I am painting, gluing and assembling my first model kit ever. I find it hard to believe that I have waited this long to build a model car. I received a Lamborghini Miura when I was a kid, but it was an unpainted red plastic kit, so I just built it that way. It looked crappy and wasn’t much fun to play with, so I don’t even think I ever finished it.
Its funny, because I’ve always been an artistic person, I had a Badger 150 airbrush when I was 10 and I spent countless hours laboring over detailed illustrations of wolverine and spawn with it, but I never had the interest in model cars or planes…
I was at Michaels picking out some kits for my nephews for Christmas and I saw this 1970 Boss Mustang 429 kit and figured I’d do one myself. I saw a number of them on the shelf that showed a painted body through the plastic window, so I assumed this one came with a painted body as well. You can imagine my surprise when I got home and the entire kit was unpainted white plastic. I no longer have my airbrush, nor do I have lots of free time, but I decided that I was going to do it anyway.
Honestly, I didn’t know how much work this would be. All the pieces needed to be removed from the hangers, trimmed and sanded, then painted. After painting, you need to sand off all the paint on all the glue surfaces to promote adhesion as well which is not as easy as it sounds. I used about 10 different rattle cans that I had in the garage including a fire engine red and a clear coat for the body, a gloss black, a flat black, blue, a gold and about 3 different types of silver paints for the mechanical components – some mixed together to achieve different results depending on the part. I didn’t want the kit to look like it built it using three colors.
The kit had NO instructions on what items to paint what color aside from three not too detailed photos of the front 3/4, top and engine compartment so I was on my own there. I looked at a bunch of photos of used mustangs under-bodies and interiors to get ideas on what to paint what color.
A cool thing about this kit is that you have a few sets of wheel/tire options as well as a few types of engines that you can build. It also comes with modified rear struts and spacers for the street rat look.