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Revell GMC Syclone

Revell GMC Syclone
GMC Syclone
Revell No. 85-7213
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear, translucent red
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: See dealer
Pros: Ground-effects separate from body
Cons: Front shocks too small; no caliper detail
Revell’s latest release of the GMC Syclone pickup is a reissue from the early 1990s, when the 1:1 truck was produced by GMC. Despite the age of the kit and its molds, it really does build up into an accurate replica.

The 132 parts are molded in white plastic, with one chrome tree, a clear parts tree, and red taillights. I believe the original kit was molded in black plastic, which can be difficult to work with when some parts need to be painted lighter colors.

There is also a nicely done decal sheet, with options to do the stock truck or a wilder version with white graphics.  

The body is molded in two parts; the front cab portion and the rear pickup bed. The two are joined by sliding the bed into slots in the back of the cab. I did this prior to painting; it would have been difficult to accomplish later.

All of the ground-effect parts are molded separate from the body, which was a great idea. The stock body was only available in gloss black; however, the ground effects should be painted semigloss black.

The only tricky part to paint is the front grille. The upper grille and lower air dam are molded as one piece. The grille had to be gloss black, with the lower air dam a semigloss black finish. I painted the entire piece semigloss black; then I masked the lower air dam and painted the grille gloss black.
The chassis is simplified but crisply molded, considering the molds’ age.  

Front and rear suspensions are simple, but look correct to the 1:1 version. Many of the location holes for the front control arms and rear leaf springs had to be opened with a knife to accept the components correctly.

Four shocks are also supplied, though I believe the front shocks are too small. Rotors are molded to the ends of the front knuckles and rear axles, but sadly, there is no caliper detail.

The wheels are part of the chrome tree; they will need attention to look correct. The 1:1 truck had polished and clearcoated aluminum wheels; I painted mine with semigloss clear lacquer to tone them down a bit. Red GMC decals are provided for the center cap logos. There is an impression molding of the GMC logo in each wheel, which I simply picked out with a fine red Sharpie rather than use the decals.

The tires are the often-used Goodyear Gatorback VR tires with the Goodyear logos removed from the sidewalls.
The engine builds up into a true replica of the 4.3-liter turbocharged V-6. Placement of some of the turbocharger pipes was vague. The entire top intake pod is chrome-plated. Again, I toned it down by painting these parts aluminum.

The interior is the weakest part of the kit; vague door impression detail made it hard to paint cleanly. There are decals for the “Syclone” logos on the headrests. Take care when installing the interior into the cab body – it’s a tight fit!

Revell GMC Syclone
Mating the chassis to the body of the truck was also a bit tricky. I decided to install all of the ground-effect cladding to the body prior to mating the chassis to the body. It would have been difficult to glue all those pieces on cleanly after the main assembly. The sides of the cab had to be pulled open a bit to allow the chassis plate to nestle in place properly. After this was accomplished the chassis fell into place, without glue, very well.

An experienced modeler will have no problems overcoming the obstacles I encountered.


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