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Revell Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Revell No. 85-4053
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $23.96
Pros: Parts fit; tires and wheels; overall look
Cons: No engine; simplified chassis

The Rubicon was a Limited Edition version in 2003 and is actually based on the diecast version of the Revell Tomb Raider kit.

The kit has few parts and does not have an engine, but don’t let this fool you: upon completion, the kit looks fantastic from any angle.

The chassis consists of only 10 parts, but a little creative painting will make it look pretty complete. Four screws and metal springs are used for the addition of the axles onto the chassis, making the suspension a functional one. Metal axles are also used to hold the beautiful and monstrous tires.

The interior consists of 14 parts, and it is visible simply because the kit does not bring a top. It does have some really nice roll bars, which I think look great. The interior left and right panels are installed separately, as well as the dash, which will make painting the parts a little easier. The complete interior pan joins to the top of the chassis later.

The body is well proportioned and looks terrific. The hood is molded shut, and with a little effort, one can open it if need be, or if anyone is brave enough, to add an engine.
The rear of the body has a molded diamond-plate design, which I thought looked terrific. I decided to add Bare-Metal foil to it, and it truly makes it look outstanding, but it can also be painted along with the body.

The side door sill plates also had the cool diamond plate design on them, and complimented the rear plate well. I also added Bare-Metal foil on these to match the rear plate. The body looks terrific when the side snorkel air intake, fenders, and rearview mirrors are in place.

The chassis-to-body phase of the build goes well and comfortably together. The rear has two molded tabs that will hold the rear of the body to the chassis securely, and the front uses two metal screws; no need to use any glue.

The interior tub looks great, and fits well, without any kind of issues. The front glass fits great, and is easy to
add to the body. It is held strongly from the bottom of the body and snaps in place around the frame.

The rear lights are clear and have to be painted red, as well as the front turn signal lights, which would be amber. The kit supplies decals for the front side fender marker lights, but these are short and will not fully cover the molded area. I left mine as-is for review purposes.

The last phase of the build is the addition of the bumpers, skid plate, and separate wipers. The decal sheet offers several optional logos. I decided to use the gauge decal for the interior, along with several Jeep script markings and the white Rubicon hood marking.

The model also has a cool-looking offroad light bar on top of the window frame, along with some nice-looking running boards, making the kit much more complete.

The front bumper, in conjunction with the winch, adds toughness to the rough terrain look of this kit.

Engine addition or not, by the time you put this one together, I will guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

The parts count is low, but when completed, it’s just that: complete. Seems like nothing is really missing.

I decided to use Testor’s Fiery Orange for the body color on my model, and I liked the choice, I think it will look great in any color.

The tires look amazing, and make you want to go and get dirty in the mud.


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