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Revell 1957 Ford custom

1957 Ford Custom
Revell No. 85-4283
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $26.95
Pros: Engine detail; chassis; body proportions
Cons: Mating floor pan and frame difficult
This is the first incarnation of the 1957 Ford “short wheelbase” two-door hardtop in 1/25 scale. It is a welcome and long-awaited kit among Ford fans.  

Assembly begins with the 312 Ford Thunderbird V-8 engine. You can build the stock single-carb or the special “E-code” dual-carb engine. Either is easy and straightforward to build.

The engine is well-detailed, and plastic fuel lines are included. However, the fuel lines are tricky to handle without doing any damage to them, because of how thin the parts are.  

The completed engine/transmission unit is good-looking. There is plenty of room left to add ignition wires, etc. to really set off the engine.

The chassis is also well done, featuring a separate frame, upper control arms, steering box, and a multi-piece rear end.  

There are two ways to build the rear axle/suspension. One option is stock, and the other is for a drag version. The separate floor pan is nice, although detail is a little bit soft in a few spots.  

Mating the floor pan and frame is somewhat of a difficult process. I had trouble getting the separate exhaust pipes, which weave through the frame, into their respective mounting points in the floor pan. A little clamping power was need to get everything into place and looking good.

The interior builds directly onto the floor pan. It’s simple, and builds easily. Decals are included for the seats and door panels, replicating the black-and- white “crinkle” pattern Ford used. The dashboard is molded well, and a decal is provided for the instrument panel.

The wheels are skinny steel with chrome hubcaps for the stock version, or big-and-little steel wheels for the drag version. There are six generic no-name tires: four skinny tires and two fat slicks for the rear. The decal sheet has thin whitewalls for the skinny tires, and M&H logos for the drag slicks.  Unfortunately, the ampersand in the M&H logos is printed in black instead of white; it disappears when you apply the decal to the tire sidewall.

The body’s proportions look spot-on.  Molding is clean, although I found some prominent mold lines on top of the front and rear fenders, both sides of the roof, and the rear edge of the trunk. Those mold lines are easily removed with a little bit of work.

After paint, I found the trim around the front and rear windows to be a little soft as well. This caused a few difficulties when I was “chroming” the trim with Bare-Metal foil.  

Final assembly is a breeze.  All windows install from the inside of the body, and the body slides right over the interior and chassis with no issues.  

There are plenty of chrome bits and pieces included for the stock version, but parts such as the side mirror, license plates, and windshield wipers are optional if you are building the drag version. The metal exhaust tips are not called out during the build process.  

I built my sample as the drag version, just to see how the optional drag parts fit. Decals for the drag version include contingency stickers, sponsors, class markings, and Bent Eight! or Flat Out graphics for the doors.  

No matter which version you build, you will have a decent pile of parts after completion.  

I enjoyed my time building Revell’s new 1957 Ford two-door. There were a few minor challenges along the way, but nothing a modeling rookie couldn’t handle!


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