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Moebius 1965 Mercury Comet A/FX

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Moebius No. MOE-1223
Molded Colors: Gray, clear, chrome plating
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $37.90 (est.)
Pros: Good fit, comprehensive decals, crisp molding
Cons: A few accuracy issues, missing hood and trunk pins, front spindle fit
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The 1965 Beswick Comet A/FX is Model King’s latest release in conjunction with Moebius. Molded in gray, that’s almost where the similarities with the original Moebius Comet Cyclone release end.

This kit is a dedicated drag racer with a detailed 427 cid V8 and two 4-barrel carbs. It teams with a manual transmission and you can choose between two racing air cleaners or Ford’s oval one. Sadly, the valve covers do not include a Ford logo.

When adding the “snake” headers, lay them around the motor mounts, install the engine first, then glue them on. Make sure the tubes go to the outside of the oil filter. Rear of the headers, there’s no apparent exhaust system.

The firewall, radiator support, and inner fenders are separate, but have alignment slots to ease assembly. This kit comes with the original Comet wheelbase, and the subframes are molded to the floor pan.

Lower control arms molded to the subframe are actually extended for a correct nose-high attitude. The upper control arm and coil spring assembly glues to the inner fender well.

The spindles have been modified using a longer pin at the top, which needs to be shortened to fit, but does not affect the Comet A/FX’s ride height.

When gluing the backing plate to the spindle, set at an angle to achieve a correct camber. While there’s no steering box, make sure you install the separate steering lineage before securing the headers.

The Comet A/FX’s rear axle appears to be a carryover with the addition of traction bars.

The kit’s Cragar style wheels and accompanying rear slicks are well done. Plastic pins are used to mount the wheels. Since the front backing plate and spindle angle were changed, the front wheels were glued directly to their backing plates.

Inside, the cabin is platform style and the cabin’s side walls are the only carryover pieces from the original kit.

The deleted rear seat has been replaced by a panel with a package tray and the front buckets are molded in the correct style, as you’d expect.

A three-piece roll bar is molded to scale and requires careful cleanup and assembly. There’s a radio on the dash that’s been blanked-off for this build, a tachometer, and a three gauge lower instrument cluster.

Locate the tachometer close to the face side of the dash to avoid conflict with the windshield. A rearview mirror is provided as are decals for all the mentioned gauges.

Every one of Mercury’s unique Comet A/FX cars came equipped with a fiberglass ram-air hood, fenders, doors, front bumpers, and trunk lid. Moebius’ kit has been modified to remove the decorative fender vents, but the fender’s Mercury badging and “Comet” script on the trunk will also need to be removed for accuracy’s sake.

Other than that, the body requires average mold line attention and addressing.

I opted to not use the windshield wipers on mine. The glass piece, which mounts from outside the body, will need minimal sanding to fit into the body’s recesses.

You also can see how my Comet A/FX’s front bumper was stripped and repainted with  Alclad II aluminum lacquer (ALC 101).

Each exterior decal looked and applied great, and in addition to the original releases’ emblem, all of the correct markings for the Beswick car are included.

What we have here is another historic vehicle brought to us by  the joined efforts of Model King and Moebius. Its well engineered and executed, with a straightforward assembly.

There’s no doubt this would be a welcome addition to your collection.


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