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1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Finished

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  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Finished
Posted by JohnnyK on Friday, December 30, 2022 2:22 PM

 

IMHO, this is a disappointing kit for several reasons:
  1.      The box cover indicates that the kit is a “NEW” kit. In fact, the kit uses molds from 1988. The result is flash that needs to be removed.
  2.      The diameter of the wheel spindles are WAY, WAY, WAY smaller than the openings in the wheels. The wheels flop around after they are installed on the spindles. See my WIP to see how I solved this problem.
  3.      The tires/wheels extend outside of the fenders.
  4.       The windshield frame is too thick and it does not have locating pins. I glued two wires into holes that I drilled in the frames and then glued the wires into holes that I drilled in the fenders.
  5.   The two electric cooling fans that are located in front of the radiator are missing from the kit.
  6.      The finished model does not have the “aggressive” appearance of a 427 Cobra. It looks more like a bulked-up 289 Cobra.

  

The wheels and engine are very nicely detailed.

 

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Friday, December 30, 2022 3:07 PM

All issues aside, this turned out really nice. I love what you did here, it looks amazing. Ya, I agree, it looks a bit off for a 427 car, but still looks great. The best looking Cobra, IMHO, is the 1/16 MPC kit from years ago. They are not hard to find, but go from decent money. They build up really nice. Great work on this one.

BK

On the bench:

A lot !! And I mean A LOT!!

2023 Kits on deck / in process / completed   

                         14 / 5 / 0   

                              Tongue Tied

  • Member since
    August 2007
  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Friday, December 30, 2022 3:15 PM
Despite all the errors/difficulties you turned this one round, in fine fashion 

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, December 30, 2022 3:32 PM

She looks awesome!  Paint came out great.  I've got the Mongram 427 kit in the stash and I want to do it as Ken Miles car at Willow Springs

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Friday, December 30, 2022 4:51 PM

Thanks for the kind words.  I'll take a look for the MPC model.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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    November 2018
Posted by oldermodelguy on Friday, December 30, 2022 6:06 PM

The kit itself may be "off" a bit but your work isn't ! And it shows nicely.

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Friday, December 30, 2022 6:13 PM

JohnnyK
this is a disappointing kit for several reasons:

Maybe so, but as everyone already said above, you'd never know it from your finished product.

I really like it, and I love the colors. That is such a cool car, the lines and everything about it.......

YesYes

-Greg

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, December 31, 2022 7:58 AM

Hi:

       Irregardless of the kit's flaws you have built an outstanding model here. Love yur color choice too. It makes it stand mean!

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, December 31, 2022 9:19 AM

Jeez. I just commented on the WIP and here it is all completed!! What a great turn out this one is. Painting and detailing are at a premium in this build.

I do hear what you're saying in regard to the position of the wheel/ tire assy in the wheel opening and I find that I deal with this issue on a MULTITUDE of kits. I just finished the AMT 67 Mustang GT Fastback earlier this year and fought the stance and wheel positioning on that kit hard to get the look that I was after. Same stuff, wheel/ tires sticking outside of the wheel opening and too high in the front / too low in the back issues that had to be corrected for the build to look passable as a replica. 

                   

 

  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Saturday, December 31, 2022 11:13 AM

This is my take on the tires sticking outside of the fenders. When this kit was originally offered in 1988 the tires were much narrower, so they fit within the fenders. The current kit includes wider tires. The chassis was not modified to accomidate the wider tires, so the tires stick outside of the fenders.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

  • Member since
    October 2020
  • From: Texas
Posted by MarkJK on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 8:55 AM

Johnny, you did an excellent job on this model. What kit actually is this and is it readily available.

  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Sunday, January 15, 2023 8:54 PM

MarkJK

Johnny, you did an excellent job on this model. What kit actually is this and is it readily available.

 

Sorry for the slow reply, but I haven't received e-mail notifications for years. The Cobra is a Revell of Germany kit. You can buy the kit from them directly. Also, there are a number of other online stores that carry that kit.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

  • Member since
    October 2020
  • From: Texas
Posted by MarkJK on Monday, January 16, 2023 6:43 AM

JohnnyK

 

 
MarkJK

Johnny, you did an excellent job on this model. What kit actually is this and is it readily available.

 

 

 

Sorry for the slow reply, but I haven't received e-mail notifications for years. The Cobra is a Revell of Germany kit. You can buy the kit from them directly. Also, there are a number of other online stores that carry that kit.

 

 

 

Thanks Johnny. I have always wanted to build that kit . I need to find a source now hopefully that I have purchased from before that I can order over the phone.

 

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