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Monogram 1970 Buick GSX

Monogram 1970 Buick GSX
1970 Buick GSX
Monogram No. 85-4030
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $19.95
Pros: Accurate; easy to build
Cons: No hood stripe decals; simplified subcomponents
This GSX kit has been around the block several times, and it still holds its own. The parts are packaged well, the instructions are clear and easy to follow, and I found little flash on the sprues.

Revell has made several updates from the original release, including Buick “shield” decals for the wheel center caps and a white center hood stripe decal.

Monogram’s representation of the Buick 455 is excellent. The block/transmission is a two-piece build, with the usual separate intake, heads, carb, valve covers, alternator, starter, etc. I would have liked to see the dual snorkel ram air intake and air cleaner unit molded as two parts and not plated.

Stage 1 and Stage 2 air cleaner decals are included. Nice touch. A Stage 2 engine build would require headers, which are not included. For a nonStage engine, the valve covers should be stripped and painted engine block red.

I am not a fan of molded-in engine-bay components. This kit does have the correct components (radiator overflow tank, battery, windshield washer reservoir, etc.), but only the firewall is molded as a separate piece. Be sure to complete engine bay detailing before you mount the body to the chassis.

Although the chassis is simplified, it is fairly accurate. The front suspension is a three-piece unit, and the rear axle unit is constructed from four components. The dual exhaust units are separate pieces as well.

The interior bucket consists of the pan, door panels, center console, and back seat. The rest of the interior components are separate items: door armrests, two-piece front buckets, dash, steering wheel and shifter.

The built interior is a fair representation of a GS 455/GSX, but I would have liked more details, such as the chrome strips on the bucket seat edges, and a more-accurate-looking dual gate shifter (or a Hurst shifter!).

Monogram nailed the body proportions on this model. I chose to paint my model Saturn Yellow. The rear spoiler and side sport mirrors are separate parts that I wish would have come with mounting pins for easier attachment.

Monogram provides the black stripe decals for the sides and for the rear spoiler. The massive twin stripes on the hood have to be painted, as they unfortunately are not included as decals. Having to mask and paint them could be a potentially daunting task for a new modeler.

The finished interior tub and chassis slip into the body and stay put without the need for glue.

When everything’s together, mount the front grille/bumper and rear bumper units. They can be tricky because of the lack of mounting pins, so be sure to test-fit. The model sits a tad low in the back and a bit high overall, but this would be an easy fix.

I love this kit and highly recommend it. It’s a relatively simple build for an intermediate level modeler and an obtainable goal for a less experienced modeler.


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