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Monogram 1940 Ford coupe

1940 Ford coupe
1940 Ford coupe
Monogram No. 85-4993
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $23.96
Pros: Nice decals; minimal fit problems or assembly issues; stance is good
Cons: Mold lines on body below headlight openings

This kit is essentially a reboxing of the Monogram Pro Modeler Ford convertible. The street rod coupe version includes a lowered suspension, HiPro V-8 engine with two dual-barrel carbs, chromed engine parts, and a custom dual exhaust system.

The decal sheet consists of some cool and wild flames or optional graphic scheme for the sides, which I chose to add to my build. It also includes the gauges for the dash, whitewalls for the tires, and several sets of license plates.

The majority of the kit is molded on seven white sprues. The body is crisp and well done, but I did have to work with some pretty noticeable mold lines just below the front headlight bucket openings. The rear fenders are separate, and I chose to add them to the body and paint the whole thing as a unit.
The engine consists of 19 parts and looks beautiful. It includes some cool chromed valve cylinder heads. The headers are chrome, as well as the two water hoses that come from the top of the radiator and onto the engine. I elected to paint the engine block yellow to match the body color.

In keeping with the unicolor approach that is in vogue today among street rodders, I opted to continue my gloss yellow theme on the frame.  Make sure it is sitting level before adding any other parts to it. I painted the frame parts separately before putting them together, but thought it was a better idea to build it first and then paint it.

It is wise to widen the plastic around the front and rear square openings on the body where the bumper supports will be placed before adding any paint; it will be easier at the end when it’s time to install them.

The tires are big-and-littles and are void of any markings on the sides. The wheels are nicely chromed and look great on the tires. I joined them to the completed frame with the engine sitting at the front and thought it looked great, with the majority of all the parts painted gloss yellow.

Most of the chassis parts, such as the tie rods, front and rear axles, leaf and radius rods, and stabilizer bars, are white plastic; there are few chrome parts for this chassis.

The interior tub consists of ten parts, and although simple, it looks terrific when completed. I painted the dash and steering wheel the same color as the body, and the rest was painted with two shades of brown to create a little contrast. There are two small bench-type seats that attach to the sides of the door panels at the rear of the passenger and driver’s seats. The assembly fits well when mated to the body.

The glass for the rear and front went on with few problems. I always suggest dry-fitting these parts before adding any paint to the body; it will ease the assembly process later.

Mating of the chassis to the body went well; the car sits just right, and not much has to be done to alter the stance. The fit of the hood onto the body looks good and fits well. There is an option to install the hood hinges but I preferred leaving them off.

I painted the running boards semigloss black and installed them at the sides, these also fit well.

The Monogram 1940 Ford Coupe is a beautiful kit. It goes together well, with minimal fit problems or assembly issues and it is more detailed than previous kits of this classic vehicle. I had lots of fun putting it together and will make sure to build a factory stock rendition for my collection.


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