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AMT/Ertl "Resto Rods" 1966 Ford Mustang

April 2006
RELATED TOPICS: MUSCLE CAR | 1960S | AMT
1966 Ford Mustang Coupe
AMT/Ertl kit No. 38377
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Gray, black, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $14.99
Pros: Additional parts/tires
Cons: Engine parts omissions; wire axles; one-piece chassis

AMT/Ertl's kit of the 1966 Mustang Coupe should be familiar to many modelers; it has been available in one form or another for many years. The kit is known for its accurate bodylines and relative ease of assembly. By the same token, this kit shows its age with typical 1960s kit features such as the one-piece chassis and old-fashioned wire axles.

The kit's major components are unchanged from previous reissues, but there are noteworthy new parts too.

The kit still comes with the original 289 small-block engine and a choice of single or dual carburetors. A newly tooled engine that resembles a 351 is also included. The new parts are well-molded and fit well, but there are some issues - such as the omission of things like the carb, distributor, starter, oil filter, and radiator hoses.

I also had to deepen the molded-in relief to clear the metal axle by about 3/16 inch so that the engine would sit low enough to allow the hood to close. I did like the headers, and can see using them on several projects.

The interior is a typical 1960s bucket, with just about everything molded in place. There are options for stock and racing seats and steering wheels, plus a two-piece roll bar. The new "Resto Rod" interior parts are two modern racing-style bucket seats.

New five-spoke custom wheels are the highlight of the exterior parts. Stock wheels and tires are included, as well as some nice Shelby-style wheels as a custom option. There are 16 tires included in the kit!

The body is bone-stock, but there are optional front and rear roll pans, along with a custom rear bumper and hood scoop. All of the body emblems are molded crisply, and were easy to dry-brush with some silver paint.

All in all, the "Resto Rods" updates are a nice touch. They definitely give the builder more choices of how to build the Mustang. There are enough parts in the kit that the combinations could be almost endless. I would recommend this kit to just about anyone who wants to build an enjoyable shelf model.

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