The good, the bad, and the ugly -
Part 1 - The Good:
Fresh tooling - it's clear this is a brand new mold. Everything is sharp and clean.
Gorgeous wheel and tire combo - we'll be seeing these on a lot of models over the next few years.
Great decals - all the black interior panels and those weird padded circle cut outs are on the decal sheet, along with gauge faces and "Rat Roaster" embroidered floor mats. Looks like you'll be able to paint the interior panels body color and do the black upholstery without complex masking.
The "trim" on the 1:1 car is not molded onto the body shell - it's on the decal sheet. (I don't like it on the 1:1, so that's a plus in my book!)
SBC w/ Tremec TKO transmission. We'll be seeing a lot of this puppy, too.
Weiand 250 series supercharger - While we're still waiting for a decent 4-71, I applaud Mr. David for using something other than the ubiquitous 6-71.
The tall velocity stacks and front cycle fenders are offered as options in the kit.
Stock-appearing firewall - IMO this is the star part of this kit. No doubt we'll be seeing a lot of these used on other deuces.
Stock-appearing grille and shell - I'm not a deuce expert, but I think this part is how Henry made 'em.
Bobbed rear fenders - just plain cool.
The over-the-frame headers - personally I think they'd look better on a T bucket, but they're what the 1:1 has. I would have prefered lakes-style headers (aka "limefire-style") on the 1:1
Chopped windshield - 'nuff said.
The Buick port holes - I don't care for them, but I'm sure a lot of guys will be using them on other projects.
Appears at first glance that this kit will be 100% compatible with current Revell deuces - which leads me to...
Part 2 - The Bad.
There's a lot of familiar looking parts in here. Mainly the tube-style front axle. I was told there would be an I-beam front axle. Apparently there must have been some confusion somewhere up the line as to what an I-beam dropped axle actually looks like. To me, and I'm sure most fans of the car, the dropped I-beam axle is as much a part of the car's heart and soul as the blower, or the interior, or the headers, and it would have been a very visible part of the finished model, and would have added to the list of parts that already make this a great source for donor parts for other projects.
The rear suspension and frame are pretty much the same as before, right down to the air bags. As I said, it's a new mold, but this part is more like an old friend that went to the plastic surgeon to get a facelift than being a totally new design. I can excuse them for this, as It's not nearly as visible when the finished model is on 4 wheels.
No hood sides - I don't care for them on the 1:1 with those headers, so not really a big deal to me.
Part 3 - The Ugly.
That interior. Don't get me wrong, Revell did a great job capturing the look of the 1:1, but I don't like it on the 1:1!!! The seats are kinda cool, though.
Overall, I'd give this kit an A-. An accurate I-beam front axle would have bumped it to an A, and an accurate rear setup would have gotten it to an A+. I'm sure there will be plenty of nit-picking and gnashing of teeth over some of the concessions and omissions, but kudos to Revell for freshing up the old girl. Now they have a fresh tool to help further the life of this now classic series. Hopefully one day soon we'll get closer to something a little more 50's and 60's period-correct. I've got a feeling we will...