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MPC 1969 GTO Super Judge

1969 GTO Super Judge
MPC No. MPC784
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear, translucent orange, red
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $21.99
Pros: Great decals; accurate tires and rims
Cons: Simplified kit with a number of fit problems
Arnie "The Farmer" Beswick is the famous drag racer from a small farming town in Illinois, whose extraordinary success in drag racing has made him a legend to four generations of fans.

Not only is Arnie the most well-known Pontiac drag racer in the world, his continuous series of Pontiac Super Stocks, Funny Cars, and nostalgia door slammers has made him an undisputed fan favorite for more than 40 years.

This kit is an old MPC repop from the early 1970s. The kit contains a comprehensive instruction sheet, which includes a supplement/addendum sheet for step 5. I will discuss this further when we cover chassis components.
The engine assembly is 16 pieces that go together easily, with no real problems. The finished engine looks somewhat simple and a bit small for a Funny Car from the era.  

The chassis is comprised of 19 pieces, which include the engine mount bulkhead, front and rear suspension, front axle, and all steering components.  

As mentioned earlier, the supplement sheet shows an additional part “tail stock” to be added to the rear of the transmission, because the driveshaft did not reach the existing transmission. After adding this part, however, I found the driveshaft to be too long. You may want to test-fit these parts and make adjustments before gluing.

The rear end contains five pieces, which include traction-bar mounts. Test- fit these parts, as I had to make several adjustments to get the suspension and rear end to line up properly.

The cockpit is made up of 13 pieces that include a four-piece roll cage.  When assembling the roll cage, be sure to have the floor pan of the cockpit on hand to keep things lined up.  

Make sure to test-fit the cockpit to the chassis. My copy had some fit issues here. I had to trim the rear of the cockpit floor to drop it in place.

The wheelie bars have no set mounting locations, other than on either side of the rear axle, and to me, they looked a bit large and out of scale.

The 1969 GTO body needs a little work. You will need to sand off or fill in the scripts, door handles, marker lights, etc. to best represent the GTO Funny Car body.  

The body consists of nine total pieces, which include the front air dam, rear bumper with translucent red taillights, grille, three piece spoiler, a nice three-piece Funny Car bulkhead, and the option of clear or translucent orange windows, and parachute pack.  

The rear bumper on my copy had gaps on each side of the bumper. This could be easily fixed with styrene strips or your favorite filler.  

The tires and wheels are nicely molded, and they are accurate for the era. Also included is a nice set of preprinted M&H Racemaster slicks for the rear end.  

Although Funny Cars and many other rods of the era sat a little high in the back end, this one sits considerably high that I recall, so you may want to make adjustments to the bulkhead to correct the stance.

The decal sheet includes decals for two versions of the Super Judge. I found the decals to be opaque and to lay down smoothly without the use of my usual setting solution.  

Despite a number of fit frustrations, the Super Judge looks nice on the shelf. For the vintage drag racing fan, it is worth the time spent to have this historic car in your collection.


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