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FROM THE October 2009 ISSUE

Revell 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe

1932 Ford Five-Window Coupe
Revell No. 85-4228
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear, translucent red, black
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: See dealer
Pros: Building versions, accuracy
Cons: Inaccurate exhaust header for new V-8; no narrow tires for open-wheel rim option
For the fifth version of its series of 1932 Ford Street Rod kits, Revell has delivered a comprehensive update of the basic kit, along with a newly-tooled Five Window Coupe body. Because most builders who like street rod kits have already built one of the earlier versions of this series, we'll concentrate here on what's different vs. the previous releases.
In addition to Ford 5.0L V-8-powered street rod sitting on classic American Five-Spokes that we are all familiar with from earlier versions of this kit, Revell added a new building version, starting with an engine inspired by a 1950s Hemispherical Head V-8.

Inside, a narrowed 1940 Ford instrument panel and steering wheel joins a new tuck-and-roll interior. There are stock, louvered, and plain hood sides, and add a new louvered, liftoff deck lid option to go with the stock deck lid. A Moon pressure tank, front nerf bars, and 1950 Pontiac-style tailamps are other new exterior options. A set of open steel wheels and a decal sheet full of various flame and pinstripe decals are included.

For the Ford 5.0L version, Revell has added a Ford 5.0L SEFI setup, paired with newly-tooled billet-style valve covers, to go with the existing four- barrel intake/carb/air cleaner and "Ford Motorsport" valve covers.

The new Five Window Coupe body tooling is much better than the past AMT, MPC, and Monogram attempts at this body style. Revell went to the expense of a multipart "tool" to accurately render the rear of the roof - a complex surface that has prompted shortcuts in some competitive products over the years.

Several other advances are also noted in this kit.
For some of the most important and visible plated "chrome" parts (such as the valve covers for the new V-8 and the new 1950 Pontiac style round taillamps), the surfaces that attach the parts to the trees are actually recessed behind the parts, which means no more chrome paint touchups on the visible surfaces.

I also noted a new delicacy and accuracy in the eight new parts trees included in this latest 1932 Ford kit variant. Parts such as the fan belt, the 1940 Ford steering wheel, and the new exhaust header flanges are molded much thinner in cross-section, thus delivering a more accurate appearance.

All this leaves few areas to suggest for improvements. The narrow "tall and taller" whitewall tires from Revell's 1929 Model A Rat Rod, and a Halibrand-style quick-change rear end would have completed the nostalgia version.

The header tube spacing is not prototypically correct for most 1950s V-8s of hemispherical design. And the highboy version still requires more cleanup to the frame and sanding/shaping of the "sweep" along the bottom of the frame sides than is customary for contemporary Revell kits.

This kit was great fun to build, and I encountered no problems during assembly.

The highboy (fenderless) building version is easy enough for any moderately experienced builder to tackle; the full-fendered version requires a bit more experience, because of the tight tolerances of the added parts.

It adds up to a thoroughly convincing addition to the kit series that was once named "Kit of the Millennium" by readers of Scale Auto and recently cited as one of the two most significant hot rod kits of all time in The World of Rods magazine.


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