'55 Chrysler 300 "Tim Flock" - a barnfind - WIP-Thread

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Hi buddies,

after i found the wip from Niko aka "W-409" and some problems with the weathering of the decals in the Questions&Answers-section, he (Niko) gave me the impulse, to start my first wip here.

please be patient with me - it is not as easy to write a wip in your language than give some statements in the galeries.

I started this built in june this year. Similar i built the civilian 300 to see the different between "new and shiny showroom" and "old and rusty barnfind". some pictures in the upcoming progress will show the differnet too.

I will try to show you some detailwork on the engine, because it will be incompleted.

My goal is to have a classic barnfind, that parked after towing out of the barn long time ago in the heat of the sun, rubbed the paint and gave him a beautiful patina without rusty holes or something like that. Also the interior would be most in good condition.

Here we start.

After i annoys me to remove the sprues...

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I followed the instructions, so i completed the engine and painted it silver out of a can (like all paintjobs)...

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...completed the rear from the interior and painted it in a light sand color...

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the same way, i painted all parts gloss black...

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...and the bottom mat black (obove in the picture):

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that was the fast beginning.

those mat parts on the frame (it is painted gloss black) are silicone residues - thats why i layed all the parts in siliconeremover...

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...after the first spray-can-day.

Normally, i dont clean up the parts before painting. I never had those phenomen...perhaps while i'm building old kits and silicone is all gone. I don't know. In this built, it is a nice touch and doesn't matter.

As i started the civilian 300 i was smarter and washed all parts before lay my hand on it - because it must be "new".

Thats it for the start. Thanks for attetion ;)

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This is going to be cool build to follow! What you have done so far looks very good to me, and after seeing a couple of pictures from that weathered body, I can say that it looks fantastic also. And don't worry about the language, it's fine. And I understand a bit of German Language too. :D

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Thanks Niko, the weathering was the hardest job on this.

Details will come, when I worked the previous steps that you are up to date.

Here we go. After painting the interior in bodycolor, i painted the rollbar glossblack, glued it in place and painted the floor mat black

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Also, i painted the sidepanels in two beige colors (now i know, its wrong to paint the upper part darker...), painted the trim with chromesilver. Dashboard and seatbench get their colors too:

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in the mean time, i sanded the body, removed the "Casting fins(?)" and primed the body:

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the body goes some days back in the shelf to dry, before i work on it again.

I began to weather the engine. I took watercolors and brushed it with thin black:

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the same work on the interior...

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...and seat bench:

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after it was dry, i took a damp towel and wiped off the excess color:

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similar the interior:

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Last step, i completed the chassis with engine and other stuff:

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So the work on the chassis is done. Why i didn't weather the underbody? Well, the car will take place on a diorama and there nobody takes a look underneath - and if one grabbs it...you don't want to know what happens then. :D

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NICE work Dominik! can't wait for more! :D

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Awsume project ...

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Thank you for following ;)

The Chassis is done, lets take a look at the tires and rims.

I took a abrasive flowing (? - like really, really fine Steel wool) and rubbed the tires and rims to give them a used, not shiny look:

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After completing, next step: no junkcar has full pressure in the tire. So i cutted a segment...

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...hold it over a flame, till the rubber looks a little bit shiny...

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...and fast press it on a glassplate (it always laying on my bench)...

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...to get the look of a tire without air:

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Mounted on the chassis...

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..and fitted body for a look of the stance:

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Has the oblique position i want. Well done.

Lets jump inside.

I painted the steering wheel...

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...and what i see - i am not amused. The honking ring is tooo thick.

So i cut it off, sanded the spockes thinner with the right angle, removed the honk button...

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...and painted a little rust on the hub.

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Next steps.

The dashborad isn't ready.

you can see the hole where before hand brake lever was:

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i replaced it with a pulled hand brake lever made of plastic sheet:

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Last thing, i completed the interior:

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For comparison again, the new one: (on the right :D )

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in the meantime, i primed the body as you can see obove.

I sanded it wet and made BMF on the letterings on the sides...

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...and the front:

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After cleaning the body with silicone remover, i painted it with light ivory out of a spray can:

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Time for the body to dry a couple days.

thats it for today, next will be some details on the engine.

thanks for attention.

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While the body is drying, i made some details on the enginebay.

My goal is, to show a despoiled engine - because the details from Moebius itself are amazing.

in short form:

flange for water hose on the engine...

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...on the cooler:

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gland from the brake reservoir lid:

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hosepipes from the powersteering and vacuumbooster:

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fuelline from the fuelpump:

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brake line from the brake master cylinder:

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next step, i cutted the belts - (the steeringpump/alternator was mounted off) and removed the rest of the belts on the pulleys...

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...to have "real pulleys, i clamped it in my Dremel tool and made a slot:

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After attach on the engine - nobody sees it, but i know its there...

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...more coming up...stay tuned.

