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FROM THE February 2010 ISSUE

MPC 1967 Pontiac GTO

RELATED TOPICS: MPC | ROUND 2 | 1960S
MPC 1967 Pontiac GTO
1967 Pontiac GTO
MPC No. MPC-710
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Blue, black, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $19.99
Pros: Body proportions spot-on; good chrome plating; plenty of optional parts
Cons: Lots of flash and mold lines; mismatched interior parts; poor chassis-to-body fit
Front end
The MPC 1967 Pontiac GTO kit has been a fixture on hobby store shelves for the last few years. Round 2 has kept this string of availability intact by releasing the kit in an attractive new box, and the body is molded in blue plastic.  

This kit, and several other classic MPC and AMT kits, is being aimed at mass-market retailers and a younger generation of builders who may choose not to paint the bodies of their models.   

Inside the box, you’ll find basically the same kit that has been out recently, which has its good and bad points.  
The “good” starts with the body. To my eye, its proportions are spot-on. However, my sample kit had a serious mold mismatch along the A-pillars, which resulted in some huge mold lines.  

There were also a lot of sink marks on the body; they had to be filled for a smooth paint job. The blue plastic is rather opaque, so those who choose not to paint it will not have to worry about a see-through model.  

The bumpers and all of the other chrome parts are plated. They are smooth, shiny, and show no signs of dust in the plating.
Chassis
The one-piece chassis plate has the front suspension molded in, with the only separate part being the rear axle/exhaust assembly.

The molding quality of my kit’s part was poor. There was a lot of flash, and after initial assembly, the wheels were not centered in the wheel wells; I had to drill new holes to get them centered.

The kit includes optional parts for raising the rear end if the builder chooses the Custom version.
MPC 1967 Pontiac GTO
The engine is a reasonable replica of a Pontiac 400-cubic-inch V-8. It builds up as a standard four-barrel street engine or an optional blown version, which features plenty of chrome-plated parts.  

The engine looks a little lost in its compartment, because the only other details under the hood are the battery and radiator. This was typical of kits from the 1960s, when this kit was originally tooled.

The interior is surprising; it features a 1967 GTO bucket and dashboard, but includes 1970 GTO front seats and steering wheel! The dashboard is well engraved, and has stood the test of time quite nicely.

Optional parts include racing seats and a roll bar. The parts fit together well, but I chose to paint them black, in an attempt to hide the mismatched seats.

Final assembly was a little bit challenging; I had to epoxy the chassis to the interior/body assembly to get them to stay attached to one another. I also needed to trim the front of the chassis to get the front bumper to fit correctly.  

The kit’s flaws are easily worked through by a modeler of moderate experience to get an acceptable shelf model, but would pose a challenge for a newcomer.

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