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1972 Pontiac GTO
Hwa-Rang
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Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 2019 - 07:23 PM UTC
I have started building MPC's infamous 1972 Pontiac GTO kit.
The kit is every bit as bad, as it's reputation. Poor detail and fitting, lot's of flash and sinkmarks.
The plan is to build it as a daily beater.
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Removed the inmolded wires and "details" on the firewall. New wires and clampdowns made from metal wire and winebottle foil.
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A wee bit of detailing on the undercarriage.
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AussieReg
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Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 2019 - 07:40 PM UTC
Cool, a GOAT!!

Beautiful orange plastic, nice detailing so far. I'm looking forward to following your progress on this one!

Cheers, D
RussellE
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Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 2019 - 08:22 PM UTC
ooo good choice Jesper!

This brings back memories of my childhood! Watching with interest!

If memory serves these were often built in a day or two with paint following shortly after

Ah, how times change
Hwa-Rang
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Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 2019 - 08:53 PM UTC
Sorry, MPC of course

Damian: Yeah, you gotta love orange plastic. Will add more details, to the undercarriage. Next will be brakefluid line, if I can find wire in a suitable thickness

Russel: A day or two, well this will most likely be in a year or two

Thanks for looking in guy's
Szmann
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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 01:43 AM UTC
Jesper, it was said already, but I cannot contain myself: the orange plastic is "spectacular" and the runny underside detail as well However, you have the skill to by-pass the kit's shortcomings and the beginning looks very promising. I will follow with big interest this build, because I need to do my firewall and brake lines on my Chrisler 300 as well...

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 03:05 AM UTC
I almost bought an MPC 67 GTO for $10. I was nervous because that is really cheap for an unopened box! Good to hear they are kind of meh.

Will be watching with interest!!
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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 04:31 AM UTC
Garbage Truck Option. I'm assuming that the photo on the box is of the completed model. Or is that just an extreme example of GM's refusal to take fits and finishes seriously in the '70's?

Looks like some really neat detail work you are putting into this one.
Hwa-Rang
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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 09:18 PM UTC
Welcome aboard gentlemen.


Quoted Text

Garbage Truck Option. I'm assuming that the photo on the box is of the completed model. Or is that just an extreme example of GM's refusal to take fits and finishes seriously in the '70's?


Mark: I'ill save that one, for if/when we make another Mopar Vs Chevy group build.
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Posted: Friday, January 11, 2019 - 04:01 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Garbage Truck Option. I'm assuming that the photo on the box is of the completed model. Or is that just an extreme example of GM's refusal to take fits and finishes seriously in the '70's?

Looks like some really neat detail work you are putting into this one.



Hey, don't knock the Goat! It was ahead of its time. Just look at those beautiful colour-coded bumpers.
Hwa-Rang
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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 04:59 AM UTC
A wee update. Since this will be a daily beater, it needs to be corroded. To obtain this I have grinded(Dremel) from the backside, of the panels, until they where very thin and then used a scalpel to work my way through, to create the holes. If you just grind all the way through, with the Dremel, you will have round or elongated holes, which will just look odd. By using a scalpel you can create irregular/serrated edges.
The dark marks are, from a marker.
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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 05:21 AM UTC
In all my years of modelling the only kits I've ever built that were molded in orange was this one and the General Lee. And the General Lee was the only one that looked good in orange. Chargers and Goats were/are some of my childhood dream cars. Both kits had sink marks, soft detail and warped frames but I pulled them off. Watching this build closely.
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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 10:01 AM UTC
Jesper,
That's one excellent start to a GTO daily beater. I don't recall seeing any, but a ton of LeMans beaters for sure.

I really like how you thinned the shell from the inside, then carved through from the outside. Really looks quite realistic. Back then it didn't take much for a American made car to have body rust and holes up here in the North East. The roads were always salted for every snow storm, so your car took a real beating.

Joel
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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 01:56 PM UTC
Nice development, Jesper!
I am familiar with the method you have used to make the rust holes, but I've never tried it myself because my cars have to have salon looks. But you stir me to try it on a 35th scale truck or somethin'.

Keep at it - it looks good (and interesting) so far!

Gabriel