Exterior Continued ...
The rear is very simple looking, but CC didn’t skimp on details here. The chrome stripe on the boot, chrome accents on the windshield, and the chrome accents on the lights are perfectly done again. The lights are multicoloured clear plastic pieces with no attachment stubs. The chrome bumper is just as well made as the front bumper, with the same rivets molded. Shutline on the boot is nonexistent. It’s so small that at first, I thought the opening was the top of the black strip (with the Monaro and GTS words). Instead, the boot actually opens at the bottom part of that black strip.
Wheels, Brakes and Undercarriage
The rims are basic designs, but the detail is still good. The lugnuts are nicely molded, and the holes in the rims are smooth and uniform. I was slightly disappointed with the lack of a tire valve though. The rear rims are a bit smaller than the front. The tires are branded “Firestone” and are racing slicks. The tires feel very realistic. The brakes are mostly obscured by the rims, but one can see disc brakes in the front, and drum brakes in the rear. The callipers stay static while the discs move with the tire. The disc is just silver plastic though, and I really wish that they upgraded to photoetch brake discs. Detail is adequate on the brakes. Undercarriage is a wealth of details. More details on the engine can be seen, as well as suspension details. Muffler system is here in all its glory (and cool gunmetal colour). All four wheels have working suspension, but what really amazed me was the rear suspension. It actually uses a “shock” type design instead of just a spring. A little piston can be seen pushed into the housing when I push the tire. I couldn’t get a picture of it, but trust me in that it’s an amazing detail that CC put in, and not many people would notice it. Sad to say though, the driveshaft doesn’t move with the rear wheel, but I’m just nitpicking here…
Engines have always been CC’s strong point, and it doesn’t disappoint on this Monaro. Engine cover opens on small discrete dogleg hinges and stays up on its own. The engine is wired and is a separate piece. The parts are all detail painted, and details are all very well molded. The little trumpets look like photoetch pieces (could be chrome, not 100% sure). There’s a big metal cover that covers details underneath the top part of the engine, but you can see the detail from the undercarriage.
Another high point in this model is the interior. The interior is carpeted and the pedals are nicely detailed. The dashboard has good detailing as well and gauges are readable. Steering wheel is very nice as well, but the colour of the wood trim throughout the interior isn’t too realistic. The front seats are racing seats, whereas the black/white checkerboard patterned back seats look to be standard seats. They’re both very realistically done in slightly soft plastic. The detail on the gear shifter is amazing! Look at the little wire running from the shifter to the dashboard! The seatbelts are separate fabric pieces with photoetch buckles. Doors open on realistic and small hinges, with no wobble when open. The door sides are very detailed as well, with chrome “lock knob”, window crank, GTS badging, and a textured side. The one thing I can nitpick on is that the door “hinge securing point” on the edge of the door is just a tampo and not a molded piece. The boot opens on small doglegs, and stay up. There’s not much in it, it’s not carpeted either, but it is still very detailed. There’s a hint of the rollcage and a battery, which is detail painted.