Has anyone had any luck cutting the fenders off the frame? I bought this kit thinking it'd be a two piece.
As someone accustomed to doing a lot of heavy mods and fabrication, I can say this COULD be more trouble than it would be worth, depending on how nice a model you want to build. The frame-rails on this model inexplicably disappear behind the center crossmember and become very thin valences, which is not correct for a '32 Ford at all. The '32 had NO frame-covering side valences and the rails were exposed as part of the styling. This accounts for the signature reveal stamped into the rails ONLY on the 1932 Ford.
What this means on the model is that, if you cut the fenders away, you're left with extremely thin side members that will need extensive re-working to look at all close to correct from underneath. They need to have material added to the INSIDE, which makes some very careful fitting necessary. If you want to do an accurate highboy, you'll have to carve the reveals in to the outer face of the rails.
Some other interesting points about this kit:
1) Though it's labeled as 1/24, it inexplicably shares a lot of dimensions with Revell's 1/25 '32 roadster body shells, like the length of the doors and the cowl height and width, and overall width. The length of the body shell from the cowl face to the rear axle centerline is slightly longer, so it's possible to use this shell to build a good 1/25 representation of a highboy based on the slightly 'stretched' '32 bodies produced by several fiberglass manufacturers in 1:1 to accommodate more 'ample' drivers.
2) Because the cowl width and height are the same as Revell's '32s in 1/25, the very nicely made louvered hood (top and sides) from this kit can be easily adapted to work on any of Revell's other '32 builds, needing only a slight removal of material from the front edges of the hood panels to achieve the correct length for 1/25.
3) The up-top from this kit will adapt easily to Revell's 1/25 roadster because the interior openings are almost exactly the same size, even though this kit is 1/24 and the Revell '32 highboy is 1/25. You can make it work on the Rat Roaster too.
4) The UNDERSIDE of the floor in this kit is probably the best representation of a STOCK '32 roadster floor, so if you want to build a very accurate traditional car, it's something to remember.
5) Revell's 1/25 '32 bodies fit pretty well on the fender / frame unit from this kit, but because of the scale difference, you end up with an engine compartment that's long enough to accommodate an inline 6 cylinder engine, but still give the look of a full-fendered traditional car. This is something that COULD have actually been built in 1:1, so that's a point to remember too. The hood top and sides will have to be lengthened, if you elect to use a hood.
Edited by Ace-Garageguy, 18 July 2013 - 10:47 AM.