1/24 Revell Mustang 302 Boss
Finally, after a long month of work with different models of different subjects at the same time I present you the 1/24 2013 Mustang Boss 302 from Revell Models. Revell’s 2013 Mustang Boss 302 features a nicely detailed engine including its starter, alternator, oil filter, A/C compressor and a crisply molded pair of rocker covers, so super detailers, take it from there. Once this engine is finished, the fit to the chassis and then to the car body is superb! As I mentioned before, when it comes to building car models, I hate to wrestle and over handle the finished body shell. Not with this kit! The finished chassis and body does match as it should. Very easily.
Underneath you’ll find a nicely molded exhaust system which again, matches perfectly to all contours and meet perfectly with the manifolds. However I can not say that with the front sway bar. It is hard to make it meet with the front suspension and fiddling with the front valance on the way makes very difficult since it is very hard to see. ’’My solution’’ was to cut the front sway bar around the point where it meets with the front valance. Not really a big deal because this will be virtually invisible once the model is finished. The disc brakes look to me very plain reminiscent to the Snap Tite kits. The tires have a nice pattern but no wall brand. Could it be due to licensing?? The front spring suspension does not make it all the way to the top of the wheel wells. This wont be visible on the final assembled kit but if you insist, you’ll have to grab the bull by the horns here.
The interior is very well represented on this model kit and all parts have an outstanding fit.
Everything but the rear view mirrors was stripped from the chrome plating and repainted with Alclad 2 Polished Aluminum. The original Boss 302 is painted very similar to green shown here but with a pearl finish. A friend of mine in my Facebook page sent me a couple of pictures of the real car where this finish is very evident. This is Tamiya TS-22 Light Green by the way and I was very close to get their Pearlescent Clear but I changed my mind and opted for the solid green color instead. Decals on this model kit are very good, better than I expected to be honest.
The front headlights were painted with Tamiya Smoke and the rear break lights with Tamiya Clear Red. The black trim on the brake and signal lights come as decals but honestly, they don’t do the trick. A good 10/0 brush with a good covering and leveling paint does work better and that’s exactly what I did. I painted the edges with a Testors 10/0 brush and Vallejo black paint.
The clear parts have a slight soft feel to them without sacrificing clearness. Personally I like it over the more harder and brittle clear sprues provided with other model kits.
The front grille make the car look imposing but I felt that something was missing. Those halogen fog lights missing from the kit did bother my taste. Luckily I found on a clearance basket at my local hobby shop the last pair of Light Lenses for Models from M.V. Products P/N 218. There was some minor cutting of the lenses with my sprue cutters but it did the trick I wanted.
I like the overall look of the real car. The aggressive full of HP waiting to be unleashed, the overall shape and stance can be appreciated with this model kit. Revell captured the whole Muscle Car feeling with the 2013 Mustang Boss 302 and it has already a special spot on my cars showcase. You can’t go wrong with the $23.99 MSRP on this model kit.
My sincere thanks to Revell USA for this review sample.