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FROM THE April 2009 ISSUE

Revell-Monogram 2007 Shelby Mustang GT500

RELATED TOPICS: REVELL | MONOGRAM | 1/25 | MUSCLE CAR
2007 Shelby Mustang GT500
Revell-Monogram No. 85-2097
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: See dealer for info
Pros: Great body and engine; easy to build
Cons: Wheels and tires; chassis interfered with headlight bezels
Although this is a modified reissue of the 2006 Mustang GT, it has an all-new body, new hood, new front bumper/fascia, and new rear wing. It also has new seats and new parts for the engine.

The wheels and tires are by far the weakest point of this model. The wheels scale out to the right 18-inch size, or very close to it, but they still simply do not look right. They look too small, and the molding quality of the wheels leaves a lot to be desired; they are too soft.

The rest of the kit is molded crisply, has minimal mold lines, few (if any) sink marks in the body, and for the most part everything fit well.

The detailed engine builds into a nice replica of the 1:1 engine, but many of the paint callouts are wrong.

The chassis goes together well, and it has enough detail to look convincing. But again, the paint callouts are wrong; the bottom of the chassis should be body color oversprayed on primer, not semigloss black.

The front brakes are new, and they're much larger and have more dimension than the brakes in the GT kit.

The interior builds up well; there's plenty of molded-in detail for the door panel and the dash. The dash has gauge decals that go behind a clear plastic piece that glues to the dash from behind, giving the appearance of a glass cover over the gauges. Attach the glass gauge cover per the instructions, and attach the trimmed decal, while it's still on the backing paper, to the back of the glass using a little white glue along the edge - just enough to hold it in place.
Final assembly went well, with one exception: the front corners of the chassis piece, on either side of the radiator, interfered with the headlight bezels. I had to remove a portion of the chassis to make it fit.

The windows fit flush from the outside, and they look great. The glass parts are thin and clear; just be careful painting the black surrounds on the inside of the clear parts, because there's not much of an edge there to guide the brush. I recommend masking and spraying those parts.

The decals lay down well for the most part. There are a couple tricky areas on the front and rear bumper where some compound curves make it a little more difficult, but your favorite decal solvent should do the trick.

The body stripe decals come in blue or white, which limits the versions of this car that you can build.

This kit is recommended to all for its ease of building and accurate parts.

The body, interior, engine and chassis have a lot of detail. An experienced modeler can overcome the incorrect paint callouts and still build an accurate replica. As for the wheels and tires, though, you'll need to go to the parts box or look for some aftermarket parts that will really bring this model to life.

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