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AMT 1967 Shelby GT-350

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1967 Shelby GT-350
Round 2 No. AMT800/12
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $24.99
Pros: Straight body; chassis detail; overall pleasant build
Cons: Flash and mold lines on parts; fit of front and rear fascias
The AMT 1967 Shelby GT-350 Mustang kit was released in 1995 as a follow-up to its all-new 1967 Mustang GT kit. Although both kits have been reissued a time or two since then, they are still some of the nicest 1960s Mustang kits ever done.  

This time around, AMT has gone vintage with the box art. Recalling a 1967 annual kit, the art is striking and brought me back to my younger days.

The 122 parts in the kit are mainly molded in white plastic. There is a tree of beautifully chromed parts, as well as a clear tree for the windows and lights.  

For a kit molded in 1995, there was a lot of flash, and heavy mold lines on the white parts. Most of my time preparing the parts for paint was consumed by eliminating these lines.  

The body was straight, and the separate hood and trunk lids fit well, with minimal sanding on their edges.

I wish I could say the same about the front and rear fascias. They both needed a lot of sanding, tweaking, and test-fitting before I glued them in place. The reason I painted my car dark green was to try to hide some of the gaps that are still present. All of the side scoops fit perfectly in place, however.

The 289 Ford engine is represented well. Separate parts include the starter and coil. The builder is given the choice of stock, yet chromed, valve covers or finned Cobra ones.  I opted for the Cobra ones, painted flat black with the paint wiped off the fins for a prototypical look.  

The separate shift linkage that attaches to the side of the two-piece transmission impressed me.

The engine installs into a well-detailed chassis that features multipiece front and rear suspension systems. The front disc brakes that are separate pieces are a very nice touch, even though I would have preferred for them not to be chromed.  

One of the rear leaf springs in my kit was deformed, with a sharp bend where it should be straight. After a bit of fiddling with it, I got it to fit.  

The interior builds up off the chassis pan, and includes such Shelby-specific items as the roll bar and gauges under the dash.

I did have a bit of confusion as to how the rear seat back needed to be assembled. More-positive locators would have helped here. Except for these issues, the engine, chassis and interior almost fell together, which made for a very pleasant build.  

Fitting the body to the chassis was also relatively pain-free. I decided to use clear parts cement to attach all of the exterior trim items. It was only after the photos were taken that I noticed that I should have removed the mounting pins for the front bumper. As it sits right out of the box, the bumper is tilted downward.  

I had every intention of using the stripe decals across the length of the car.  AMT includes a choice of silver or white for the striping. I originally chose the silver. They fit to the flat body panels just fine, but no matter what
I tried, I could not get them to settle down, or around curves. I finally settled on just the white side stripes.

All in all, this was an enjoyable kit to build, even with the mold wear that seems unusual to me for a kit this “young.” I wish the body parts would have fit a bit better, as I would like to build one in Wimbledon White with blue stripes, to park next to my 1965 GT-350 on my shelf.

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