1980 David Pearson Hawaiin Tropic Chevy DONE!
Posted 25 June 2008 - 07:34 PM
Here's what I wrote in an email about it-
The 1980 David Pearson car has fought me at literally every step. Here's a list of the things that went wrong. I've been working on it on and off since 2005. It's an MCW body and chassis, mated to a Monogram. Let's see...the roof was not mixed right (as diagnosed by a fellow TNMCC member), I broke the right side A pillar, the spoiler broke (so I scratchbuilt a new one), the hood didn't fit the body which was warped but didn't show it until after it was painted, even though I DID test fit it so I had to super glue it on. Which of cource fogged the area all around it. I had to scratchbuild three back windows, in that I got super glue on two of them and completly lost one. The front widshield is the first one I scratchbuilt but when gluing it in I got it crooked-oh well. They also fogged but I can fix that; I just havn't yet. I also went through the trouble of modifiying some of the under hood chassis shots, including the engine itself, however it is now unseeable unless you take the body off. In addidion, part of the resin dashboard broke off and got lost, and the left front wheel got broken, so it was super glued on. I joked with my mom that the decals would shatter when I went to put them on. And of cource, they DID. The stripes, which came from my 1/64 decal parts box, shattered. Luckily I was able to save it and I used some Micro Scale liquid decal film on the rest, which saved them. The Wetworks decals silvered on me-they didn't want to come off the paper or conform to the car. The nearly decade older JNJ decal (the Craftsman on the right) and the Slixx decals (Jesus) on both sides didn't so I know it was a problem with the Wetworks. Go figure! Oh, and, I also lost the shifter I had painted and detailed so I had to go into the spares stash to find a replacement. It took me nearly an hour and about 2 dozen boxes before I found one. On the upside of that, I found a zip lock bag that had a bunch of Quarters, probably about 20 dollars worth, so that at least worked out! It is my first David Pearson build.
I had regarded this as one of my "lost builds" and had pretty much resigned myself to it never getting completed. I still had the bumpers chrome plated by Bob at Chrome Tech USA at Toledo last year and when I recieved them less then a month later I pulled the car back out, and I've been working on it slowly ever since then, in November. That is why the build is done, or ever got done.
For what it's worth, with all the trouble it gave me, I still want to get some more of them from MCW. I still love this body style and would like to build several more-this, along with the comparable Olds, would make great kits-I would buy tons, myself!
I don't know why both cars washed out. They shouldn't have. Sorry about that!
Posted 26 June 2008 - 06:03 AM
Posted 30 July 2008 - 01:54 PM
Another nicely done piece of vintage stock car work.
Posted 30 July 2008 - 02:20 PM
Posted 30 July 2008 - 03:51 PM
Posted 30 July 2008 - 05:31 PM
is that the same car that was in cannonball run? I think it was terry bradshaw and who was the other guy mel something.
That's what I was thinking too. Mel Tillis (SP) was his partner.
Posted 31 July 2008 - 06:02 AM
Nice job. I really like it!!!
Posted 01 August 2008 - 08:09 AM
This was NOT the Cannonball Run car. That was an S-3 Laguna. It carried the same markings, as did a real NASCAR race car. I am not sure however if the S-3 in the movie was NASCAR prepped or even provided by Hoss Ellington. (who owned the #1 car in NASCAR for many years) or if they just used his paint scheme.
Thanks for all the comments everyone, I am glad you all like it. I had hoped to get the Oldsmobile I bought at the same time done in time for Toledo but I now doubt it, as it's too hot to build for right now
Posted 19 September 2008 - 09:24 AM