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1971 Pontiac GTO Judge WIP

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  • Member since
    January, 2014
1971 Pontiac GTO Judge WIP
Posted by Samiches on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 11:46 PM

Greetings fellow styrene adicts!  The GTO below is my inspiration for the build.  I started on this build back in December of 2013.  I've been putting it off for a few years as I improved my modeling skills.  I'm starting off with a 1972 MPC kit (Kit mold needs to be scrapped and redone).

I had to remove a ton of flash from every part on this kit.  I then added filler to the fender vents and low spots on the kit.


last build: 1972 Pontiac GTO with opening doors.

  • Member since
    January, 2014
Posted by Samiches on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 11:49 PM

One of the first things I did was buy some fine etch off the internet to use for the grill as the 72 & 71 are different.  I was a bit intimidated with trying to cut the metal to shape and not mess it up, but it was a lot easier than I thought.

I put in the radiator and core support that I built from a scrap radiator and some sheet styrene.  I am going to use a decal or something on the grill for the GTO emblem.

last build: 1972 Pontiac GTO with opening doors.

  • Member since
    January, 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Thursday, September 27, 2018 8:44 PM

Off to a great start on a less-than-stellar kit! I know you love those GTOs and will make any corrections necessary. The grille looks great! Our only REAL hobby shop has boxes and boxes of armor and naval aftermarket accessories on the counter and you'd be amazed at what you can find there to use on model cars. Sometimes a little pricey, but you can hold it in your hand and don't have to wait for shipping. Worth checking out, for sure. Looking forward to seeing another one done! Dinner


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Posted by Oldschool4x4 on Friday, September 28, 2018 8:20 AM

Looking good..

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, September 28, 2018 11:00 AM

I used a similar product by K&S Engineeering for several of my past builds.  The end result was very satisfying!  Your grille is looking very good!

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

On my bench-LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

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  • From: Kamloops,Canada
Posted by mclovin on Friday, September 28, 2018 9:25 PM

Really nice work so far.

"to love it ,is to live it"


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    January, 2014
Posted by Samiches on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 6:49 PM

I had been detailing the kit's chassis and found out that Round 2 had rereleased the 1969 Olds 442.  I went and grabbed one of these kits so that I can have an accurate chassis for this model.  I also used the 400 that came with it. It isn't 100% like the pontiac engine, but it is a million times better than the kit's engine.  I had to move the location of the alternator, and will have to fix the shape of the upper radiator hose to fit arount the newly located alternator.


last build: 1972 Pontiac GTO with opening doors.

  • Member since
    January, 2014
Posted by Samiches on Friday, October 12, 2018 10:38 PM

Chassis is finished.  The springs came out good, and the chassis sits nice and flat.  The interior is up next.  It lacks a lot of molded detail, so I'm going to have to make sure the rest of what I do makes up for it.

I gave the bottle a little bit of fluid, and spent some time trying to paint these tiny wires.

Suggestions and comments are welcomed.  I ordered some Tamiya washes.  I've always just thinned some acrylic paints in the past.  I thought I would see if they are worth the $7-$8 per bottle.  I mean, thats almost as much as a good six-pack of Beer

last build: 1972 Pontiac GTO with opening doors.


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