So I’ve begun the breakdown and prep work on the Tim Flock version of Moebius’ 1955 Chrysler 300 Kit #1203. I have yet to make my final decision on doing it OOB or going in my own direction. This would be my first Moebius Car build, but as some of you may know, I’m working on the International Lonestar Tractor. The box art is great and just calls from the shelf for you to bring it home.
Upon opening the box, I was immediately pleased with the molding (as I expected to be). I can not wait to see what all Moebius will produce in the coming years, but it’s awesome to have an American Model Company (Glenwood, Florida) that is producing molds on par with Tamiya. I can say with confidence, that I will be adding any Moebius releases to my stash as they emerge.
I have spent a total of maybe 6 hours up to this point breaking the sprues down, bagging and marking parts, researching, and planning my build. I will finalize my build plan in the coming week or two and maybe have some pics to post while also posting an WIP on eScale and scaleautomag. The only parts I’ve played with much at this point is getting the two main pieces of the engine block put together so I can start filling seams and reshaping texture/detail. In the case of the 331 cubic inch ‘Hemi’ that Tim Flock drove with a record top speed of 139.4 MPH in the ’56 Daytona Flying Mile. I will leave a mold line in the transmission as a ‘casting line’ as it would be found on the 1:1. I have had some difficulty or rather had to finesse the fitment to my liking as I wish to pin as much as possible and glue only where needed. (I’d really like to be able to break down the completed model much like and anatomy skull in class…. pinning allows me to do just that) I removed about half of the alignment ridges on both halves of engine to make this possible and it holds together rather naturally now. Yes, I’m wordy here, but a photo or two next week should have this all making sense.
Lastly, the instructions are very model builder friendly if you have experience, but not so for those not familiar with automotive components or building experience. The instructions are arranged more like an exploded view schematic and less of a step by step explanation. Color photos of the actual model components accompany (in-line) with the instructions and really help with conceptualizing the build-up. Test fitting and mock-ups are and absolute must in order to develop your scheme and also because the molds are so clean/fine/precise/tight, that you’ll not want any surprises at final assembly. Paint tolerances should be a consideration from the outset…..
Thanks for reading, hopefully my next update will have more for you to look at. -Shannon