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#21 Rob Hall

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 09:45 AM

OK, here's an update, direct from Revell's 2009 catalog. Obviously a pic of an actual model.


That looks cool..looks like it will be fun to kitbash w/ the other Revell '32s..

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 10:19 AM

... One part I'm particularly happy to see that you didn't mention, Bernie, is the blanking plate for the grill. It'll be nice to have another grill option for the '32 kits w/o having to shell out for resin parts or a photoetched set! ...
From what I can tell, (which admittedly isn't much), the rear suspension looks to be the same as the other kits.


I didn't mention it because I don't trust it (just like the rear suspension). Just becaiuse they stuck a decal on doesn't mean there's a blanking plate! Far cheaper to include a line in the instruction recommending sanding the grill smooth... But you're right, some significant parts box contributions seem to be promised with this release.

Edited by gbk1, 21 March 2009 - 10:20 AM.


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Posted 22 March 2009 - 05:46 PM

OK, here's an update, direct from Revell's 2009 catalog. Obviously a pic of an actual model.

First, for us trad oriented rodder types here's the good news:

  • Hemi engine with nice headers and 2 four barrels.
  • Steelies with chrome rings
  • Hairpin radius rods!
  • Moon tank
  • Nerf Bars
  • Wide whites (but see bad news below)
Now the bad news:
  • Same old funky firewall and single grill brace rod
  • Tires appear to be the same old wide width types offered on all the kits so far
  • No real clue regarding rear suspension - if you look carefully their might just be a hint of Ford style radius rods, but...
Still, as the expression goes, better than a poke in the eye...

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I can't believe I'm just seeing this post! I guess I should branch out more often in the forum catagories.

It's great to see a '32 5w is comming out. The car in the picture is actually based (loosely) on a 1:1 5w that is a re-creation of an old drag-race coupe from the '50s or '60s. The re-creation was done in recent years by the Kennedy Brothers shop in Pomona, Ca. You can read about it and see some pictures here:

http://www.streetrod...oupe/index.html

From what shows in the picture, the single biggest thing I'm excited about is finally, FINALLY there will be hairpin radius rods for the front suspension. It's rediculous that until now there has been no good recent offering of these parts regardless of the model or brand. (I wonder if they offer more traditional brakes to go with them?) The Hemi is a nice departure from the played-out SBF.

Probably the single biggest disapointment is the tires. They look to be the stereotypical Revell '32 tires with whitewalls added. When oh WHEN will a model company pull their heads out and offer a GOOD set of traditional and ACCURATE big and little bias-ply tires. Seriously, is it too much to ask?

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 06:15 PM

... The car in the picture is actually based (loosely) on a 1:1 5w that is a re-creation of an old drag-race coupe from the '50s or '60s. The re-creation was done in recent years by the Kennedy Brothers shop in Pomona, Ca.

..I wonder if they offer more traditional brakes ... The Hemi is a nice departure from the played-out SBF.

Probably the single biggest disapointment is the tires. They look to be the stereotypical Revell '32 tires with whitewalls added. When oh WHEN will a model company pull their heads out and offer a GOOD set of traditional and ACCURATE big and little bias-ply tires. ...


Looks like you found the source car for this model. Someone on the TRaK board had suggested a Von Franco '32 from a few years back:

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But your pics are even closer:
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Looks like the same car in different stages of evolution....

In any case we will continue to be cursed with the 5.0 Ford in this kit as per the product description. And I seriously doubt that they will include those delicious seats in the Kennedy Bros. car:
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'32 Ford 5 Window Coupe Plastic Model Kit
Product ID: 85-4228

Overview
Skill Level 3
Scale: 1:25
Parts: 187

Description
...High boy style custom or full fender street rod custom with steel wheels or five spoke mags. Optional 5.0 liter Mustang engine or custom dual carburetor V8. Decals with optional custom graphics. Molded in white, transparent red and clear with chrome plated parts and black vinyl tires.


Of course the marketplace has provided for our frustrations by creating the aftermarket suppliers, as long as we have the sheckles to pony up for all those itty bitty custom parts (except for hairpins which, strangely, now one has ever offered...).

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 08:54 PM

My favorite part of what's in the picture is the non-supercharged version of Revell's awesome rendition of the 392 HEMI!!

