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Moebius 1965 Mercury Comet Cyclone

Moebius No. 1210
Molded Colors: Gray, clear, chrome
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $32.49
Pros: Good fit, molded emblems replaceable with decals, new subject, instructions
Cons: Whitewalls not aligned, bumpers difficult to attach, wrong battery location
MOEBIUS’S 1965 MERCURY Comet Cyclone comes from all-new tooling. It’s meant to be built as factory stock or with optional wheels and valve covers.

Kit instructions are clear and informative. Six assembly steps are well-illustrated with descriptive part callouts. A back page features images of the assembled model with color suggestions and decal placement.

The 21-piece, 289 V8 has plain white or chrome-finned valve covers. Cyclones had plain, bright valve covers so I finished the white ones with Alclad II chrome. I question the accuracy of the exhaust manifolds and the location of the battery is 90% off. But upper and lower radiator hoses are supplied.

Front and rear subframes are molded to the floor, while front lower control arms are molded with the subframe. The upper control arms and coil springs mount to separate inner fenders.

Steering is posable, however the wheel spindles are loose when installed, so I recommend gluing them in your desired position. Watch the camber, making sure the tires are 90% planted to the ground.

The engine bay is a mix of the inner fenders, radiator support and firewall. The latter two have slots for the inner fenders to provide positive alignment.

Make sure you open the holes in the floor for the dual exhaust system before installing the car’s floor. The rear axle, leaf springs and shocks are separate.

You can choose standard Cyclone hubcaps or chrome mags. Preprinted whitewall tires didn’t align perfectly. Sand the wheel’s attachment points to the tree, otherwise they’ll protrude from the tire bead and aggravate your whitewall issue.

The interior tub builds up from the floor and all components are nicely detailed.

Take care when lining up the sides, rear seat and dashboard, so the tub can slide up into the body without issue.

There are a few niggling things here. Gauge decals are provided, but virtually invisible, and the accelerator pedal is too long. I‘d suggest you remove it, cut it in half and mount it to the floor.

Also, if the steering column is installed as intended, the wheel looks like it’s stuck in the up position.

Additional features include a console, floor shifter, front seat belts, sun visors, and a mirror.

Outside, the body is crisply molded,  and a light coat of primer will highlight the mold seams that you’ll need to remove.

Front and rear glass mounts from the outside but the rear glass requires a little sanding for a good fit. Fortunately the window surrounds are molded with the glass, which makes foiling easier.

The Comet’s emblems, are molded with the body (which I removed), or can be replaced with decals.

Both of the car’s bumpers are designed to mount using pins molded at the ends of the body. Trying to use these pins proved frustrating, so remove them and glue the bumpers instead.

Two clear parts meant to be taillights aren’t noted in the instructions and mount to the rear body panel (No. 41). If using these clear pieces, paint them red and open the slots in the panel. Or just paint the appropriate areas red.

Decals performed well but the rear license plate was too big, so a backing plate was made from scrap plastic.

Despite its shortcomings this was an enjoyable build of another wanted subject from Moebius


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