Posted 14 February 2012 - 07:45 AM
None of the three '71+ Chevy/GMC van kits are prefect, but being an admitted Monogram loyalist, this 1/24 scale kit looks the best and builds up the best IMHO. Yes, the front suspension consists of three pieces- two upper control arms, and the rest molded to the crossmember as the third piece, and the rear suspension is typical '80s Monogram, with a soild rear axle assembly molded as one with the parallel leaf springs and driveshaft. The AMT kit gives you more pieces, but do they look and fit better than the fewe but similar Monogram pieces? There's plenty of room for improvement in all three kits (bringing the Revell 1/25 kits back in), but if you want a really nicely detailed, highly accurate '71+ GM G-van, you're going to scrap everything but the basic chassis, body, and dashboard and scratchbuild or alter the rest.
To me, the 1/24 van body looks the most accurate of the three and is by far the closest-to-stock-appearing, but I could do without the molded on flares. The AMT body looks to pudgy in the waistline area, and the smooth roof, to me, means it can't even be considered for anything other than a radical custom. It's just too radical a change to pass for anything streetable, and if the driprails are missing, even more so. The Revell custom Chevy/GMC van is strictly a custom with the integrated. molded-on flares and front spoiler, not to mention no option for a stock-appearing grille.
Basically, if you want to build one close to stock, either purchase the upcoming Revell 1/24 kit, or seek out an much older or original issue of the AMT kit. If you want a moderate custom, either the 1/24 Revell SWB or 1/25 AMT LWB kits will work. For radical customs, both the 1/25 AMT and 1/25 Revell kits are ideal, with the Revell 1/25 kit being the most heavily customized kit straight out of the box.