Danno, you took the words right out of my mouth! I made a comment on the "other board" about the Trumpeter kits. Unfortunately, Trumpeter had some very neat subjects come out in the last 10 years or so, only for them to be woefully lacking in the details. Some errors in certain kits are so bad, that it makes you wonder how/why it got past the approval stage. Moebius on the other hand has been actually listening to what some of us have been saying out here in the "lunatic fringe". While the subject matter may not be everyone's cup of tea, there's no doubt that they've certainly raised the bar and then some with their kits. And what they've come out with as far as kits, the other manufacturers have poo-pooed as thinking they wouldn't "sell". Personally, this looks to be the best kit they've had to date just in the execution alone!
Alan, I happen to have a pair of very good sprue cutters, which would make a nice clean cut right where the sprue joins the trim. You still might have to very carefully, file/sand down the "bumps" but personally, I'd rather those supports be there than not. There's nothing more frustrating than to have a warped body/roof due to poor engineering. I'm not sure if this would have been a better idea, but perhaps the supports could have been molded to the underside of the trim. Either which way, you still have the task of filing/sanding down the plastic so that the glass will fit correctly. Just my 2¢ worth.........
Tim! Thanks so much for this review! It looks just as good as when I saw up close and personal the final test shot at this past NNL East. One of, if not THE BEST Moebius car kit I've seen-------I can't find a single thing wrong with it! I definitely have one on order...........I'll probably pick up a second kit as well for good measure, it's that good!
The '57 Chrysler's chassis would be too long for the '59 Dodge. Better to use RC2's '58 Plymouth (they're everywhere) for the chassis, engine (some changes would be needed), and other bits and pieces. I don't remember who it was (perhaps John Goschke?), but there was a thread years ago on correcting the Johan '59 Dodge's rear wheelwells. They are just a bit too low, and IIRC, a '57 Chrysler's rear wheelwells were used to correct them. It looked very good as I remember, and those '57's are everywhere as well.
That's a thought, but I'm not familiar with how to do that. I could fix the roof on the '58 to something much more correct, it's just that the ambition to fix it hasn't struck me yet. I'll need to recover from the roof job I had to do on the '59 Impala!
Yeah, the two I have I got from Okey. Actually, I got a "complete" kit, and another with just the body shell. My original idea was to cut the roof off the '59 Dodge body and replace the woefully inaccurate one on the RC2 '58 Plymouth. However, I haven't had the heart to do it. Those '59's are getting ever harder to find, and one need only look on the 'Bay to see what they're going for. I'll just hang on to it, and turn it into something someday. If all else fails with Moebius/Model King, I could always kitbash the body with the mechanicals of the '58 Plymouth kit They were pretty much identical mechanically during those years.
Tom, that's funny! I'm fortunate that I was literally surrounded by car guys in my family. I have an Uncle (Mom's brother) who's now in his 70's. He was so crazy about cars that it wasn't unusual for him to have at least three different cars at the same time at varying times during the '60's-'70's. My Aunt was telling me one time a guy showed up at the door and said "your husband just bought this from me".........she just took the car keys and set them on the counter and went about her business, as that was just normal for her. My Mom was dating someone not long after her and my Dad broke up and I swear this fellow had a different car every 2-4 months. One time he'd show up in a Corvair, the next time it would be a '60 Olds four door "Flattop", and then the next time a few months later in a '60 Plymouth Fury to name just a few. Turns out his job had something to do with state owned vehicles so he had his pick of whatever suited his fancy for the moment. So, my liking all kinds of cars started at a very early age, and I've never been able to shake it!
Ken, I got a couple of those too. I'm hangin' on to 'em because Johan was the ONLY one to do that '57-'59 Dodge-Plymouth two door hardtop roofline accurately. AMT's '58 Plymouth is a big miss for me for various reasons that's been beaten to death. I truly hope Moebius (or Model King) reissues this one. One can never have enough late '50's Chrysler stuff!
When I airbrush, I keep the PSI's somewhere around the low 20's. I also like to have my paint to where it's the consistency of milk. In other words, when you swill the jar, the paint inside should wash away slightly to where you can see how much you've got in the jar. As others have mentioned, having a good primer coat/barrier is paramount in making sure the paint doesn't craze your plastic. I'm not a big fan of having my paint "pre-thinned" by anyone. A lot of times the paint is too thin for me, and if you don't have a good primer/barrier coat on beforehand, you're sure to get crazing of the plastic without a doubt. If it were me, I test out your method of painting on plastic spoons before trying it out on a new project. The spoons are of the same plastic as your models, and surely will save a lot of grief when you get the technique down as far as painting. Hope all this helps!
That's a tough one to figure out. I could see Moebius maybe sharing tooling between the two, but then of course there's the extra cost of making the changes that distinguishes one year from the next. A mold line separating the major changes between the bodies might work. I would hope that the mold line wouldn't be severe enough to interfere with body contours when it comes time to get it ready for paint. As far as interchangeability on plastic kits in 1/25------I'm about 100% sure that the doors off a Johan '69 Javelin would fit those for the AMX of the same year, if one wanted to go super-detail like I'm fixin' to do some time next year with an AMX build. Separate doors and fenders won't do on new model kits today in the smaller scales. I could deal with that, but the majority of builders out there would not. As far as the emblems-------who knows, Moebius could go fancy and offer PE for those!
Well, the car that I pictured in my original thread wasn't my Dad's first car. I believe it was a '49 Mercury two door he bought in the mid '50's and sold just before he and my Mom married in 1959. I have no pics of it, but I remember him telling me it was a dark blue. My Mom never drove until she had to learn after she and my Dad broke up around 1966. Her first car (I think she bought it in early '67) was a '61 Falcon two door wagon. I remember it being silver with a white roof. It had chrome pillars all around, so it must have been the "deluxe" model! Her first NEW car was a '68 Javelin that she bought in late '67 when they were first intro'd. The Falcon was a troublesome car from the time she bought it, and it left us stranded about 2 miles from home one night coming from a Drive-In movie. Here is a pic of my sister and I standing in front of the Javelin which I believe was taken on Easter Sunday of '68.
Don't know where the "brown smudge" came from......this is an old Polaroid after all!