AMT 1/25 1932 Ford Coupe
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
Ford produced three cars between 1932 and 1934: the Model B, the Model 18, and the Model 46. These succeeded the Model A. The Model B had an updated four cylinder and was available from 1932 to 1934. The V8 was available in the Model 18 in 1932, and in the Model 46 in 1933 & 1934. The 18 was the first Ford fitted with the flathead V-8. The company also replaced the Model AA truck with the Model BB, available with either the four- or eight-cylinder engine.
The two seat Model B was a popular car for early American hotrodder and even today, there are fiberglass bodies for this car that can be placed on various chassis, some of these being custom built.
This kit was bought second hand and started. The previous owner had already assembled the frame/fenders and the body. It was said that there were two kits in the box. Indeed there are and the other is the Revell 32 Ford. However, the AMT kit was not complete missing the top, wheels and tires, seats, hood, and a number of other smaller bits. The Revell kit appears complete.
The kit, were it complete, would have a lot of chrome (chrome is there with all the parts cut off and mixed in with the Revell kit's bits, also cut off the sprue). All of the suspension parts are chromed so most would remove the seams and repaint these items. A more modern GM V-8 engine is included in place of the standard flathead V-8 and each of the cast iron exhaust manifolds extends into a glass-pack 'muffler'.
The interior is an instrument panel with steering wheel along with two seats and a shifter. A gas pedal is provided, but no brake or clutch. The upper body is a separate item with all the lear bits inserted from the inside. The interior is attached to the frame/fenders followed by the body and firewall (also missing along with the grille housing and grille). These would be attached to the forward frame followed by the hood and separate side panels. Lights fore and aft along with the bumpers and the side view mirror complete the kit.
Instructions are a large folded sheet with 14 construction steps. No color information is provided, it being up to the modeler to make those determinations. A flame decal sheet is provided. It is fairly thick and should work just fine when applied.
You are probably wondering why I previewed this kit at all since it is missing so much. Well, it is as much as a warning as anything else. The seller did not mislead me as he stated there were two kits in the box and they were started. There were and they are. There are also enough parts in both that I should be able to complete at least one of them, though it probably won't be the AMT kit. The 32 Ford is a real favorite among car modelers and this kit appears that it would be a good one.
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