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Revell 1970 Ford Torino GT

1970 Ford Torino GT Revell No. 85-4099
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, red, clear, black
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $20.95
Pros: Lots of extra details; photoetched parts; decal sheet
Cons: Vague/incorrect instructions
This is a reissue of a ProModeler kit from 2001. It appears that the only real difference between this issue and the original are the custom decals for a fictitious race car. I am glad they saw fit to include all four colors of the GT laser stripe, so this could be built in most any factory color combination.

The engine represents the 429 Super Cobra Jet with the drag pack option. Also included are Ford Motorsports valve covers and open air cleaner. The engine is highly detailed, right down to the miniature fittings on the oil filter adapter for the remote oil cooler.

I did run into a few small issues.

The instructions were fairly vague in places, and they show the distributor attaching where the upper radiator hose goes, rather than the front center of the block. The instructions from the original kit were much more clear.

The chassis pan is an excellent unit. Included in the engraving are the parking brake cables, exhaust hangers, and even the fuel line coming out of the tank. Headers are included, as is a steering box. Unfortunately, the instructions are vague on locating the attachment of the steering box to the frame. The Ford 9-inch axle is an excellent casting.

The original instructions show the rear leaf springs in the correct position, but these have them shown backwards.

You have to switch them around in order for the axle to fit.

Staggered rear shocks and optional traction bars are included. The poseable front suspension is a nice touch.

The interior builds up nicely, with separate floor pan, door panels, seats, console, dash, and optional roll bar. There are decals for the dash, horn button, and woodgrain door-panel inserts.

There are two wheel options: factory Magnum 500s with generic, smooth vinyl tires that lack any sidewall details, but are dressed up a bit with center caps and white wall decals; or Cragar S/S with slicks, though the tires and wheels are not interchangeable.

I had doubts about the tire decals, but they applied easily, so I let them dry overnight, and cleared over them with acrylic semigloss.

The body is proportional and looks great. Its rear side-marker lights are molded in red; the front ones are clear, and a bit of orange tint makes them accurate.

All glass fits from the inside, and it fits well.

Lots of underhood details, including  decals, make this kit impressive, despite the vague horn location and the radiator bracket being shown backwards.

The factory air cleaner is chrome, though only the lid was chrome on the 1:1 car. Be cautious with the door handles – they are fragile.

The front spoiler and other external details look great.

Photoetched parts include rocker panel molding, GT grille emblem, GT and Torino rear quarter lettering, and the honeycomb panel covering the tail lights. The GT and Torino lettering are particularly tiny, and special care must be taken so that the floor or carpet monster doesn’t devour them.

This is an accurate Skill Level 3 kit, and much more difficult than most of the kits that I have built in recent years. With the extra effort and skill level, I think the results were quite fantastic.

With added detail, I think this kit would be a good start to a national show winner. This one is definitely highly recommended.


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