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1999 Ford Mustang GT
Manufacturer: Maisto
Release date 2000(?)-Currentlly in production
Catalog number: Unknown
Date Purchased: May 2007
Date Completed May 2008
Number in collection: 5

This car caught my eye because it looked like it was a decent replica of the Ford Mustang GT convertible, which was given a significant restyle for the 1999 model year. The price wasn't bad, either, which was around US$3.00

It's made by Maisto, as part of their Power Racer series. Like all other cars in this series, it features a spring-loaded, 'pull-back' type of motor at the rear wheels. It has nice exterior details with opening doors, and the wheels are in the style of the actual car. The interior isn't bad, but the room needed for the motor intrudes into the back seat area. The seat detail is there, but the bottom cushion is much shorter than it should be. The chassis makes it clear that these are intended as toys, as the have no detailing whatsoever.

I originally worked on this car long before I started photographing them. The 'before' pictures are not of my car, but ones I found on-line of others that were in original condition. The 'after' pictures were of my car, but taken while I was originally writing this page.

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What I started with. Actual car I used for reference.


Pictures of car before any changes were made (click to enlarge)

Disassembly was started by removing two screws that hold the chassis to the body. The remainder of this process, as well as the resulting parts breakdown, is as follows:
  • The bottom half of the interior, with seat bottoms and console moulded to it as a single piece, in black plastic. Seat backs fit loosely into tabs in the seat bottoms. This assembly just snaps to the chassis plate. The seat backs can then be removed from the rest of the bottom piece.
  • The front axle, with wheels and tires pressed onto the axle. This falls loose once the bottom interior is removed. I didn't see any way to remove the wheels from the axles without damaging them, so I stopped there.
  • The rear tires, wheels, axle and pull-back motor assembly. This snaps free from the chassis plate by carefully flexing the chassis until the motor pops loose. Once again, I didn't see any way to remove the wheels from the axles without damaging them or the motor assembly, so this is as far as I went.
  • A one piece black plastic chassis That has minimal and unrealistic detail cast to the bottom.
  • a steel spring that locates between three pins cast into the underside of the body. The purpose of this part is to allow the doors to spring back closed after being opened, and to hold them in place when closed.
  • The two doors, which are easily removed once the retaining spring is removed. These are painted the same yellow as the body, and have door panel detail lightly cast into the inside surface.
  • A black plastic dashboard and steering wheel. The steering wheel is glued the dash. This whole assembly was carefully pried from the retaining rivets inside of the body.
  • The clear windshield and rear window. Like the dashboard, These were carefully pried from the retaining rivets inside of the body.
  • The die-cast body, painted Yellow with tampo-printed and adhesive-backed markings. Two clear plastic headlight lenses and a black plastic front grill are attached by heat applied to moulded-in pins. I cut the bonds and removed these parts.

After disassembling the car, only paint and foil were used to detail the car.

The following is a summary of the changes I made:
  • Wheels and tires: Sanded the tread surface with 220 grit sandpaper to simulate wear.
  • Chassis: Painted entire piece Testors acrylic flat black. Highlight the few moulded in details with Tamiya semi-gloss black. I left the pull-back motor attached to the chassis, as there was no need to remove and detail this part.
  • Interior: Painted all interior pieces and the door panel detail cast inside of the doors Testors acrylic flat black. Mixed more Testors acrylic flat black with a small amount of flat white to get a dark gray color. Lightly brushed this onto raised portions of seats, dash, and door panels in order to give some contrast and depth to an otherwise all black interior. Remaining interior details were highlighted with appropriate colors, using pictures of the actual car as a guide.
  • Windows: Windshield frame and wipers were already painted black, so no additional detail was needed.
  • Body: Painted underside of body Testors acrylic flat black. Added detail to side scoops, hood scoop, vents on both bumpers, side view mirrors on doors, and recessed MUSTANG on rear bumper with flat black. Drew in body panel seams with a metal tipped 'quill' pen and black ink. Added Bare-Metal Foil to inside of headlights, and the engraved surfaces of the fog lights, tail lights, rear side marker lights, and center brake light. detailed lights with flat white, Tamiya clear red and clear orange for lenses. Remaining exterior details were highlighted with appropriate colors, using pictures of the actual car as a guide.
Disassembled parts, before reassembly To the left is the car prior to re-assembly.

The car was reassembled by reversing the procedure used to disassemble it. No glue was needed.


Pictures of completed car (click to enlarge)


The proportions of the completed car look very close to the actual car. The table below shows how close they are.

Actual car 
(mm / in)
Model
(mm / in)
Dimensions of actual car based on model scale
(mm / in)
Calculated scale based on model to actual car
Length 4204 / 183.2 119 / 4.67 4622 / 182.0 1:39
Wheelbase 2573 / 101.3 66 / 2.60 2569 / 101.2 1:39
Width 1857 / 73.1 48 / 1.88 1829 / 73.4 1:39
Height 1351 / 53.2 34 / 1.35 1326 / 52.8 1:39

According to my calculations, this car is probably as close as you can get to the 1:39 scale moulded onto the chassis plate.

This is another car that I completed soon after I returned to the hobby, and I decided to leave it as I originally rebuilt it. If I had to change anything, it might be the interior color. I'm not the biggest fan of monochrome interiors, especially in black. It's reminds me too much of the shortcut that I used to take 25-30 years ago with plastic kits, just so I could complete them quicker. On the other hand, its a great way to kind of hide lack of details or inaccuracies in the kit, such as in the back seat area of this one.

As with all of the Maisto Power Racer cars in my collection, this is another example of one that I'm glad that bought when I had the chance. I have not seen any on sale since late 2011, and miss them. They don't take a large amount of effort to take the toylike look away from them, and the price was excellent. I do always keep an eye out for them in resale stores, so hopefully I'll find some more then.


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