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Revell-Monogram 1932 Ford Sedan

June 2008
1932 Ford Sedan street rod
Revell-Monogram No. 85-2062
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, red, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $18.00
Pros: Parts fit well, little flash, building options
Cons: Paint did not adhere properly to hood/grille surround
Revell-Monogram's new 1932 Ford Sedan street rod is a modified reissue of the previous '32 Ford Highboy and three-window coupe kits.

New to this kit is a five-window sedan body that is molded in one piece.

The parts are molded in white red, and clear, with virtually no flash. Because this kit is 2-n-1, it can be built as the street rod (without fenders) or the sedan (with fenders).

Two engine selections are included: the Ford "crate" engine from the previous kits, or a well-done flathead.

Two wheel choices include Torque Thrusts or wire spokes. One set of no- name sidewall tires is included.

I decided to build my kit "old school," without fenders, using the flathead engine and spoked wheels.
The 14-piece flathead engine includes a nice chrome tri-carb setup, and well- engraved valve covers. Adding a little wiring and linkages would really bring the engine to life, although for the review I left my model box-stock.

As the build progresses, all of the major mechanical components - rear axle, front axle, exhaust and engine - attach to the frame rails. For those of you who have built previous versions of this kit, those painful-to-fill sink marks on the side of the frame rails are gone.

The interior is built up with separate sidewalls onto the floor panel, which includes the back seat. The front seats, dash with gauge decals, and steering assembly are then added. No window cranks or arm rests are present.

The perfectly-fitting glass and interior attach inside of the body, which is then glued to the frame assembly. Do not add the rear fender wells to the body until after the interior is installed, or it will not fit inside the body.

Final assembly steps include adding the grille/radiator assembly with hoses, headlights, taillights (there are three choices), and door handles. Louvered or flat side engine covers are included. I chose to add the hood only, to allow viewing of the engine.

The small decal sheet provides flame and accent graphics, white and black gauge faces, and a small variety of license plates and contest stickers.

Overall molding quality and fit of this kit is excellent.

The windows and interior assembly fit perfectly within the body. The windshield glass fits inside a chrome frame that slides into the body. It's a tight fit after painting, and requires patience to prevent breaking the glass or frame.

The completed body section sits on top of the frame, mated by two alignment pins between the bottom of the interior and the frame.

The only problem I encountered was with paint adhesion to sections of the hood and grille surround. Even after washing those parts. I recommend a good cleaning of the plastic before you start to paint.


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