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1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302
Manufacturer: Maisto
Release dates: 2003(?)-Current
Catalog number: 943
Date Purchased: August 2010
Date Completed 12-Jun-12
Number in collection: 161

The Ford Boss 302 Mustang was introduced for the 1969 model year in order to provide stronger competition for the equivalent small-block engine of the Chevrolet Camaro. It featured an engine that engine that was engineered and tuned differently than the standard 302, giving it significantly improved performance. The small displacement also allowed the engine to be certified for the Trans-Am racing series. In addition to mechanical changes, this car also had styling features unique to the Boss 302, including decals and spoilers. For 1970, it received the same styling changes made to the rest of the Mustang line-up. This would be the last year for the Boss 302 until 2012.

Maisto sells a nice replica of the Boss 302 in two forms. The first is fully assembles as part of their Special Edition series. The other is the same car in a partially disassembled form as an Assembly Line kit. These are really just partially disassembled versions of cars also sold in the fully assembled series, But are usually more expensive. The one I show here is the Special Edition version. I just disassembled it in order to add details and saved about US$14.00.

I originally worked on this car long before I started photographing them. The 'before' pictures are not of my car, but ones I found online of cars that are in original condition, with some in different colors. The 'after' pictures are of my car, but taken while I was originally writing this page.

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What I started with. Actual car I used for reference.

Pictures of car before any changes were made (click to enlarge)

Disassembly was started by removing two screws that hold the chassis to the body. The remainder of this process, as well as the resulting parts breakdown, is as follows:
  • The bottom half of the interior, with the rear seat, front seat bottoms, and console moulded to it as a single piece. Front seat backs fit loosely into tabs in the seat bottoms. This assembly just unsnaps from the base chassis plate. The seat backs can then be removed from the rest of the bottom piece. All pieces are black plastic.
  • A flexible vinyl tie rod, with the front wheels attached to it by plastic pins. The wheels are chrome plated plastic, and the tires are soft vinyl. I saw no way to remove the wheels from the tie rod without damaging either or both, so I stopped there.
  • A black plastic chassis, with basic details of engine, suspension, exhaust, and frame moulded into it. Mounting points for the rear wheels are plastic retainers that are bonded to the chassis by heat applied to plastic rivets. The rear wheels attached to it by plastic pins, similar to the ways the front wheels are mounted. The wheels are chrome plated plastic, and the tires are soft vinyl. I saw no way to remove the wheels from the chassis without damaging these parts.
  • A steel spring, painted the same color as the body, that locates between three pins cast into the underside of the body. The purpose of this part is to allow the doors to spring back closed after being opened, and to hold them in place when closed.
  • The two metal doors, which are easily removed once the retaining spring is removed. Each door has a black plastic interior panel with nicely engraved detail. They press-fit onto pins cast into the inside of the doors.
  • A black plastic dashboard and steering wheel. The steering wheel is glued the dash. I tried to remove it, but ended up breaking it off at the mounting pin. The dash has simple engraving for gauge faces, and incomplete detail for other controls. This whole assembly is pressed onto a pins cast into the underside of the body.
  • A black plastic single piece engine compartment insert. Some painted or printed details are factory applied.
  • Chrome plated front and rear bumpers. The front bumper assembly has the grille and headlight headlight areas moulded to it. The grille is painted black, and the headlight lenses are separate clear plastic pieces. The rear bumper assembly has the tail lights and center trim panel moulded along with it, and this whole section is painted black. These parts attach to the body by heat applied to moulded-in pins. I cut these bonds and removed the parts.
  • A one piece, clear plastic window assembly, which attaches to a pin in the inside of the rood. This piece includes the windshield, rear window, rear quarter windows, and rear view mirror.
  • Separate black plastic pieces for the rear spoiler and rear window louvers. The spoiler attaches to the body in the same manner as the bumpers, and the louvers snap to the rear window opening from the outside.
  • The die-cast body, painted a color that looks very close to Grabber Green offered by Ford on the actual car, with accurate tampo-printed body stripes. It features an opening hood attached to the body in a way that would probably make it difficult to remove without damaging the hood and/or body

After disassembling the car, only paint and foil were used to add details.

The following is a summary of the changes I made:
  • Wheels and tires: Sanded the tread surface with 220 grit sandpaper to simulate wear. I used Testors flat black to detail the inset part of the wheels in the area of the lug nuts and ventilation slots.
  • Engine compartment insert: Painted air cleaner and engine a mixture of Testors dark blue and white to get a shade close to the actual car. Tamiya semi-gloss black was used on the radiator, core support, and shock tower bracing. Remaining engine and underhood details were highlighted with appropriate colors, using pictures of the actual car as a guide.
  • Chassis: sanded away moulded-in lettering that listed the description of the car, the model company name, and their logo. Painted entire piece Testors acrylic flat black. Engine, transmission, exhaust system, suspension and frame details were painted with Testors dark blue, Tamiya aluminum, flat steel, and semi-gloss black.
  • Interior: Painted seats, rear side panels, and door panels Testors acrylic flat white. Lower sections of door panels, floor, dashboard, steering wheel and column are Testors acrylic flat black. Steering wheel rim, dashboard trim panels, and console Testors acrylic leather to simulate woodgrain trim. Applied Testors acrylic semi-gloss clear to all interior surfaces except floor. Remaining interior details were highlighted with appropriate colors, using pictures of the actual car as a guide.
  • Windows: Used Testors acrylic flat black on the rear view mirror housing, and Bare-Metal foil for the mirror face. Testors silver was used to simulate the latch bottom on the rear quarter windows.
  • Body: Painted headliner area inside body Testors acrylic flat white, and all other areas inside the body Testors acrylic flat black. Applied Bare-Metal foil to all window frames, door handles, front and rear side marker lights, tail light assemblies, backup lights, and windshield wipers. Painted tail lights, side marker lights, and front turn signals with Tamiya clear red and clear orange. Remaining exterior details were highlighted with appropriate colors, using pictures of the actual car as a guide.
Detailed parts, before assembly To the left is the car prior to assembly.

The car was reassembled by reversing the procedure used to disassemble it. No glue was needed.

Pictures of completed car (click to enlarge)

The proportions of the completed car look very close to the actual car. The table below shows how close they are.

Actual car 
(mm / in)
(mm / in)
Dimensions of actual car based on model scale
(mm / in)
Calculated scale based on model to actual car
Length 4763 / 187.5 202 / 7.94 4848 / 190.5 1:24
Wheelbase 2743 / 108.0 114 / 4.51 2736 / 108.2 1:24
Width 1821 / 71.7 75 / 2.94 1800 / 70.6 1:24
Height 1283 / 50.5 54 / 2.14 1296 / 51.4 1:24

According to my calculations, this car is probably as close as you can get to the 1:24 scale moulded onto the chassis plate.

I was happy enough with my original effort that I made no changes from when I originally worked on this car. I just disassembled it once more and gave it a thorough cleaning before I took the pictures that you see here. Unlike many of the other Maisto cars in my collection, I do occasionally see this one in both the Assembly Line version, and its Special Edition counterpart. Grabber Green is not my favorite color for this car, but has grown on me as time goes on.

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