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1971 Plymouth GTX

August 2003
1971 Plymouth GTX
971 Plymouth GTX
Revell No. 2166
Model Type: 1/24 scale injection-molded plastic kit
Molded Colors: White, clear, chrome-plated
MRSP: $13.15
Pros: Easy to assemble, accurate
Cons: Noticeable gaps on hood above the hinges, hood decal doesn't fit properly, rear wheels aren't centered in wheel wells
The year 1971 may have been the beginning of the end for muscle cars, but horsepower was still available under the hoods of the new cars coming from Detroit - and Plymouths were no exception. The mid-size Satellite group offered Chrysler's "fuselage" body design, used on everything from station wagons to the Road Runner and GTX. Although the GTX couldn't be ordered with a ragtop anymore, the four-barrel 440 cid "Super Commando" was still the standard engine, and six-barrel 440 V-8 or 426 Hemi were available.

Being a fan of anything with a big-block and gaudy-colored sheet metal, I was happy to see Revell rerelease its 1971 Plymouth GTX. This kit first saw life as a Monogram Satellite in '85. It resurfaced in the mid-'90s, with Revell's logo and some major revisions to recreate the GTX. The Revell kit is offered with optional six-barrel 440 cid V-8 and utilizes the "Air Grabber" ram-air system mounted on a blacked-out hood. Other noteworthy features include a "Slap Stick" shifter, Torqueflite transmission, chin and rear spoilers, and other GTX options.
The chassis is simple by today's standards. Although everything goes together well and is fairly accurate, the rear suspension (leaf springs, rear axle, and exhaust) is molded as one piece. I primed the chassis and over-sprayed it with the body color as was typical for Mopars and turned the raised-lettering Goodyear steel-belted radial tires inside out before I attached the Mopar rally wheels.

Revell's scale interpretation of the 440 wedge is accurate and goes together well. However, the air cleaners and valve covers are still chrome-plated, so I stripped and painted them.

Revell updated the GTX's interior when the kit was transformed from a Satellite. Unfortunately, the interior is a one-piece unit, which makes detailing a chore. I'd love to see separate door panels and a center console, rear seat, and dashboard like Revell's 1969 Charger.

The body proportions look spot-on. However, there are large gaps at the back corners above the hood hinges. They could be fixed with putty. I'd also recommend gluing the chin spoilers on before painting the bodycolor and then repainting the spoilers flat black because they are tricky to glue in the right spots and any mishap in placement will leave a glue streak. I airbrushed my model with Testor's Bright Yellow (No. 2717) to replicate the optional high impact color Curious Yellow.

Mating the chassis to the body is usually where disaster strikes my models, but everything went smoothly. However, I think the front end of the model sits too high and the rear wheels are too far back in the wheel openings.

1971 Plymouth GTX
The decals are crisp, legible, and easy to use. But when I tried to place the large blacked-out decal in the center of the hood, it didn't fit right; the width is correct but it leaves a gap around the air scoop opening.
I glued the scoop in place, masked the rest of the hood, and painted the panel semigloss black. I used Bare-Metal foil on the trim pieces.

I enjoyed building this kit. It reminded me of the Challenger T/A and the 1969 Super Bee I built years ago. Although it's not on par with Revell's latest offerings, it's still worth building.


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