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...more progress.

i removed the right valve cover and cutted the fittingholes out:

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because the hemi has the sparkplugs between the valves and camshaft, i drilled holes on place...

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...and made some really small tubes.

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I used ear chopsticks (?), i have over a flame and pulled.

To fit it in place, i took my inexpensive....

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...and put them in the holes:

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for wiring, i used on this engine a aftermarked distributor...

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...made the plug caps and glued them:

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sure, i painted all at the end.

Last update for today, i made the connections for aircondition and heater on the firewall:

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Why aircondition? the reference car i used, has those hoses and i first made the holes only for heater on wrong places - think so.

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This is looking great! I would work on the tread on those front tires. dont want it to look like they parked it in the barn with new tires

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The shop rags on the intake manifold are a nice little detail you added ..along with the rest of your build.

Wish you could do something with all the left over sprue knob pieces...my '50 Olds was the same way.

Subcribed...

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Thank you Lanny - i agree, simply forgot to work on the "new looking" wheels.

Thank you James. Plaes, can you explain "Wish you could do something with all the left over sprue knob pieces..." ? What are srue knob pieces?

More progress. Time is running, i'm very slow with the updates....

Couple weeks after painting ivory, it is time to do the BMF on it. Felt after hundreds hours, it was done and painted with clear coat:

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Looking good so far.

Also after a weeks the paint was certainly dry, i fit the decals on...they are really good to work with! Only the first decal i needed to get the feeling, how to work with it, is broken and fixed again...

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...and now - at this point - my girlfriend said, it is too sad, to make it old and weathered. She's right, but there is no turning back.

Lets do the weathering.

In the thread "about weathering decals" you can read my mistake, now a short version of events.

I used colors from Schmincke. There is white, umbra and sienna:

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First try, i forgot a thick layer of white and painted as always some bleeched parts with whit, then sienna and some highlights with umbra.

The result:

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a closeup

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The fault: i used not enough white.

In my view, the decals doesn't look as old as the rest of the paint. The decals are too dominant.

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what to do?

I sanded all the "weathering" wet and made new layers of clear coat:

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In my view it is important, to seal step by step with clear coat. So i had the chance, to do it again without ruin the decals, bmf and what ever.

Now i put the body by side for some weeks to dry and start again.

Second (and winning) try.

After sanding wet, i bleached the body more then the first try:

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Couple weeks ago, i sanded the bleached parts safetly, to "see" i little bit more from the decals. for example the roof...

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...and the drivers door:

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After that the body get back for drying and waited for my courage, approached me again to venture. i brushed the places similar before i sanded the first try off.

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To this point, i was happy with the result. Like before, i painted with Schmincke Sienna and a little bit of umbra.

before...

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...after:

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the same from the backview - before:

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after:

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for example a closedup before:

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After:

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I think, that works better. some more weathering coming up, than its ready to complete.

Thanks for attention

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Interesting subject, and fantastic workmanship, I love the weathering and detailing, very nice work Dominik!! I look forward to seeing more!! :)

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nice job on the weathering! cant wait to see it done!

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Beautiful work Dominik!

Your weathering is quite convincing.

David G.

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...loooooong time ago, some more problems with my health - back again.

After all pictures from the progress are gone (crashed my computer :angry: ), i saved some pictures to show. Also i hope, that i can make the updates "faster" ;)

Now, in the meantime, the 300 is ready. But i will show you the progress to the finish.

For the upcoming weathering, i used colors from Schmincke. I worked with a hard brush, a lot of water and a tissue to work with the colors "wet in wet". Pictures from this procede i cant make because wet hands and flowing work.

I only can show you result between some steps to the get the goal. Here we go with the left side:

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a closer look:

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And now the passengers side. More dirt then left, becaus it will placed with it under a tree:

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closer look:

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The backend:

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At last a overall view to this point:

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For the steps of the weathering on the passengers side (my first try!), i try to show you a little bit "step by step" the upcoming windows.

Thanks for attention ;)

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Looking very convincing Dominik.

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Very realistic weathering and detail Dominik. Great pictures and tips also..

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Very impressive work.

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Beautiful work!!

Love to see how you did some thing, very helpful.

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First ...my apologies Dominik for the late response.

I was talking about the sprue pieces you circled.

And how they could be used instead of thrown away.

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The green mold on the body is insane...so many layers (work/paint).

Keep up the good work...I always learn something new from your builds.

Oh...great thread by the way (BTW).....popcorn-vi.gif

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I wonder what it looked like. I mean that about 8 - 10 yrs ago they did find the orginall Chrysler 300 raced By Carl's Murcury race team stored in the back of the Murcury Team Racing Shop (Boats) just north of Fond Du Lac Wi. Now that would be great if there was pictures of the car as it was pulled out of storage.after all them years of setting there. And how was it found and who know it was there. I know it was found there and that the party that found it purchased it to be restored. That all I know about the Chrysler 300 race car found here in Wisconsin. Also nice weathering on your model

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Very nicely done indeed!

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