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  1. Background: Although the original GT40 is a bit too 1960s in its design for my tastes, I do love the way the 2000's follow up looks - the sharpening up of the shape and details and modern production engineering make it look just right. It was a long while before I even knew there was a model kit of one, and then I found this one by Polar Lights, itself a reboxing of an AMT snap-fit kit. I did wonder if a snap-fit kit would be any good but after a long think (years, on-and-off!), this November I decided to give it a go anyway and buy one online. I started it within a few days of it arriving in the post. Pros: There is a lot of detail, with a great interior and a full engine. Being a snap-fit kit, everything fits together correctly and this makes putting it together easier than a needs-glue equivalent. The seats and their silver inserts being a highlight of kit engineering made to make life easy for the builder - the kind of thing you'd expect from Tamiya not AMT. Not having to glue some of the fiddly transparent parts is also very helpful, amongst other things. The decals are great quality, easy to apply and have spares and enough options whatever colour you make your build. The transparent parts are really clean and shiny, and the overall shape and proportions of the car look good. The door mirrors are solidly mounted as are the seats. Cons: The wheels, brakes and tyres are not good, lacking details and having a solid area around the brake disc. The tyre treads are too thick and seem like winter tyres. Also once assembled, the calipers rotate with the wheels. The instructions are not great quality, have omissions and also mistakes in the correct decal numbers. The painting guide is also incorrect in some areas. Despite the comprehensive decals, there are no front-to-back stripes unless you mask and paint your own. Most of the chromed parts are not chrome on the real car but aluminium, and the chrome is a nuisance to remove. Fitting the body to the chassis is work. The initial impression of the kit on unboxing is something which is thick and toylike although building it deconstructs this impression. Verdict: Remarkably good. It's a better kit than you'd expect and builds just like any other decent quality kit, despite the expectations of what comprises a snap-fit kit. Very much recommended if you like the subject matter. Build notes: Built over the course of 3 weeks in December 2022. Aside from a few bits of mesh it's built entirely out-of-the-box. It's painted with Tamiya Silver (for the stripes) and Land Rover Scotia Grey for the rest, from a Halfords rattle-can. It's clearcoated with Mr Hobby Gloss Premium. I am very very happy with the way it's come out, and how photogenic it is.
  2. I got the original kit when it came out, but always felt I could have done better on it. I decided I wanted to get a friend a model as a gift. He had an old 71 Torino and I thought this would be the closest thing to his 71 I would find. I got a new kit for myself and decided to give him my old kit. This new build came out a lot better than my previous build, even though there are still some things I did that I don't like. I also had some fit issues with the tub and chassis that I didnt have the first time around. SAM_1030 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_1032 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_1033 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_1034 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_1035 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_1036 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_1037 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  3. It has been nearly a year since I finished a build, but it’s nice to finally have another lump of styrene for the display shelf. This ‘89 Mustang GT was started early last year and after making quick progress on the drivetrain and interior the work stalled for a while as other builds and shiny objects grabbed my attention. The body was prepped and primed, then doused with some vintage DupliColor Ford Light Gray that I’d spotted for 99 cents at Ollie’s about 10 years ago. It was a color I remembered from the 70s and 80s and just needed a build to suit it. After the color and clear coats, it was sanded and polished before mating it with the interior and chassis. These 80s and 90s Fox platform Monogram kits are rather simple yet I prefer them to the MPC/AMT variants of the same era. I remember buying the first version of these when it was released in ‘87 as The New Monkee’s Mustang. That kit incorrectly had the pre-‘87 interior, engine, and chassis but the body seemed more accurate for the ‘87+ than the MPC version of the GT Hatch that was also just hitting the KMart shelves. Later releases of the Monogram ‘Vert like this one corrected the interior and included a reasonably accurate updated 5.0 HO with F/I. This later version also had an accurate decklid luggage rack that the Monkee’s version lacked. It went together relatively easily without much fuss. The most challenging aspect of these kits has always been the simulated louvered taillights. If Monogram hadn’t penny pinched, they could have molded the tails as two or three piece units with separate lenses and louvered covers. As they are, however, it makes for a tricky and stressful bit of work to get them reasonably accurate. It could be worse, though, as the MPC/AMT kits had the entire lens/louver units molded into the body. There’s a great low mileage example of this car and color combo that a quick web search located, so it became the reference for the build and its details.
  4. AMT 1994 Ford Mustang GT built pretty much OOB but swapped the wheels out for Fujimi aftermarket units along with meaty disc brakes behind. Body badges cast separately using silicon molds and liquid styrene, then painted silver. Side scoops and bonnet vents opened up. Rattle can yellow exterior and black interior.
