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AMT 1997 Ford Mustang GT

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1997 Ford Mustang GT
AMT No. AMT864/12
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: white, clear, translucent red, chrome
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $21.99
Pros: Crisp engraving; great detail; informative instructions.
Cons: Inaccurate stance mars; an otherwise impressive model

This reissued kit remains much like the original, with great detail and remarkable engraving. The fine mesh pattern in the seats is crisp and clear, daring you to go lightly on the paint so as to not bury the detail. This level of engraving is present throughout the kit, and I found that a minimum of cleanup and flash removal was necessary.

The big improvement over the original issue is the instruction sheet. There is a list of paint colors printed on the first page, and each part has a callout for the proper paint choice. Also listed are the factory paint and interior colors available for this car.

The decal placement is clearly noted as well, with coordinating numbers on the instructions and the decal sheet.

The 28-piece engine is full of detail, including four-piece cylinder heads, two ignition modules, alternator, compressor, power steering pump, and upper and lower radiator hoses. Assembly was a breeze, although the exact placement in the frame is vague. Hold the rear suspension with driveshaft in place to help locate the engine. The air intake is not on the chrome parts tree as indicated; it needed a bit of trimming to fit into place anyway.

The chassis is made up of a five-piece front suspension and an 11-piece rear suspension, mated to a floor pan/sub frame. The exhaust can’t be added after the rear axle is in place, and the rear suspension (including the axle) will not fit if the exhaust is glued in first. You must carefully glue both assemblies in place at the same time.

The 13-piece interior builds up on the floor pan with separate side panels. Again, the engraving is awesome, but someone forgot the foot pedals!  

The four separate clear windows glue in place from the inside. All require painting the black trim that surrounds the glass. The scribe lines for this are present on the inside of each piece.

Assembling the body requires locating the front and rear fascia to the one-piece body shell. There are no real mounting pins for these pieces, making them a bit tricky to locate. I taped the hood in place to help locate the front fascia. When it lined up with the hood, the “bumper” ends extended into the front wheel openings, requiring some trimming. The rear fascia needs trimming for the same reason.

The completed body looks right-on and it is well-proportioned.

Final assembly went well. The chassis slipped right into place by spreading the body sides as instructed. The car sits a tad high, but I don’t see how to correct that without suspension modifications. The front track was too wide, but trimming the wheel backs fixed that.

Aside from the stance issue, I was impressed with the quality and attention to detail in this kit, and more than pleased with the final product.

A modeler with average skills can take his/her time and build a sweet little Mustang


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