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1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback "Project: Bullitt"


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Greetings all.

I have recently gotten back into model building after a 12 year or so hiatus and am planning on a rather ambitious project. I am planning on building both cars that were involved in the iconic chase scene from "Bullitt" as well as building a display scene that shows one of the segments of the chase as well. Fortunately, I am from and still live in San Francisco (that's right, Native San Franciscans still exist and live here) so getting to the locations for reference photos of the buildings and streets will be a bit easier for me rather than having to rely on what's on film.

For the cars, I plan on using the Revell-Monogram 1:25 scale "2 'n 1" kits for the Mustang GT Fastback and the Dodge Charger and building them as they come directly out of the box.

Paint and detail work should be easy for the Charger (Flat Black int./ext.). Detail work on the Mustang should be easy as well (use the film as reference for interior colors,) not using the grille on the front of the car, not applying the GT Badges, etc. However, I find myself running into a bit of difficultly when it comes to the painting of the Mustang.

I know that the the official name of the color of the Mustang is Highland Green, but I have not been able to find any business that sells this color specifically. Instead, I have found a handful of shades of Green that look similar to Ford's Highland Green. These colors are:

British Green (Tamiya TS 9 Spray)

Racing Green (Tamiya TS 43 Spray)

Deep Green (Tamiya XF 26)

Dark Green (Tamiya XF 73--JGSDF)

Dark Green (Tamiya XF 81)

Dark Green 2 (Tamiya XF 70)

JN Green (Tamiya XF 11)

JA Green (Tamiya XF 13)

Black Green (Tamiya XF 27)

NATO Green (Tamiya XF 67)

If anyone has done a similar build/project, what would be an acceptable substitute for Highland Green? Either in the form of an individual color or a mix of colors? Does anyone know of any business that sells Highland Green specifically for plastic models?

Also, are there any other details that I should be aware of or may have over-looked in my research for this project for the Mustang and/or the Charger?

Thanks for the help, everyone! Once I figure out the paint problem, I'll start to post up pictures of the build on the cars.

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Check scalefinishes.com. I'm sure he could set you up with what you need.

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Now are you limited to a spray can or can you airbrush?If you can air brush you can go to a parts house (O'rieleys,NAPA,ect) and see if they can mix up the color for you,then you thin it and shoot it through your airbrush,It's the as close as you can get for accurate color shades.

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Theres also a sight that does auto touchup in factory spray cans and they sell a clear thats compatible with their paint in a aerosol as well.

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If you can only use a spray can, I would recommend Testors' British Green Metallic. That color is close, and looks good on model cars. If you can use an airbrush... You know what I'm going to say. :-D

I love that you are doing the Bullitt build and you live in SF, that is cool.

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The only things I can think of details-wise are :

1.) Charger had the Inland Shifter , and not the Hurst Shifter ;

2.) Both cars had power disc brakes ;

3.) Both cars had manual steering ;

4.) Charger's body colour is TX9 Black , and ;

5.) Mustang's steering wheel wasn't stock ... I'm *thinking* it was from either a Cobra or a Shelby GT 500 .

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