- Plastic model kit, assembly & paint required
- Molded in gray and clear
- Skill Level 3
- Box dimensions: 9.25” L x 6.4” W x 3.8” H
- Recommend for 15 years and above.
Hudson Hornet is a full-sized automobile that was manufactured by Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan from 1951 until 1954, when Nash-Kelvinator and Hudson merged to form American Motors Corporation (AMC). Hudson automobiles continued to be marketed under the Hudson brand name through the 1957 model year.
The first-generation Hudson Hornets featured a functional "step-down" design with dropped floorpan and a chassis with a lower center of gravity than contemporary vehicles that helped the car handle well — a bonus for racing. The Hornet's lower and sleeker look was accentuated by streamlined styling, sometimes called "ponton" styling. Hornet owner Spencer Blake, writing for Popular Mechanics in 1999, notes that "the car's unique, low slung appearance and silky handling earned Hudson an image that — for many buyers — eclipsed luxury marques like Cadillac."
For the 1954 model year, the model underwent a major square-lined redesign. This entailed extensive retooling because of the way the step-down frame wrapped around the passenger compartment. The front had a simpler grille that complemented the now-functional hood scoop and a new one-piece curved windshield, while the sides gained period-typical fender chrome accents, and the formerly sloped rear end was squared off. The front to rear fender line was styled to make the car look longer and taillamps were also redesigned. The interior was also updated with a new dash and instrument cluster that were surprisingly modern.
The Moebius 1/25 scale model is of the 1954 Hudson Hornet Special. The Special is a fastback version of the 1954 Hudson Hornet favored by stock class drag racers in the 1960's. The model kit showcases intricate detailing and features multiple details such as chrome wire wheels, an accurate reproduction of the car's 308-cubic inch engine, and a highly detailed interior. Waterslide decals of the original Hudson's details are included for added realism. The pieces are reproduced in clear or grey plastic, allowing the builder to completely customize the build.