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Revell 1948 Ford Police Coupe

1948 Ford Police Coupe
Revell No. 85-4318
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, balck, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $21.95
Pros: Not much flash; nice decals and optional parts
Cons: Small sink mark on left front fender; Pitman arm does not meet shaft from steering box
Hard to believe it has been 18 years since Revell first issued the 1948 Ford Convertible kit. It was a 2-in-1, stock or street rod. I was excited when I heard Revell was finally issuing a stock 1948 Coupe, as I have had a preference for the coupe over the convertible.

This issue is a 2-in-1 as well, but in stock and police versions. It was not surprising to find that the majority of the parts are carried over from the convertible kit. The exceptions are the body and interior, and the inclusion of police parts and decals.

Giving the parts a general look-over, they are flash-free – which, considering the age of the tool, means the tooling was well-maintained or they spent some time cleaning it up.

I expected the newly tooled parts to be that way, and they did not disappoint.

There is a set of nice vintage correct tampo-printed whitewalls, without a manufacturer name on them. The original release in 1998 had Firestone markings.

Time to take a look at the new parts. The body is new tooling, and to my eyes looks pretty much spot-on.

I have heard complaints about the roof being too flat between the windshield and rear windows; I do not see it, and if it is there, a couple of swipes with a sanding stick would fix it.

There are some minor mold-release lines on the tops of the front fenders and along the face of the trunk lid, but they are easily sanded away.

There was one small sink mark on the left front fender, just in front of the cowl area on my copy. Not sure if others will have this, or just mine. Nothing a tiny spot of putty or just sanding won’t fix. 

Headliner detail is molded to the underside of the roof. There are two flashed-over holes that will need to be drilled out for the police lights if you build that version.

The interior is largely new, with the exception of the dash, steering wheel, and column. I believe the interior was tooled for the Custom Coupe kit, but has had the rear seat, front seat and door-panel engraving changed to stock. The engraving is sharp and well done.

There is a small police radio, with microphone; it will need to be carefully removed, as the cable is finely done.

There’s a small chrome tree with the siren, lights, loudspeaker, interior rearview mirror, and police antenna. There are translucent red lenses for the police lights.

The decal sheet has gauge markings, markings in black and white for Virginia State Police, and Chicago Police markings in black and white, along with license plates for each. I cannot vouch for authenticity.

There are also sets of stock plates for New York and Vermont.

Care needs to be taken in the removal of some parts from the spue, such as the horn ring, shift lever, steering wheel, door handles, and some suspension parts; they are fragile.

Assembly was pretty much straightforward, with the following exceptions:

The oil filter has a weak mounting point. The sway bar snakes under the splash guard molded to the front frame. The Pitman arm does not meet the shaft from the steering box.

The exhaust pipe needs adjustment to meet the manifolds. The rear window has minimal gluing surface.

Other than that, this was an enjoyable kit to assemble. I look forward to doing another. 


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