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Hawk 1948 Ford Flathead

RELATED TOPICS: 1940S | 1/6 | VINYL | STYRENE | ENGINE
1948 Ford Flathead
Hawk No. 11081
Model Type: Styrene, metal, vinyl
Molded Colors: Black, blue, gray
Scale: 1/6
MSRP: $34.99
Pros: Accurate, enjoyable to build, nice to behold
Cons: Unintentional traps in the instructions
After gracing us with the newest available subject in a 1:6 engine kit - the Dodge SRT8 Hemi - Hawk now book-ends it with the oldest: a 1948 Ford Flathead.

As nicely illustrated and cleanly printed as they are, the instructions present the most-notable issues.

Hawk supplies four screws, but the instructions only acknowledge two. The intake and the oil pan have bosses long enough to meet each other in the center of the engine, and you should use those screws to secure them. This also traps the engine block halves together in the most positive way possible, so that you don't even need glue.

The filler plate that accepts the timing cover assembly has tabs to be trapped between the engine block halves; insert it into one of the halves before you bring the other half together with it.

Twist the forward two driver's-side plugs 45 degrees to either side of the oil filter bracket; the D-key holes in the heads don't position them that way.

Other than these little nits, the kit is an utter delight. All 24 studs are accounted for on each head, and there's a nice metal line for the carburetor.

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