#3 Goodwrench Monte Carlo
Monogram (kit #2447)
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This car was my entry in Campbell's Soup 1997 "Art of Soup" contest. Because I was working with a deadline, I built this model as a curbside kit, and left engine and interior detail to a bare minimum. The chassis is actually from a mid-1980s Ford Thunderbird stock car. I used it instead of the correct chassis for two reasons. First, I knew I was not going to add much detail to the kit, so I did not want to waste a good NASCAR chassis on a curbside model. Second, the roll cage from the T-Bird is much simpler than what was in the Monte Carlo. Since I was going to be moving the model around a lot (this was before I had my own camera, so I needed to bring the car to a professional photographer to get the pictures taken), and I wanted to have as few parts break off as possible.
The car was painted Testors Gloss Orange, Gloss Red, and Flat White: everything below the yellow stripe is red and everything between the stripe and the white section is orange. The decals on the front fender and c-pillar are from the #3 Goodwrench stock car, and the #35 decals are modified from the Quincy's Steak House T-bird (the door numbers were originally red; I carefully cut out the outline of the numbers with an X-acto and applied the outline over a white painted section of the body). The Campbell's decals on the hood and rear fenders were hand made, and copied onto decal paper.
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