Moebius Models 1/25 1971 Ford Ranger Pickup Kit First Look
By Bill MacKirdy, Front Range Auto Modelers (FRAM)
|Date of Review
|1971 Ford Ranger Pickup
Moebius Models has filled a noticeable gap of Ford pickup trucks with the recent release of the 1971 Ford Ranger kit. Ford pickups have been top sellers with the American public for many years typically leading the sales race every model year. As the reader is aware, pickups of this era (the late 60’s to early 70’s) were transitioning from utilitarian workhorses to luxurious, stylish rides that are welcome at the club or the job site. In 1965, Ford released the twin-I beam front suspension which was a huge upgrade as the ride become smooth and the steering much easier. Many of us will recall the Ford tv commercial where the truck was driven over a rough road or railroad ties while the driver was sitting in comfort barely moving in the seat. In 1967, Ford significantly redesigned their truck. The 1971 kitted here is the evolution of that design.
With this kit, Moebius has another winner. The Ranger was the top of the line in 1971 and the Moebius team has captured the essence of that truck. To begin the review, as with their other offerings, the instruction book is a slick colored book. Well written, there are detailed drawings for the builder to follow. Additionally, there is a color chart showing all the available factory colors for 1971 along with the various tu-tone combinations (literally a myriad of them!). Unless the builder is building a replica of an exact truck they once knew, choosing a color for their build could be a daunting task based on those combos! The decal sheet is small with decals for the instrument panel, the tailgate, air cleaner, and side scripts. Though the decals are few, they seem quite well produced and of high resolution.
Though the frame and suspension have a small parts count, it does depict the twin I-beam suspension nicely. The suspension is not poseable. Also included is a separate spare tire with a carrier and a three piece rear end. The tires are generic but do depict typical tires from the seventies. Wheel choices include steelies with XLT styled hubcaps and chrome five spoke mags. Either wheel choice are press in with separate backing plates.
The engine included is the 390 V8. There are 25 pieces for the engine and 2 separate transmission halves. This presents a good opportunity for engine detailers/
The body is well proportioned and looks like the prototype. Drip moldings and window trim are well defined with separate vent windows. Bare metal foilers will enjoy the crispness of the trim. Also included are 2 each of outside mirrors, hood badges, side trim, windshield wipers, and door handles. Under hood accoutrements include, brake master cylinder, battery, jack, and windshield washer bottle.
The interior is equally detailed and builds up on a base. The seats, dash panel, and door panels look like paint detailing will work well as the moldings are well defined. Separate sun visors and rearview mirror attach to the inner roof. Separate pedals attach to a pedal locator.
Lastly, the bed is in 8 pieces and includes separate side trim and tail light housing. Included on the decal sheet is a wood grain decal for the tailgate. The lens are molded in red plastic.
This is a beautiful kit, one of the best truck kits I’ve seen. In my opinion it is a must have for truck fans along with those that love the Blue Oval.
My sincere thanks to Moebius Models for this review sample!