|DECALS:||Splash panel stripes|
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
The 1967 Shelby G.T. 500 was the first model built in the Shelby G.T. 500 range. It is based on the 1967 Mustang and is equipped with a FE 427 cu in (7.0 L) 428 Cobra-Jet V8 engine topped with an aluminum mid-rise intake and 2X4-barrel 600 CFM Holley carburetors producing 355 bhp (360 PS; 265 kW) at 5,400 rpm and 420 lb⋅ft (570 N⋅m) at 3200 rpm of torque. Two thousand forty eight were produced in 1967. Production continued into 1968 and when the model year ended, so did the production of the cars at Shelby American. All future 'Shelby' GTs were built by Ford. Today, extant cars command stupid prices at sales/auctions.
Several body parts of the G.T. were made of fiberglass including the front-end, hood, rear tail light panel, deck lid, quarter panel extension, and side scoops.
This kit was originally released in the late 1960s and has been repopped many times since then. The most recent is 2018. This is the 2009 boxing.
For whatever reason, Round 2 decided to mold this one in a rather bilious light green, ostensibly to match the box art car, no doubt. The molding is what you'd expect from a late 60s kit that has been reissued numerous times. I do have to say that Round 2 has made an effort to keep their old kits fairly flash free and such is the case with this one. There are two chrome plated sprues that are very nicely done, but as often happens, you'll ruin some of the chrome removing mold seams.
As airplane kits start in the cockpit, car kits usually start with the engine. You have to options, one a standard four barrel carb and the other two four barrels. These will differ in intake and valve covers. The interior is the usual tub with a separate instrument panel piece and seats. The rear seats have a separate back and there are belts molded in place. Not so for the front seats which has the center console molded with the two seats. You add the upper portions.
No optional wheels/tires with this, though the tires are rubber. The rear has a metal axle that goes through the rear end piece while the front attach to plastic kingpins. You get a full dual exhaust.
I would recommend painting the body after all the body color bits, like the front and rear pan and the various scoops are attached. The tail light housing is similar to what was on the Cougar of that time and are a single chrome piece. You'll have to paint the tail lights red. Headlights are all one chrome piece as well so no clear glass for this. The lone clear piece is for the windows.
Instructions are nicely drawn and each of the six construction sequences has a check list of steps to help you along. No color info is provided anywhere so you are on your own to research these items. The small decal sheet contains two splash panel racing stripes in dark red and in white. There are also decals for the plates.
This is very much an old school car kit that those used to modern car kits will probably find a bit crude. However, many of us grew up building these and had a lot of fun doing so. I'm sure that, assuming you don't run into the fit issues of some AMT kits, you'll find this one to be a pleasant experience as well.
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