1:25 Revell 1968 “Bullitt” Mustang – iModeler at the Movies Group Build
So anybody who is a car “guy” or cares at all about muscle cars understands when someone mentions the movie “Bullitt”. Many better movies have been made since—BUT NONE—will ever compare to that chase scene. Say what you will, but the facts remain, Steve McQueen drove it himself. The king of cool. Steve could have beat the c**p out of James Dean by just looking at him—that’s how cool this guy was. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to drink beer with this guy.
Anyway, I felt the calling to build that iconic 1968 Mustang for this group build. Why…that car is a legend. The only other Mustang that even comes close is Eleanor from “Gone in Sixty Seconds”. The Bullitt car was an understated, heavily muscled Mustang and was every bit as cool as its driver.
There are many links out there to dissect not only the chase scene, but also the car itself. There’s a great dialogue about this at my WIP thread. https://imodeler.com/groups/imoder-at-the-movies-1964926360/forum/topic/bullitt-mustang/
If you want to build one, Revell’s 2-in-1 1968 Mustang GT kit contains all the pieces to built the Bullitt Mustang. American Racing rims and the blacked-out grille. I’m not a Ford guy, so I’m not sure exactly sure what engine comes with the kit, but it looks like a 351 or a 390 so what the heck, I put a 390 decal on it.
I really, and I mean really, wanted to get the color correct. I’m embarrassed to discuss how many hours I spent looking around the internet trying to find the right paint. I finally ended up buying ScaleFinishes.com 1968 Ford Highland Green. Awesome stuff, great service. My only negative is that I purchased the gloss enamel, but it went on super dull. I was planning to clear it anyway, but needed a lot of patience with 4000 grit sandpaper to get a gloss finish. In the end it worked out. Now I have the materials to do gloss finishes for more cars 🙂 1965 Malibu SS Z-16 maybe…
That’s about it on this build. Hope it measures up to the legend that is the “Bullitt” Mustang. Stay cool. I look forward to your comments. Keep building!
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