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1969 BOSS 302 Mustang

Revell No. 85-4313
Molded Colors: White, clear, clear red, chrome plated, soft black
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $22.99
Pros: Cleanly molded parts; excellent instructions
Cons: Thin decals; nose panel needs blending

The Mustang received its first major restyle for the 1969 model year. Penned by ex-GM designer Larry Shinoda, the Boss 302 version was basically the road-going version of the Trans Am racer. The Boss 302 featured four-bolt main bearings, canted valve heads, and aerodynamic and suspension modifications for great all-around performance both on and off the track.

This latest Mustang from Revell has been reworked to correct some inaccuracies in earlier releases. The 22 parts look good in the box molded in white with a tree of chromed parts, transparent red taillights, and clear parts separately bagged and scratch free. The decal sheet contains all the stripes, instruments, interior wood panels, and engine-bay markings. The instructions have paint callouts and clear illustrations showing each step of construction.

I started with the engine as per the instructions, but then promptly deviated and completed the chassis assembly. The instructions would have you build the chassis with parts of the body in place.

The main floor of the 302 is cut out and uses the underside of the interior tub to complete the chassis pan. Unusual, but it works well. The front-suspension details are molded in place. The rear axle is separate but includes the springs and driveshaft. A two-piece exhaust completes the chassis.

The interior tub is a single unit with rear seats molded in. Detail on the door panels is a bit light, but the center console, rear seats, and front floor mats look great. A couple of slight ejector-pin markings on the rear package shelf need attention. Decals provide all the gauges and wood trim panels on the dash and doors. The gauge recesses are just a bit too small. I thought it best to leave the decals stretched over the hole or the trim rings would disappear inside the recess.

On the body, depressions in the C-pillars need filling and sanding. The nose panel doesn’t match precisely with the body and requires blending to make the transition smooth. It’s easier to mask and paint the rear panel before gluing it in place.

The chrome parts are nice and bright. Unfortunately, the front bumper on my sample had a rather prominent mold line running along the front edge.

Everything else went together without a hitch. Location of the side mirrors was rather vague though, and you may want to pin them because their mount doesn’t seem secure.

The decals are thin and difficult to place without distortion or curling. But once on the model, they conform nicely. I opted not to use the decals provided for the hood and painted it instead, albeit without the pin stripe.

Revell’s new Boss 302 kit certainly looks the part. Overall, I was quite happy with the result and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the kit to anyone with a passion for Mustangs or looking for an enjoyable build.


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