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cobraman

AMT Cobra Racing Team

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I did not notice that this kit has been reviewed so here is a short review for those interested . I have been trying to snag one of these kits for a few years but it always went for more than I was willing to pay . I was happy to see it out again . This one I will build and have another one on the way for my unbuilt Cobra collection . There is really nothing new here . If you ever built the Cobra kit or the Ford pick up there are no surprises in store for you . The trailer is pretty simple and has plastic tires . I will replace them . Two chrome trees . 13 tires including 2 pad printed slicks and 4 printed wide whites . There is a nice decal sheet . 

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The decal sheet looks great but not sure $50+ is worth it as I have no interest in the Pickup and trailer.

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Really cool decal sheet...one small gripe though. I'd like to have seen them restore the Halibrand wheels that the Cobra kit original came with.  Also, it must have taken some doing to get the rights to make the Shelby American decals...

Cobraman, thanks very much for the review !!!

 

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Both mine were bought on ebay. Since I never found an original for under a couple hundred bucks being able to buy it for about 55 shipped each I considered it a bargain. Thinking of building the one I will build as box art build but not sure.

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Hi,

Thanks for posting!

Is the AMT Cobra as good as the Monogram/Revell Cobra?

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21 minutes ago, aurfalien said:

Is the AMT Cobra as good as the Monogram/Revell Cobra?

 

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3 hours ago, vamach1 said:

The decal sheet looks great but not sure $50+ is worth it as I have no interest in the Pickup and trailer.

Same here. I have one of the trucks, 2 or 3 of those trailers, and at least three unbuilt Cobra kits, along with a good built one I did in the '90s and a genuine "survivor" I built in 1966 or '67. But I'd gladly pay for a few of those decal sheets. Would love to have about a half dozen of them. 

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Thanks for posting this review, Ray. I love the idea of this kit, but. Like others here, I already have enough of everything in this box. Even though I will not be buying this one, I hope it sells well for Round 2. I like it. Good stuff inside that box. 

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I was disappointed they used the Fireball 500 trailer instead of the AMT service trailer with the tire rack on it...its a much better trailer so Ill be passing on this one even though I am happy to see them bring the race team set out.   Maybe a future re-issue set will have the  better trailer in it like the old AMT 70s Modified Ford team set did...?...Id be very happy to see that one came back wit the earlier 70s Ford 2wd pickup. 

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Is there any evidence verifying that Shelby American used a 53 Ford pickup to tow their race cars?

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The black stripes and number 96 decals are for the yellow Allen Grant car. That car had a '56 F100 tow vehicle, so the '53 was the closest that AMT had. Shelby very rarely ran cars that weren't blue, but there were lots of private cars that weren't blue and had who-knows-what for a tow vehicle.

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19 minutes ago, Vince Nemanic said:

The black stripes and number 96 decals are for the yellow Allen Grant car. That car had a '56 F100 tow vehicle, so the '53 was the closest that AMT had. Shelby very rarely ran cars that weren't blue, but there were lots of private cars that weren't blue and had who-knows-what for a tow vehicle.

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3 hours ago, disabled modeler said:

I was disappointed they used the Fireball 500 trailer instead of the AMT service trailer with the tire rack on it...its a much better trailer so Ill be passing on this one even though I am happy to see them bring the race team set out.

The original kit included the double-axle trailer, so the reissue should include the same trailer. Looking at the image above, the trailer seems to be the closest match to what was actually used, too.

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I'm pretty sure that the double axle trailer can be turned into the pictured with the Allen Grant car quite easily. Revell's Ford pick-up of that era can be used instead of the AMT pick-up.  Beside the numbers and the black stripes though,  I just wouldn't know where to get those Coventry Motors decals ?

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........Glad to see this review with pics....much as I am an avid Round2 AMT fan, this isn't really worth the money unless someone is in need of both kits included,,,, and other than for the pretty box and decals, that's about it......... the Ace..^_^

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23 hours ago, cobraman said:

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Oh so close!  The "96" roundels and black stripes get me about 1/2 to one I've wanted to build in worst way.  The sponsor logos, driver/mechanic names, and the "Executor" on the rear fenders are all missing, along with the "kidney bean" Halibrands.  Patto's Place out of Australia has a set, ALPS printed I believe.

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6 hours ago, Casey said:

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The original kit included the double-axle trailer, so the reissue should include the same trailer. Looking at the image above, the trailer seems to be the closest match to what was actually used, too.

Imagine towing an original Cobra around town--much less cross country--on a single-axle trailer today! :blink:

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12 hours ago, Pete L. said:

I'm pretty sure that the double axle trailer can be turned into the pictured with the Allen Grant car quite easily. Revell's Ford pick-up of that era can be used instead of the AMT pick-up.  Beside the numbers and the black stripes though,  I just wouldn't know where to get those Coventry Motors decals ?

thanks for posting kit review  Ray .  it's almost  worth it just for the decals.  i have been searching  for Cobra Powered by Ford  decals  for  Shelby  transport truck.

Pete,  i got this nice set of 1/24  decals  from   www.slotracing-werk.de/    search   DSC-decals  and you will find the Cobra decals.  it has  both the car and truck decals on 1 sheet.  great deal !

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17 hours ago, Casey said:

:)

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The original kit included the double-axle trailer, so the reissue should include the same trailer. Looking at the image above, the trailer seems to be the closest match to what was actually used, too.

Ah..I see.  I am use to the 70s race team sets AMT put out.  I am happy there doing what they can to bring us new re-issues of older kits no matter what they are of...nice to have something different from the companies for a change.   In the 70s the 53 Ford pickup came with a car trailer with the tire rack and a car just thought it might have been the same as that issue was.

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 A bit of trivia: George Lucas (of Star Wars fame) designed the graphics for the Allen Grant car.

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Allen Grant with George Lucas riding shotgun after a win. Image, Julie Grant Weiss Collection.

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I dont care about the kit, but I'd definitely take a couple sets of the decals. 

 

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2 hours ago, Jhedir6 said:

I dont care about the kit, but I'd definitely take a couple sets of the decals. 

 

.....Don't worry on that note, David....no doubt Ebayers will soon be parting out these kit's and  I'll bet you see all the part's and decal sheet's up for grab's within a month or so.....the Ace...:P

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