I could actually use this intake setup right now for the model I'm building. I want the early HEMI, but I really don't want to make a clearance hole in the hood to accommodate the blower and intake scoop that comes with Revell's '41 Willys engine setup.

Another project delayed waiting for the right parts to come along??? Probably not...

Later,

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 09:46 AM

I know I'm stoked! Cain't have too many vintage hemis, far as I'm concerned. OR steelies with trim rings!

What's interesting is that Revell did up an entirely new set of wide-white rubber and steel wheels for the most recent '31 Ford sedan and '29 Ford pickup reissues - I believe these were also included in a t-bucket rat rod kit. Those wheels and tires would look great on this deuce (or any of the others), but I think Revell would have had to re-engineer the axle bosses to accept them.

Hmeh, well. BRING IT!

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 03:45 AM

Yes is there a release date?Also like to see a stock grill new rear end and also why didnt they just use the wheels from the revell rat rod kits Those are great ! Looks like another trip to rep& min and picking up a few of these kit too!

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 03:22 PM

Got a chance to spend some quality time today with an early kit from the production run of Revell's new '32 Ford Five Window.

First impressions - the body casting looks perfect. The top does not appear to be chopped. The trunk area is cast open with a recessed ledge. The kit includes two trunk lids - smoothed and louvered, and three sets of hood sides - stock '32 Ford, smooth, and louvered. There's a four piece Moon Tank and front nerf bars, and a new set of '50 Pontiac style plated tailamps. Decals are Revell's usual fine effort, with some very stylized pinstriping decals, a "devil" figure for the grille blank

The interior has new side panels and seats with nicely done tuck'n'roll. The regular Revell '32 series IP, steering column and wheel are included, along with a new narrowed '40 Ford IP and '40 Ford steering wheel/column. There's a Piston shift lever for the Hemi (which is has a manual transmission), and three different gauge decals for the '40 Ford Instrument cluster. The old kit firewall is there, but they newly engraved the backside (that faces the interior) with a matching tuck'n'roll pattern!

Moving onto the new engine, it appears very similar to an early Hemi, and is really nicely done with 25 parts in total. Both the valley cover and the intake manifold are chromed, which should lead to some very sharp engines. The Valley cover and the valve covers have engraved ribbing. The water pump is two-pieces. The headers and their seperate header flanges are chromed. The engine appears much sharper than some of the published images of the early prototype builds. The stock 5.0L Ford with four barrel and "Ford Motorsport" valve covers is still there, now joined by the EFI two-piece manifold and air intake/filter from the Dan Fink Speedwagon, with new engraving, PLUS a second set of newly tooled 5.0L valve covers with fine ribbed engraving. That's a total of three engine versions.

The chassis carries over, but with two new parts every street rod builder has been wishing for - a great set of front hairpin radius rods. (I openly campaigned for these with my Revell contacts; they told me I was probably too late in requesting them. Thank goodness they found a way!). Those Five Spoke Americans are still there, plus the no-name big'n'little tires, this time with wide whitewalls on the decal sheet. A new set of open steel rims, with optional hub covers and trim rings, is included.

From what I understand, the production run is well underway and the first kits should be reaching the domestic distribution channels in about four to six weeks. I can't wait to get underway building this new one!

Best regards....TIM

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 03:35 PM

Sounds like a great kit,I have my order in with my local hobby shop. I can't wait, I know I will buy more than one. :lol: :angry:

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 04:11 PM

That sure sounds great!

Edited by Foxer, 08 June 2009 - 04:12 PM.


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Posted 08 June 2009 - 09:02 PM

Wow..seems revell really did there homework, not that they didnt in the past, but I mean they really made it appeal to the hot rod builders! I hope the new releases this year will follow with the same homework to there interpreted genre.

So where getting steel wheels instead of the spoked wheels from the sedan? sweeet!

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 04:17 AM

If only they would have included a flat head :lol: the 5.0 is way overdone. I have a lifetime supply of them. No they are not up fpr grabs. ;)

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 07:13 AM

What's wrong with the one in the '32 sedan?


Nothing, but I don't want to have to spend another $25 just to get a flathead when Revell should have included it with the 5 window.

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 07:40 AM

From the "Answer to the Question that Nobody Asked" Dept:

I wish ALL newly tooled models would include the "option" to build the car factory stock. I don't care what other versions are offered, hot rod, drag, donk, whatever... but there should ALWAYS be the parts included to build the car stock (unless the car is a show rod or a race car, or something that can't be built "stock"). Just my opinion...

