1975 Ford Gran Torino – Revell

75grantorinoboxRevell’s been making quite the living off making model kits of “famous” movie cars. Most of the tuner cars from Fast and the Furious, like the Acura, the Mitsubishi, so forth, then of course also the ’69 Yenko Camaro and the ’70 Dodge Charger. The ’68 Mustang Fastback and the ’68 Dodge Charger from Bullitt, as well as the “retro-inspired” special version of the ’08 Mustang GT.

Traditionally they’re above average in difficulty and not just to cash in on the licensing, so the effort on ’em is always rewarded! And for the first time in a while, this one’s made with new tools. First Gran Torino on the market for as far as I’m aware

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Though one thing needs to be said, unlike the others(or most others, rather), this one’s molded in color. The body parts molded in “tomato red” and the engine and chassis in black. In some 75grantorino-5sense they made building it a bit easier cause you won’t need to paint a fair amount, though as always it’s molded in semi-gloss so the paint looks more dirty than anything and you’ll end up clear coating it anyway.

But despite that, it still looks good. Getting the right shade for the red paint would’ve been hard anyway so I’m really appreciative of the molding it in color. Though of course it eliminates freedom, but with the raised suspension and rather unique wheels it’s not really possible to make a regular ol’ Gran Torino Brougham or something in that vein.

I bought a photo etched detail set from Model Car Garage for the model, the molded grille is great in detail but the PE parts make it come to life so much more. And when I realized just how comical side-emblem decals look compared to PE parts if they’re available while building the Oldsmobile Cutlass 442, I’m just really happy I bought ’em to make it look that much better.

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75grantorino-10The gist of the model I suppose is that it’s nice and very, very approachable. Folks would consider this a “get back in” kit, something with a very decent result with fairly little effort. It’s a great model kit to get back into the hobby again, it hasn’t got a ton of parts, they’re all already pre-painted so all you really have to do is either build it and have a nice curbside model or paint some of the trays so you get a very decent middle-of-the-ground model kit that looks really good in the end.

Interior detail is pretty high, it has some very good molding so most the details are clearly75grantorino-12 visible. Albeit all in one color, it does has some decals complimenting the interior detail, like the wood on the dash and glovebox as well as all the lock cylinders.

Engine detail is actually pretty high, I mean when you look at it from the trays or the box picture, it looks a bit meager, cause it gives off a “it’s all one big piece” vibe. But, it’s actually pretty damn good! I didn’t wire the engine up for once, felt like this was a nice build in between larger ones. The 351 Windsor engine’s replicated nicely with a fair amount of attention to detail. I mean, I would complain over it’s simplistic nature but I suppose that’s the exact appeal of the kit, so for what it is, it does look really good!

In the end, the kit’s really nice! Like I said, it’s great if you’re in a bit of a rut and feel like you wanna get back into the hobby but it’s just too much effort. Other than that, it still is nice to build at any given time, whether it’s in between builds or just cause it’s a nice car to have around in small scale.

’75 Ford Gran Torino specifications:
Kit: #85-4023
Skill Level: 4
Parts: 88
Molded in: Tomato Red & Black
Scale: 1/25

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1970 Ford Torino GT – Revell

70torino1Revell’s made a bunch of Torino’s before and have made a couple since, the ’69 Torino Talladega, the ’70 Torino Cobra, the ’76 Starsky & Hutch Torino and then there’s this one.

Based on the older yet more correct version by Pro Modeler and Monogram, which featured their fixed take on a slightly older Monogram Torino kit which had a couple of errors on the body. But in typical Pro Modeler fashion it caught some really nice extras like extremely high standard molding and some photo-etched parts.

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This one’s the more recently published version of the kit by Revell, still including the photo-etched parts and the two in one build of the kit. The PE parts are the grille GT logo, 70torino_new (2)
the side trim line, Torino logo for the rear fender, the GT emblems above the side intakes and the honeycomb pattern over the tail light. These all could’ve just been extra decals,
but the fact that they’re PE just shows the extra effort they’ve made into making this one a step above the rest.

The 2-in-1 part of the build involves the factory stock version with the two-toned stripes that run on the sides(that I didn’t include cause the 1970 Torino didn’t generally come in black) for every factory stock color combo and a drag version with red/orange/yellow stripes and sponsor logos and such.

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There’s not a whole lot of optional stuff for the drag version but the bits that are there are very nicely detailed such as Ford Motorsport branded rocker covers, rollcage, raised rear suspension, separate set of rims and M/T sponsored drag slicks.

Interior quality is superb as well, with some decals for the wood paneling and all the dash panels. It could just be a left-over of Pro Modeler’s standards but man, this is really just a step above anything I’ve seen so far from Revell. Even the ’68 Dodge Dart wasn’t as detailed as this and I still hold that one as one of the best out there.

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The engine is a damn beauty to behold, the 429 Cobra Jet’s giant air filter’s there but you can also slap on the more compact drag alternative. It’s a nice and crowded engine bay that’s got all the bits and pieces that should be there, nothing’s left out.

All in all, this is one of the finest Revell kits I’ve had my hands on. Everything fit as it should, there’s a ton of bits and pieces to work with, it’s hyper detailed and it has nice PE parts as a extra which I happily take.

’70 Ford Torino GT specifications:
Kit: RMX-4099
Skill Level: 3
Parts: 139
Molded in: White
Scale: 1/25