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Muscle Monday: Johnny Lightning Buick GS

In my opinion, the ‘70 Buick GS is one of the cleanest castings that Johnny Lightning has. The dimensions are good, the detailing is great, and overall it just looks very well done.

Today we have two versions - the standard Muscle Car release Buick Grand Sport and the “Project in Progress” (PIP) version.

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It’s hard to pick a favorite, but the detailing on the Project in Progress in my opinion, makes it the winner of the two....but let’s take a look at the stock version first.

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It just looks plain cool sporting a metallic aqua paint job with simulated vinyl roof. The red chrome rocker panel and Cragar wheels only add to the muscle car look.

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The grill, tail light and body chrome detailing is spot on and is pretty sharp for a 1/64th scale. The GS badges on the front fenders are decently clear too.

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I don’t know if I’ve missed something regarding the “BOBBI” AND “CECIL” license plates, but at least the tampos are clear.

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Under the hood the car is sporting the correct dual GS 455 air cleaner too.

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Until AutoWorld comes out with a ‘70 Buick, this is the best version I think you can buy.

The PIP version looks like it was just pulled out of a rural Alabama barn. This model has it all: dirt, scratches, rust, miss-matched wheels and tires, different colored body parts and missing parts.

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The details are suburb. The missing tail light, the lost “U” in the Buick logo,the wear around the trunk lock - SO MUCH DETAIL.

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The random Uniroyal tire and steel wheel is an awesome touch. The crooked GS emblems and the missing faux grill mesh just adds to how much detailing went into this version.

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Johnny Lightning even removed the 455 air cleaner off this version and “wore” the engine bay for that extra special touch.

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It may be hard to see in the photos, but even the windshield has a fake crack in it. Even the chassis was detailed to look old and dirty

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The differences between the cars are even clearer when the two are placed side by side.

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All in all, if you’re a Buick fan these are two are definitely worth picking up!

BONUS PICS!!!!! The Buicks in their natural habitats:

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