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Revell 1955 Jukebox Ford

1955 Jukebox Ford
Revell No. 85-4036
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $24.95
Pros: Captures the look well. Excellent molded-in detail; clever parts breakdown
Cons: Too many plated parts; some vague attachment points
Continuing with its trend of rereleasing older racing kits, Revell has come back with the Jukebox 1955 Ford Pro Mod drag car. This kit has been released as other, slightly different versions, but this is pretty close to the original issue.

Inside the box you’ll find everything molded in white plastic, several chrome trees, and a full decal sheet. The kit tires are similar to the standard Revell-Monogram drag-racing tires. Two-piece rear slicks, and Frontrunner front tires. Except these have the tire logos removed, leaving smooth sidewalls. No tire decals are provided, so you are on your own to add those.
I was impressed with the detail of some of the parts and the creative way the basic parts are broken down.

The lower frame rails have some fantastic details molded in, all the way down to brake lines and fittings.

The majority of the chassis pieces are molded separately from the floor pan, making painting a lot easier. This way the chassis structure bars can be painted a different color from the interior panels with ease. Everything lines up, and fits together well.

Moving to the engine, I will say there is a lot of chrome here. I stripped a lot of it and repainted various parts, such as the transmission and intake, in different shades of Alcad metal paint to better simulate the look of the 1:1 car. By the end of the project, I wish I would have stripped and repainted a few more things to make it a bit more realistic.

After the engine is installed into the chassis rails, construction moves pretty quickly. The interior pan is dropped on, followed  by the rest of the interior cage. Detail is crisp and accurate throughout the engine bay and interior.

Out back there is the standard four-bar rear suspension setup with wheelie bars. I built this as a single unit and then detail-painted the individual areas. This made for a stronger rear suspension. the compelted suspension simply drops into place. The front suspension is a typical drag car strut front end.

The main body shell has a separate hood and hood scoop. There is also a multipiece wing that gets added to the trunk. I built up the rear wing as one piece and glued it to the body after paint and decals were completed, although it could be built up on the body shell beforehand as directed.

There are several clear window pieces with molded in window-frame edges, as well as chrome bumpers front and rear.

I was a bit nervous as to how the large side decals would cover the darker paint, as well as conform to the body sides. But they fit great, and cover pretty well. The solid white areas darkened a bit over the maroon paint, but not as much as I feared. After the window frames have the black molding painted on, they simple glue in from the outside.

Final assembly was pretty straightforward. There are no real attachment points for the body to mate to the chassis; it more-or-less just drops onto the completed chassis.

No ride height adjustments were needed; everything sits “just right” as built from the box.

Overall, it was a really detailed and fun kit to build. I’d buy more just for the supply of excellent drag racing parts that are included. The basic chassis and running gear could easily be adapted to other bodies, making the project  possibilities endless.

I’m glad to see this one back on the shelves, and look forward to future Revell drag car rereleases.


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