Agora Models 1/8 '67 Shelby GT500 Super Snake Kit Pack 05 Build Review
|Date of Review||July 2020||Manufacturer||Agora Models|
|Subject||'67 Shelby GT500 Super Snake||Scale||1/8|
|Kit Number||05||Primary Media||Die-cast metal, styrene, rubber, etc.|
|Pros||Beautiful details, prefinished parts, easy assembly||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$129.99/month + $9.99 shipping per pack (see text)|
- For a look at our build-up of Pack 01, look here.
- For a look at our build-up of Pack 02, look here.
- For a look at our build-up of Pack 03, look here.
- For a look at our build-up of Pack 04, look here.
- For a look at our build-up of Pack 06, look here.
With this pack, we get a full-length chassis complete with interior floor pans and the start of the front-end details.
Here's a closer look at Pack Five. This pack assembles:
- Stabilizer Bar and Lower Suspension Arms
- Upper Suspension Arms
- Front Interior Floor and Gear Lever
- Front Side Walls, Pedals and Switches
- Dashboard and Fuse Cover
- Dashboard Trim, Dials and Shelby Badge
- Central Dials, Car Radio and Glove Compartment
- Rear Floor and Front Seat Belts
Step 31: Stabilizer Bar and Lower Suspension Arms - the lower suspension arms drop into the mounting pockets we installed back in step 30 and are pinned into place. Note that from this point on, you need to examine the plastic parts a little closer as there is a little mold flash that will interfere with the free movement of some assemblies. I simply use an X-Acto knife and a small file to clean any flash as needed. While we're here, we can test-fit the steering assembly with the steering box which were both finished in step 30. All looks great and I put the steering assembly away for the time being.
Step 32: Upper Suspension Arms - the upper suspension arms are pinned together to their chassis mounts, but not before mold flash was cleared to ensure free movement. With the upper arm assemblies together, they mount onto the chassis above the lower arms (naturally).
Step 33: Front Interior Floor and Gear Lever - the front floorboard is injection-molded plastic that has a simulated carpet sprayed onto the surface. We'll need to ensure that some of this spray-on stuff doesn't interfere with assembly. In this step, we simply mount the stick shift above the transmission hump with a single screw.
Step 34: Front Side Walls, Pedals and Switches - here's where we start to see some of the upcoming features of this model. First, we mount the sidewalls to the front floor, and you'll need to scrape some of the spray-on carpet to get the sidewalls to mount into place. There are two holes in the firewall where the pedals will mount and here, we mount two microswitches into a small frame which, in turn, is mounted to back side of the firewall. The accelerator and brake pedals have posts molded to the rear side which protrude through the firewall and when you press on one of the pedals, you can feel the microswitch click. Be sure you have the switches in the correct spots on the mount and they're facing the holes when mounting these to the firewall. The instructions walk you through this step. We finally mount the pedals and the switches are set up correctly.
Step 35: Dashboard and Fuse Cover - the dashboard is next up and in this step, we simply install the fuse panel cover with a single screw.
Step 36: Dashboard Trim, Dials and Shelby Badge - this is one of the busiest steps so far. First, we apply the sticker-based instrument gauge faces to the dashboard. I use tweezers to place each face and make whatever adjustments needed before pressing the face into place which activates the adhesive. I made sure my fingerprints are gone by rubbing the dash with a clean microfiber cloth. The clear part that provides the glass covers for the instruments is mounted to the chrome dash overlay and this is again cleaned with the microfiber towel. The silver trim overlay goes over the chrome and then this assembly is screw-mounted to the dashboard. Last up is the Shelby logo which is fixed to another chrome part before being mounted to the dash with two screws.
Step 37: Central Dials, Car Radio and Glove Compartment - assembly continues with the radio head which comes pre-finished and only needs to be screwed into place. The center instrument cluster that mounts below the radio just like the dashboard before mounting through the bottom of the dashboard.
Step 38: Rear Floor and Front Seat Belts - here is a good example of the carpet material getting in the way. You can see in this first photo how it leaked from the other side and cured into place over a mounting tab and surface. This is where the rear floorboard attaches with four screws, but first I scraped away this overspray with my knife, then mounted the front and rear floorboards together. The front seat belts are next, and these come pre-assembled ready to mount. The left and right seat belt anchors fit through slots in the floor and are held in place with friction (they aren't going anywhere). The belts also go through slots next to the transmission hump and the end of each belt goes over a stub molded on each side under the floor. As suggested in the instructions, I used tape to hold these mounts in place.
My sincere thanks to Agora Models for this review sample!