Brett...thanks for the comprehensive review and everyone else, thanks for weighing in with your points of view.
As for me....the thought of an SBC in a FORD hot rod makes me noxious. I can understand (sort of) why you'd do this in a historically correct recreation of a Deuce icon like the McMullen Roadster - or any Deuce built from the mid 1950's - late 1960's. But once the small block Ford became available at affordable used prices, there really was and still is little justifiable explanation for defacing a Ford product with a Chevy engine. Just as putting a Ford engine in a '69 Camaro wouldn't make sense either.
I guess I had a silent hopeful thought that in doing this kit, Revell would have chosen not to put in the SBC parts and instead would have done a 5.0L Ford with the Rat Roaster induction system (or an FE Ford, or a 385 series SuperCobraJet, or 351 Cleveland, or..well, I think you get my point here). Now any of THOSE would have been yet another reason to buy multiple copies of this kit. A generic as heck SBC? Not on your life.
OK, rant over. Realize I'm in the minority here, but that's how I feel!
It will be interesting to buy and build a new '32 Ford Hot Rod kit, but it will have to go a wide and long way to top the first build I did of the circa 1996 Revell Deuce 3 Window!
PS - I too sense that a more traditional hot rod chassis might eventually be in the offing, but maybe not exactly in the form we'd expect, and certainly not in the near term future. I have NOT heard this from anyone inside Revell, Round 2/AMT, or the other manufacturers, but I have heard tidbits from outside sources. Time will tell....TB
I wouldn't call this one a generic as heck SBC, though - I'm sure its Tremec trans is going to find its way into a lot of models. And I don't think Weiand offers that particular blower for anything other than Chevys in the 1:1 world. If you go back and watch the Gearz show where Mr David speaks about why he chose the SBC he even says "yeah, I know, another '32 with a small-block Chevy", but then he gives his reasons why and makes a pretty good case for the SBC. I'm somewhat surprised it took Revell this long to offer an SBC in the Deuce series.
But I'm sure you'll be glad to see there's now a blue oval on the grille shell!