|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
The Ford Model A (also colloquially called the A-Model Ford or the A, and A-bone among rodders and customizers), was the second huge success for the Ford Motor Company, after its predecessor, the Model T. First produced on October 20, 1927, but not sold until December 2, it replaced the venerable Model T, which had been produced for 18 years. This new Model A (a previous model had used the name in 1903–04) was designated a 1928 model and was available in four standard colors.
By February 4, 1929, one million Model As had been sold, and by July 24, two million. The range of body styles ran from the Tudor at US$500 (in grey, green, or black) to the Town Car with a dual cowl at US$1200. In March 1930, Model A sales hit three million, and there were nine body styles available.
Model A production ended in March 1932, after 4,858,644 had been made in all body styles. Its successor was the Model B, which featured an updated inline four-cylinder engine, as well as the Model 18, which introduced Ford's new flathead (sidevalve) V8 engine.
This particular kit is a four door soft top and can only be built as the street rod version. The number of options is limited to decals and radiator cap.
The kit is molded in white and provides rubber tires and two nice chrome sprues as well as a clear sprue for the windshield, side wings, rear window and headlight lenses. The soft top can only be built up as no folded option is provided.
The V-8 engine appears to be a small block Cheverolet as it has the distributor at the back of the manifold. Three carburetors sits atop the engine and it is equipped with cast iron exhaust manifolds leading into dual exhaust. The interior looks fairly stock with decals for instruments and a pair of bench seats. Chrome is used extensively as befits a street rod and the wire wheels look especially nice.
Instructions provide some generic color information, and you can paint the car any way you want. There are flames for the side and three different color markings for the spare tire cover depending on the color you paint the car. The sheet also includes plates and the black areas of the running boards. I should also mention that you get rubber tires with this one.
Overall it looks like it will make into a very nice model. You will have to deal with ejector marks on the inside of the fenders and the top to name a few, but they should be fairly easy to remove.
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