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MOST' STANG: an ultra-rare AMT '69 long-nose Mustang FC... slightly modernized!


Claude Thibodeau
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HI!

A lucky find at my last model show: a vintage ULTRA-RARE AMT Gas Rhonda Longnose Mustang kit! Virgin body, but partially assembled chassis painted with Humbrol enamel. I had the chassis/powertrain from the Mongoose 75 Duster FC in my stash, so... Here we go! Scratchbuilt: elongated torsion arms & steering rod (to match wheelbase of body), molded bumpers, all chassis & body tinwork, gas & oil lines, barrel valve, throttle, extinguishers, injector lines, Earl's fittings, tire air valves, etc. Tamya's & AK's  lacquer colors fade & lace job trough airbrush, home made decals, Mr. Hobby Top Coat clear, fully polished. Molotow's chrome accents.

Purists rejoyce: I have a second copy in my stash, but much less pristine: this one will be built stock, to show alongside this updated version, maybe next year? 

HOURS OF FUN WITH STYRENE! 

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1 hour ago, skymnky721 said:

awsome,,now did this car run w/o the windshield?  or is that builders choice?

Hi Scott!

Thank you for the comment.

To your question: there is NO windshield in the kit, and we don't see any on the instruction sheet either. I tried an AMT 1/25 Mustang Mach One windshield on it, but there were substantial differences at the lower edge. So, as the hole required for the blower/injector hat would have eaten most of the glass area anyways, I chose to let it "box stock" in this regard.

Must be a hairy ride, eh?

CT

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17 hours ago, Hemifever said:

Great build, love that paint job. I remember building that kit when I was a kid, sure didn't come out like yours, congrats.

Thank you Dennis!

The second kit I have has been built by a friend of mine, precisely when he was a teen. Needless to say, it's "crude". But he gave it to me, and I intend to restore it next year. Hours of fun ahead!

CT

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Claude, yet another winner, for sure.  Your fade paint job is really sharp, too.   And the later generation chassis is also an applicable change as the two 1969  Mickey Thompson Mach 1's used a chassis design somewhat similar to yours.   Great save. 

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For those who are interested in the LongNose kit bpdy that Claude used here, it was AMT's first fully authentic funny car kit.  It included an extended late first generation style Logghe chassis and a SOHC 427 Ford engine based off the Ohio Geroge '33 Willys parts.  It was never reissued (other than box art change) with the long nose parts past the initial production runs in late 1960/early 1970s.  A similar kit, the "Mach Won", had the same basic contents but a production size instead of long nose Mustang body.  It came out in 1970 and was reissued and in the AMT catalog through about 1974.   

My drag racing kits book includes a photo, provided by John Mueller, of the 1/10th scale wood master for the Gas Rhonda long-nose kit in the AMT shops at Maple Road in Troy, MI.  John also gave me a photo of the same wood master, with the body in tilted pose sitting on the chassis, and a smiling Gene Winfield holding the body it its raised position.   It appears to me that Gene had hand-lettered a partial livery on the wood master body.  Cool picture, and wished I could have used it, but there was not time to contact Mr. Winfield and get his permission to use the photo. 

TB   

 

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On 1/26/2023 at 12:10 PM, Muncie said:

absolutely beautiful - great colors, great fade, great paint, well built...  love it!

Hi Steve!

Hope you are doing good? Thank you for the comments.

I keep pressing on with my annual Bonnie car. Currently at final primer on the body, and assembly of the finishes chassis/powertrain. I tried to make good use of the rule book you sent me, and made a few mods to "pass inspection". More soon on this forum!

Regards,

CT 

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