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AMT 1988 Mustang GT
Posted by amt68 on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 10:15 AM

1-25-AMT-1988-Ford-Mustang-GT-5-0-Plastic-Model-Kit-MISB

 

I noticed this kit was rereleased in the last couple of months. Just wondering if anyone has experience with building this kit. I normally build models that represent cars of the 1960's and '70's but there are a handful of 1980's cars I appreciate. 

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:03 AM

This is actually an MPC kit. I haven't built this particular kit, but I have built a number of MPC Fox bodied Mustangs back in the day, a '79, an 80 Pace Car, an '83, and I spent a lot of time cutting up an '85 that I never finished.

It's a decent kit and if I recall, it goes together well. Some people prefer the Monogram Mustangs of the same period. They go together cleanly and easily (as Monogram kits of the era did), but if I recall was slightly more simplified than the MPC kits. I preferred the MPC kits myself, though that may have been partly due to the fact that I shunned 1/24 kits in favour of 1/25 when I was much younger.

Anyway, generally speaking it's a good, full detail kit that builds up quite well with good accuracy. I can't speak of the specifics of this particular kit.

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Trevor

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Posted by amt68 on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:43 AM

Thanks Trevor for your feedback.

I had a hunch this may have been an original MPC kit since I've seen numerous vintage Fox body Mustang kits on ebay under the MPC banner. I have also seen the Monogram kits in various box arts and versions and have considered purchasing them. While I really like the older box arts of both the MPC and Monogram kits I'll opt for this new release since it won't come with the premium price of it's predecessors. 

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  • From: FRANCE
Posted by ford fan on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 4:32 PM

I have built several of these & I confirm that they are good kits.

The only problem is that the headlights are just chromed parts without lenses, so they are not really convincing to depict "glass" parts.

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Posted by amt68 on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 6:43 PM

Thanks fordfan for the info. It's certainly a model I'm looking to add to my collection. The molded in headlights will just require some extra effort to make them more realistic. 

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    June 2005
  • From: FRANCE
Posted by ford fan on Thursday, July 9, 2020 2:12 AM

You are welcome amt68. It is worth buying anyway. I am thinking of finding a way to enhance the realism : putting clear resin over the chromed parts, or cutting clear acetate to simulate a lense...

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Posted by amt68 on Thursday, July 9, 2020 9:13 AM

Interesting concept with using clear acetate and I'm guessing a thin enough sheet to properly conform to the headlight. What I've been using on molded in headlights is Testors Clear Parts Cement which does a decent job.  And particularly on molded headlights that are recessed into the bezels.

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  • From: FRANCE
Posted by ford fan on Friday, July 10, 2020 4:41 PM

Great idea. I had thought of using Mikro Kristal Klear which should provide the same result (I don't have Testors Clear Parts cement but I think that it is more or less the same product)

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