This is the Tamiya GT4 Ford Mustang model.
a good kit, with plenty of details, and of course, the fit and finish is better than most car kits. The way the nose fits is especially impressive as far as engineering.
Yes, its a curbside, though it does have an engine, it's just a partial assembly. The hood does not open on the model so there really isn't aything to see anyways. There is a belly pan plate that covers the front portion of the suspension so you can't see the engine from the bottom either.
But on the plus side Tamiya gives you great masks for all the windows. Something I really appreciate, and that just about compensates for there not being and total engine option.
The interior has details, but there is room for ambitious builder to add all sorts of hoses, wires and other goodies to bring it to life.
The roll cage is a bit tricky to install but it fits well and Tamiya did some fair engineering getting it in there.
The underside of the Mustang is great. The rear suspension is a masterpiece of model goodness - it's very detailed.
For the wheels I used a Tamiya dark metallic color. The body is painted Tamiya Orange because that was what I had on hand. I didn't use any clear (or primer).
Various black and silver colored paints were used all over the build. The Mustang declas on the sides were out of my parts box - I don't know what kit they might have come from.
I did this more as a street car - at leat as close as possible as far as the look. I bought the kit for about $ 42.00 - which is $ 12.00 more than the average AMT or revell kit - so it's not a deal breaker.
What would I do on the next one I build?
1. The model only includes on seat - I would modify the floor pan and add a matching pair of performance seats.
2. Possiby I would cut the hood open. Then add an engine - even if it was just the top half since the bottom half fits perfectly and is accurate.
3. I need tires with tread.
Overall it's a great kit and worth building more than once.
Edit note: For some reason, throughout the build, I thought the clear lenses on the headlights were installed from the outside. Only when I had the car together and was ready to install one of the last parts - the headlights - did I realize they needed to be installed from the INSIDE of the body. Oh well. I did try to shave them down and install them from the front but I broke one of them, so for now - the car does not have those covers.