I’ve written a review on Revell’s 1965 Mustang Fastback 2+2 kit a while ago. As I’ve got this kit as a Christmas present from my sister (thanks!), I though about making a kit comparison, just to let you know what are the differences and maybe you can pick the kit you like the most.
To start with, both kits have the same moulding quality, which is quite good in both cases – nothing to complaint about, just some sanding here and there, as usual. The main differences are basically that one car is a Shelby and the 2+2 Fastback is just a basic street model.
The first thing I’ve noticed is that you get a some different chrome parts with each kit. On the left, you can see the chrome parts from the Shelby kit. You get the correct Shelby grille, plus the competition oil pan with a cooler, the Cobra valve covers and a different set of rims. The Shelby dashboard features five round instruments, instead the linear speedometer with the two round instruments from the 2+2 Fastback. All the Shelby specials are there.
The decals are also different. Not only you get the rally stripes with the Shelby kit (as expected). You also get decals for the instruments, plus the decal for the air filter and some license plates. Too bad the 2+2 Fastback doesn’t have these kind of “goodies”. You also get a Cobra logo with the Shelby kit. The golden stripes look terrific!
The tires are kind of the same in both kits, just with minor differences. On the left, you can see the Shelby tires. They are a little wider than the 2+2 Fastback tires. Other than that, neither have any kind of tire brand on them – sometimes it is better that way. I mean, in some cases, the lettering is just too thick and looks unrealistic. Decals for the tire brand make a good impression, but those are not included in any of the two kits.
I also had a look at the instructions. I liked the 2+2 Fastback instructions more than the Shelby’s. The ones from the Shelby, by Revell Germany, don’t have any written hints on them but just references you have to look up. I personally prefer the instructions with all the hints written directly on them.
As for the other differences, the Shelby comes with the a typical body details, such as the hood air scoop, the side air scoops behind the doors and the glass windows for the back seats.
I guess most of you know about the GT 350 H. It was specially made for Hertz, the car rental company – promoting them as “Rent-a-Racer”. Once their rental life cycle was over, they were returned to Ford to be refurbished and sold to the public. Some of them were painted white with blue stripes, but the majority were black with gold stripes. Ford produced about 800 of these.