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Revell #2 and #22 2015 Ford Fusion

2015 Ford Fusion
Revell Nos. 85-1472 and -1473
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene snap kits
Molded Colors: Prepainted bodies
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $23.95
Pros: Body looks great and builds up quickly; good for beginners
Cons: No Good Year markings; peel-and-stick decals don't look that great after application

Revell’s last NASCAR kit was released in 2006, but now they are back with Ford Fusion “SnapTite MAX” kits representing the two 2015 Penske Fords: Joey Logano’s #22 Pennzoil and Brad Keselowski’s #2 Blue Deuce.

Because these kits are essentially the same, minus a few details, I’ll review both at the same time. It will also give me the opportunity to do the review with my 11-year-old son, Rexton. He’ll build the Logano #22, and I’ll do the Keselowski #2.

It’s a relatively low parts count at around 35 pieces, so the models go together pretty quickly.

The bodies come prepainted, with gloss finishes. The Pennzoil is yellow-and-red, and the Blue Deuce is white with a lower dark blue.

Although they are prepainted, there is an issue with the missing separation stripes between the colors. The #22 needs a black border between the red and yellow, and the #2 needs a red stripe between the blue and white.

All of the main graphics are supplied as peel-and-place stickers .

The windows are one piece that snaps in from the inside. The borders are preprinted black. It can be tricky to get them to fit into each opening all at once. Doing one side first helps, but the best solution is to separate them into several pieces, then install them individually.

I let Rexton get started on the #22 car while I worked on the #2. The chassis is fairly simple, and bolts together at the front and rear suspension points. All the chassis pieces are molded in light gray.

Soft rubber tires are supplied, with molded-in black rims. They push into the tires, and are fixed to the car with metal axles, allowing the car to roll.

The roll cage and interior pieces come next. Most parts snap into place. There are a few chassis bars missing for the model to be truly accurate. We did need a bit of glue to hold the roll cage top bars together, to keep them from popping loose.

There is no real engine detail, and the dash and seat are fairly simplified. There are also no Good Year markings on the tires, or on the decal sheet, leaving the tires looking rather dull.

After the rolling chassis is finished, and the windows are installed into the body shell, the chassis drops into the body and is screwed down.

The ride height is fairly good built straight from the kit, but slight trimming on the inside body posts in the rear would bring it down lower, making it a bit more realistic.

From there the stickers can be applied, after which the rear spoiler can be snapped into place.

The kits build up fast. And it was a fun project to do with my son. He really could have built them both by himself.

There were only a few spots he needed help getting something snapped into place, or a screw started.

The best part has to be the body. It really does capture the look of the current NASCAR Fusion well.

I look forward to building more, and trying to do some upgraded detailing and painting on the next one. 


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