The shackles on that I-beam dropped axle and them finned brake drums are just wow. I haven't started building mine, but it will most likely be box stock highboy with more modern wheels swapped in from the '32 roadster. I am in no rush for getting more , but I will definitely be buying multiples of this kit. Just the suspension and brakes are worth the price alone, not to mention the killer engine. To be 100% objective, I am just a touch disappointed in the headlight sprue attachment as it sits right on top of the headlights. This is the only "complaint" I could come up with. LOL The only other thing, which can not be classified as a complaint at all is, when are Revell finally going to give us a quickchange rear end at this level of detail? C'mon it's just one part to remaster, that could be used in all these kits after that.
I went to my hobby shop two days ago and asked for the kit. The owner told me that they are not out yet. I had a conversation with him about it close to a week ago. So two days ago when I was in his shop, he told me that as a matter of fact he just got response from Revell the same morning. They told him that there are only about 15 kits out there that were sent to special people to review them and to magazines. I told him I heard otherwise and he got aggravated and told me I can argue all I want, but these are not out yet. I did not say anything and laughed out loud when I found my copy of the kit in the mail today. I got it from Mark Twain Hobby Center in Saint Charles, MO, for $21. I would classify the kit as simply impressive.
I have a question for the guys who are around street rods all the time. I guess it goes for both this kit and all the '32 Fords. When you have a triangulated rear latter bar suspension like this, do you HAVE TO have a panhard bar or the triangular geometry of the rods is enough? The reason I am asking is not to question the kit, but rather to inform myself for a future build as I have one of these on its way to me. All the pictures I have seen on the net with set up like this have leaf spring and plain shocks. And the ones that have coil overs always have a some sort of pahhard bar. I personally like the plain more modern look of Tim's built. I am just curious, would it be authentic if I leave it like that?
I'll be buying some if htey followed in the steps of the other 32s. What I mean is that every reissue had something new/different in it. I would love to see a new valve covers/intake option or an I-beam axle. And dare we dream of a quick change rear…..
Yes, some plastics bleed through. The main reason I switched to two part automotive primers. I built a lot of diecast models. Did a lot of Ferrari 355s. Both made by UT of Germany and by Hotwheels in 1:18. Started with red models as donors. Stripped everything down to find out everything is metal except the bumpers the rear lids and the mirrors. The mirrors were very flexible, rubber like material, but black in color under the paint. The bumpers were molded in a brittle red plastic and the lid molded in very flexible hard plastic.
Had to paint one in white and the other in yellow. Both of them were done the same way. Strip all old paint, wash very well, air dry, tamiya grey primer followed by Tamiya white primer and then tamiya color. Everything decanted from their spray cans. In both cases primer was first perfect grey, then perfect white and then the colors were pure and as intended. Then sprayed Tamiya clear and everything changed……only at the bumpers. Both cars retained their color beautifully, except the bumpers. Funny thing was that the engine lids that were also molded in red plastic, but visibly a different kind did not bleed through. But I had a noticeably orange and pink bumpers.
I actually looked at that birch plywood and was not a fan of it. I'll try the Balsa and if I fudge it up, I'll go the plywood route.
Hi Shaun, everyone is saying go with the two doors at the back and it was what I was thinking about too. So probably that's the way it will go. I would not cut the roof tho. I don't think it would look good on a C-cab. About the steps - it already has two steps at the rear and one on each side.
I need to finish a couple of other models I am building for people first, before I come back to this, but stay tuned…..
Thanks for looking.
The real one also has a roof rack, a different shape of the wood work at the back and numerous other differences. I still think it is a great kit. I've built a few of them in different variations and still have three more on my "started, but will they be ever finished" list.