it?

Thanx................ -- Les

"sometimes it is best to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open thy mouth and remove all doubt"

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Posted by Ron Hamilton on Wednesday, December 24, 2008 11:26 AM

The wheelcover save was a bit of luck, as the tire melt was pretty dramatic, and I couldn't get another set at the time. Since then, I was able to get another couple of '64 300 kits, this time unbuilts. I plan to do a 300K convertible in red, with a white interior, and a '64 300K Hardtop, in Turquoise with a black interior. I really like the Elwood Engel '63 and '64 Chryslers, as I have all of the Chrysler 300 kits from 1962 through 1968, with the exception of the '66 and '67 Convertibles.

 In the case of the Tamiya Silver, I will never use it again. The Testors' laquers have too coarse a metallic flake in it. When I painted my '65 Chrysler 300 Convertible with it, I built it as a mild custom, as I couldn't pass it off as a Replica Stock. Because the emblems are so faint on the model, and the paint goes on thick and dull, several coats of clear has to be added, just to rub some of it off to get it to shine. I have found that Testors' German Silver Metallic Enamel works much better, even though I may try some Model Car World Silver Lacquer in the spray can. Silver paint tends to be thick.

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Posted by Modelcarsz on Thursday, December 25, 2008 12:27 AM

Thanks for the tip on the silver, Ron. Experience teaches, so I'll stay away from that stuff! Have you ever tried Dupli-Color Silver? I was wondering if that is thick like the other silver paints as well? I have a can of that German Silver Metallic, but it is too old to trust it. It has the old Car Colors label from the '80s on it. Never got a chance to spray anything with it, either! I'll have to get a new can.

Looking forward to seeing the other Chryslers that you have lined up. Sounds like some really cool builds you have planned!

Thanks again   ---   Les

"sometimes it is best to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open thy mouth and remove all doubt"

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Posted by Mkowa PhD on Saturday, December 27, 2008 1:09 AM

Ron, for metallics such as this, I use MM metalizers with a gloss laquer top coat. the metallic comes out extremely nice and very much in scale. Mine didn't come out as nice, so I give you the Bow on this build. Hey, show more of that 65 and every one of your built 300's-PLEASE!

-Mike

* Please Note-I do not sell any of my built or unbuilt kits-Thank you.* Yes, I am a PROUD PARENT OF A U.S. MARINE! (currently-9-11-09-BACK in the USA!) http://s21.photobucket.com/albums/b262/mkowa/
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Posted by mangodart on Monday, December 29, 2008 10:43 AM

 Gorgeous build Ron !!!! I have also a 64 convertible as a built model to restore : unfortunatly it is the rear "custom" tailight panel that has been used and Modelhaus didn't make the stock one. If you have any idea about where i could find a stock one???

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Posted by Ron Hamilton on Monday, December 29, 2008 2:26 PM

If I am not mistaken, the custom rear panel replaces the rear bumper(taillamp bezels included) and the tail lamps, both of which are available from the Modelhaus. The rest you would have to replace with sheet plastic. I cannot get to my unbuilt '64 Chrysler kit at this time.

 

RH

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Posted by Charger4371 on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 1:51 PM

Ok,  I am dying, crying, going into convulsions............whew, I'm allright, but this is truly as near to a dream car as there is for me.  I just love the looks, body style, size, construction, the 413, everything about these, close would be a similar New Yorker.  But here we are again.  Does anyone have a source for these where I could obtain some sort of kit or what I need to build one without going the $200-$250 route on evil bay for an origianl Johan.   I mean I want to build it, why pay over $50 to at the outside $85 for one and even then my loving and lovely wife would kill me dead.  Heeeeelp, if anyone can.

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Posted by Snake45 on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 2:24 PM

Charger4371
Does anyone have a source for these where I could obtain some sort of kit or what I need to build one without going the $200-$250 route on evil bay for an origianl Johan.   I mean I want to build it, why pay over $50 to at the outside $85 for one and even then my loving and lovely wife would kill me dead.  Heeeeelp, if anyone can.

Just keep watching ePay. You won't find an ubuilt kit at your price but if you keep watching, sooner or later you'll turn up either a damaged but repairable promo or a a repairable/restorable builtup in your price range. Check with Modelhaus to know what if any bumpers, grilles, taillights etc are available because you'll prolly need them. In the last few months I've turned up quite a few things I never thought I'd own, just by being patient and vigilant. Good luck!

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Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

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Posted by Ron Hamilton on Thursday, January 15, 2009 3:56 PM

Charger4371

Ok,  I am dying, crying, going into convulsions............whew, I'm allright, but this is truly as near to a dream car as there is for me.  I just love the looks, body style, size, construction, the 413, everything about these, close would be a similar New Yorker.  But here we are again.  Does anyone have a source for these where I could obtain some sort of kit or what I need to build one without going the $200-$250 route on evil bay for an origianl Johan.   I mean I want to build it, why pay over $50 to at the outside $85 for one and even then my loving and lovely wife would kill me dead.  Heeeeelp, if anyone can.

R & R does the resin repop. Star Models has them. I built mine from an original kit, and they are not cheap if you can find one, and if I sold one, it would be over $100, as that what I paid for the '63-4 Chryslers in my collection.

http://www.resinrealm.net/Star/RRGalleries/RR_All.html

 

Ron

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Posted by henri1 on Friday, January 16, 2009 3:23 AM

Hey Ron' I see You have another Engel design in the rear, that Merc. The resemblance is striking. Or didn't You know that that one was an Engel design as well... I like Engel very much too! And hey You Chrysler is great especially in silver.

