1969 Pontiac GTO

This is the Revell-Monogram 1/24 scale 1969 Pontiac GTO plastic model car kit.

Revell-Monogram 1969 Pontiac GTO Plastic Model Car Kit 1/24 Scale #4530
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"Revell 1: Customer -1"
frankeva (Milwaukee, WI)
It would seem that Revell is again attempting to squeeze another run out of an overly worn mold. Is this the price we have to pay for getting kits based on classic cars that are no longer in the public eye? I'm guessing that either their current mold for the Pontiac GTO has some overly worn parts that are being substituted for with parts from other kits, or they're trying to make a stock GTO into The Judge because that would perhaps generate better sales. Regardless of the decisions they made to make this reissue possible, here are a few examples of the negative impact on the kit: At first glance, what I would call the main part of the radiator shroud seems to be installed at the bottom of the radiator! From other cars I've built, if there is a radiator shroud part, I fully expect to see it installed directly on the radiator with the main part at the top. Molding the fill tube to the shroud might also cause some confusion, especially for newbies. I would think it only natural to note this in the instructions. Usually, when an assembly isn't complete until later, the instructions will note, see part X, or see step #X. So, before you start to panic, insert the chassis into the body, to see how the shroud becomes complete when the two assemblies are joined. Also in the engine bay, the radiator wall is surely not the original part. It features tabs at the ends that are not the same - one faces toward the side wall of the bay, while the other side looks to work best next to the bay wall. Even more curious is that if a modeler is going to proceed with gluing it this way, it will produce a radiator wall that just does not look straight. And it will probably require both hands to apply the cement and finger-clamp the whole thing together. Another strange decision involves a bumpout in the engine bay, where you're supposed to install the battery. Well, someone designed this bumpout incorrectly, because if you wanted a full-size replica of a battery here, it simply would be too tall, doubtless keeping the hood from closing. So, what did they decide on so that they didn't have to redesign the engine bay? You get a battery which is only the top couple of scale inches, and you're supposed to glue that onto the battery bumpout. Ask me if I was impressed... Perhaps it's simply too much to expect out of the cost-conscious owners of Revell, but I would have proposed to make this a 2-in-1 kit. That way, the new parts could be designed to mate up with the rest of the kit! Perhaps The Judge license is the key? While this could make the kit more appealing, how many shortcuts did Revell have to take in order to make up for the cost of the license?! As it stands, whether you're building a stock GTO or The Judge, you're getting the same cobbled together kit. And to me, that's very disappointing. And don't get me started about the cost of a new box, and all the artwork that went into it. If that didn't impact the actual cost of the kit, I'll eat my shorts! Perhaps Revell (and Round 2, etc.) should be required to make a full disclosure, or use the original box, so that modelers would know instantly that it is a reissue rather than a new kit. That would only be fair to the customers who keep them in business. Any consumer groups out there?

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"Mom's favorite.."
Tex Jester
When I was a small kid, mom and dad had a 69 GTO (not a Judge). After a LOT of research, I was able to find factory paint to use to replicate this car, mom's favorite car of all her 80+ years. The kit itself is fairly simple - more a level 3 than a 4. Engine bay details are lacking; the engine is overly simple. The brake cylinder doesn't have any booster. The interior is simple, using a tub. Paint and other media will bring out the detail - the dash is really nice. The rear end/axle has the exhaust pipes and driveshaft molded into it. Decals are nice, with several Judge color options, with a guide in the instructions. Speaking of, the instruction sheet lacks (fairly normal any more); it's vague in many places. Tire lettering is on the decal sheet. Mom's GTO had wing windows; this kit has some on the clear tree, but no instructions. Mom had an automatic transmission; the kit only has a manual. The auto shifter I have on this kit is scratch. I recently found a Denver-based small business called VCG by Reese (www.vcgresins.com) who 3D prints a large variety of 1/24 and 1/25 detail parts, including many engine and transmission kits - check him out! The quality of the detail parts is astonishing, and the prices are VERY reasonable. On this kit, I used a stock big block Chevy and TH400 transmission. GREAT detail. I also have a brake booster set, mufflers, and exhaust tips. A BIG issue I had was the front fascia wouldn't line up quite right. It's great that this great car is FINALLY in kit form, Revell could have done a better job with this kit. A lot of attention to detail will make this kit better than it is.

 
"69’ GTO"
bishopsbistro (Moscow Idaho)
Great looking kit. Parts are nice and clean cast. Looking forward to building this one.

 
"An old favorite returns"
mcintirekenneth
I've built this before & it's first rate just like I remember,love the decal sheet, only complaint is I wish it had Tempest decals & the correct front end for that option, now that would be very cool,so if you're reading this Revell... A factory color chart would be cool too...

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