2013 Mustang Boss 302 1:25 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4187 Review

2014 April 10
by Doug

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2013 Mustang Boss 302 1:25 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4187 Review

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The Boss 302 Mustang is a high performance variant of the Ford Mustang originally produced in 1969 and 1970. Ford revived the Boss 302 nameplate for 2012 and 2013. The standard Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V8 is enhanced with an upgraded intake system, forged rotating assembly, CNC ported heads, revised camshafts and a high flow “runners in the box” intake taken from the 302R racecar. It produces 444 horsepower – 32 hp over the standard GT’s 412 hp and comes with a six-speed MT-82 manual transmission. The car uses a unique quad exhaust system made up of two standard Mustang GT outlets and two side pipes that exit on either side of the rear crossover. The side pipes send the exhaust through metal “Attenuation” discs to create an extra growling exhaust sound. The discs are removable and include a spacer plate sized to match aftermarket exhaust dump valves. The Boss 302 takes the Mustang GT’s suspension and adds higher-rate coil springs, stiffer bushings, and a larger diameter rear stabilizer bar. The body is lowered 11 mm up front and just 1 mm in the rear to give it a more raked stance designed to recall the original. The shocks are adjustable at the shock tower by using a flat head screwdriver. The standard Mustang traction and stability control programs have been altered with a new intermediate sport mode designed to allow for more flexibility on the track. The aero package is almost entirely copied from the Boss 302R race car. The 19-inch black-alloy racing wheels are 9-inches wide up front and 9.5-inches out back and come fitted with 255/40-19 (front) and 285/35-19 (rear) Pirelli P-Zero tires. Ford produced 3250 standard Boss 302 cars for 2013.

For the Modeler: This review is based on the Revell # 85-4187 “Revell Muscle” version 1/25 scale 2013 Mustang Boss 302. This kit is Skill .level 3 for more advanced builders and contains 120 parts. The kit is molded in White, Chrome, and Clear and has Vinyl Tires with Metal axle pins and exhaust tips. This kit is ALL NEW TOOLING; Revell has this as a New Release item. You get a nicely detailed 5.0 V8 that is over 25 parts total including hoses. The chassis is very detailed with a correct looking Quad exhaust. The interior is a multi-piece unit and details are crisp. The typical interior pan/engine bay design is used on this car and seems to be a Revell standard as of late. The Glass has the frosted edges to help detail painting the Black outlines. As for the body, the lines are crisp and detail is sharp. You get a multi-piece body with the bumpers and hood separate from the main body. I found no mold lines at all. The real car has larger tires on the back than the front, and although barely noticeable the kit has 2 different tire sizes too. The decals are extensive but only have a Black stripe color option. Also all decals are included for interior and under hood details and body badging. You get 2 sets of plates, BOSS 302 or FORD. THIS KIT HAS NO CUSTOM OPTIONS, This is a BOSS 302 and is a stock build just as you would see on the lot in real life. Overall dimensions of the finished build are: Length: 7-1/4″, Width: 3-1/8″, Height: 2-1/4″.

Overall Impressions: As a Mustang fan I was excited to see an all NEW kit of the newer body style. I was afraid that Revell would cut corners and re-hash the 2010 kit they have made into a half dozen different releases so far, but, happily this is all new. While it is listed as a 003Skill Level 3 I do not see why, assembly and construction is straight forward and simple. There seems to be nothing overly advanced as would require the Skill 3 rating. This is a good solid Skill Level 2 build. Parts assemble with ease and the finished assemblies look really good. Detail is exceptional on the motor and chassis. The interior is nice and detail is sharp, but the fact everything is all Black in the interior you lose some of the details to the monotone color scheme. The body was well designed and has no mold lines I could see. Revell uses a Solvent Friendly plastic that takes paint very nicely, unlike some of their competitors that the plastic reacts with anything not water based! Other than the fact you get a STOCK build with no custom parts this is an awesome kit. I really enjoyed building it; the finished car looks great and was not overly difficult to make a nice finished build. Revell has done a nice job on this one and I recommend it highly. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate this a 9.


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