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Revell-Monogram 1/25 scale 1937 Ford Panel Van

Kit: No. 7628
Scale: 1/25
Manufacturer: Revell-Monogram, 8601 Waukegan Rd., Morton Grove, IL 60053-2295, phone 847-966-3500
Price: $10.75
Comments: Injection molded, 113 parts (vinyl, clear, clear red, and chrome-plated), decals.

Either you liked the oval-grille styling of Ford's 1937 trucks or you didn't - there was no middle ground.

Ford's V-8-powered '37 panel trucks featured redesigned cabs with split windshields, safety-glass windows, one-piece roof stampings, and full instrumentation. The rugged panel trucks delivered goods and services reliably, and also served as rolling billboards, providing inexpensive advertising for the businesses that used them.

Following the release of its '37 Ford pickup (kit No. 7627), Revell-Monogram continues the line with a Type 77-820 panel truck.

The model's eight-page instruction book is well done. Assembly drawings lead the builder through construction. All of the parts are identified by number and by name, and painting instructions are given for each part. The instructions also include a brief history of the truck and decal application diagrams.

The parts have little flash or mold marks. Assembly is straightforward, beginning with the flathead V-8 engine. After painting the pieces, I generally followed the recommended order of assembly. Be careful when you separate the parts from the trees for assembly or painting - some could easily be reversed.

When I assembled the front suspension in Step 3, I had trouble determining how the steering box (part 68) should be mounted on the chassis. A larger, more detailed drawing would be helpful. I had a similar problem with the left and right front shocks (parts 60 and 61) - test fitting helped clear things up.

The control arm (part 57) in my kit was twisted almost 90 degrees. I used alligator clips to hold it in place on the model while the cement dried.

Check your references before you clean up the body - there's a seam on the roof that should not be removed.

During final assembly in Step 9, use caution when you add the rear door's inside panel (part 212) to the outside panel (part 211). If the inside panel is mounted too high or too low, the outside panel's body moldings will not match the rest of the truck.

The kit includes a covered and an uncovered spare tire. I added the uncovered spare after drilling a hole in the center of the depression in the body.

Revell-Monogram provides two windshield wipers, but the passenger-side wiper was an option on the full-size vehicle. A second taillight assembly and a single rear window (from the pickup kit) are not used on the panel van.

I used Testor Model Master sand beige and manganese brown metallic paints. The eight-color decal sheet includes markings for laundry, coffee, and bubble-gum delivery trucks. The decals were easy to handle; I used Solvaset on a couple of stubborn bubbles.

One of my references, Ford Trucks Since 1905 by James K. Wagner, showed '37s with drip moldings over the doors and dual fender-mounted horns. Neither is included in the kit. When I build another one of these kits I'll add those details, as well as ignition wires.

Most of the 20 hours I spent working on this model were for masking and painting. The plated parts required touching up after they were removed from the tree. According to my references, the model scales out nicely.

Any modeler who can use paint and glue shouldn't have trouble building this kit.

Allan F. Jones

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