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Revell 1976 Ford Gran Torino

Revell No. 85-4412
Molded Colors: White, gray
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $22.95
Pros: Ease of assembly, crisp body molding, great decals
Cons: Unrealistic hood hinges, no lower radiator hose, warped hood
THIS RERELEASE is a stock version of the original Starsky & Hutch-themed kit by Revell.

This one has a new carburetor, air cleaner, rear axle, tires, wheels and decals. 

The 18-step instructions also feature line drawings with parts called out by number, and colors suggested by letter.

A 351 cid V8 paired with an automatic transmission is represented. There isn’t a lower radiator hose and make sure during installation to watch the air cleaner. You’ll want to drop the coil a bit then file down the carburetor to ensure the air cleaner sits lower and doesn’t push up into the hood.

The car’s frame and underbody are molded as one piece. Its dual exhaust system is separate.

Front and rear coil springs are represented by plain posts. If you’re looking for more realism, wrap solder or plastic rod around them.

This kit’s rear spring posts are about 1⁄16-inch shorter than in the Starsky & Hutch version. The posts along with the smaller tires brings the overall ride stance down to level. File the spring posts at an angle at their mounting point to allow the axle assembly to tilt forward. Doing this positions the rear tires correctly in their wheel wells.

While the front suspension is simplified, it does include tie rods. But front wheels on this kit aren’t posable.

Inside, the front seat is a bench and there’s good detail on the door panels and dash. There are decals for the gauges and wood trim decals for the dash and steering wheel. Glass pieces mount from the inside and fit perfectly.

The body is crisply-molded, hard plastic. Apply a light coat of primer to find stubborn mold lines that need to be removed.

In my kit, the hood was badly bowed front to rear. Its plastic, so brittle, and refused to respond to heat. Grooves were sawed into the underside of the hood. Next, tension was put on the hood while filling the grooves with super glue, followed by a zap of accelerator. Doing this successfully removed a little of the bow. As a last attempt the tops of the fenders were raised with putty. All of this extra work did decrease the vertical gap but it is still visible.

The hood in my kit was probably an exception, but check your hood early and if bowed, go through the process to contact Revell and request a new hood.

All the chrome pieces fit well with positive mounting points. When mounting the taillight panel (No. 46) to the body, remove the vertical line molded in or the panel will not seat properly. Headlights are clear and taillights are clear red.

Sport mirrors mount on each door and have chrome inserts representing their lenses. As is becoming the norm with Revell, the emblems appear either molded with the body or in the form of decals. I removed the emblems and replaced them with decals. Fine details include decals for the door handles, lock cylinders and license plates.

The kit’s wheels and tires seemed too small initially, but when on the model they look correct. Generic tires have pad-printed whitewalls and doing a little detail work on the hubcaps will bring them to life. The wheels mount to the axles with metal pins. Enlarge their receiving holes a little to ease installation.

Despite the mentioned issue with my kit’s hood, this Ford Torino is an easy build with no surprises and looks great!


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