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Revell 1/24 Ford GT500 2010 (07044)

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Ford Shelby GT 500 2010

The origins of the current Ford Mustang cars lie in the legendary Mustang series of cars from the sixties, possibly epitomised by the famous car chase sequence from the film Bullit. Coolest man on the planet in the coolest car - who would argue? Shelby Mustangs were the brainchild of car tuner Carroll Shelby and were manufactured by Shelby American from 1965 to 1968, then by Ford themselves from 1969 to 1970. Current Mustangs represent the fifth generation of the Mustang line and Ford decided to revive the Shelby association to launch a high performance model of the car, in this case a car fitted with a 330 cubic inch/5.4 litre V8 delivering 540 hp. That's quite a few ponies in your pony, if you get my drift, 0-60mph is about 4.5 seconds and top speed is limited to 155mph. On with the kit.

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The box art shows a sedately posed GT 500 on a rural road. Hmm. Would have preferred it in the metallic blue, but that's just me.

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The box is stuffed almost to bursting with parts and comes with a biggish decal sheet. It's very difficult to verify the provenance of some of these car kits, but my best guess is that this is a reiteration of the kit previously issued by the now defunct Revell US.

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The components come in one poly bag, but some of the sprues have their own poly bag which is a good thing for the body shell and transparencies to avoid surface scratching.

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The body shell is multi-piece with one large main component and the mouldings look crisp and neatly detailed where appropriate. One gripe, red plastic = meh. In fact red plastic is anathema to me personally due to the difficulty in painting it, even if it's red paintwork. I get it, the box art and instructions are for a red car, but red plastic, just don't go there. Grey plastic would have been fine, it's great for any colour you like and I prefer the metallic blue, but I think I mentioned that already. However...

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...there are a whole bunch of sprues in a nice neutral grey colour that will be easy to prime and paint in the required colours. The floor/base comes as two pieces, the logic of which I think I can see in that it does away with separate firewall and rear bulkhead components that can be tricky to set up for the builder. It is also easier for the toolmaker to get the required detail in the places it's required and conceal the dreaded ejection pin marks. The interior, engine and running gear parts are all well moulded and whilst having a simplified nature there is a satisfactory level of detail that should please all but the most fastidious of modellers. You will need to provide your own engine wiring and seat belts if you want them. 

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The transparencies are very nicely done, they are clear and as distortion free as you could expect. One puzzling thing, there's no glazing for the doors. Do Mustang owners insist on driving around with the windows down permanently? Weird. With respect to the chromed sprue it's definitely a case of 'my eyes, my eyes!' I would probably keep the chrome for the mirrors, lamps and maybe the badges, but the wheels are an absolute no, no.

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You get vinyl tyres - what else these days - that need a bit of the shine knocked off them to give a more realistic appearance.

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Four little metal pins, that I have kept sealed in the bag to prevent loss. These are for fitting the wheels to the axles and is a very sensible thing in my opinion, car wheels joined plastic to plastic can be very vulnerable, this should give a much better joint.

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The decal sheet is nicely printed and as seems to be usual with Revell, offers different registration plate options. The brake disc vents and slots is a nice touch and perfectly acceptable in my view for something that is mostly out of sight. There are various items to make the interior look more interesting, plus seat trims and go faster stripes for the bodywork. 

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Here's the now standard instruction sheet header and finishes guide, printed on semi-gloss paper and well illustrated throughout. I've had a good look through the instructions and can't find any obvious errors or omissions, although building the model might change that.

This is a neat looking kit from Revell, one or two anomalous things that I have mentioned, but overall not at all bad package if cars are your thing, especially fans of American muscle cars.

Review sample courtesy of Revell. 

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