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Posted by Ron Hamilton on Thursday, June 09, 2016 3:46 PM

Modelcarsz

Thanks for the tip on the silver, Ron. Experience teaches, so I'll stay away from that stuff! Have you ever tried Dupli-Color Silver? I was wondering if that is thick like the other silver paints as well? I have a can of that German Silver Metallic, but it is too old to trust it. It has the old Car Colors label from the '80s on it. Never got a chance to spray anything with it, either! I'll have to get a new can.

Looking forward to seeing the other Chryslers that you have lined up. Sounds like some really cool builds you have planned!

Thanks again   ---   Les

 

 

I am a little leary about using Duplicolor metallics, as I have had a bad experience with some metallic beige on a '69 Buick Wildcat that I am restoring. The primer I used did not seal out the solvents, and it crazed the styrene.

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Posted by dimaxion on Friday, June 10, 2016 9:11 AM

Excellent Build . Silver Special '64 Chrysler 300 Letter series ? OK , Respectable Replica .. Silver is lacking Pigments while mixing . The Formula is more "Metallic Flakes" than other Color Formulas . Thicker than other components of the spray ready mix . "Where's the keys ?" .. Thanx ..

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Posted by Goofy62 on Friday, June 10, 2016 1:56 PM

Ron Hamilton

 

 
Modelcarsz

Thanks for the tip on the silver, Ron. Experience teaches, so I'll stay away from that stuff! Have you ever tried Dupli-Color Silver? I was wondering if that is thick like the other silver paints as well? I have a can of that German Silver Metallic, but it is too old to trust it. It has the old Car Colors label from the '80s on it. Never got a chance to spray anything with it, either! I'll have to get a new can.

Looking forward to seeing the other Chryslers that you have lined up. Sounds like some really cool builds you have planned!

Thanks again   ---   Les

 

 

 

 

I am a little leary about using Duplicolor metallics, as I have had a bad experience with some metallic beige on a '69 Buick Wildcat that I am restoring. The primer I used did not seal out the solvents, and it crazed the styrene.

 

 

You have to be pretty careful with Duplicolor paints Ron.

They're pretty hot, as are all automotive lacquers.

I use almost exclusively MCW paints with a little Duplicolor mixed in here & there.

You have to make sure you have plenty of primer first of all.

I usually use as many as 4 or 5 coats.

Then you have to go very light with the first couple of coats of color, then progressively heavier.

Once I get those first couple of light coats done, I let it cure over night to ensure a good barrier to the heavier coats.

My main reason for avoiding Duplicolor paint is not because of how hot it is, I don't like the large flake size in the metallics.

I use all MCW for my metallic colors.

They're much closer to scale.

 

Steve

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Posted by dimaxion on Saturday, June 11, 2016 2:10 PM

Duplicolor useses Large Metal (usually Aluminum) Flakes to give the Silver Reflective properties to Paint Formulas . This intended usage is for 1:1 scale  aplications . MCW uses finely l ground Flakes , more suitable to Scale Finish Reproductions .. Thanx ..

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Posted by Goofy62 on Saturday, June 11, 2016 7:35 PM

dimaxion

Duplicolor useses Large Metal (usually Aluminum) Flakes to give the Silver Reflective properties to Paint Formulas . This intended usage is for 1:1 scale  aplications . MCW uses finely l ground Flakes , more suitable to Scale Finish Reproductions .. Thanx ..

 

Yes sir.

There are some Duplicolor metallics that are not so bad though.

As long as you stick with the "pearl" or "mica" paints.

I recently used a Duplicolor Toyota color called "Desert Sand Mica" for a base coat that actually looks pretty good.

Definately would be usable as a finish color.

 

Steve

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Posted by dimaxion on Sunday, June 12, 2016 2:40 PM

The Flakes in Duplicolor are large menat to be used on 1:1 Scale Finishes . MCW uses a finer grind suitable for scale finishes . Thanx ..

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Posted by Ron Hamilton on Monday, December 26, 2016 12:51 AM

Recently, I found a new formulation of Tamiya Silver paint I an going to try. I am going to spray it over Tamiya's fine primer. I will let you know how it comes out. Now I have to decide which model I am going to try it on.

 

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Posted by oldcarguy on Monday, December 26, 2016 9:55 AM

Now ;

 Do you know where I can find a NEWPORT the same year ? Must be a two door . I like that Bodystyle ! O.C.G. Btw Very nice work there .

gjgeracci
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Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, December 26, 2016 3:03 PM

oldcarguy

Now ;

 Do you know whwrw I can find a NEWPORT the same year ? Must be a two door . I like that Bodystyle ! O.C.G. Btw Very nice work there .

 

No such animal in kit form.

The Johan '64 Chrysler 300 was the only '64 Chrysler kit ever done in plastic, other than the Imperial.

My guess is, even in the diecast world they will most likely all be 300s.

Did anyone ever do a Newport in resin?

Doubtful, but I guess there's a slim chance.

 

I built this Johan '64 a few years back.

 

Steve

 

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Posted by Ron Hamilton on Thursday, December 29, 2016 9:10 PM

I love that Red one you did Steve. I have a convertible to do one of these days. I may do that one in Dark Turquoise, with a white interior.

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Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 11:53 AM

You Know;

 There's not a lot of difference in the two .Fine bars in the grill and dump most of the chrome .The Newport was very much more sedately trimmed .

gjgeracci

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