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Revell Ford F-150 XLT

Revell Ford F-150 XLT
1997 Ford F-150 XLT
Ford F-150 XLT
1997 Ford F-150 XLT
Ford F-150 XLT
Revell No. 85-7215
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $23.96
Pros: Nice decals and engine
Cons: Dashboard gaps; taillights too small; tricky rear suspension assembly

In the world of full-size pickup trucks, the Ford F-150 is king. As a result, there’s no shortage of F-150 model kits. This kit was first issued in the late 1990s.

All parts are molded in white styrene; there are also five soft vinyl tires, a clean chrome tree, clear parts, translucent red taillights, and easy-to-follow instructions, with a beautifully printed decal sheet.

Assembly begins with the big 4.6-liter V-8 engine. The 22-piece assembly looks fantastic when built and detailed properly. The upper intake manifold, transmission pan, alternator, and fan clutch are plated, so you may have to do some stripping/repainting. My only wish for the engine is that a decal for the oil filler cap had been included.

Interior assembly begins with the four-piece dashboard/steering system.  Although engraving of the dashboard is good, the separate instrument panel leaves some gaps that affect the final appearance.
Revell also notes to place the gauge decal in the hole in the dashboard for the instrument panel.  There is no way to do this, so place the decal atop the molded gauge detail on the instrument panel instead. 

The front seats are three pieces each, and look well completed, although the armrests are a bit edgy. The only detail left out of the interior is a decal for the Ford logo on the steering wheel.

The cab and bed are next. All of the windows install from the outside of the cab, which is a plus; however, the brake light above the rear window is molded poorly, and you will have to trim away some plastic to get it to look okay. 

The interior is installed at this point, as are the rear cab wall, firewall, and chassis pan. The bed is separate from the cab, and the proportions are right, but my example had a slight warp.  Luckily, the warp cured itself when I installed the two-piece tailgate. 

The taillights detract from the final appearance, though; they are a bit too small, and leave large gaps.

The frame had a bit of flash, and a few locator holes needed to be opened up. The one-piece front suspension features a rather clunky tie rod, but detail-painting does help the appearance. The steering shaft is a bit tricky to install, the two-piece front springs are nearly invisible on the completed model. 

The real problems rise when assembling the multipiece rear suspension. I assembled the rear leaf springs as the instructions suggested; however, when it came time to mate the rear axle to the leaf springs, I had to bend the springs toward the center of the chassis, to get the locator pins on the axle to line up with the receiving holes on the leaf springs. This was a tricky process, as I tried not to damage any of the parts. This issue can be solved before it begins by opening up the receiving holes in the leaf springs.

If you decide to build the rear suspension without any modification, as I did, be careful – it may effect wheel/tire placement inside the wheel wells.

The decals are not bad at all.  Some curvy checkerboard/silver graphics are present, as are all of the proper body badges, two sets of license plates, a sunset graphic to represent a vinyl for the rear window, and black or white illustrations of a deer or a fish.

Buildup of Revell’s Ford F-150 XLT is great overall, with a few little glitches along the way. I recommend this model to a beginner looking for a small challenge.


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