1/18 Mercury Cougar XR7G Racing 1968 - J.Hildebrand











Dave Tatum, the original driver and constructor of this car, worked as the operations manager at Burien Lincoln Mercury. In 1967, Dave convinced the owner of the dealership that they should build a Trans Am Cougar. This was not a difficult argument, as Dave had consulted with Kar Kraft in 1966 on the Ford engine program. During this time, Dave had worked with such racing luminaries as Jack Roush, Lee Dykstra, and Fran Hernandez.

In the latter part of the 67 season, Mercury was seeking help trying to secure the 1967 Trans-Am Championship, and thus began the semi-factory effort with the Burien Mercury Cougar. The dealership acquired a special order black coupe, delivered without the engine, but with the top loader transmission and nine inch rear end. Dave, with free parts and technical help from his friends at Kar Kraft, turned it into a state-of-the-art (for 1967) acid-dipped Trans Am car. Certain items that Dave used on the car, such as the Watts link, were later tried on the Bud Moore cars.











SunStar took a huge chance producing this car.  Since it has a very small racing history it is  virtually an unknown car. Who was its audience going to be?  They rolled the dice, and came up with a winner!





The interior is richly detailed, every switch in the right place and the right color. I was surprised at the fine level of detail in the switches, and in all of this detail there is no runs or any over painting drips.  





I like the gauge cluster in this car. This was a car sent from the factory, built as a "street car". Dave Tatum tried to keep everything as true to form as possible.


The fire suppression system is spot on along with the steering wheel and petals. The petals are copies of the real race version cars petals, most reasonable cost diecast do not go to such precise details in this type of car. SunStar just kicked it up a one more notch, good show!








The tachometer is very clear, with very crisp printing on the face plate, although it is missing a RPM needle.





I am pleased that SunStar chose to do so much work and detail on the underside of the motor...










When you install a fuel cell, SunStar you remove the fuel tank...Also there should be more bracing on the rear axel.....






There are a few differences between the real motor and SunStars copy.The only major flaws I see under the hood are the alternator looking thing  hanging above the motor along with the angle of the heads/valve cover arrangement.
Does this have problems, yes, but this is a pre-production model, knowing SunStar by the time this hits market it will be improved



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