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Monogram 1941 Willys Street Rod

1941 Willys street rod
Monogram No. 85-4909
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $23.99
Pros: Excellent fit; nice wheels and tires; great intuitive instructions
Cons: Sprue mounting points on scoop
During the 1960s, the 1941 Willys Coupe was synonymous with drag racing, with its big engines and light weight, these cars were hard to beat.

The kit comes with the mighty 392 Hemi engine with a Roots-style blower planted between its massive cylinder heads. All this is attached to a 727 Torqueflite automatic transmission. This engine/transmission combination is beautifully rendered.

Following the build through the intuitive instruction sheet, the next area would be the interior, consisting of 12 pieces. The floor and center console are molded as one piece, so a little masking would be in order to separate colors for a two-tone colored interior.

Seats are two-piece units that require some seam filling along their edges.

The rest of the interior consists of the side and rear panels, dash, steering column with a wing-design steering wheel, race-style pedals, and chrome shifter. It was simple to build and looks the part of a modern street rod.
The chassis has a six-piece four-link rear suspension with Ford 9-inch rear end and coil-over shocks built as an unit before installing into the ladder-type chassis rails, along with the race-inspired fuel filters.

The six-piece front suspension is rendered nicely and is relatively accurate for a rod of this type. At this stage you will also install the exhaust and disk brakes.

The wheels and tires represent a pro street approach with massive Mickey Thompson sportsman tires out back and no-name skinnys up front. The big- and-little two-piece Halibrand-style wheels look really nice and give the car a nice race-inspired stance.

Installation of the engine is straightforward, with positive mounting points.

The two-piece body is clean and only required minimal cleanup of some mold lines. For this build I used a color by VHT called Fire Red with a DuPont urethane clearcoat to bring out the shine and accentuate the curves of this beautiful machine.

The glass was nice and clear, with no distortion, installing from the inside really giving the windows a clean look,

All exterior chrome was clear of blemishes, and most of the mounting points for the sprue were small and required only minimal touchup with foil or silver paint.

The only chrome piece that did not look right after cleanup was the scoop; I decided to color-key it to the body.

The decal sheet comes with some uniquely colored flames, three license plates, hot rod, street rod, and supercharged scripts, blower belt, fuel pump markings, and gauges. The only decals I used from the sheet were the blower belt, fuel pump, and gauges.

The gauges are not applied to the dash, but are mounted from behind. I used a little Pledge with Future Shine floor finish to mount the gauges, and I filled the bezels with some clear epoxy to simulate glass.

Final assembly was easy and straightforward, with no complications.

Although it’s listed as a Skill Level 2 kit, I would recommend the Monogram 1941 Willys street rod to everyone: the young novice builder who wants to step up from snap kits; the experienced builder who wants a really nice, clean kit to start their next creation, with ease of assembly and good fit and finish; or a great starting point for that shelf model or contest build ... get this kit and you will enjoy it.


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