MOVIE MODEL REVIEW: Shelby Mustang GT 350 (Gone in 60 Seconds)

In this next installment of our series of movie and TV model reviews we tackle the “other” star of the car stealing flick Gone in 60 Seconds. Yes not Nicolas Cage but rather his beloved Eleanor the Shelby Mustang GT 350. Guest poster Jamie tackles this advance build project.


Guest reviewer Jamie takes us through his special journey building Eleanor or the Shelby Mustang GT 350

The infamous ‘Eleanor’ from Gone in sixty seconds that Nicolas cage loved and trashed in equal measures. Researching the car in relation to the film, over $250,000 was spent on the original build for the one car alone. Then then went and made ten more, after which only seven survived the climatic forty minute chase scene!

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Another mad fact is the model that this is based on originates from 1965 when Hertz car rental company ordered 1000 of them in black with gold trim, to enable their customers to rent “racing cars”. Hertz is where the ‘H’ comes from. How cool is that, not something I can picture Avis doing with Aston Martins.

When Revell asked my friend Montoya at Geek Syndicate, to do some ‘movie themed’ builds, I was gratefully approached to take one on. The choice Revell offered was huge, but there was only one build in the box that appealed – The Shelby Mustang. Historically the models I’ve built have a military theme, in other words a lot of effort is put into making them look ‘used’ so the detailing gets hidden under layers of hard work on the front line. This was a chance to make something sparkly!

At the end of this review is a short video review with more pictures so make sure you give that a watch after.

THE BUILD

On the box, it is a three on the skill level. The scale is 1:24, length is 191mm and there are 86 parts. There were six parts trees, one being chrome (there was a lot of chrome!) and another was the transparents. Plus one sheet of transfers and the the instructions which were clear and very easy to follow.

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I should start off by saying I’ve never built anything from Revell before, so there was no comparative measure to what something with a higher skill level would entail. There were not a lot of parts, but the detail on each was good.

The first thing I did was use Vallejo black primer on everything to potentially save time on future shading. From the images below you can see this came out really well and felt like a great start to the project.

Next up was building the engine block which probably included the most parts and was straightforward to put together. The instructions were easy and clear enough to follow; the only uncertainty was fitting the exhausts because they weren’t sitting flush with the engine. Once again I followed the instructions colour scheme using Vallejo colours.

The detailed chassis and wheel suspension build was simple, but sitting the engine and corresponding exhaust system was a bit of a fiddle and required some tweaking to fit and hold in place. Having said that, once completed it looked really good.

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What I most enjoyed working on was the interior with authentic dashboard and textured body-contoured seats.  The dashboard decals worked great, and following the paint scheme in line with detail (especially the piping) was a fun challenge.

Moved onto what was anticipated to be the biggest challenge – spray painting the body. Like I said before, working mainly on military builds, imperfections were manageable and easy to cover up the inevitable worn, damaged, battle scared vehicles with weathering and washing techniques.

This required a blemish free metallic paint job. Started OK until I realised that the ‘metallic’ Vallejo black spray paint wasn’t metallic enough, definitely not shinning even after four coats. But thankfully blemish free.

The double gold strips down the entire body were also a new challenge that required a lot of tweaking to get into position. The results turned out well. Silver piping around the window frames, door handles etc was done using Tamiya metallic silver. The windows proved to be the first struggle as they weren’t sitting well and kept popping out. The frustrating result was two glue smudges because I had to clamp them in place for the glue to dry.

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If I was to be critical of any area during the build it would be putting the large elements together. The interior fit onto the chassis OK, but fitting the body and chassis together was a struggle. Firstly it required an element of force to ‘push’ the body over the chassis, and then had to find a balance that worked – what I was happy with showing, too much wheel arch or sides of the interior coming over the window ledge.

Having said that, this could have all been down to something stretching or tweaking earlier in the build – especially with the chassis when I had earlier problems fitting the exhaust.

This build took me way longer than anticipated. That was pretty much down to having the time to really get into it. However I really enjoyed working on this Shelby Mustang. There was a lot of new ground broken in having never built a Revell model before, taking the time to focus on the detail not just of the build itself but also the paint work, and not forgetting the spay job!

As a Revell virgin I was impressed with the model on all aspects. Not sure if the problems I had with the final fit were down to something I done or an issue with the model itself, but when it was finished all thoughts of what didn’t work so well were forgotten. It’s now sitting front and centre on the display shelf, the desert bleached hulks of war having been moved aside for this pristine road racer.

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Out of five – five being good, I’d rate this four. And the plus side is I’d build another Revell – just nothing from Star Trek, I’ll leave those to Montoya.

Model-details:
– True-to-original reproduction of body with fine surface details
– Separate movable bonnet
– Multi-part detailed engine
– Separate exhaust assembly
– Detailed interior with authentic dashboard and textured body-contoured seats
– Detailed wheel suspension
– True-to-original wheel hubs and rims
– Detailed chassis
– Many chrome parts including wheel hubs, bumper bars, radiator grille
– Instructions and authentic decals

Now check out the video review for more pictures of the build.


Rating: 4/5

Source: Revell
Reviewers: Montoya, Jamie

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