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 07:59 AM

From the "Answer to the Question that Nobody Asked" Dept:

I wish ALL newly tooled models would include the "option" to build the car factory stock. I don't care what other versions are offered, hot rod, drag, donk, whatever... but there should ALWAYS be the parts included to build the car stock (unless the car is a show rod or a race car, or something that can't be built "stock"). Just my opinion...


Excelent point Harry. They include a stock hood but no stock build option.

AMT did 3 in 1's. When is Revell going to learn, or is it just greed? I'm willing to bet sometime in the not to distant future Revell will issue a factory stock 32 5 window and it will not include any of the other options.

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 08:16 AM

From the "Answer to the Question that Nobody Asked" Dept:

I wish ALL newly tooled models would include the "option" to build the car factory stock. I don't care what other versions are offered, hot rod, drag, donk, whatever... but there should ALWAYS be the parts included to build the car stock (unless the car is a show rod or a race car, or something that can't be built "stock"). Just my opinion...



I would have to agree with Harry. If you wanted to build any version of Revell's '32s factory stock at this point you'd have to combine it with AMT's '34 5 Window coupe in order to get close to the way the car rolled off the assembly line. Give us a true 2n1 kit. Not that I'm going to boycott the '32 5 Window, but stock pieces would be fantastic to have as well.

Dave, you are 100% correct about the wheels and tires from the '29 and '31, give us those as a separate parts pack. I don't need anymore '29 pickups bought just for the tires and wheels.

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 09:31 AM

The funny thing is, I guarantee that had Revell released its original '32 3-window kit as a stocker, the cries of "Why didn't they include any modern street rod parts in this blankety-blank kit?" would have been deafening.


That's my point. I wish this kit had the parts to build either a stock or customized version.

Economically doable? Don't know, but I'm just saying it would be nice. It's far easier for a modeler to take a model that contains a stock version and "customize" it to his heart's content with new wheels, engines, etc., than to take a model that only offers a "street rod" version and scratchbuild a stock engine, interior, chassis, wheels, etc. There are so many different modern street rod parts floating around already, taking a stock kit and rodding it is a no-brainer. But try to build a stock '32 from a "street rod" kit... :D

Oh well, like Aerosmith sez... dream on... ;)

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 09:39 AM

Just when I think I've grown tired of this kit- BAM- Revell does it again!

Now I will soon have a case or six of THESE to go with my roadsters, three-windows, and sedans.

I don't think these were "kits of the millennium"like a lot of guys do, but they are very good. They've become like Kryptonite to me- I am powerless in their presence!

(BTW- I think the old Palmer Model Ts were the REAL kits of the millennium! Why? Because I haven't slept in six or seven days, and the idea is really beginning to make sense. That, and the refrigerator told me so!)

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 10:21 AM

A lot of those modern street rod parts didn't exist before Revell released its '32 3-window, though. IIRC, the last all-new contemporary street rod kit prior to it was the AMT '33 sedan, which had a grossly inaccurate body and front and rear suspension components that didn't really lend themselves to kitbashing.
The thing with the '32 Ford is, too, I believe the case can be made that it has a greater legacy as a hot rod than it does as a stocker. To wit: How many restored-stock Deuces vs. street rod Deuces do you see at car shows?


For those of us that build or might be interested in building a jalopy we want a stock suspension and a flathead. Not everyone builds srteet rods.On a short track only forum I'm on there are a few others there that refuse to buy the 32 5 window due to the fact that there is not a flathead included so I'm not the only one that feels Revell dropped the ball.

The 5.0 has become the new 350 Chevy. Everyone and their brother has one. BORING!

I have never said I wasn't happy to see the 32 5 window just that I feel the ball was dropped by not putting the flathead in the kit.

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 10:29 AM

I agree with Dan.

I'm not arguing the financial aspect of the decision, I'm sure there are bigger brains than mine making the marketing decisions at Revell. I'm just saying it sure would have been nice to have the option of a stock version.

Just think of all the variations a reasonably clever modeler could build from one single kit:

Stock, either factory fresh/restored or old and weathered, rat rod, vintage salt flats car, backyard hot rod, mild custom, hi-boy, street rod, low-budget drag car, etc. The possibilities would have been endless... if only the parts to build a stock version had been included. :(