Matchbox The Judge
Here is my latest custom made from the Matchbox casting 70 '70 GTO. We start with the straight car in the blister and move onto being naked on the board!
This particular vehicle will lend itself to becoming aconvertible.
With the body off the chassis after drilling out the rivets, we can cut the top off being careful not to go below the natural design lines of the car. Next step will be to find a suitable donor car for the wheels. Our candidate is a Racing Champions Craftsman Racing Series truck with rubber tires and red metallic trim rings, "Goodyear Eagle" printing on the outer edges make this a prefect choice for our "Goat".
Matchbox suspension really lends itself to easy wheelchanges as they use a straight piece of spring steel held in place in thecenter. Just gently lift the spring steel and slide the wheels out. Find the right size wheels and just slip them back in place and you're set!
After detailing the interior using stand orange Testors enamel, allowing time to dry, we then are ready to start detailing the body of our custom. If you can find photo's of real prototypes, it really can make the difference in making your custom look like the real thing. Accents on this car include tail lights, license plate frame, front clearance/turn signals and headlights
After assembly and using 2 part epoxy to reattach the body back to the chassis, we finally have a completed '70 GTO "The Judge" Convertible. Oh to be young again!
It is hard to work with such small models. End product looks like it came out of the manufacturers pack which makes it a comvincing conversion.
Well done mate
Nice job, but I only cut up wrecks for re-birthing or modifications like chop and channel, but all the same it came out to look really good.
Good work - I'm impressed with how you chopped the top but managed to keep the original paint intact. Nice detailling too, although I think it needs a folded convertible boot. Some bigger pics would have been great too, and I'm also interested to know how the lines compare to the newly-released HW '70 GTO Convertible - is the trunkline flatter on the actual car?