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Moebius 1956 Chrysler 300B

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1956 Chrysler 300B
Moebius No. 1207
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Gray, clear, translucent red
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $29.99
Pros: No warps; body captures “look” of the 1:1 car
Cons: Body has large mold lines, especially on trunk
The 1956 Chrysler 300B is one of my favorite 1950s cars. I was pleased to get the opportunity to build Moebius’ new kit of the car.  

There was no sign of warpage in the body, or any other parts. I also noticed that the kit designers tried to make sure that the attachment points would either not be visible or need minimal touchup.  

There were fairly large mold lines on the body – especially a large one across the top of the trunk. A lot of careful sanding is needed to remove it and not damage the molded-in emblem.

My favorite part of the engine assembly was the separate dipstick for the transmission. Curiously, with that detail, there is no engine dipstick included. With the gold-painted valve covers and uniquely shaped air cleaner, this engine is one of the nicest representations of an early Chrysler Hemi in scale.
The frame is molded as a separate piece, with the front and rear suspensions assembling onto it. They follow the same theme as the engine, in that nothing is molded together. The front suspension has separate upper and lower control arms, springs, spindles and tie rod. The rear consists of leaf springs, two-piece rear end, shocks, and shock mounts.
 
There are two wheel choices: stock wheel covers and wire wheels.  I chose to use the wires, with a wash of thinned flat black paint in the spokes. The soft tires have good tread detail, with tampo- printed wide whitewalls. The best thing is that when I installed the wheels on the chassis, it sat straight and level!
 
The 10-piece interior is well-detailed.  My kit did not have the dimmer switch (part 74) that is called out on the instructions. Most of the interior work was painting the dashboard. Flat black, gloss black, and off-white all needed to be masked and painted carefully.

There is quite a bit of chrome in the interior that needed to be foiled. I would have liked separate door handles to make this job easier, and make the interior look just that much better.

The real star of this kit is the body. It really captures the look of the 300B. I did find the side chrome to be not as defined as it could have been; this made foiling a bit of a chore. The chrome grilles, headlight and taillight bezels fit perfectly. The red taillight and clear backup lenses were a nice touch. The bumpers also fit well, but I did have to open their mounting holes a bit. The windows fit flush with the body from the inside.

The emblems molded to the body are crisp and survived primer and paint coats. I tried to use the decals provided for them, but I could not find a setting solution that worked.  

Final assembly was a breeze. I was particularly impressed with the overall look of the finished model.  It just looks right – especially the ride height.  

This was as pleasurable a build as I have had in a while.

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