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De Tomaso Mangusta (the Italian Ford connection) or: Trying to make a model out of a toy


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The Giugiaro-designed (back then Ghia designer after leaving Bertone) De Tomaso Mangusta was presented to the public in 1966, had a Ford powertrain and was the predecessor of the  more successful Pantera.

In 2013 I snapped a 1/25 Politoys model of a Mangusta on ebay for little money (It had a few issues, but was complete - I could not let it pass) with the intention to  transform an ancient toy into a - more or less- acceptable model. Last year I coincidentally found a Fujimi wheel and tire set which was looking almost exactly like the real ones: Ignition ! I disassembled the model, spray-painted it in a light metallic green, detailed interior and engine bay with paint and replaced the wheels with the aformementioned Fujimi set. License plate and windshield wipers came from Quattroruote die-casts, the exhaust pipes are ferrules from an electric shop, the windshield damage was hidden under a silver decal, side windows fabricated from clear plastic (will be reworked, though).

The represented model is some hybrid - it shows some characteristic of the prototype, but misses also some (glass roof, square exhaust pipes) - so I'm not sure if it might be a very early production model (without the openings on the engine cover below the windows) or it was just the freedom of the manufacturer in the late 60's.

The biggest flaw could not be corrected - the car is a bit too long and too low (see picture of the real car in my post "old Italian iron from May 6, 2021)

On to the pictures:

Here is what it looked BEFORE:



and here is how it looks AFTER the treatment:




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  • 1959scudetto changed the title to De Tomaso Mangusta (the Italian Ford connection) or: Trying to make a model out of a toy
On 10/10/2021 at 2:58 PM, Snake45 said:

Fabulous find and your rework is absolutely excellent! VERY well done and model on! B)

Thank you, Snake !


On 10/10/2021 at 3:02 PM, MeatMan said:

Nicely done!

Thanks, Dennis !


On 10/10/2021 at 3:13 PM, vamach1 said:

Very cool and well done.  Reminds me that we will probably never see a Pantera or Mangusta with an engine by any model company.

Thank you Rex - I'm afraid you are right.


On 10/10/2021 at 3:28 PM, cobraman said:

Soooooooooooo much better !  Great job.

Thank you Ray - it was fun to pimp this old toy up a little.

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19 hours ago, vamach1 said:

There are a few alternatives but they are very pricey.



Thank you Rex - the smp24 resin (?) kit looks very accurate, down to the seperate chassis - compare the body proportions with my diecast ! But I don't want to spend a fortune on a model !

The Nakamura kit (at least the red one) has a nice box cover, but I try to avoid these whenever possible: I had bought a Nakamura Lola T70 Mk III coupe and sold it off as soon as I could - it was a caricature of the original car with only a slight similarity. I do have an Abarth 2000 prototype from them, though, that looks a little better, but still will need a lot of work (I  will postpone this for my retirement).

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