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Kit Review – 55 Chrysler 300 Tim Flock’s Stock Car by Moebius Models

July 8, 2012

by Iggy Perez

I’ve never shown you a kit by Moebious Models before. I’m sure many of you have seen them and even built them already. Still, I wanted to catch up with that this time. I picked the 1955 Chrysler Stock Car driven by Tim Flock. You can also buy this kit as a regular street car. As I don’t have that kit, I cannot really compare both of them, but there are surely some differences, as this car comes with some special stock car racing parts in the box (roll bar, steel rims instead of chromed ones, and so on). I would have been better to make a 2-in-1 kit out of it, though.

The box art looks really cool, I must say. The side of the box has some pictures of the actual built model – which I really appreciate as you can see how much potential is in the kit.

The body is very well moulded. The engine bay looks pretty cool too. Many scale kits don’t have the wheel wells moulded in the engine bay. This is a great detail as many of you guys put some much attention to detail while building the engines and a well moulded engine bay makes a big difference. The body also has some very well moulded letters. There is some clean up to be done, as there are some moulding lines here and there but they easy to deal with.

The quality of the parts is rather high, I would say. You will find some great detailed engine parts there. For instance, the intake manifold is really clean. But what I really liked is that the valves are moulded into the cilinder heads. You could build the stock car as it is being repaired, wich the valve covers missing. The engine also includes some other details such as a separate oil filler tube, or a breather tube. The carburetors have the fuel tubing connecting them. But the cooles detail of all is the oil measuring stab!

The chromed parts are just ok. You get all what you need here for the stock car. One thing I really liked was the packaging, as the bumpers were wrapped in paper, to avoid scratching with the other chromed parts in the same bag.

The instructions are printed in full color and have some great pics to show you how the model car should look like when you are done. Furthermore, they give you some tips on how to give the car an overall finish, such as painting details on the chasis and more. There is one special sheet explaining how to apply the decals. I found it interesting to read that the roof number can be facing to different ways (passanger or driver’s side) to reassemble difference appearances of the car (Daytona/Show car or all other appearances respectively). I call that real attention to details!

However, I realized that there are some things missing in the steps. For instance, there assembly of the oil measuring stab is nowhere to be seen. I’ve noticed that other parts are missing the instructions too. I guess that a model builder with rather more experience can figure this out – but I see some beginners or model builders with just some experience spending a lot of time to find out how and where to assemble certain parts (or just leaving the parts in the box).

The decals are very well printed. I haven’t tried to place them on the model, so I can’t really tell you how good or bad they are while placing them. You also get decals for the dashboard, a detail you see more and more in scale kits nowadays and something that I really like as it gives the model a great finish. The moulded speedometer numbers never look good..

Pros

  • Lots of special stock car parts, such as a roll bar (including the padded part behind the driver’s head), accurate exhaust pipes (without mufflers), accurate decals with instructions, and more!
  • Very detailed engine. I love the oil measuring stab!
  • Very well detailed chasis, including separate chasis and floor.

Cons

  • A 2-in-1 box with stock car and street options would have been a great deal.
  • The instructions don’t show hot to assemble some parts
  • The interior door panels are moulded kind of funny – they look more like as from a toy. I would scratch build them and leave those from the box out.

To sum up, I would surely recommend you this kit – but not if you are a novice. For those who have been assembling scale kits for a while, you will find some new things here!

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