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Revell SnapTite 2018 Ford Mustang GT

Revell No. 85-1996
Molded Colors: Bright orange with a little metallic, black, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $13.95
Pros: Easy to build and paint, fits well,  no stress, a fun model for any age group, cool subject, captures essence of the car
Cons: Not highly detailed, model year does not match box-top photo, minor accuracy issues.

This is a simple kit with a skill level 1 rating aimed at a market likely to spend more time playing with it than building it. Packaging is similar to a traditional promo with 13 pieces Note, it shows a 2016 car on the box top; not what comes in the box.

Semi-soft tires easily dismount from the rims to allow for painting the wheels and sanding tire tread. I left the wheels on their metal axles when I painting them Tamiya metallic black (TS-40).

To build the Mustang, you must un-build it first. Its windows and headlights need to be carefuly removed from the body. Sand the rear side windows, headlight openings and their edges with 400-grit until there’s fit without friction. I cut half of the mounting tab off the headlight piece to ease inserting into the body and the glass’s mounting holes were reamed out.

The black pre-painted window trim was left as is, but the headlights were painted silver from the inside as they lack dimension. After trying various mild solutions, I used a polishing compound to remove the paint.

I made simple decals to spruce up the headlights and turn signals (credit Bob Downie), finding photos for reference. While the photos could have just been resized, I drew and made my own waterslides.

Panel lines are cleanly molded, but not as deep or defined as I prefer. I rescribed them and added ones along the top of the doors below the windows. I scribed a line on the front lower grille to make the color break between the orange and black, easier to paint.

All the body parts were sprayed brilliant orange (TS-56) and the roof and window frames were shot with Testors black chrome trim. The roof was waxed with the rest of the body to raise its sheen a bit.

I also made a pair of “5.0” (engine size) emblems for the fenders. The left side emblems are there but molded on the soft side. The rights are rather faint and disappeared under paint. The hood vent details were accented with decals.

The rear panel comes with pre-painted taillights and a GT emblem on raw black plastic. I painted the whole part black then hand-painted the lights with a base of chrome silver followed by Tamiya clear red (X-27). Its lights looked too bright, so I misted on a few light coats of smoke (TS-71) to tone down and give a glossier finish to the black before hand-painting the silver GT emblem.

Its chassis has the front spoiler, side rockers and rear diffuser detail molded in, including the exhaust pipes. I drilled a pilot hole with a pin vise, filed the exhausts open with a rat tail file then sprayed light gunmetal (TS-42).

There are accuracy issues stemming from this kit being modified from an earlier year Mustang, and to a Mustang enthusiast they might even be glaring.

The wheels can be changed and the interior is not all that visible once assembled into the body due to the the windows not being crystal clear.

Keep in mind this is a “Build & Play” kit so it’s not really fair to hold it to the standards of a typical curbside model. But for a nice simple shelf model that is enjoyable to build and paint, it might be a non-issue for most people.

Sometimes a simple project is just the right thing for the moment and these kits fill that niche well, especially if you’re willing to do the same basic prep as for a more complex kit. The kit is also ripe for customizing.


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