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Revell Orange Crate

Orange Crate
Revell Orange Crate undercarriage
Revell Orange Crate
Orange Crate
Revell No. 85-4939
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $23.95
Pros: Nicely proportioned body; unique engine; Newly tooled hood
Cons: Old tooling; excessive flash; small, fragile parts

The Orange Crate 1932 Ford sedan is instantly recognizable as one of the coolest race/show cars of the 1960s.      

Upon opening the box you are instantly blinded by the massive amount of chrome found on the majority of the 118 parts. The rest of the parts are molded in white, with a nice set of vinyl tires, a sheet of flat windshield material, and a small decal sheet.

With a little work and patience, the 35-piece engine builds up to a respectable representation of a highly modified and chromed Olds engine, complete with a B&M hydro transmission, which requires some seam-filling between the halves for a clean, finished look.

The sprint-car-style chassis and suspension are all chrome, with many of the pieces being rather thin and fragile; a number of the pieces on my copy were broken on the tree.

Extra care must be taken to remove the parts from the trees, Excessive amounts of flash and tree mounting points makes it difficult to construct this chassis cleanly without some glaring marks that will have to be touched up with silver paint or chrome foil.      

The 1932 Ford Tudor body, with its chopped top and molded-in rear bobbed fenders, looks fairly accurate. The body consists of the outer body shell, grille, newly-tooled hood (cast in resin in the last reissues) and the two doors that are supposed to open.

The fit of these doors on my copy were questionable at best, and also were missing one of the inner door hinges that attach to the body (a second kit I bougth was also missing this part). As such, the doors were attached in the closed position.

The new hood casting looks nice and clean, and is a nice addition. The only issue I had when trying to fit the hood was the unsightly gaps when all pieces are closed together. I know that this can be rectified by gluing the hood to the grille shell or body; this would be incorrect, as it only had a lift-off hood.

Looking at references for the color of the original car, I found out that it was painted Oregon State Orange during its heyday. This is important for accuracy, because this car has gone through many color variations since. I found that Pactra RC paint to be the closest to that color.     

The Crate’s interior is minimal, consisting of the parts a drag car needed, including its chrome inverted-V roll bar, seat with molded-in safety belt, a fire extinguisher, and gauge cluster mounted above the steering column. Also included are two door and rear interior panels with minimal detail.

The only glass included in the kit is a piece of clear sheet needed for the front windshield, which must be cut to fit the windshield frame. The Orange Crate did not have any additional window glass in its body, either while drag racing or on the show circuit.

The Orange Crate kit is a Skill Level 3 for a good reason. The kit is not for the faint of heart.
Originally mastered in 1962, the molds are showing their age, with excessive flash and debris on my issue – especially on the chrome tree.

The fragile nature of some of the parts and the vagueness of the instruction sheet requires your constant attention during assembly.

I have had a great time building this kit. With patience and perseverance, a builder with moderate skill can build a convincing replica of this historic car for their showcase.


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