Revell 1/25 scale '48 Ford Deluxe Convertible

By Al Superczynski


1948 was the last year for the body style that debuted with the 1941 Fords, having evovled into what was probably the best looking car of a five-year run. The sportiest of the line was the Deluxe convertible depicted by this kit. Listing at $1740, it was out of reach for many but was the envy of all who saw it. The '48 model, however, marked the end of the era of tall bodies with separate fenders and would soon give way to a new slab-sided lower and leaner look, a look that would change car design forever.

The Kit

Another welcome reissue, this kit consists of 122 parts cleanly molded in white, clear, transparent red, and plated plastic. The detail is still very crisp and flash is virtually non-existent.

A 17 piece flathead V8 with both upper and lower radiator hoses mounts into a highly detailed chassis that includes separate frame rails and floorboard, x-member, multi-piece suspension, and individual pieces for the exhaust, brake master cylinder, and steering box - even the convertible top motor!

The interior builds up platform style with a separate chrome dash insert and full gauge decals. Building options include the choice of an "up" top or convertible boot.

All the main white parts are bagged and the clear parts are sealed in a separate bag, helping to protect both the clear pieces and the plated parts from scuffs and scratches.

In addition to the interior items already mentioned, decals are also provided for engine details, radiator hose stencils, wheel rims (in both white and black), and optional period or modern license plates.

Review sample generously supplied by Revell-Monogram.



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