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Corrections: "Awesome A990"


Readers: In our haste to add the story “Awesome A990” to our Mopar-filled October, 2018 issue, we had to trim the text to fit the available space. In doing so, some key information was changed or omitted, making the final article possibly difficult to follow for those of you planning to follow the build process. Accordingly, we’ve decided to publish these clarifications.  If you have an interest in the topic, you may want to photocopy this page and insert it between pages 20 and 21 in your October issue. 

We hope you enjoy reading additional information Tim has provided us to make your build the best it can be! 

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Fill the hole in the driver’s side door if you want to leave the outside mirror off the car (most 1/1 scale SuperStock racers omitted outside mirrors) 

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With my kit, the windshield fit correctly, while the backlight required fine tuning with various files as shown. 

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Missing from the kit’s assembly manual were instructions on assembling the hood. Turn the hood over, and drill…..    

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There isn't really a hobby paint color that matches well to the factory interior color; Tamiya Champagne Metallic (TS-75)
aerosol is about as close as you will get.  

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Do this only on the side of each bucket facing the center console (the other side of each bucket is not visible in the completed model unless you plan to add opening doors).  

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Nearly all A990s used a dash-top cable-driven tachometer.  While not shown on the instruction sheet, part #88 on the far corner of the chromed parts tree sure looks like a tachometer, so I added it as shown.

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The kit’s differential/pumpkin/axle/driveshaft/leaf spring componentry is molded is a single piece (lower left).  The differential/pumpkin appears noticeably undersized when compared to reference photography. More representative 8 ¾-inch Mopar differential units can be sourced from several kits such as Revell’s 1967 Coronet/GTX kits  (upper left), or consider swapping in a Dana 60 axle from the AMT/Ertl 1968 Road Runner/1969 GTX/1970 Super Bee kits (upper right) or the Lindberg 1964 Dodge 330/Belvedere kits (lower right).   

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I swapped in the Lindberg kit’s Dana 60 axle. Leaving the Moebius kit’s part attached to its sprue, I marked the diff and tubes to be removed (highlighted in red on the right). Then I aligned the Dana to mark the edges of the tubes to be removed (highlighted in red on the left) to fit with the Moebius rear end assembly.

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The result is more representative of manual transmission Mopar Super Stock racers being campaigned in the late 1960s. 

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The kit includes two complete sets of headers. If you plan to use the factory assembly headers, you may want to remove the areas highlighted in black, which are function of the two-part molding process but compromise the finished authenticity of the model. Proceed with care as the styrene in this kit is not as workable as some kits, and more breakage-prone when modified like this

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While the kit includes both the factory tubular headers (left) and aftermarket competition headers (right), the competition headers were installed on most A990 racers as the decade progressed.

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I used the shallow and deeper five-spoke mags from the Moebius kit (far left). By the 1969 “as raced” date replicated by my model, Firestone 500 slicks were being used, so  I mated the kit wheels with the “Firestone Drag 500” tires from the old JoHan ‘cuda, Maverick, and Comet Pro-Stock kits (far right).  The Moebius kit’s tires (center left) are correct for 1965-67 “as raced” dates”.  The slightly wider drag slicks/tires from the Lindberg 1964 Dodge Super Stock and Round 2 “Lawman” kits (center right) could be updated to the “Firestone Drag 500” appearance with sidewall decals from the Slixx Decals #DRTS-7307 Drag Racing Tire Sheet. 

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To fit the wider late 1960’s Super Stock drag slicks into the relatively narrow 1965 Belvedere body, use a Moto-Tool (with the speed control at a low setting) to grind down the hubs that align with the axle stubs, as shown on the wheel at the right.  Leave just enough of the mounting bosses to align with the axle stub; you’ll also probably need to grind down a bit of the outer edges of those axle stubs as well.  Check for body clearance often, and also thin the inner edges of the rear fender wheel wells as well if needed. 

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It was too late for me, so I overlapped the decals on the taillight panel and used repeated applications of Micro Sol decal solvent to shrink the folds shown here to a nearly unnoticeable final appearance. 

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More recently, some internet kit critics have taken aim at Moebius’ kits of the late 1960’s/early 1970’s F-Series pickups (for body proportions, hood fit, and grille accuracy) and their 1961 Pontiacs (for windshield and grille assembly fit).  I decided it was well past time for me to tackle a Moebius kit and form my own opinion.   

Setting New Standards in Kit Design
There were two recurring thoughts as I constructed the Moebius/Model King 1965 Plymouth “California Flash” kit”: (1) “someone who really cared designed this kit” and (2) there is much “fresh thinking” in the layout of this kit.  Here are some examples of both big and little features that prompted these thoughts:

  • The front edge of the Super Stock hood scoop is tapered to hide the inherent thickness of parts molded in styrene. 
  • The interior side panels include exquisitely molded door lock pins.
  • The pedal assembly correctly replicates  the distinctive 1960’s Mopar floor-hinged accelerator.
  • The exterior rear quarter panels include recessed lines that represents the real car’s low-series Belvedere painted moldings (they replaced the bright moldings in the same location on the top-line Satellite).
  • The windshield and backlight are molded and mounted from the outside to easily allow the builder to accurately replicate the 1/1 scale black vinyl seals between the chromed moldings (engraved on the body casting) and the glass itself. 
  • The engine ignition coil is easily the most accurate, highly detailed coil I ever recall seeing in a 1/25th scale kit.
  • The headlight assembly features the most innovative approach I’ve ever seen in a 1/25th scale kit.
  • The door-mounted rearview mirror attachment is designed in a way that allows easy attachment, yet is far sturdier than found in most kits,  plus, that rearview mirror is a highly accurate, delicate molding that perfectly captures the Mopar design, and the door handles are exquisitely molded miniatures of mid-1960’s automotive ornamentation. 
  • In certain areas the kit goes well beyond established “short cuts” in spinoff kit variations.  For instance, compare the two taillamp assemblies Moebius provides on the chrome tree – only a minor change on the chrome surround distinguishes the low-series Belvedere/A990 from the high series Satellite, but both versions are provided in the kit.
  • The method of locating the assembled chassis/interior to the body insures accurate alignment and a solid, foolproof mating between the parts.
  • There is a mother lode of extra parts in the kit, including eight leftover wheels, a second set of headlight and taillight assemblies, and a second set of headers and air cleaner assemblies.    

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In Conclusion….
            What’s the bottom line here?  I found this Moebius kit to fully live up to the reputation Moebius first established with their 1/25th scale Hudson kits.  And once again, I confirmed that while reading all those internet kit criticisms is entertaining, the only way to form an enlightened view is to build the kit myself.  I’ll definitely be building more Moebius and Moebius/Model King kits, and I recommend you do the same if you haven’t done so already. 


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