Agora Models 1/8 '67 Shelby GT500 Super Snake Kit Pack 07 Build Review
|Date of Review||September 2020||Manufacturer||Agora Models|
|Subject||'67 Shelby GT500 Super Snake||Scale||1/8|
|Kit Number||07||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 05, look here.
- For a look at our build-up of Pack 06, look here.
With this pack, we get a full-length interior floor, most of the rear side panels. and additional interior detailing.
Here's a closer look at Pack Six. This pack assembles:
- Right Rear Interior Panel
- Right Rear Upper Interior Panel and Ventilation Grille
- Lower Dashboard Panel, Roll Bar, and Seat Belts
- Rear Seat and Seat Belts
- Rear Platform and Seat-Back Locks
- Left Front Wheel
- Right Front Tire and Rim
- Muffler and Exhaust Pipes
- Right Front Wheel Parts
Steps 47 and 48: Right Rear Panels - as I mentioned during the assembly of the left rear panels from Pack 6, it would be easier to assemble the upper and lower panels before mounting them to the interior subassembly. I did that on the right side and there was far less flexing of the interior. Here is my use of the small pliers to snap the tabs on the rear together.
Step 49: Lower Dashboard Panel, Roll Bar, and Seat Belts - if ever you needed a magnetic screwdriver, the lower dashboard panel would otherwise best be installed by removing the dashboard assembly first. That wasn't necessary here as I do have magnetic screwdrivers to get the various screws placed and started. The roll bar goes on without a fuss, but then the shoulder harnesses will require a bit of attention. When I read the steps to assemble the harness reels that mount to the roll bar, of course I put them on backwards. When you're finished and you find the textured surface of the belt facing to the rear, you've got it wrong. Fortunately, this is easily remedied.
Step 50: Rear Seat and Seat Belts - this is another single part that attaches to the rear of the Rear Seat Support to provide the storage area behind the rear seat.
Step 51: Rear Platform and Seat-Back Locks - if you find the two rear trays somewhat flimsy, here is where we install the first rear side panel that provides the structural strength. First two trim parts are added to the panel before it is attached with screws to each of the three levels.
Steps 52 and 53: Left and Right Front Wheels and Left Wheel parts - these are easily the most challenging steps in this build so far. The tires are stiff vinyl/rubber and you're supposed to insert the rim into the tire. The problem is that the rim is actually a heavy casting that not only has the rim but also a metal ring that goes inside the tires to keep them from sagging/going flat. If you've seen the inside of a run-flat tire, that's what you have here except the secondary 'tire' here is metal. According to the instructions, you're supposed to insert the rim/ring through the tire at a 90 degree angle and work in into the tire as you turn it. That wasn't happening for me, so I used the tip in the instructions and went for near-boiling water to soften the tire, but that didn't work for me either. The solution for me was a heat gun which I carefully used to heat the tire, pushed the rim/ring through at a 90 degree angle, then pushed the rim/tire together flat on my metal workbench. When I saw what was involved, there was no way I was going back and do this all over again with the right wheel, so I had it with me and assembled both wheels. If you go this route, be very careful as you can melt the tire if you get it too hot and even so, I melted the microfiber towel I was using to hold the hot parts. Back at the bench, I installed the disk brakes and axle for the left wheel.
Step 54: Muffler and Exhaust Pipes - The drawings weren't clear to me how the pipes went together with the muffler, so I peeked ahead to the instructions for Pack 8 (available on the Agora website) to see how they mount to the chassis. With that view, I assembled the pipes as you see and this is the first step where I actually used liquid cement on this project, to mount the exhaust cones to the ends of the pipes. Since I peeked ahead, I knew that the pipes weren't going to be in the way of later steps, so I mounted them on the chassis to keep them safe.
Step 55: Right Front Wheel Parts - this step added the brakes and axle to the right wheel just like step 52. After that, the instructions have you mount the front end with the wheel assemblies and tie rods together. This took just a few minutes of ensuring the various subassemblies were properly oriented and then assembling them together as you see here. This is starting to look like a car!
My sincere thanks to Agora Models for this review sample!