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AMT ’32 Ford V8 Coupe

Kit No.: AMT1181/12
Scale: 1/32
Mfr.: Round 2,
Price: $21.99
Comments: Injection-molded plastic (white, clear, chrome plated)
Pros: Clean tooling for its age; new decal sheet includes Ford radiator emblems
Cons: Front and rear axles need relocating; slight proportional problems; design simplification calls for advanced paint masking
It’s not as if personal preference is particularly right or wrong, but building only in the hallowed 1/25 scale can cheat you of things you might otherwise enjoy.

Take ’32 Fords, for instance. When Revell introduced its storied line of “Deuce” hot rods back in ’96 and then wrung body styles and engine variations out of that tooling clean into the aughts, there was always some minor puling over the absence of stock versions, never more apparent than with the three-window coupe, previously botched by Monogram and never kitted by AMT.

Except AMT did — in 1/32 scale.

Sure, the age of the kit shows a bit, more in overall design than in the quality the molds. The 35 parts themselves are decently crisp and clean, with sink marks manifesting mostly in the battery under the chassis pan and a slight wave on the driver’s side hood.

Ejector-pin marks are generally positioned strategically, except for those on the interior bucket’s parcel tray.

The first visible design issue is relatively minor: that “sectioned” quality as the lower body lines run up to the cowl, characteristic of all the older AMT 1/25 scale Deuces, is also present here, though the effect is lessened a bit in this scale.

The bigger concern involves the location of both axles against the frame and fender unit. The axle mounting pins and their receiving bosses in the chassis plate conspire to locate both front and rear wheels back of center within the fenders. 

However, you can correct it. I cut the locating tab off the front leaf spring and drilled new holes for the rear axle spring and front wishbone. You’ll need to cut a bit out of the driveshaft and take some material out of the rear crossmember to get that axle forward, but it amounts to 30 minutes of work.

Plastic tires aren’t ideal, and the wheels molded to them are a touch too small; if you try to paint a whitewall to clear the molded
Firestone script, you’ll end up with very wide whites. But the spokes are open and as close to scale as you might expect for the kit’s age. If nothing else, simplification in the wheels and elsewhere makes a nice excuse to hone your paint and masking skills.

Aside from the axle position, assembly is reasonably straightforward and trouble free. And, as you can see, it doesn’t take a huge amount of effort for this kit to turn into a looker. After a few decades away, here we are with a stock Deuce three-window on the market once again. And if you gotta have the car, the only question is: Can you get over the scale?

– Chuck Kourouklis


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