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Revell 1948 Ford Custom Coupe 3'n1

Revell 1948 Ford Custom Coupe
1948 Custom Coupe
1948 Ford Custom Coupe underbody
1948 Ford Custom Coupe
Revell No. 85-4253
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $26.95
Pros: Variety of historically accurate building options, excellent execution of newly-tooled parts
Cons: Door and trunk lines too shallow; frame has excessive sink marks and parting lines

In recent years, Revell has experienced success creating new versions of kits that were introduced in the mid-to-late 1990s. This kit is the latest example,  combining newly-tooled body castings, lowered suspension, tuck’n’roll interior, and a Navarro-accessorized Flathead V-8, with the chassis and remaining parts of its prior 1948 Ford Convertible Pro Modeler kit. 

Many of these new parts will swap without modification onto the aforementioned convertible kit, as well as Revell’s 1948 Ford Woody kit.

The original convertible kit, issued in 1998, suffered from an odd assortment of parts for the street rod version – and particularly, the omission of a lowered suspension option. 

With this new kit, Revell has delivered a well-researched and beautifully executed kit that offers at least four distinct building options.

The parts were specifically chosen and engineered by Revell to be era-correct, all dating to no later than 1955. 

The body is a five-window coupe with a nicely chopped top. All of the chrome body moldings and the like have been smoothed away. The plain and louvered hoods have lost the raised bull-nose center section, and the front headlights are frenched. Four grille options each have a separate body-colored surround: a stock 1948 Ford grille, a smoothed horizontal tube bar, a wide grille patterned after the stock 1946 Oldsmobile grille, and a grille inspired by the stock 1948 Cadillac (the last two choices having appeared on several of the era’s best-known 1:1 scale 1948 Ford Customs).  

The options continue with the taillamps, including 1949 Lincoln tri-bar circular lamps, raised vertical lamps, bumper-guard mounted lamps, and the stock 1948 parts. 

Bumpers include smooth and horizontal ribbed choices, along with the stock 1948 parts, and there is a choice of three wheel treatments.

The myriad of properly-researched building versions reminds me of the AMT “Trophy Series” kits of the early-to-mid 1960s.    

An additional kit option is the fadeaway fenders. These full-body extensions run from the front to rear fenders, and are a high-end customizing trick seen on several of the era’s best 1:1 scale customs. These parts deliver a precise fit to the body. They will require bodywork along the front and rear vertical sections to deliver a fully–finished appearance, yet I was surprised at the relatively minimal amount of puttying and sanding that was required to mold these parts to the body.  

I chose to retain the molded horizontal design element on the front fenders and extend that into the fadeaway fenders; others may find it simpler to file the fenders smooth to match the plain surfaces of the new fender extensions.

Just as Revell did with its earlier Tudor and Five Window updates of its 1932 Ford Street Rod Series, it has delivered a fresh take on its evergreen 1948 Ford series – not only offering the builder a wide choice of building options, but also bringing new kitbashing choices to builders of the companion convertible and woody kits.  

Although stock-only builders may reject the kit because of its customized, chopped coupe body, the rest of the modeling community has just picked up an outstanding new building adventure.      


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