Re: [Box-Art] Free Download Alert 28JUN10
- JeanI just got a AURORA B-29 Box in exellent condition from a person on e-bay, price wasn't very much but they made up for it in shipping, however it got to me in great shape so I got to weigh that in, it also had a group of instruction sheets in it and some decals for different kits so i do not think $12.00 with shipping was actually too much what do you think.Charlie
From: C. Bibbee <quadgop2000@...>
Sent: Tue, Jun 29, 2010 5:48 am
Subject: Re: [Box-Art] Free Download Alert 28JUN10
Thanks. It's good to see the original '68 boxart again.
The '68 Shelby kit is not a "standard" GT-500. It's the (even more) limited-production GT-500KR. "KR" stood for "King of the Road", and considering that the KR only came with the full-on, race-tuned 428 engine and heavy-duty drivetrain, it probably deserved the title. The KR can be identified by the twin "nostril" carburetion intakes at the leading edge of its hood. The hood was a custom fiberglass piece on that model; the "standard" GT-500 had a standard steel hood with a riveted-on hood scoop, same as the GT-350.
Actually, it's not quite accurate to say that Shelby Mustang production ended in '70. Carroll Shelby ended his involvement with the Shelby Mustang project a year earlier (early '69). The '70 model GT-500 series was built "in-house" by Ford, mainly from unused '69 Shelby component sets, instead of being done by Shelby's own shop. The '70 Shelbys weren't quite up to the quality of assembly, or the performance, of their predecessors, according to most Shelby experts.
After Shelby production "officially" ended in the 1970 model year, Ford went ahead with their own equivalent, the Mach 1 Mustang. It had been introduced in the '69 model year as a lower-cost alternative to the Shelby, and after '70 became the "flagship" model Mustang (although for the most part, the various "Boss" Mustangs outperformed it). While the Mach 1 name continued to the end of "Fox" Mustang production, most pony car fans agree the "real" Mach 1 lifespan ended in 1973, with the last production run of the 1971-73 third generation Mustang, aka the "Clydesdale".
As for the AMT kit, it started life as a revision of the 1967 Mustang Fastback annual mould. It was considered an "advanced" car model kit for its day (i.e., it didn't have a music-wire axle going through a hole in the engine block, and had an actual multipiece interior), and still holds up well against newer moulds like AMT's 1967 GT-350 and 1967 2+2 Fastback kits, both of which were cut in the late 1980s/ early '90s. BTW, the AMT moulds- all of them- get the lines of the '67/'68 fastback body closer to the real car than anybody elses', including the Monogram/Revell versions other than the '67 "Bullitt" Mustang GT.
And if you're wondering, yes, I've built several of the '68 GT-500KRs over the years. In fact, one is sitting on top of my TV set right now. (In Model Master Custom Lacquer Shelby Dark Blue, of course.) ;-)
From: JeanA <jfa23@...>
Sent: Mon, June 28, 2010 2:40:30 PM
Subject: [Box-Art] Free Download Alert 28JUN10
Gee willikers boxsters, is everyone on vacation?
Only two posts since the last FD.
Anywho, this week the Chairman presents another goodie from the Golden Age of Models.
This weeks Free Download is the 1968 boxart from AMT of the much coveted Shelby GT500 Cobra. Based on the Ford Mustang the GT500 ran rings around most of the muscle cars of the day. The more common GT350 was actually part of the Hertz rental fleet during the Shelby 1966 production year run. They were made until 1970 when Shelby left Ford.
From my archives I found two new photos from the NASM at Dulles. I'm sure the Chairman will like one of them a lot.
All the images are 1280 pixels for PC compatibility.
Get them at http://theboxartden.com/free_downloads