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FROM THE April 2011 ISSUE

Monogram Ford F-250 Super Duty

RELATED TOPICS: MONOGRAM | TRUCK | 1/24
Ford F-250 Super Duty
Ford F-250 Super Duty
Monogram No. 85-7212
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear, translucent red
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $22.95
Pros: Good fit; nice part and decal options; clean mold
Cons: Minor errors in instructions

I lived in Texas for a couple of years in the mid-1990s, and Ford pickups – especially big F-250s – were everywhere. So I jumped at the chance to build this reissue of Monogram’s big Super Duty pickup.

And I wasn’t disappointed.

The kit represents a two-wheel-drive 1991 Super Cab with a style-side bed and standard rear-axle. The engine is the 7.5L V-8 with EFI.

Molded in white plastic, the parts are clean and flash-free. There are a few sink and ejector-pin marks that need to be filled, but the 20-year-old molds seem to have held up well.

A large chrome-plated sprue has bumpers, wheels, radiator grille, mirrors, and roll bar. The plating is shiny, but it’s not too thick.

The windows are clear and they are relatively thin.

I was impressed with the decal sheet. It provides the trucks badges, including the distinctive red bar on the tailgate, and includes a bunch of optional custom markings – including the barbed-wire pinstripes on the box top, a patriotic rear window decal, POW/MIA and firefighter bumper stickers, and even “For Sale” signs. Illinois and Texas plates are provided.

Construction was mostly trouble-free, with little cleanup needed and good fit throughout.

The only problem I had was minor mistakes in the instructions. For example, in Step 2, the tie rod (Part 53) is shown being attached to the wrong section of the front axle, but it’s shown correctly in the following step.

Pay attention to the instructions, and test-fit everything, and you won’t have any issues.

The only fit problems I encountered were the smaller windows that are attached from inside, and the front bumper, which doesn’t fit the chassis cleanly when it’s flush with the body. Trimming the front of the chassis rails should correct the problem.

Masking a typical Ford two-tone paint scheme and door strip is made easy by the crisp body mold.

The finished truck looks every bit Ford brutish truck. I plan on building another as a beat-up farm truck.

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