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Revell 1956 Ford FD-100 Pickup Foose Design

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56 Ford FD-100 Pickup Foose Design
Revell No. 85-4426
Model Type: Injection-molded
Molded Colors: White, clear, red, chrome
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $24.95
Pros: Good simplicity/detail balance, clever design, accuracy
Cons: Ejector pin marks, fender mold misalignment, tricky interior building sequence
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There's a fair number of ejector pin marks to get after and you might need to become a bit inventive in your approach with a few of them.
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You should watch for model-parting artifacts at the lower edges of the rear fenders and the upper leading edge of the front ones. Two review samples had this one on the right fender.
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Both front rotor pieces are called out as part No. 54, but they’re not identical. You should test them to make sure they orient the tie-rod receivers lower, as pointed out here.
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This kit packs another great set of Revell decals – eight dedicated to the Roush FE engine block alone.
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The decals do a good job of depicting interior upholstery patterns, conforming well enough to the pleating that you might use setting solution judiciously.
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One of this kit’s coolest tricks, is to mold license plate letters in relief and then match that relief exactly in the license plate decal for a possible first in a 1/25 kit: an actual stamped plate effect. It works well enough to make you want to see it again.
We picked this one. When Revell offered a choice of two from seven Foose builds in all-new plastic, we went for the mid-1950s Ford pickup – Revell’s second 1956 model, in fact.

But there’s a little more to Chip Foose’s personal ride than “just another” ’56 Ford pickup, and it turns out there’s a little more to this model as well.

OVERHAULIN’ in scale
Foose is renowned for making subtle adjustments, and this particular subject reflects a myriad of tiny changes. About an inch of material is removed at the cowl to give the greenhouse the subtlest forward rake. A wedge cut is taken from the hood around the front to slim some of its mass. The front wheel arches are moved forward to shrink a bit of the truck’s front overhang.

And if Revell had stuck with traditional tape measurements and photos, capturing all those changes accurately might have been an iffy proposition; but this time, they used laser scanning for convincing results.

What’s the big Roush?

The first indication of a somewhat simplified design ethos shows up in the 451 cid, side-oiling aluminum FE V8 block from Roush. It’s made of 18 parts, rather than the 20-plus we usually see in newly tooled engines, but it gets the job done.

There’s only enough of a hole between the oil pan and block to clear the relatively thin axle.

Parts are crisply molded and engraved, and there’s some cleverness in the way the headers are so intricately executed. It seems sliding molds are getting accomplished in one piece what used to take two.

What really sets it off is another Revell decal sheet working overtime, with graphics for the air cleaner cover, valve covers, intake manifold, cylinder heads and transmission pan.

The mill hunkers down in a separate ladder frame with a controversial feature of this model: its suspension. The frame molding integrates a C5 Corvette’s upper suspension arms and uprights, and yes, there’s a metal axle passing through the engine. Because of this, there are no coil springs depicted for the front end.

Another touch that raised a ruckus when Moebius did the same thing was the 9-inch rear mounted firmly to the frame. But there’s something to be said for the result, as the wheels plant solidly at all four corners, and ultimately center exactly where they should in the wheel well arches.

Getting graphic

Another assembly that comes across greater than the sum of its eight parts is the interior. Again, the decal sheet provides that difference. The big expanses of gray upholstery might make you a little nervous, but try the decals out before resorting to paint.

There were small splits here and there on the review model that may in fact have resulted from an overzealous application of setting solution, and even so, the results well justified any problems along the way.

In fact, the only real failing of the decals occurred in brake caliper Foose graphics that disappeared against black paint.

The way the license plate decal snuggles against precisely aligned relief molding on the bumper for a stamped effect, is particularly brilliant.

The digital difference

The main objective of any model, of course, is to look like its subject, and here we come to the strongest feature of this model: the stance. It sits the way it should, rakes the way it should, and looks absolutely the way it should.

Poring over the model against photos of the 1:1, it’s difficult to pick out any area where the model’s proportions are off. The laser scanning along with some thoughtful design has paid off.

The building process is largely uneventful; you might want to check the intake as it settles against the heads when you assemble the engine, and the hood fit is snug enough that you should be cautious.

Mold alignment is such that you might find a pretty huge step in the forward edge of the right front fender.

The biggest issue encountered was a late-stage window clearance problem with the interior that seems to keep the body from settling all the way down as it should.

This might have been avoided or better handled by installing the interior into the cab first, instead of on the running boards as the instructions say.

There may be simplification beyond what many of us would find ideal, and the building experience might not be absolutely trouble-free. But for proportional accuracy, this kit has broken some exciting new ground – with any luck, a sign of things to come from Revell/Monogram.    

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