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Revell 1941 Willys drag coupe

Revell 1941 Willys
1941 Willys
Revell No. 85-4990
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $24.94
Pros: Well-engineered kit; good instructions
Cons: Tricky rear suspension assembly
During the 1960s, drag racing had what is commonly known as the Gasser Wars. This is the car K.S. Pittman set the record in the quarter-mile in less than 8 seconds, fueled with just gasoline.

The kit comes with a beautiful representation of a blown 392 Hemi engine, hooked up to a 727 Torqueflite automatic transmission.

The interior consists of 12 parts, with the addition of only a driver’s seat. Seat belts are included in the decal sheet, and conform well to the surface; just make sure to add a little clear on the seat before adding the decal. There are also decals that represent the gauges behind the dash, but you will be instructed to place them with glue.

The chassis is well represented, with two long left and right ladder bars that give this racer an intimidating and cool, period-correct Gasser look.
The rear suspension is quite tricky to assemble. I suggest that the ladder bars, rear shocks, and axle be built separately and added to the chassis after they are partially dry. This will not only hold the complete assembly together, it will give you a bit of play so that everything dries evenly and at the same time.

The front suspension consists of eight parts and includes the tie with the front shocks, disc brakes, racing axle, and leaf springs. It gives the completed model a cool stance.

The tires and wheels look great, even though I have always preferred the front tires to be more on the skinny side. I thought these tires had a bit too much sheen on them, so I decided to sand them down a bit and give them a more correct and used look.

I also suggest dry-fitting the engine on the chassis while placing the body and hood around it. This will give you a better centering point for the blower scoop to fall in the center of the engine and hood opening when the kit is completed. Of course, the interior has to be in place when this happens, because the chassis will be placed against it.

There is an option for using either the plastic front grille or its photoetched counterpart. I preferred the photoetched one, but careful bending is required to make sure it’s placed correctly.

The decal sheet is a good one, and the instructions show three versions of the K.S. Pittman graphics. I thought these decals had a bit of a matte finish to them, but they look good on the model.

This kit is well engineered and falls together like a dream. Instructions could not be better or easier to follow. I have built the racer and custom versions of this kit, and I always have a blast. In my opinion, Revell has had to sort of make a “generic” kit so that it could be used as several similar cars to create different versions.

Some parts might differ from kit to kit, but if you have a chance to put one of these together again, don’t hesitate to do so. A collection of these kits will always look great on any shelf. 


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