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Moebius 1954 Hudson Hornet Special

1954 Hudson Hornet Special
Moebius No. 1214
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $32.49
Pros: Good detail; paint codes given for color match
Cons: A bit tricky in places; take care with 1950s-style trim
The bulk of the kit is identical to previous Moebius Hornet issues, so the chassis, running gear, and engine are the same. These are fully detailed, with separate chassis frame, rear axle and suspension, front suspension and axle spindles.

The exhaust and prop shaft fit through the chassis, and have to be positioned before the floor pan is in position. Make sure everything is lined up and located through the correct holes before committing the cement!

The engine block is the classic Hudson six-cylinder inline 308ci, Twin H Power with two carbs with their distinctive individual air-cleaners. The main color for block for all cars was a dark red. Individual details include the usual distributor, starter and oil filter, but there is also the coil, fuel pump, and crankcase ventilation tube.

Full Hudson and Ditzler Codes are given for each color, so you can get the precise color of you choice mixed. Here I approximated one of the shades of blue with a 1950s color, Testor’s Tropical Turquoise – listed as 1957 in the Master Model Custom Lacquer Range.  

The trunk lid is full, with three separate badges. One is a chromed part, another that can be covered with Bare-Metal foil, and the third in the center, also BMF, but then a Hudson decal is applied.

The stock interiors came in three basic finishes, based on tan, blue and gray. Given this exterior color is blue, either a blue or gray interior would seem appropriate. Here three shades of Testor’s military grays were used on the floor, seats and side panels. Bare-Metal Foil was then added for the door handles and window winders.

The dash is the exterior color, with various raised details added with BMF. There is a decal for the main instrument panel and the radio dial.

The steering wheel and columns are chromed, but the wheel rim and controls also reflect the exterior color, here hand- painted with a touch of the Testor’s spray decanted into the cap.

Final touches were added by painting the outer areas of the wheel embellishers with the body color.

This matches the box-art illustration with a green finish, so there’s no reason to think this couldn’t be done with any of the exterior finishes.

Overall an excellent build, slightly tricky in places, and care needs to be taken with attaching all the typically 1950s external adornment, but all worthwhile for this range of unique vehicles.


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