Ford Shelby Mustang GT500



Zero Paints Ford Mustang

Shelby – Grabber Blue

Kit Extras:

Arduino Nano,

Various LED’s

The first generation Mustang was manufactured by Ford in 1965. The Mustang was a ‘Pony Car’ class car which was a 2 door sporty coupe that was affordable, stylish and appealing to younger drivers. The 2010 variant is the 5thgeneration of the Mustang. Carol Shelby was an American race driver in the 1950’s who won the 1959 Le Mans in a Aston Martin. After he retired from racing he started the Shelby-American company building custom performance variants AC Cobras and the Mustang. The 2010 Shelby Mustang has a 5.4L supercharged V8 engine and has a top speed of 180mph.

This 1/12 scale kit from Revell is large, measuring at 42cm it’s the biggest kit I have so far built. I turned this build into a project as I wanted to add some lighting into it as there is space to hide all the electronics.

I chose to use various sized and coloured LEDs to simulate headlights, brake lights, fog lights, indicators and dashboard illumination. 
To control the LEDS I chose a Arduino Nano which I then programmed to receive commands from an Infrared remote controller. The Arduino wasn’t used to just turn the LEDs on and off but it was programmed to run the correct sequence to simulate different scenarios. For example, turning on the headlights from side lights to main beam and off in the right order. I purchased all the electronic components separately and then soldered them together. I had to drill holes into the body to glue in the LEDs and hide the Arduino, PCB and wiring so that it was not visible.


The Body was painted using Zero Paints colour matched for the Ford Mustang Shelby in Grabber Blue. For a unique customised look to the kit I attempted to recreate a version of the Flag of the United States on the bonnet using an airbrush and Mr Hobby paints. No I couldn’t get all the 50 stars on to it!

As this build is to be a showroom car no weathering was used on the build.

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