Those are some great looking hot-rod Fords, Tim. I just had a chance to sit down at the bench and briefly go through the kit (arrived today, school tomorrow). First impression...fine kit, as you can of course tell from all of Tim Boyd's photos. The parts tooling is very clean and crisp. The brake drums are just beautiful, and the '40 Ford "juice" backing plates look good too. The engine and trans also look good, and the header-spacing issue (for those of you who see it) is a relatively easy fix. Honestly, it's not as obvious in the flesh, on the bench, as it was in the photos here. No surprise though...I've often caught huge-looking flaws on my own models after posting here that I'd never noticed while working on the things. What I was REALLY curious about was how this kit would mix-and-match with the junkyard full of old AMT and Revell model-A kits I have. The answer is that anything you should want to swap will be pretty straightforward if you're comfortable doing a little styrene surgery. The AMT soft-tops fit like they're made for it, almost, and the AMT hoods do too, almost. There's a very slight forward-slope at the bottom of the new Revell cowl, but a couple licks with a file will cure it. Though the dimensions and shapes of the new Revell '29 body are mostly very close to the old AMT kit's part, the Revell body won't fit the old AMT or Revell '28-'29 fenders...primarily because the rear wheel-well is opened up higher on this new body shell. Fill the wheel-cutouts with styrene (and a little tweaking here and there) and you're back in the game. The way the new Revell model-A frame is zeed in the back makes it easy to graft in an AMT buggy-spring crossmember, if you're so inclined. The new '32 chassis, with stepped rails, will also accept the old AMT buggy-spring rear crossmember easily. Just like in real cars, either an A or a T rear crossmember (and spring) is necessary of you want to drop a '32 into the weeds while running a quick-change with the transverse spring. Really, the interchangeability of the parts from these manufacturers is why accurate scaling is important. And it's why parts from kits tooled over a 50-year-plus span fit together reasonably well. All the manufacturers did their work to a decent standard. Speaking of the '32 frame in this kit...it's by far the nicest '32 rails in styrene so far. The side reveal stamping, one of the signature '32 ONLY styling features, is clean, crisp, and looks right. This is going to be THE frame to use if you're building anything on '32 rails that show. All for now. Time for bed......
Yeah, and that's a really unfortunate truth about media in general. The awful stories are the ones that get top billing, not the good-guy stuff. I don't know if the public actually WANT to hear all the horror-stories, or if the media trains them to. Just for the record, the last two police officers I had contact with, both detectives for my home county, were two of the most intelligent, professional and helpful people I've EVER had the pleasure to do business with, in ANY context.
Just like in the real hot-rod world, no rod, or two rods, are going to have the right "look" for everyone. Beauty is very much in the eye of the beholder when it comes to building cars. What Revell has done here is to present two great starting points for building what YOU want, or building fine looking models right out of the box. This is a far better jumping-off-point than has been previously offered (and mine came today...the FIRST kit I've ever been enthusiastic enough about to order when it was introduced).
This generation Riviera is SO good looking and well-proportioned, it's almost impossible to improve on. My hat is off to you, sir. You made it better. Your chop proportions and pillar layback angle are absolutely perfect.
You know, nobody labels people "blind ignorant hackers" if they don't care to know how cars operate, or don't care if the scaling and proportions are faithful or not... So why is it continually necessary to call those of us who DO know and DO care insulting names? Please explain this double standard for me.
I agree Del, the Redhead is a real beauty. Probably the most sensuous shape ever built as a car, and about the only one I can think of that I'd make the effort to scratch-build. I haven't searched the internet thoroughly, but so far I haven't come across any bare-chassis shots. Do you, by chance, have any reference material on that fabulous car? For those who don't know what we're talking about, here she is...
Both good looking models, and nicely useful to see both out-of-the-box possibilities presented side-by-side. To have built either of these from what has been available previously would have taken some serious kit-bashing, a very well-stocked stash, and more knowledge of '29 Ford rods than most model builders posses. Even after my critical comments, I have to say, overall, nice work Revell.
I don't see how anyone with even half a brain can fail to respect police officers who routinely and voluntarily risk their own lives, daily, to protect the lives and well-being of clueless civilians. There's something seriously wrong in the world today.