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AMT 1965 Mustang GT Funny Car

RELATED TOPICS: AMT | FUNNY CAR | 1960S
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1965 Ford Mustang GT
Round 2 No. AMT/888
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear, translucent blue, chrome
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $24.99
Pros: Simple, fun-to-build kit
Cons: Fiddly engine/chassis fit; hood fit
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Nostalgia drag racing is big, and Round 2 has capitalized by rereleasing its 1965 Mustang GT Funny Car.

The one-piece body is quite clean, and the hood fit is good. There were a couple of sink marks on the trunk lid.

The top edges of the front fenders are sharp, and should be sanded a bit; and there is flash in the vent-window area.

There is also flash on the chrome parts. Not too bad, considering the age of the tooling, but the attachment points for some of the chrome parts were large, and left noticeable areas to be touched up with paint.

Because there are chrome pieces in the tree that would normally not be plated on the 1:1 car (some engine parts, steering column, shocks, and headlight covers), the chrome touch-up problem can be avoided by painting these parts appropriate colors.

The injector stacks are attached to the chrome tree at the tips, which makes cutting them free a tricky operation. I painted the upper sections of the stacks red, which hid the areas where the chrome was missing and coordinated with my Grabber-Orange-and-bright-red paint scheme.

The 23-piece engine is basic, but captures the Ford SOHC big-block.

When the stacks are in place, the hood will not fit over them. The opening is too small, so I extended it to the rear edge of the hood so the hood could be slid on from the front.

The exhaust dumps mentioned in the instructions are not there. I filed the ends of the headers flat and detailed the parts with flat black paint.

The fit of the engine was the only other major issue that I had with this kit. There are no engine mounts, and the engine winds up with the headers resting on the frame, and the oil pan does not clear the front cross-member. A little creative work with a motor tool was necessary. An alternator is included, but is not mentioned on the instructions.

The eight-piece interior is basic, including a three-piece roll bar. Make sure that it is pushed completely up into the body for a good body/chassis fit. Round 2 has included clear front and rear windows and an optional blue- tinted window assembly. I chose to stay with the clear, because most A/FX cars ran the factory glass.

The chassis resembles a tube frame with aluminum wheel tubs molded with it as one piece. This will require masking to paint accurately, or you can paint the aluminum first and hand-paint the frame rails, as I did. The straight front axle and thus the wheels/tires are a little too far back, but their location is dictated by the oil pan.

One cool addition to this kit is the Goodyear Blue Streak slicks. The front tires are still the two-piece plastic items from the original kit. I airbrushed them with a mix of gloss and flat black paint to get them to match the sheen of the vinyl slicks.

The vinyl slicks are thinner than the plastic tires that they replace, so it will help the fit of the 5-spoke wheels if you file down the inside of the rear wheel inner rings.

Final assembly was easy. The body/interior slips over the chassis and is located by four tabs on the bottom of the interior tub.

Even with the tweaking needed to get some parts to fit better, this was a fun kit to build.

It makes a respectable early Funny Car replica right out of the box, and would respond well to some parts swapping and detailing.

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