I have never had one, but I have seen them. First off, it was engineered by Pyro Plastics in the mid 1950's. It has a generally crude, multi pieced body (predated the multi-piece sliding insert molds pioneered by George Toteff of AMT models.) That said, as far as Auburn Speedsters go, I think it is the only game in town. Highly accurate it isn't, but it's still kind of neat.
It's for the shelf, not for actual driving. You don't need to fit into it. Pretty sure that Actually fitting into the car in scale was going to be a concern, they wouldn't have reissued it. In other news, I got me a "Catch the Kat" issue last night molded in metal flake blue.
The original issue of the 61 and 62 Corvettes had separate headlight bezels and lenses that were much closer to correct (tho not perfect.) (See step D). When the 62 was re-issued, the opening trunk was molded shut, and some really poorly done headlight bezels were molded into the body.
The small block Chevy motor doesn't bother me a bit, even though I'm actually a Ford man. It's easy to swap out an engine if you don't like it. It's inaccuracies in the body that make for the hard work. My vote is leave the engine as is, but for gad sake, let's put in a firewall that we don't have make excuses for. And 32 Ford roof insert? Since when is wrong OK? Anyway, as you can see below, Revell was able to get it right in the past, they can do it right this time too.
Actually, no. The firewall on the kit is not even close. The old Monogram kits had it right, the old Revell sedan/woody had it right. This one is way off.
Compare the above to the real car below. The leading edges of the firewall are rounder, and it comes almost all the way out to the edges of the cowl. The firewall looks almost like a continuation of the cowl.
Revell has some serious fixing to do on that piece.
And, just because it is so cool, a little inspiration...
I hope they tweak that firewall some. The edges are way square, and it's on the smallish side. I'd still like to see a 30-31 A roadster. The coupe has already been done in 1/24th. But I still see some future purchases here...
It's a great body style that you don't see enough of. The shame about this kit and its pickup truck sister is that it came out during the bad era for Monogram design that brought us the miss-shapen 56-57 Chevys and some other poorly proportioned kits. The hood is too tall and square, the roof isn't as bad as the pick-up, but still isn't great. I'd probably section one of these down to fit the AMT cab front.
Hey Revell-Monogram, how about a panel version of your 48 F-1 Pickup?