  5. This was a pretty good kit. Minor fit issue with the grill, the radiator housing gets in the way of putting the grill piece on. There is also a fit issue with the wheel base. The model itself is painted Guards Red. SAM_0369 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0370 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0371 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0372 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0373 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0374 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0375 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0376 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0377 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  6. Revell Mustang snap kits I have been surprised that the only version of the newest Mustang that Revell has offered is a snap kit. I have at least 5 models, by Revell of the last two Mustang body styles and they are all full detail models. I understand the fact that they are attempting to reach the younger modeler, but with full detail models of the Camaro’s, it seems odd that the new Mustang has been relegated to “snap status”. Having said that, here are two versions of the snap kit that I have completed. Version 1 is relatively stock. I added outside rearview mirrors and wheels from the Lamborghini . I lowered it down to the ground and gave it a two tone gold paint scheme with a solid stripe rather than the usual double stripe. Version 2 is a little more adventurous in that I converted it into a GT3 race car. I followed the same design and used decals intended for the previous version Mustang GT3 as raced by the Marc VDS team made by Tailormadedecals of Germany. This body has extensive fender modifications similar to the way the other GT3 racecars look. I opened the doors which was rather difficult because the plastic on these snap kits is extra thick. The interior tub and roll cage came from the BMW GT3 kit (Spot Models who sell the kit, offer a number of the spru trees for sale separately) so it was easy to obtain…… also, they offer the spru pieces for the Tamiya AMG GT3 kit, so I picked up two extra sets of those wheels and tires, and used one set on this car. The rear wing, rearview mirrors and rear under deck diffuser came from one the Fujimi BMW GT3 Z4 kits (they are spares included in the kit) I added the fender louvers over the front wheels and added the exhaust vents on the hood…. In front to allow hot air out of the radiator, and the rear louvers to vent the hot engine compartment air. An extra set of road lights were added to the grille and I added the engine exhaust pipes just behind the front wheels. Car is painted in Tamiya Silver Leaf and top coated with Tamiya Semi-Gloss clear.
  7. Recent issue AMT/R2 kit. Always liked these as they resembled a mini corvette, but the actual kit and it's overall detail left a lot to be desired. Used some of it's custom exterior parts and added wheels/tires from AMT '97 Camaro convertible. Underneath, in came a 2.1 Quad 4 motor from an ancient AMT Beretta scrapper and the turbo from the Monogram Olds Aero spare parts with some scratchbuilding. I wasn't able to get in an upgraded transmission in due to the quite narrow bay and interior tub, so the 4 cyl opel transmission was used as that's the only thing that would pair with the Quad 4 motor and fit. Suspension was left as is and the exhaust was reworked with a muffler coming off a Corvette exhaust accompanied by cutting down the aluminum stacks to make as some rather wicked exhaust tips. The kit's chrome taillights were too thick and clunky looking, plus one of them was a short shot and the other half chromed. I ended up making do with pieces of a flat clear parts tree painted Tamiya Clear Red on one side then some Sliver on top, IMO this looks better that using the kit's clunky parts even if they weren't botched from molding defects. Speaking of defects, the glass was a short shot as well and of course only one side of the F/R glass piece was half molded on one side. I found a spare glass set from parts from an old Opel GT I built years ago and while not perfect, I'm happy with using that than relying on trying to have R2 take like 5 months to send a replacement. Paint is Tamiya Clear Orange over Rustoluem Aluminum, cleared with Pledge/Future.
  8. Hi All, I just completed my latest build of the AMG GT from Revell. First up, I was excited to try out this kit, as I had heard that Revell had stepped their game up with their latest kits, but was disappointed with the way the body and chassis came together. The bumpers and fenders didn't quite fit, resulting in a few bad panel gaps. I was also disappointed with the lack of detail for the headlights and taillights and how they fitted to the body. My final criticism of the kit is with the wheels and ties. The scale of these seem quite off compared to the rest of the car, so i went with aftermarket ones from Factory eighty one. Below is the final outcome of this build. Thanks Nathan
  9. After all of this time (nearly twenty years !) , I can't believe that none of the fledgling resin casters have produced a 1967 - 1969 Dart convertible . The master would require more work than merely lopping the top off of one of the Revell '68-'69 Dart Hardtop kits , as the bodystyles were different ; the convertible was 'based' off of the pillared coupe ("21" body style) , whereas the Revell kits are hardtops ("23" body style) . The 'pillared coupe' had a more upright backlight and "C" pillars . Nothing that's glaringly obvious to the casual observer , but is apparent to fans of the Dart .
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