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MPC 1970 Pontiac Bonneville

1970 Pontiac Bonneville
MPC No. 840
Model Type: Injection-molded
Molded Colors: White, translucent red, black, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $23.99
Pros: Accurate body proportions and shape
Cons: Shallow tub-type interior with soft detail
This reissued kit is based on tooling created by MPC in the mid-1960s. MPC prided itself on offering some unique building options in its kits.

For the 1969-1970 Bonneville convertible, the second option was labeled a sport pickup. Parts for that option include a second interior tub with an integtral pickup bed, and a top with a vinyl-grained surface. In order to make the conversion, the rear deck is cut along a line marked on the underside. 

The interior uses the stock dash and steering wheel, but has a square pleat pattern on the doors and package shelf.  The custom bucket seats for the pickup are on the chrome tree, so you can paint the upholstered part of the seats, leaving the exposed frame chrome.

There are four places on the rear deck where you may find sink marks that may need a small amount of filler. You may also find some sunken areas on the tops of the front fenders near the cowl. 

There are parting lines on both sides of the body, and small amounts of flash that should be removed from the edges of the body shell. If this flash is not removed, the front bumper and headlights can’t be installed in the body. 

The hood is a separate part, but there are no hinges in the kit. Test-fit the hood before painting. I had to thin the rear edge of the hood so it sat flush with the fenders. 

A separate firewall is included, although it is not shown on the instruction sheet. 

There are two additional body parts: a lower pan and a taillight panel that is surrounded by the bumper. The taillights are molded in translucent red.

The windshield frame is molded with the body, and includes the sun visors.

The one-piece chassis plate includes the frame and underside of the floorboard. It has two sets of holes for the metal axles –stock ride height and lowered. The lower half of the rear axle, the control arms, the driveshaft, and the exhaust system are molded as a unit, which makes it more difficult to detail-paint than if they were separate pieces. 

There are two wheel choices: stock hubcaps and spoked alloy wheels. They use some of Round 2’s great new tires with pad-printed narrow whitewalls.

The Pontiac V-8 is topped with three 2-barrel carburetors with chrome air cleaners. The intake choice is likely a carryover from preceding years, as 1966 was the last year for factory tri-power. 

The engine assembly consists of two block and bell housing halves, heads, front cover/water pump, valve covers and intake manifold. The distributor, fan belt/pulley assembly, fan, and upper radiator hose are separate parts, as are the cast iron exhaust manifolds. 

The starter, oil filter, and fuel pump are molded with the block.

The shallow, tub-type interior has the door panels, rear seat, and package tray molded with the floor. Interior door detail is virtually nonexistent, and the seat details are not well-defined. Dashboard detail is slightly better.

The decal sheet has a variety of nautical-themed markings, and the kit includes a trailer hitch. The most-recent issue of this kit came from the Model King, and it included a boat and trailer. 

Do some cleanup work on the body, test-fit the major assemblies, and you can end up with a good-looking shelf model. Getting the body, interior, and windshield to fit together properly takes some care, so you might want to assemble it temporarily and make necessary adjustments before painting.


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