Gone in 60 Seconds Eleanor

     
 
1973 Mustang Eleanor from the movie Gone in 60 Seconds
Gone in 60 Seconds Eleanor interior Gone in 60 Seconds 1974 & 2000 Eleanors Gone in 60 Seconds Eleanor rear

 

Eleanor had been on my "want to build" list for several years, but models of the '73 Mustang fastback are essentially nonexistent (the choices being limited to AMT's race-only "Macho Mustang" and Jada's slammed Mach 1). Knowing that I was going to have to do some custom work no matter which path I chose, I opted to do he same thing H.B. Halicki did when he made Gone in 60: I started with a '71 Mustang and partially updated it to look like a '73. I decided to use MotorMax's '71 Sportsroof as a base. It had the correct "flat" hood, and the correct wheels were an easy swap.

I stripped the body and repainted it with ScaleFinishes 6E Medium Bright Yellow. This was my first time using ScaleFinishes' paints, and I was very happy with how well they went on - I'll definitely be using more of their colors in the future. Once that was dry, I painted the hood, fascias, and rockers, then added the pinstripes using Detail Master's 1/64" tape.

The grille was made by removing everything but the chrome surround, then making a new grille out of mesh. I used a center emblem from a damaged Mustang diecast I found at a local thrift store, and fabricated '73-style lights to complete the look. I also added a set of mirrors from Modelhaus, hood pins from my parts box, scratchbuilt mud flaps, and replaced the original tires with a set of Good Years I had on hand. I also corrected the stance by moving the rear wheels out about three scale inches. Lastly, I added a set of screen-accurate license plates.

Everything else is essentially as it came from MotorMax, with only minor paint and BMF upgrades.

 

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