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Moebius 1972 Ford Sport Custom

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1972 Ford Sport Custom
Moebius No. 1220
Model Type: Injection-molded
styrene
Molded Colors: Gray, black, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $34.99
Pros: Rear bumper options; differences from 1971 kit
Cons: Poor fit of hood against windshield cowl; fit of interior to cab (to clear chassis)
Sportinterior
Sportlead
I was thrilled when Moebius announced its Ford pickup series. Suddenly, we were getting 1969-1972 pickups that had never been kitted.

One of the first things I wanted to find out was how different the 1972 truck is from the 1971. I knew the grille would be slightly different; I was pleasantly surprised to find quite a few other differences.

The 1972 has different side trim running the length of the body; the tailgate trim is different; and the 1972 is a short-bed (the 1971 is a long-bed).

The inner door panels, seat pattern, and steering wheel differ from the 1971; and the engine is a 302 V-8 with dual exhaust, as opposed to the 390 with a single exhaust in the 1971.

The decal sheet contains several options for the tailgate trim, a variety of license plates, and a set of whitewall tire rings. Whitewall decals are a bear to apply, regardless of the model company. I used lots of setting solution. 

The body proportions and general look of the truck are good, and the windshield/side-window relationship may even be more accurate than that of the 1975 Ford pickup from AMT.

I like the rear bumper options (chrome or unplated step), along with a nice set of extra custom wheels.

There were some fit problems. I had access to the 1969 and 1971 versions of the truck, and the problems seemed to be consistent.

The major issue is the fit of the hood against the windshield cowl. The shape of the hood at the back does not match the cowl, and as hard as I tried to reshape both areas, I couldn’t get a match. I inserted a small shim above the firewall, which raised the cowl a bit.

The second problem was fitting the interior into the cab. The unit wouldn’t go high enough in to allow the chassis to have the correct stance; I shaved some plastic off the front of the interior, just below the dashboard.

A crossmember attaches to the bottom of the interior, which looks to be upside-down in the plans.

he engine mounts are shown being placed in holes on the top of the front crossmember. However, the left and right twin I-beam axles are shown going into the same holes from underneath, and there isn’t room in those little holes for all that plastic.

The links are both marked as part 38, but they are not identical.

Yes, there are some problems, but an experienced builder can deal with them. That being said, I was happy with this new addition to the Moebius Ford Pickup Series. 

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