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Revell Ford Raptor Model Kit

with EightyOne resin Pandem parts.

 

revell 2017 ford raptor pickup truck kit

 

 

resin pandem parts

 

This is a Revell 2017 Raptor built using the EightyOne Pandem transkit parts. (you MUST use the Revell Raptor kit that says 2017 on the box. The other Raptor kit they make will not work).

The resin parts include a new front air dam and bumper, custom side fenders, rear clear tail lenses, front clear headlight lenses, and new front head light buckets. (the taillights and headlight bucket parts shown above have already been painted).

 

The first step was to wash the parts and get them ready for painting. The fine resin fender parts are very crisp and fit the Revell Raptor body perfectly. I used CA glue to attach them. No putty was needed for any gaps.

To attach the front lower air dam and bumper, you must cu off the original bumper. It's easy to follow the line and cut there. Once I cut the bumper off a sanded the edges of the lower body / grille and lower resin piece to match. I then glued it on with CA glue.

I lowered my kit to make the truck look like it was 2wd instead of the regular 4wd Raptor. I did this by cutting and modifying the plastic pieces that are molded into the chassis, allowing the axles to ride up higher. You must do this by trial and error.

Don't forget to install the interior temporarily when testing.

I recommend you glue the new front resin air dam on first, because if you lower the truck too much, the bottom of the new piece will scrape the ground, or worse, prevent the tires from touching the ground. You also don't want to lower the truck too much so that the tires rub the top inside fender wells.

With the resin parts all glued on, I primered and painted the truck. I used a base coat of Tamiya AS7, then several coats of Tamiya Metallic Blue, then a couple of coats of Tamiya Transparent Blue.

The interior is molded as one piece, making it difficult to paint any details inside, so I simply shot it with a satin black color.

The rear window and side windows were painted with Tamiya Transparent Blue to give them a tinted look.

I used some carbon fiber car wrap to make a bed cover, and add some detail to the front hood vents and the rear tailgate. Some say the look is out of scale, but they are a wrap, not real carbon materials, and a wrap graphic can be scaled any way you want. I just like the look.

The front body grille orginally had a big FORD logo, but I chose to cut that out and make my own custom grille. Using some evergreen plastic and metal mesh.

The wheels were painted with a Tamiya Metallic Dark Grey color. The side lettering decals are from a Revell C7R car kit.

There are no details on the chassis for this kit, it's just flat plastc, and the entire chssis was painted a flat black.

The taillights a painted with Tamiya Transparent Red. The resin headlight buckets were painted chrome, and the new front headlight lenses were pianted with a florescent yellow paint color to replicate the rain headlights seen on GT3 race cars.

Overall this was a fun build. Some of the custom work required some advanced skills, but anyone could add the EightyOne Pandem parts without all the mods I made.

 

 

 

revell raptor chassis

 

Cutting / shortening the tabs marked with the arrows lowers the truck. Keep testing a little at a time. Be sure and test fit with the interior in the body and chassis in place for a proper measurement.

 

revell ford raptor kit

 

Test fitting. Note I still have the stock bumper in place.

 

resin raptor bumpers

 

The side fenders as well as the new bumper / dam have small tabs on them. Those can be removed. Since the resin parts are very stiff and well made, I thought the safest way to remove them was rubbing the parts across sandpaper. This worked very well.

 

revell resin raptor front bumper

 

The original bumper has been cut off - with the new resin front bumper / air dam to be installed. Here it is held on with masking tape to check fitment.

 

revell raptor chassis front

 

The chassis pan in the front must be modified to allow for the resin air dam / bumper to be installed. I rough cut it here, and by trial and error, shaped it by cutting and using sandpaper for a better flush look.

 

revell raptor 2017 model it

 

The resin parts have all been installed -
it's time for primer and paint !

 

revell raptor in primer

 

 

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