The twelfth-generation Ford F-Series is a light-duty pickup truck produced by Ford Motor Company from the 2009 to 2014 model years. On the outside, the design was restricted to evolutionary styling upgrades, with a larger grille and headlights bringing it in line with the styling of the Super Duty trucks and the interior saw the introduction of higher-quality materials in all but the most basic trim levels. The SVT Raptor entered showrooms in late 2009 as a dedicated off-roader, with sales being much better than expected. It was powered by a 5.4 L engine, with a 6.2 L option. It has Fox Racing Shox internal bypass shocks with external reservoirs which allows for 11″ of suspension travel in front, and 12″ in the rear. It comes standard with 35″ BF Goodrich All Terrain tires, and a rear Locking differential with a 4.10 gear ratio. From the A-pillar forward, the Raptor has a composite hood and fenders different from other F-150s and is missing the customary blue oval badge in the grille. SVT widened the track by 7 inches, and so its 5.5-foot box is unique to the Raptor as well. The Raptor’s height is 2 inches over a standard 4-wheel drive Super crew.
For the modeler: This review covers the 1/25 scale Revell Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Kit #1977. As this is a NEW MOLD RELEASE there are no prior versions of this kit available. This is a Snap-Tite kit and rated at Skill Level 1. The kit contains 49 parts molded in Red, Black, Chrome, Clear, Clear Red and Clear Smoke and includes Vinyl tires and Metal axles. It has Stickers for decals. As a Skill level 1 Snap-Tite no glues are needed and painting is optional. There is no motor and all details are molded into the chassis pan. There is an extensive interior and the body is a multiple part unit. A Clear windshield is included but the back windows are Smoke to replicate Tint. Overall the truck is proportioned nicely and as noticed on many Social Media sites and Forums this popular truck is the base for many custom builds. Overall dimensions are: Length: 8-3/4″, Width: 3-15/16″, Height: 3-1/16″.
Covered in this Review: If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; abrasive choices; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; making personalized license plates; test fitting; using white glue for the window glass; detailing the tires for realism; chassis construction and detailing; mounting the body to the chassis; detailing the dashboard; add aftermarket flocking to the interior; making custom floor mats; detailing the windshield wipers for realism; customizing methods for a Snap type kit; detailing a bed liner; taillight finishing techniques; adding real-looking fender flares; turn signal finishing colors; using floor wax to make crystal clear window glass; graphics sticker application; are all fully examined in this 15 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.
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