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#1 satterwhite78

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 04:02 PM

Pete Hamilton's #40 Petty Enterprises Plymouth Superbird

 

Started racing in the Northeast in 1962 and finally winning the NASCAR National Sportsman division in 1967.  In 68 he entered the Grand National Division (Winston/Nextel/Sprint Cup) and was the series Rookie of the Year recipient.  In the 69 season Pete won 12 of 26 races in the  Grand American (Busch/Nationwide) Series and took the series' Championship.

 

Shortly before the start of the 1970 season Pete signed on to drive for Petty Enterprises two car team.  The first race being the Daytona 500, Pete qualified 9th.  Ford and Dodge swapped the lead throughout the race with David Pearson's Mercury leading the most laps, 82

 

With 18 laps to go and Pearson leading, Richard Brooks's #32 Superbird spins out from a blown engine.  Pearson pitted taking on two tires with Hamilton doing the same.  Petty, who blown his engine in the early stages of the race and was in Hamilton's Pit, calls Pete in the next lap around to take on two more tires. Pearson takes charge with the drop of the Green flag and with nine laps to go, Hamilton's four tires hold for the pass of Pearson's Mercury and on for the Checkered Flag.

 

Of the 15 races for PE, Hamilton racked up 3 victories, 9 top 5's and 11 top 10's. Of the 3 wins, Pete was the first to win Talledega twice in one season ( Dale Earnhardt was next in 1999).  Due to a neck injury suffered early on in his racing career, Pete retired from NASCAR's top series.

 

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#2 Danno

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 07:57 PM

Nice!!



#3 slusher

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 08:37 PM

Super nice build. Great paint..



#4 jjsipes

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 04:08 AM

That's one nice looking bird. Great job



#5 TooOld

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 05:58 AM

Great looking build Chuck !  We don't see models of Hamilton's cars too often .

 I was 15 years old and watching from the turn 4 infield when he won that race ,  thanks for the memories !



#6 MAGNUM4342

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 06:14 AM

How about an engine bay and chassis shot? Sorry but I suspect this is a re-painted diecast, not a kit.


Edited by MAGNUM4342, 23 July 2013 - 07:12 AM.


#7 S. Svendsen

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 06:49 AM

Nicely done.



#8 Pete L.

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 08:14 AM

Nice work on one of my favorite race cars of one of my favorite racers !



#9 satterwhite78

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 08:18 AM

No Diecast, just the Revell Plymouth Superbird.  The Hemi quite possibly from the Revell Plymouth Barracuda while the engine bay and roll cage courtesy of Evergreen plastic and whatever other parts from the proverbial plastic salvage yard. The #40 was actually built about 3 to 4 years ago.. At the moment I don't have any shots of the under carriage but it has the stock K member and rear axle and the wheels actual roll.  I used the Monogram solid tires since they matched the 1/24scale along with PPP rims.  I believe that I had to wrap the PPP rims with a thin strip of flat plastic stock because the tires were bigger that the rims to make them actually fit.  The front spoiler was scratch built and two black decal blocks used for the vents.  Fred Cady decals with most of the contingencies from other sources and clear coated with Future.  The helmet was something I found in the scrap part box and thought it would look cool hanging from the roll cage instead of glued to the dash or roof.  All in all it was a fun build and one of the first that I went into detail under the hood

 

Chuck

 

 

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 08:42 AM

Great build!



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Posted 23 July 2013 - 10:07 AM

Okey doke. ^_^ 


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Posted 23 July 2013 - 01:12 PM

Great looking build , nicely done.



#13 bbowser

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 02:36 PM

Great model!  I love the helmet and under hood details.  Very nice.



#14 Jeremy Jon

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 05:52 PM

Very nice build, looks great!!



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 05:57 PM

How about an engine bay and chassis shot? Sorry but I suspect this is a re-painted diecast, not a kit.

wow....just wow, even if it was who cares??? they are models too.



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 11:17 PM

Fantastic looking build!! , being that I'm from Petty country I hear alot of things especially when you know folks that have worked for Petty Enterprises, but insiders say that Pete was actually fired because the boss felt threatened and didn't want the employee being greater than the employer, just hear say mind you ??? anyway NICE job!!



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Posted 03 August 2013 - 04:41 PM

Great job

#18 mikemopar70

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 03:10 PM

Very nice work.

This Bird looks very convincing, very clean build!!

Congratulations!



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 08:07 AM

gr8 build



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Posted 08 September 2013 - 02:09 AM

Beautiful build sir B)  B) B)