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Ford 427 SOHC Engine

June 2005
RELATED TOPICS: STYRENE | 1/6 | MONOGRAM | REVELL | ENGINE
Ford 427 SOHC engine
Revell-Monogram no. 85-1565
Model Type: Glue-and-screw-together metal and styrene parts
Molded Colors: Prepainted
Scale: 1/6
MSRP: $49.80
Pros: Excellent chrome plating, clear instructions, impressive when complete
Cons: Moderately heavy torque required to set assembly screws

Having built plastic models almost exclusively for the past several years, I jumped at the chance to review this metal-and-styrene kit. Now that the kit is complete, I can say that this has been one of the most pleasant experiences I have had in some time.

Revell-Monogram definitely did its homework before releasing this kit - not only to make it as realistic as possible, but also to make assembly as enjoyable and trouble-free as any kit I have done.

This kit is a combination of diecast and prepainted injection-molded parts ,with each of the pieces individually packaged to prevent damage. The chrome plating is some of the best I have seen, whether in a kit or on a full-size prototype. The prepainted parts were free from orange peel, and the tampo-printed logos are crisp and clear.

The majority of assembly is done with screws and the torque required to set the screws is much higher than that needed on the few diecast kits I have built in the past. I tried to use one of the screwdrivers that come with the Revell "Make and Take" kits, and found I could not generate enough torque to set the screws.

I suggest that the builder obtain a high-quality screwdriver before starting on one of these kits. I would also caution those with carpal-tunnel syndrome to take it easy when assembling this kit. I finished my kit in about 2½ hours.

Assembly is quite straightforward in nature, if the builder follows the instructions exactly. If not he or she will have to do considerable disassembly to get back on track, as there are assemblies in this kit that share attachment screws.

The finished kit is impressive straight out of the box, and will make a fine addition to anyone's collection. If the builder takes the time to superdetail (paint work on the throttle linkage, paint the carburetors a more realistic cadmium color instead of the bronze color of the plastic, drill out the thermostat housing, water pump inlet, exhaust manifolds, etc.) this kit could be considered a museum-quality model.

I am extremely pleased with my completed model, and I wholeheartedly recommend this kit to anyone who has an interest in automotive history.

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