Hasegawa 1966 Ford Thunderbird Plastic Model Car Kit
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Hasegawa 1966 Ford Thunderbird Model Kit




This is a Hasegawa 1966 Ford Thunderbird.

Hasegawa made a series of cars, four in all I believe, of American cars. This is one of them.

This version included a figure of a woman as well (I have not built that yet) but except for that extra feature it should be just like any earlier versions they reissued.

The Thunderbird kit is a curbside model, meaning the hood does not open and there is no separate engine assembly. There is some moderate engraving on the bottom of the chassis, and it does show an oil pan, as well as a dual exhaust.

I like the overall shape of the Ford body and it makes for a good Thunderbird kit. The box shows the model with a "vinyl" roof but I don't like that option on cars so I painted it the same color as the body.

There are Thunderbird scipts molded into the rear quarter panels, and an emblem on the hood. The turn signal markers on the front fenders are separate parts.

The tires are a no name type, the white wall portions are a plastic ring inserts (molded in white) that you snap into the tire. I broke one of the rings getting it to fit so be careful with those..

The interior bucket is basic with some fair engraving. The front seats and dash are separate parts. The dash includes a large decal for it, but doesn't have any engraving if you wanted to skip the decal altogether.

The front and rear glass need to be carefully set in place - there are no location pins or holes. Hasegawa provides side windows as well but I did not use them. It's easier to see inside the model without them.

The chrome on my model example was ok. There is a little bit of flash here and there (on different places on the model as well) but it's not bad - I have seen much worse in my time.

I used a dark wash on the simplistic spoked rims, which sort of look undersized to me, and also on the grille. Hasegawa provides the long taiilight lens on the rear but it's molded in clear plastic. so you will want to use some transparent red to paint that with.

Overall I liked the kit. If you want to take a break from a complicated project this just might fit the bill.



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