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1967 Ford Mustang GT
Manufacturer: Maisto
Release dates: 2006(?)-Current
Catalog number: 260
Date Purchased: December 2008
Date Completed October 2010
Number in collection: 33

The Ford Mustang entered its third (or would be third and 1/2) year of production with significant changes. All exterior sheetmetal was revised. These changes were most notable on the fast back model, with a flatter roof line that swept all the way to the edge of the rear deck, rather than ending before it. all exterior dimensions were larger, except for the wheelbase, and the car was heavier. Part of the reason for the size increase was for the engine compartment to hold the 'big-block' V8, a new option for 1967. The interior as all-new as well. Despite the changes, sales continued to decline. This was at least partially due to competition from the new Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird, as well as a redesigned Plymouth Barracuda.

This replica is made by Maisto, as part of their Special Edition series. Like all other cars in this series, it features a die-cast body with opening doors and hood. All other parts are plastic. The engine is represented by a one-piece insert that snaps underneath the body, and has acceptable engine and underhood details. The chassis is a single piece with suspension, exhaust system, and other details moulded in. The interior and body have nice detailing, with several plated and clear parts for details. Although fully assembled, these cars are easily taken apart to make painting easier.

I originally worked on this car long before I started photographing them. The 'before' pictures are not of my car, but ones I found online of cars that are in original condition, in a different color. The 'after' pictures are 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 three 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 the console, front seat bottoms, and complete rear seat moulded to it as a single piece. Front seat backs fit loosely into tabs in the seat bottoms. This assembly fits into pins moulded into the chassis under the front seats. All pieces are black plastic.
  • A flexible vinyl tie rod, with the front wheels attached to it by plastic pins. The wheels are chrome plated plastic, and the tires are soft vinyl. I saw no way to remove the wheels from the tie rod without damaging either or both, so I stopped there.
  • A black plastic chassis, with basic details of engine, suspension, exhaust, and frame moulded into it. Mounting points for the rear wheels are plastic retainers that are bonded to the chassis by heat applied to plastic rivets. The rear wheels attach to it by plastic pins, similar to the ways the front wheels are mounted. The wheels are chrome plated plastic, and the tires are soft vinyl. I saw no way to remove the wheels from the chassis without damaging these parts.
  • A steel spring, painted the same color as the body, 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 metal doors, which are easily removed once the retaining spring is removed. Each door has a black plastic interior panel with nicely engraved detail, and a clear vent window attached to each one. They press-fit onto pins cast into the inside of the doors. The side view mirrors slip through slots in the doors and onto pins on the inside of the doors.
  • A black plastic dashboard and steering wheel. The steering wheel is attached to the dash by a plastic pin. The dash has simple engraving for gauge faces, basic detail for other controls, and pedals moulded to the bottom. This whole assembly is pressed onto tabs cast into the underside of the body.
  • A black plastic single piece engine compartment insert. Some painted or printed details are factory applied.
  • Chrome plated front grille, front and rear bumpers. These parts attach to the body by heat applied to moulded-in pins. I cut these bonds and removed the parts.
  • Two clear plastic headlight lenses, which are attached by heat applied from the inside of the body to moulded-in pins on the parts. I cut these bonds and removed the parts.
  • Clear windshield and rear windows held in place to the body by tabs on the top and bottom edge. I was able to carefully pry the windows from their respective mounting points.
  • The tail light panel, roof mounted rear quarter louvers, and rear fender 'scoops' are separate plastic pieces painted the same coloe of the body. which are attached by heat applied from the inside of the body to moulded-in pins on the parts. I chose not to remove these parts, as I didn't feel it was necessary for the details I wanted to add.
  • The die-cast body, painted red with printed side stripes and emblems. It features an opening hood attached to the body in a way that would probably make it difficult to remove without damaging the hood and/or body. The rear deck lid is also a separate piece, but did not open. I found this odd, as it looks like the body was partially engineered for this piece to be hinged. I fabricated my own hinge, which i'll go into more detail about later.

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

The following is a summary of the changes I made:
  • Wheels and tires: Sanded the tread surface with 220 grit sandpaper to simulate wear. I used Tamiya metallic grey and Testors light blue to detail the wheels.
  • Engine compartment insert: Painted edge of piece Tamiya red to match the body. Testors dark blue, yellow, acrylic flat black, as well as Tamiya aluminum, metallic grey, and semi-gloss black were used to detail the engine and remainder of engine compartment details. Pictures of the actual car were used as a guide.
  • Chassis: Sanded away moulded-in lettering that listed the description of the car, the model company name, and their logo. Painted entire piece Testors acrylic flat black. Engine, transmission, exhaust system, suspension and frame details were painted with Testors dark blue, Tamiya aluminum, metallic grey, and semi-gloss black.
  • Interior: Painted seats, lower dashboard, steering wheel, console, rear side panels and door panels Testors flat red. Lower section of door panels, floor, and dashboard top pad are Testors acrylic flat black. Tamiya aluminum paint and Bare-Metal foil were used for the door panel and dashboard trim. Applied Testors acrylic semi-gloss clear to all interior surfaces except floor. Remaining interior details were highlighted with appropriate colors, using pictures of the actual car as a guide.
  • Windows: Used Bare-Metal foil for the front quarter vent window frames and rear-view mirror. lightly by the factory.
  • Body: Painted headliner area inside body Testors red, and all other areas inside the body Testors acrylic flat black. Applied Bare-Metal foil to all window frames, front turn signals, tail lights, back-up lights, door handles, trim on top edge of doors, trim around front grille, trim around headlights, and trim around rear panel. Painted tail lights, front turn signals, front grille mounted lights, and backup light with Tamiya clear red, clear orange, clear yellow, and Testors white. Front grille area is Testors flat black. Fabricated a hinge for the rear deck from brass rod and plastic tubing, Remaining exterior details were highlighted with appropriate colors, using pictures of the actual car as a guide.
Detailed parts, before assembly To the left is the car prior to 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 4663 / 183.6 196.5/ 7.74 4716 / 185.7 1:24
Wheelbase 2743 / 108.0 113.5 / 4.47 2724 / 107.2 1:24
Width 1801 / 70.9 75.9 / 2.99 2057 / 71.7 1:24
Height 1316 / 51.8 55.7 / 2.19 1337 / 52.6 1:24

According to my calculations, this car is probably as close as you can get to the 1:24 scale moulded onto the chassis plate.

I was happy enough with my original effort that I made no changes from when I originally worked on this car. I just disassembled it once more and gave it a thorough cleaning before I took the pictures that you see here. Unlike many of the other Maisto cars in my collection, I do occasionally see this one in stores, but in a colors other than red. I also think this is one of the better efforts in the Special Edition series.


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