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Revell-Monogram 1941 Chevy pickup

February 2008
1941 Chevy pickup
Revell-Monogram No. 85-7202
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Clear, black
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $15.50
Pros: Good proportions and details; new parts and decals
Cons: Gouges in bed walls for stakes; intake has sink marks
This Chevy pickup joins a growing number of R-M reissues that are spiced up with small trees of new tooling. The additions are generally well-executed and appreciated in these reissues, but sometimes, the results can be a little mixed.

The core factory-stock 1941 Chevy pickup kit from 1999 carries over largely intact. As before, the model's proportions and details match up nicely with reference photos. The windshield wiper's a touch out of scale in its thickness, and the suspension stance is too low and wide in track for stock; but the rest is as good as we get, even in 2007.

The model's low attitude is useful to exploit for a custom version. R-M attempts this by adding a new chrome tree with a custom finned valve cover and matching air cleaner housing, and new five-spoke 19-inch wheels that use the tires you've seen in tuner kits such as the Acura RSX - one of which was a short-shot in our review sample.

Other new parts include a sun visor, wooden stakes for the bed, rotor/backing plates for the wheels, and an intake runner that integrates two carburetors.

Neither the intake nor the wheels have enjoyed enthusiastic response from the online car modeling community. The wheels have a decidedly discount-auto-store flavor; the intake has sink marks and lack of definition. Because that runner funnels through the single stock carburetor mount on the intake manifold, it's difficult to conceive the performance advantage the 1:1 part might provide.

What's even more difficult to accept are the open gouges now molded into the top edges of the bed walls to accept the new stakes, and the divot now molded into the passenger-side fender apron to relocate the horn if you use the custom intake parts. One has to wonder why the more-correct notches molded previously wouldn't have been adequate to accept the new bed stakes.

The new decal sheet is an unqualified improvement, with stock hubcap emblems that work far better than you might expect. In place of the old "Bruce Wigle" and "Pleasant Farms" markings are "Slammin' Hammer" bodyshop graphics and "Plum Lake Lumberyard" logos in black or white, with crests for the custom wheels, Von-Dutch-style pinstripes, and a black flame for the hood.

There are thin whitewalls meant for either tire option, though you may want to airbrush some wide acrylic whitewalls for the stock tires as I did. The woodgrain is welcome for the bed and stakes, but you should cut the bed panel into sections if you want it to conform better with setting solution.

Assembly is mostly straightforward; the suspension sits square, and the nine separate door and crank handles sprinkled inside and out are nice touches. As you bring the cab, fender unit, and chassis together, you should constantly monitor and refine the cab alignment to make sure the gap between the cowl and the hood isn't too wide.

It looks like R-M notched the wrong front bumper mount for the license plate, and you may find that mating the rear frame with the bed is a job for super glue. Be sure to insert the top edge of the windshield inside the cab first, then bring the lower edge toward the cowl from the outside, or it won't fit properly.

Be prepared for a little additional work if you want it factory stock, or some parts-box-raiding for a more-ideal custom. But the basic kit is still a nice link in the evolutionary chain of Chevy pickups in scale.


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