Building the Shelby Cobra 427 S/C
Arguably the best-known American sports car in the world, the Shelby Cobra appeared on the race circuit and the rest is legend. The Cobra and the Corvette Grand Sport rivalry entertained and excited race fans all over the world.
The Cobra roadster is probably the most produced kit car even today.
Revell has produced several kits of the Cobra over the years. I bought my kit from an estate sale along with the Cobra Daytona coupe. A friend suggested that I use the chassis from the roadster under the coupe to replace the more or less scratch built frame that comes with the coupe. Although the wheel bases matched, the suspension setup were different, so that wasn’t going to work out. Nonetheless, as I had already gotten a good start on the roadster, I decided to continue with the build.
Built straight out of the box, construction was straightforward without any surprises. I did add plug wires and wire looms, as I can’t seem to build a car without at least add that detail. I stripped all of the kit chrome and re-chromed the parts using Alclad paint. The body was painted with Tamiya Metallic Blue which I thought was pretty close to Guardsman Blue used on the actual car. I included a shot of my Danbury Mint die-cast along side of the finished model.
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