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AMT/Ertl 1973 Ford Mustang

December 2004
RELATED TOPICS: AMT | STYRENE | 1970S | MUSCLE CAR
1973 Ford Mustang
AMT/Ertl No. 38156-0130
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Gray, clear, clear red
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $11.95
Pros: Extra parts
Cons: Lack of detail
Make no mistake, this is a 30-year-old kit in terms of fit and level of detail. And when I opened the box and bean looking over the parts trees and instructions, I realized there were some differences between the kit's contents and the prototype model depicted on the box art.

The biggest differences are the lack of side-marker lamps and nameplate detail. The kit interior is a bare-bones racing version, but the box art shows factory-stock. And my kit did not contain racing louvers, though they're shown on the box art.

I shortened the transmission on my model 1/8 inch to aid alignment, and I lengthened the steering column 1/4 inch for a proper fit. I felt that the rear leaf springs were too thin, so I reinforced them with styrene as protection against breakage.

The kit has a large number of extra parts included (apparently leftovers from previous issues): engine components, rims, roll bars, front and rear fascias, and more. You may not be able to build a bone-stock Mustang from this kit, but plenty of racing and custom versions are possible.

I consider my completed Mustang to be a shelf model; its lack of detail mean that it would take quite a bit of work to make a show-quality model from this kit, so I wouldn't recommend it as a "serious" modeling project.

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