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Pontiac GTO
Posted by Calmo2 on Friday, January 13, 2017 7:53 PM

Hello; Does anyone out there know if anyone makes a nice kit of a 1970 Pontiac GTO. I have only found a couple but they don't look like brand name kits. I  owned a GTO back in 1971 and would like to build one like the one I owned. Your help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, January 13, 2017 8:19 PM

MPC, owned by Round 2, has a '70 GTO kit.  The MPC kit is old tooling and does not reflect the fidelity of a new tool kit like those from Revell or Tamiya.  With that being said, if you take your time and work carefully, you can get a good looking model out of the MPC kit.  

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Posted by Calmo2 on Friday, January 13, 2017 9:13 PM

Thanks mrmike: I will sure look into it. Do you think they would have a web site? Maybe I will just Google  "MPC model kits" and see what comes up. I am just getting back into model car building after 45 years and am trying to find kits of cars I have owned over the years. Thanks again. And have a great night.

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Posted by Calmo2 on Friday, January 13, 2017 10:34 PM

Hello mrmike: I just went to MPCs Round2 web site and all they have is a 1967 GTO,a 1972 GTO, and a 1970 funny car GTO which is far from stock. OH WELL. Thanks again.  PS. Have you ever built a "TRUMPETER" Kit and are they a fairly good kit?

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Posted by Model Mark on Saturday, January 14, 2017 6:59 AM
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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, January 14, 2017 8:40 AM

Calmo2

Hello mrmike: I just went to MPCs Round2 web site and all they have is a 1967 GTO,a 1972 GTO, and a 1970 funny car GTO which is far from stock. OH WELL. Thanks again.  PS. Have you ever built a "TRUMPETER" Kit and are they a fairly good kit?

 

Calmo2, I have never built a Trumpeter model kit.  I have heard good and bad things about them, plus the price alone scares me away from them.  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

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Posted by Calmo2 on Saturday, January 14, 2017 11:54 AM

THanks Model Mark; I went there and it would be nice if I guy could read the lettering on the box! It looks good but I am going to email him and make sure you can build it stock and make sure it is molded in white! Thanks again. Calmo2

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Posted by Calmo2 on Saturday, January 14, 2017 11:58 AM

Hello mrmike; I also had a 1960 pontiac convertable and the only ones I can find on ebay that look pretty good is the Trumpeter 1960 POntiac Bonneville. They are not priced too high but have never herd of Trumpeter kits!!!! I might take a chance. Thanks Calmo2

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Posted by Model Mark on Saturday, January 14, 2017 3:20 PM
It can be built stock but it's molded in a beige tan color. There are pictures within the ad showing more details. The original release of the kit was most likely white in 1970. Good luck!
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Posted by Retro Joe on Saturday, January 14, 2017 5:49 PM

I bought this kit last summer on eBay. It is an old tooling, but didn't give me too many issues.

DO NOT buy the newer 1972 kit (reissued in 2012 with an orange car on the box). I bought it, and the tooling has been reused so many times, parts of the body are distorted. They also removed all of the extra/custom parts from the kit.

Hope this helps! Good luck, and have fun!

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Posted by Calmo2 on Sunday, January 15, 2017 4:55 PM

Thanks Retro Joe; I was a little leary about the orange one!! Your kit looks nice. The only thing I noticed is that my GTO had a tach on the hood in front of the driver and your model dosen't. Did your kit come with one you could glue on the hood outside? I would like to keep my model as close as I can to the one I owned. I will keep looking. Thanks again.

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Posted by Retro Joe on Monday, January 16, 2017 10:10 AM
Yes, it does have the tach. I was building mine as a tribute to a base model Tempest, so I left it off (even though the hood would also be flat on a T-37).
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Posted by Calmo2 on Monday, January 16, 2017 12:36 PM

Thanks. I am definatley going to try and find that kit. Another question! Did it come with the side stripe decals? Mine was the orange color and it would be nice if it came with the stripes. If not I know of a couple of kits of the 1969 GTO that hase the stripes so I guess I could buy that kit and use the stripes from that kit. Thanks again! I appreciate all the help I have been getting from all the guys in this forum. Calmo2

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Posted by Model Mark on Monday, January 16, 2017 1:52 PM

 

The MPC 70 GTO kit does not come with the eyebrow stripes that you want. The 1:24 Monogram 69 Judge kit had some as you mentioned. You can buy a set of Judge stripes in orange and remaining GTO lettering, etc from Keith Marks. Email him a request. Here's a direct link to the set you want...

 

http://public.fotki.com/mofobow/pontiac/gto/70_71_gto_the_judge/7071_gto_blueorange-1.html

 

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Posted by Retro Joe on Monday, January 16, 2017 2:21 PM
Even if the 70 kit did have the stripes, the kit is almost 30 years old, and the decals would probably not be any good.
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Posted by Calmo2 on Thursday, January 19, 2017 1:12 PM

Thanks guys: All I have to do now is find a 1970 GTO kit. I have just finished my AMT model of the 1956 Ford Victoria I used to own and now I am about to start a Revell kit of a 1965 Chevy Impala SS 396 I also used to own. I am getting there one model at a time! Thanks again guys. Calmo2.

