Thought a comparison of the majority of Ford Flareside kits was timely with two majorly looked forward to Ford pickup models coming on-stream in the near future. Didn't realize I had them all until recent forays into the stash.
Most of the gang showed up: '80 monogram krusher sans square fenders, '80 revell night rider, '53 mpc flip-nose, '53 amt and the '56 revell pickup box. Have to look again for the monogram '55 box.
Fenders are (l-r): mpc '53, amt '53, monogram '55 and revell '56. MPC and AMT fenders are within a hair of being identical.
The '53 mpc and amt boxes are identical in size to each other and to the revell '56 box aside from from minor engraving differences and the clearance bumps for the mpc slicks. Any of these 1/25 boxes will be perfect for the new moebius bumpside. This series and size of box ended with '72 production. No 1:1 short flareside was offered from '73 to '75.
The revell and monogram '80-'86 1/24 boxes are identical in size. Note that these are exactly the same box used on the '77-'79 pickups except they had the old B7A rounded fenders instead of the square fenders introduced in '80. The '76 box was a one year wonder with taller flared sides but the same measurements otherwise; created from cutting down lengthwise an 8' flareside box. This was a wider design with both sides moved out two inches with the wheelhouse arch sticking out on the inside. This change was necessary because of the wider axle used in the '73-up trucks. The flared top on the '76 box was flattened for the '77-up trucks.
Now that Round 2 has seen fit to reissue the highly coveted '78 Super Stones 4x4, we'll finally be able to get one at a decent price. I was looking at my Model King re-issue the other day and, as this is the pinnacle of the line, decided to lay it out for a review. Those with earlier 2wd editions might want to add pics of theirs as well so we can see the evolution of these as this edition does not include the optional topper, side pipes, chrome wheels and other accessories from the earlier releases..
First off is a pic of the original S/S truck from an ebay listing.
Four fine examples built by mssrs Geiger, Wiseman, Goldman and Ahlborn...
The following pics are from the model king kit
The first thing evident in the MK kit is the lack of the Firestone emblem on the tonneau cover. Other than that, it appears to be a straight reissue with Firestone branded tires (identical to the 'Commando' tires in the old Boondocker kit) supplied instead of the Desert Dogs pictured on the box. The basic 2wd suspension pieces are all included with an extra sprue tree engineered with the 4wd parts. These parts actually represent the F100 or F150 regular cab 4x4 frontend setup and will need replacing with leaf springs to accurately model the heavier duty trucks.
Drivetrain is the same 390 4bbl C6 combo (not the 460 as claimed on some boxes in this series) common to all issues of this truck but is inaccurate for the 77-79 trucks as it was replaced with the 351M & 400 engines in 77. Of course, the 300 six and 302 V8 were optional in these as well as the 460 in the 2wd trucks. Rep stock fans will want to do their research on the rest of the drivetrain, among other things, as the divorced np205 transfer case is accurate for the pre 77 trucks only and should be joined to the transmission on the newer ones.
The cab shows some dimensional inaccuracies relating to windshield height (too low), door window shape (too tall) and wheel openings, but AMT captured well the essence of the truck. The choice of F350 super camper special long wheelbase tooling by AMT is a strange one and will require major surgery on the box sides to correct if you want a normal looking truck.