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FROM THE June 2011 ISSUE

Revell 1980 Ford Bronco

RELATED TOPICS: REVELL | TRUCK
1980 Ford Bronco
Bronco cover
Bronco bottom
Bronco engine
Bronco bed
1980 Ford Bronco
Revell No. 85-7214
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $22.95
Pros: Accurate body; decal sheet has multiple markings options
Cons: Roof warped

This 1:24 scale 2’n1 kit was first offered in 1981, and to my knowledge, little has changed since. The two options available are a factory stock replica or a custom version, which I opted for. 

Upon opening the box you will find multiple parts trees molded in white, one tree of clear parts, and a nearly flawless tree of chrome-plated parts. There are four large offroad tires and a finely printed decal sheet.

Assembly begins with the 15-piece engine. The block and transmission are separated right down the middle, so cleanup is necessary. The carburetor, valve covers, and alternator are plated, so if you wish to build yours as a stock example, you will have to strip and repaint them. Other than the seam down the block/transmission, buildup of the engine really is straightforward.

The chassis assembly builds up on a one-piece frame. The frame is typical for a one-piece unit; the exhaust system and both fuel tanks are molded on. Because the Bronco is four-wheel-drive, a two-piece transfer case is included.     

The rear suspension is one piece, minus the shock absorbers, which are separate. The front suspension is also one piece, except for the tall springs, which trap themselves between the axle and frame.  

Although it is not called out in the instructions, a bit of detail painting is necessary for the dashboard. Also, there are no decals included to detail the interior. The front seats and rear bench seat are two pieces each.

Be sure to paint the underside of the interior flat or semigloss black; it will be seen beneath the frame. The instructions hint at this, but it’s not clear.

The body is accurate to my eye, and is easy to detail. The windshield and front wing windows are a one-piece unit that falls inside the body nicely. 

Optional front and rear fender flares are included for the custom version.  The rear flares fit nicely in the body creases around the rear wheel arches; however, the front flares do not seem to fit properly. The body is then mated to the chassis via mounting points on the interior floor.

The front and rear bumpers are my little nits with the chrome tree: the sprue attachment points on the sides of the bumpers are quite large.

The two-piece radiator unit looks nice, but it is difficult to install in the engine bay.     

Wheels and tires are four-piece units, and assemble easily without glue. Factory-stock eight-spoke wheels and custom five-spokers are included. The tires have changed over time, though; there is no longer molded-in Goodyear scripting on the sidewalls.

The taillights are detailed well, and have the correct shape, but I accidentally put them on the wrong sides. That being said, the taillights are directional. 

The rear roof is a separate part, and my kit’s roof was warped; I could not get it back to its proper shape. If you choose to use the seven-piece roll bar and the cap, I do not recommend you glue the roll bar in place; it will not fit underneath the cap. Luckily, the finished roll bar does fit behind the rear seat with the cap in place. Two roof racks are supplied: one with skis and an empty multipiece unit.

The large decal sheet has markings for the stock version, two ski-resort versions, and two custom versions.     

For a 30-year-old kit, this was still an enjoyable build. I would definitely suggest this kit to a beginning modeler.

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