Airfix QUICKBUILD Mustang GT
Recently, a friend of mine visited unexpectedly and presented me with a model of my Twister Orange Ford Mustang GT. The car was featured in last month’s Mustang Supplement. I wasn’t aware that long-time model kit manufacturer Airfix produced not only a model of my car, but in the same colour. I wasn’t familiar with the QUICKBUILD range that Airfix, part of the Hornby Hobbies company, produces for younger modellers aged 6+. The concept is simple, though unusual. They are similar to traditional simplified, no glue required, snaptogether kits with pre-coloured plastic parts, so that painting is optional. This enables younger and less experienced modellers to build a decent-looking model in an evening. They have self-adhesive stickers, rather than waterslide decals. Uniquely, their QUICKBUILD kits clip together on a ‘brick’ basis similar to, and indeed compatible with, Lego. Once completed, there is no evidence of their brick construction. Airfix produces cars, tanks and aircraft in the range.
The Mustang GT kit represents a post2018 left-hand-drive S550. No scale is quoted, but it’s about 1:25. All the body panels are pre-coloured orange with a decent shine. They assemble on to a simple black chassis with just silver silencer boxes clipped underneath. The interior has a black dashboard and door cards, with grey seats and steering wheel. It has the same rear boot spoiler as my real one and the silver wheels which come with the extra cost Custom Packs 3 and 4. The sticker sheet provides adhesive decals for the front and rear lights, the radiator grilles, a rear licence plate and various emblems. The overall look is the equivalent of an old-time ‘promo’ kit and quite acceptable as-is, though you could paint additional details, such as the bonnet grilles and window frames, if you wanted to. At £14.99 RRP it’s good value.