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Revell-Monogram 1970 Boss 302 Ford Mustang

April 2005
RELATED TOPICS: MUSCLE CAR | MONOGRAM | REVELL | 1970S
1970 Boss 302 Ford Mustang
Revell-Monogram no. 2841
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, chrome, clear, black vinyl
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $15.25
Pros: Clean molding, minimal flash, good chrome plating
Cons: Engraving, body accuracy, incorrect decals, dated design

This is a reissue of a kit first seen in 1981; at the time, it was head-and-shoulders above the kits manufactured during the 1960s and '70s. Compared with the technology used today, it's a bit dated.

The 18-piece engine builds into an attractive unit, provided the builder spends a little time in cleanup. The glue joint on the two-piece engine block/transmission assembly needs a lot of work before the intake manifold and water pump will fit flush.

Before the carburetor is permanently installed, trial-fit the interior tub, engine, and chassis, and check the hood-to-air-cleaner clearance. My model's air cleaner touched the hood before the hood closed, so I had to remove the carburetor and grind down the extra material from the intake manifold carb base.

R-M has included an inline Autolite four-barrel carburetor and matching "Cross-Boss" intake manifold for its "custom version." This carburetor is a holdout from the 1970 Trans-Am series when multiple carburetors were outlawed (Ford immediately installed the Autolite inline four-barrel, and just as quickly, the sanctioning body outlawed its use). The rarity of the original carb/intake assembly is makes its inclusion here a bonus.

The interior is of the old design, with most of the interior molded in one piece; only the instrument panel, steering wheel, two-piece front seats, and gear shift are separate parts. The engraving on the side trim panels is minimal, and the surfaces on the rest of the interior pieces are rather rough. I used semigloss and flat black paint to hide the roughness and lack of detail.

The floor pan assembly consists only of the pan, right and left exhaust pipes, four shocks, and the rear axle/driveshaft assembly. It's very much on the simple side, but when installed it looks much better than I would have expected.

The instructions indicate that the front and rear body panels should be installed after the main body part has been painted, and the interior tub and chassis have been installed.

The rear panel fits without much fiddling, but has no mounting tabs; it's almost impossible to mount the rear panel without messing up the paint. The front panel is wider than the body assembly, and does not align properly with the fenders. Again, there are no mounting tabs; the panels must be butt-glued.

After the glue dries, the front panel must be reshaped to match the contours of the fenders. By the time the reshaping was done, the front panel lines were lost.

The only other problem was in mounting the rear spoiler. The pedestals needed to be reshaped so that the spoiler actually would create down force instead of trying to lift the rear end.

There are two sets of Boss 302 decals - one white and the other black. I used the black decals to set off the Grabber Blue exterior. But the black was printed over a white base, and unfortunately the black did not align perfectly with the white. The decals are also approximately 3/16" too short on each side to meet the edge of the fenders as they do on the 1:1 prototype.

In light of what the kit manufacturers are producing at present, this kit is dated and will probably not satisfy the more-discerning builder. However, if you are a big fan of Mustangs, as I am, this kit is still a must-have because to my knowledge, it is the only '70 Boss 302 available.

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