About the model
This is the 1994 AER Mustang raced in the Trans Am series, driven by Ron Fellows. It is limited to 1500 pieces. Ron Fellows drove this car to a manufacturer’s title in 1994, earning many top ten finishes (and quite a few first place finishes) along the way.
What’s in the box
The model comes in a very strong cardboard box, and it opens up like a cake box (i.e. top lid opens upwards). The hood is wrapped in tissue paper and foam and secured in position by a indentation in the clear plastic “cover”. The car itself is placed underneath the plastic cover on a large indentation in a black velvet-feel base. The car is also wrapped in tissue paper and foam. One thing I like about this box is that the fuss to get the model out is minimal, even when compared to the no-screw Styrofoam boxes.
The model is painted in a very smooth and orange-peel-less blue. The sponsors are all tampoes, and the positions and sponsors look to be accurate when compared to the 1:1 photo on the box. I was unable to find any other pics of the 1:1 to compare to though.
Starting at the front, the stance is nice and low. The lights are blacked out, as I believe all races were relatively short and in daylight, so no need for those. The semi-circular perforated grill is real metal, and is very detailed and intricate. The holes on the sides of the vent are however, not perforated and only painted in black. Note the quite-large gap between the bumper and the engine cover, this could’ve been better done. The hoodpins on the hood are not real pins, nor are they separate pieces. They’re just molded on the hood, and painted silver. I was at least expecting MC M3 GTR hood pins here. The front windshield is nicely done, with fake “windshield clips” molded on the top edge. However, I don’t know why the middle of the windshield has a vertical blue “bar”.
Moving to the side, the stance is nice and low, almost scraping the ground. There is no window on the door, only a plastic “net”. The rear quarter window has a vent, which is a real hole. If you notice, there’s a little black rectangular “piece” that’s just in front of the doors, these are the rubber clips which hold the engine cover to the body. Since the doors are sealed, there are no shutlines to speak of. On the passenger side of the car, the two exhaust ports are poking out. They are lightly excavated only, and are only painted silver instead of being real metal.
Moving rearwards, the rear windshield is nicely done, with the same fake clips adorn the top edge. The black “bars” in the windshield are actually molded instead of just black paint. The real hole in the middle of the windshield is for access to the fuel tank, which is a nice detail. Lights are one-piece clear red pieces, and could be more 3D looking. The problem is probably due to the light fixture under the cover. The blue vertical bars are just painted, instead of true metal bars. There are multiple clips, rivets near the rear duck wing, and are decently molded.