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1972 Pontiac GTO

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1972 Pontiac GTO
Posted by Samiches on Monday, October 30, 2017 7:18 PM

This kit is very dated and probably wasn't very good by 1972 standards either. Neverless, I need one for my collection.  I decided to try my hand at opening the doors and adding hinges and such.  If I screwed up, at least I wouldn't destroy a good kit.  I followed a tutorial on YouTube.  Unfortunately, I forget the name of the person who procedure I used (It was over a year ago).  I put some WIP photos at the end to see some of the fixes(?) and issues I had.

Paint: Testors Inca Gold to replicate Quezal

I cut styrene to make the radiator support so there wouldn't be as much empty space in the engine bay.

The rear bumper was shortened so it would be the correct thickness and not stick out of the rear end so badly.

I cut the "GTO" lettering off of a '67 GTO grill insert and put that on the grill since it is missing GTO emblem.

last build: 1967 Corvette 427 Roadster http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/29/t/126370.aspx

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Posted by Samiches on Monday, October 30, 2017 7:20 PM

more of the finished product...

last build: 1967 Corvette 427 Roadster http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/29/t/126370.aspx

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Posted by Samiches on Monday, October 30, 2017 7:24 PM

Some serious orange peel going on, but I was able to polish it out on the hood pretty well.

The orange peel on the roof went all the way to the basecoat Angry

 

last build: 1967 Corvette 427 Roadster http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/29/t/126370.aspx

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Posted by Samiches on Monday, October 30, 2017 7:27 PM

A small paint line that was easily removed.  At least that went well.

I really dislike chrome molded-in headlights.  I drilled them out and put in some replacements.  I did this with my '67 GTOs and Camaros. It improves the look of the model enough  to risk breaking the bezels.

last build: 1967 Corvette 427 Roadster http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/29/t/126370.aspx

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  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 3:34 AM

Mighty fine looking GTO.  I like the small improvements you have made, especially the headlight fix.

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 11:59 AM

Great colour , nice save with the orangepeel . Someone once told me its 'cos I was too close to the model with the rattlecan nozzle which causes that . So I tried spraying a step furthur back , ended up with 1/4 of a can floating in the air like a purple haze ( groovy man.... LOL  ) .... & it still peeled . "Oh blast !" I said .... Zip it!

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Posted by big-e-models on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 4:08 PM

nice work overall getting those issues fit sure made a huge difference on the look of the car 

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Posted by Retro Joe on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 6:37 PM
Wow! I'm impressed! I have this kit, and plan to try my hand at weathering someday, turning it into a junker/barn find.
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Posted by Samiches on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 11:45 PM

Retro Joe
Wow! I'm impressed! I have this kit, and plan to try my hand at weathering someday, turning it into a junker/barn find.
 

I would like to try my hand at weathering a model as well.  I just need to find a model I don't care if I wreck it so bad that it goes in the trash.  Maybe I should pic up another one of these kits or a '67 Laugh

last build: 1967 Corvette 427 Roadster http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/29/t/126370.aspx

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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 4:17 PM

Nicely done fixes on the GTO. Orange peel is sooo irritating. Sometimes I get a smooth gloss finish and other times its bring out the polishing pads. 

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Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 5:56 PM

Well done!

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Posted by rickr442 on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 8:51 PM

Beautiful work! That is one junk kit, no doubt. 
Great job on the chassis!
Is it me, or is the track just a little narrow? I remember that was one of the kit's shortcomings, but with everything else on yours so good, it becomes a little more obvious.

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Posted by Samiches on Monday, November 06, 2017 7:43 PM

Yeah, the track does a bit narrow now that you point it out.  Maybe that is why the kit comes with over sized tires.  I wish MPC would re-tool thier entire GTO collection.  Many flaws between thier '65, '67, '70, and '72 kits.  Not enough love for a car that kicked off a automotive revolution that may not be seen ever again.

last build: 1967 Corvette 427 Roadster http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/29/t/126370.aspx

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 7:02 AM

Nice work on a troubled kit. Your mods and detailing really bring it around. Nicely done.

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Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

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Posted by High octane on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 12:16 PM

I spray close & fast and avoid most orange peel. If you spray too far away the paint is dry before it hits the body.

High octane

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Posted by rickr442 on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 7:39 PM

That was a complicated time for Pontiac kits, which were based on the initial tooling created for the dealer promotional models that were to be available at the opening of each new model year. Jim Wangers worked for Pontiac's ad agency and was the decision-maker regarding the GTO promos. He was displeased with the AMT '65 GTO so he negotiated with MPC for the '66s. The original '66 tooling was changed to '67, and the '68 tooling weathered through to 1972, kits and promos. By then the post-DeLorean regime at Pontiac no longer cared about A-body promos. The tooling was allowed to languish through the hobby's lean years until re-issues got hot in the 90s.
Long story short, the tooling is old, tired, unworthy of the Pontiac name and continued use. I doubt that'll change anytime soon.
For the latter era of GTO, try the chassis from the far-superior AMT '69 Olds 4-4-2. The AMT '66 4-4-2 offers a highly detailed and separate chassis that will fit either the '65-'67s. 

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'Peggy, call the insurance agent... The cars got some bullet holes!'..... Joe Mannix

Yeah, but half an inch to the right, he woulda missed me altogether!'.....Jim Rockford

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Posted by Retro Joe on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 4:26 PM
Interesting reading! Thanks for the info, rickr442! I was appalled at how badly worn the tooling must be when I bought the (stripped down with no extras) release of the MPC '72. The tops of the fenders above the outer headlights are horribly mis-shapen, etc., so it will be the guinea pig for my first weathering project.
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Posted by PotatoCam on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 1:58 PM

Samiches, that is one sharp GTO! Nicely done on opening the doors; I'd not have guessed that was your first go. I love the interior too, and great work saving the paint job.

 

PotatoCam

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Posted by Samiches on Thursday, November 16, 2017 10:17 PM

Thanks PotatoCam.  If I ever make a model with opening doors, I will try to find some of model car garage's photoetched saws. Several members on here use them, and have amazing results.  I would also like to find a better hinge design.  The doors touch just a little bit at the tip of the door panel and I had to touch up the paint once.  I think I would rather cut precision shapes out of styrene sheets and attach opening doors that way.

last build: 1967 Corvette 427 Roadster http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/29/t/126370.aspx

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