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Posted by Calmo2 on Saturday, January 28, 2017 5:58 PM

Hello; If anyone out ther has a unbuilt model of a 1970 Pontiac GTO they would be willing to sell please let me know. I have been looking all over for one and as of yet I can't find one!! Thanks Calmo2.

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Posted by Retro Joe on Saturday, January 28, 2017 7:50 PM
There is one on eBay, but they want $79.99. I guess I lucked out. Mine was listed as "open box, as is, looks complete," and it actually was complete.
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Posted by High octane on Saturday, January 28, 2017 9:30 PM

You may find the '70 GTO kit at Spotlight Hobbies or Model Roundup as they have lots of older kits and at times replenish their stock when they buy out collections. I looked in my "stash" but no '70 GTO, sorry. As for the decals, if they look good, I would spray the decal sheet with a couple of light coats of clear lacquer and let them dry for 24 hours. Then you can cut them out close to the image and hopefully they'll work well for you.

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Posted by Calmo2 on Sunday, January 29, 2017 11:48 AM

Thanks Guys; I did check out Spotlight Hobbies before and no luck, and I just checked out Model Roundup and again no luck! I did see that one on E-bay but I live in Canada and with the shipping it would cost me $104.00 American and that amounts to about $140.00 Canadian!!!!! I want a GTO but not for that much. I guess I will just keep on looking and keep my fingers crossed. Thanks again guys, I appreciate all the help.

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Posted by Calmo2 on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 7:58 PM

Hello Guys and Gals: I am still looking for a kit of a 1970 Pontiac GTO "The Judge" but just a GTO would probably work. I could always get the rear spoiler off of a 1969 kit, there seems to be quite a few of them out there! If anyone out there has one or knows of somebody that has one and is willing to sell it please let me know. I am willing to pay top dollar for one.  Thanks again.

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Posted by Sandcast on Sunday, February 19, 2017 12:06 PM

There were several 1970, 1972 GTO bodies. There was the 1972 annual kit that the body went to NASCAR. In 1980 MPC created a new 1972 body That ERTL changed to a 1970 body. The most recent 1972 is new. Only the original had "400" on the lower front fender. The glass is the same as is the frame/motor with funny car lacations on the inside of the frame since 1966. The redo bodies don't like the rear bumper as they are narrow. The orange 1972 is a low part count kit. The 1972 bucket seats are even used on the reissue 1967. Chrome trees have common layout over the years.

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Posted by Sandcast on Sunday, February 19, 2017 12:09 PM

Retro Joe

I bought this kit last summer on eBay. It is an old tooling, but didn't give me too many issues.

DO NOT buy the newer 1972 kit (reissued in 2012 with an orange car on the box). I bought it, and the tooling has been reused so many times, parts of the body are distorted. They also removed all of the extra/custom parts from the kit.

Hope this helps! Good luck, and have fun!

 

I bought a bunch of the 1972 Round2 kits to repair 1968-1971 kits that had broken engine and frame parts

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Posted by Retro Joe on Monday, February 20, 2017 10:05 AM
Calmo2, In case you didn't see it, I sent you a PM yesterday.
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Posted by Calmo2 on Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:19 PM

Hello Retro Joe: Just a little note to let you know I won the bid on the 1970 GTO you told me about that was on ebay. All I have to do now is try and turn the spoiler that comes with the kit into a spoiler like the one that was on my car. The one in the kit is a little diffrent than the one that was on my car. Thanks again!!!!!

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Posted by Retro Joe on Thursday, February 23, 2017 5:02 PM
Great! Glad to hear that. With a bit of care & patience, this kit isn't bad at all. The spoiler shouldn't be too much of a problem. Someone on here may be able to let you know of one that will look the way you want.
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Posted by Retro Joe on Thursday, February 23, 2017 5:09 PM
Here is the link to my build (using mobile to post this, so you might have to copy/paste the address): http://cs.scaleautomag.com/mobile/forums/thread.aspx?ThreadID=124067

Feel free to ask, if you have any questions about it! Have fun!
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Posted by Calmo2 on Friday, February 24, 2017 1:16 PM

Thanks Retro Joe; I am not sure when I am going to start building the GTO cause right now I am still working on my 1965 Impala SS 396. I have a 2009 Harley Davidson Night Train and a 2016 Honda CRF 250L dual sport that I ride alot in the spring and summer so I do most of my model building in the winter, so I guess it all depends on the weather when I start riding. I might start the model this spring if the weather does not let me ride untill later on in the spring.  I did bookmark your build web site! Thanks again to all the people that helped me! Much appreciated.

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Posted by Calmo2 on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 5:32 PM

Can anyone out there tell me where a guy can get some GOOD raised white letter tires? I am having a hard time finding good ones! Thanks.

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