Diecast Delights: A Ford Mustang SVO in 1:18 Scale

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I couldn’t resist it. While patrolling this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, diligently photographing everything that I thought I might be able to write something about, I noticed a ziggurat of diecasts in the scant shelter of Bill Shepherd Mustang’s merchandise awning. Then the part of me that controls my spending muscles and is always in the lookout for low, low prices clocked a “reduced to clear” Tag.
So I now possess a 1:18th scale Fox-body Mustang SVO. And here it is.

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Click to behold the magnificence.

I always liked the Fox body. I used to see them on the streets around here quite often, presumably brought over from the USA by the servicemen of Lakenheath, Mildenhall or Woodbridge, just thirty miles from here. Growing up I always thought that this generation of Mustang was the closest to the kind of Fords that you could buy over here. Stylistically they’re at least in the same ballpark as the Escorts, Sierras and Granadas that were ten a penny everywhere you look.
By comparison, earlier Mustangs seemed totally divorced from anything the UK was familiar with, both in size and shape. In a strange way, I felt like I could relate to the Fox, whereas other Mustangs seemed alien and difficult to place.
Then, in 1989 Vanilla Ice was rolling in his 5.o with his ragtop down so his hair can blow. The Fox Mustang was in the limelight again, re-establishing itself in my mind. Yet it has taken until I am 34 years of age to see it represented in my model collection.
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Click to Roll In Your SVO (or enlarge)

It’s quite an old model, this, and the packaging shows signs of sun-bleaching. Welly is the marque, and this is the first product of that firm to enter my haul. It’s not the most sophisticated model, but it displays well.
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Click to check out my hook while the DJ revolves it (or make bigger)

The paint is perhaps a little thickly applied and some of the detail isn’t as crisp as it could be. Fit between the window glazing and the pillars isn’t exemplary, either, but at least it has window glazing. The interior is a bit plasticky- no carpet here- as is the trunk which opens correctly. The biplane rear spoiler is well realised, though.
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Click to be wearing less than bikinis, driving Lamborghinis (or view image in a more sizeable format)

Sticking with positives, the headlamps are nicely modelled and the body features which set the SVO aside from other mustangs are well observed. Better still, the four-cylinder, turbocharged engine is quite well realised.
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Click to be bumper to bumper- the avenue’s packed (or take in the view via a more substantial rendering of the image)

This seems to be quite a scarce model in the UK, so I was all too keen to take it off Bill’s hands. Only problem is, now I have this and the Mustang II, I may as well collect the set.
Don’t tell anybody.
(All images copyright Chris Haining /Hooniverse 2015)

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RoadworkUK is the online persona of Gianni Hirsch, a tall, awkward gentleman with a home office full of gently decomposing paper and a garage full of worthless scrap metal. He lives in the village of Moistly, which is a safe distance from London and is surrounded by enough water and scenery to be interesting. In another life, he has designed, sold, worked on and written about cars in exchange for small quantities of money.

6 Comments

  1. Curses! Now I’m on the lookout for one!

    Anybody know any good sites to buy diecast on? Other than Ebay and Amazon, of course.

  2. The interior is a bit plasticky
    Maybe, but it looks better than 99% of remaining actual Fox-body interiors.

  3. ‘Only problem is, now I have this and the ———–, I may as well collect the set.’
    Oh yes, look where that’s got me.
    The 1:18 4WDs
    The 1:18 Porsches
    The 1:18 Lamborghinis
    The 1:18 small modern sportscars
    The 1:18 Le Mans winners
    The 1:18 Corvettes
    The ……
    Is there is no end in sight?

      1. Oh no, you’re doing a good job. The photos on this are particularly good.
        Actually, now I think back, what got me started was reading in an interview in Autocar/Motor with Gerry McGovern that he collected 1:18 – and the Bburago XJ220, EB110,and F40 had just come out, and there were so much fewer of them than the 1:43s, I thought,Yeah, why not.

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