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Here Comes Da Judge!!

A Deal's Wheels tribute


I have long wished that there had been Deal's Wheels versions of a few of my favorite muscle cars including the GTO Judge, Cougar Eliminator, Buick GSX and Hurst/ Olds. After seeing Jim Johnson's awesome Roadrunner and Cuda  customs (pictured in the "Gallery") I was inspired to try and make this dream become a reality :-) Equipped with some razor saws, a Ryobi moto tool with whip attachment, lots of sandpaper and some Squadron putty; I attacked a Revell 1/24 scale GTO Judge kit and combined it with a donor Zzzzz-28 reissue kit to put this together. The body is mostly from the GTO kit but chopped and channeled into this configuration. Parts of the roof are from the Z kit which allowed me to use the Z windshield and back window. The interior pan and driver are also from the Z. The chassis is too although it was heavily modded to bring the tires/ wheels farther in. The hood tach and Hurst shifter are scratch-built from sheet styrene. The body was shot in Boyd's pearl orange. I ran off custom decals on my Alps printer for the side stripes, hood tach face, interior gauges, license plates and even the chrome trim and turn signal trim on the lower fascia. The logo decals were out of the Revell Judge kit. This project was a lot of work, but I really enjoyed it! I've already got an Eliminator well underway, so look for it in the Gallery soon!

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