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Ford Flareside comparo...

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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.

 

Boxes L - R: '80 red monogram krusher, '80 revell night rider, '53 mpc flip-nose, '53 gray 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 very close in size.

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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.

 

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The revell and monogram '80-'86 boxes are identical in size. Note that these would be the proper style box to use on '77-'79 pickups using the '53-'72 rounded fenders.

The short flareside box reintroduced in '76 was a one year wonder with taller flared sides; created by Ford's cutting down lengthwise the 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.

 

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mike

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Now the question of scale differences arises... they're not as far apart as most people think. Here's the 1/24 krusher and the 1/25 amt box contrasted. Despite the width difference, partly by scale and partly by the newer wider design, the sidewall height is very close to identical.

 

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This one shows how the monogram '80 wheelhouse inners are not far off the inner width of the '53 box. The width of a single saw cut for sectioning widthwise will probably bring this close enough to scale that it can be used with the rounded fenders on the soon to be reissued AMT 78/79 pickup.

 

Here's a contrast of the monogram '55 and the revell '56 fenders. The narrower '55 fenders would be a good choice for the brave soul attempting a stock build of that '56.

 

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Hope this clarifies some of the mystery on this stuff...

 

 

 

mike

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Not sure if this'll help much, but here are the Monogram '55's bed parts:

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...and the bed floor, molded as one with the cab floor and running boards:

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Thanks, Casey. IIRC, it was the same width as the other 1/24 boxes.

The Quadzilla/Krusher and Night Rider aren't all that easy to find, but the re-issued monogram '80 ranger has the same box they had.

Here are the factory measurements for the '53- '72 and '76- '86 flareside boxes.

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Note that the above pic shows the '53-'72 8' flareside but the shortbox measurements are in the text. It was only 49" wide, with flat inner walls.

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mike

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A look at the actual '76 and '77-'86 short flaresides...

'76  -same box as 77-86 but with one year only flared tops

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77-86   77-79 with round fenders, 80-86 with the squared off fenders... same box

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53-72 box

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mike

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