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#1 Billy Kingsley

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 02:06 PM

I finished this up earlier today. Surprisingly for me, it's NOT box stock! I built this using the photo from the TranSouth 500 from the Yearbook. The contingencys are matched to the photo, and come from 8 companys and 14 sheets...add one more each if you count the Powerslide tire decals. It's the most mixing-and-matching I've done.

The window net is re-shaped. A first. I noticed in the photo that the shape of the window net did not match the kit, so I carefully cut it down and reshaped it.

The air dam. The kit had one molded integral around the front of the body, and a small one molded into the chassis. Both were wrong! I cut off both of them, and the body integral one I did after it was painted and decaled-also a first. The underbody air dam was scratchbuilt. (another first)

The decals are from Fred Cady (another 1st) and it's the first NASCAR build from the year I was born that I've completed. It's also my first 2008 completion.

The pictures aren't too good...I had it a little too close to the light...But they get the job done...

Thanks for looking!

THE STUPID AUTO-SHRINK OF PHOTOS DISTORTS THEM!!!

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My original decaling wasn't too good (I did it a long time ago) and the painting touchups show poorly in the photo. Doesn't look that bad in person.
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Thanks for looking, and as soon as I can get my own computer working again I'll post the photo I used, so you can see the exact match!

Edited by Billy Kingsley, 07 February 2008 - 02:08 PM.


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Posted 07 February 2008 - 03:36 PM

Looks really good Billy!!! I especially like the front spoiler, and you nailed the stance!!

how did you lower it???

I just started Lake's '85 Nationwise Grand Prix( the one he placed 2nd in the daytona 500 with), using the decals from lobographix.

Edited by LVZ2881, 07 February 2008 - 03:42 PM.


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Posted 07 February 2008 - 04:21 PM

Thanks James! It's kind of rudimentary...but the lowered suspension is really simple...It's not all glued in!! There are no upper A arms up front and the rear is only connected at the main middle point in the exact middle of the chassis. It also gives the imression of a working suspension, but photos don't show that. Curbside is fun!!

Would love to see the Nationwise...Lobographix decals rock!

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 12:05 AM

Looking good Billy
I really like your work!!

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 10:48 AM

I love it!! I wish I could find a kit like this to build!! Great job on the paint and stance, among everything else!! -kevin

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 11:16 AM

Thanks for the comments guys!

Kevin, the kit I used was the 1998 Terry Labonte Piedmont kit...But the same kit is available in the Monogram Darrell Waltrip Combo...If you look real good you can find them for $12 or less, and that includes a full 81-86 Buick too...

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 01:47 PM

Good Job Billy.... you are getting cleaner and cleaner..... there is nothing wrong with slammer NASCARS!!!!!

Are you going to do Baker's Cutlass he ran as the Bullfrog Scheme?

Kevin, go to Mike Herman's site if you wanna pick up donor kits cheap......

http://www.mikesdecals.com/

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 07:15 AM

Nice work Billy, you've sure improved since the "old days".... Just remember, don't pick this one up and toss it around at NNL East.... :)

Nice details Billy!

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 08:39 PM

Thanks again! It may have taken me a while (too long!) but I think I've finally got the concept of Quality over Quantity! I'm going to try and continue to get better, as well...Why, just last night I found a package of pastel Gel pens...Wonder what those could be used for? :lol:

I'd love to do Buddy's Olds...I don't have the decals for it...I don't even know if they exist, actually.

I really want to get a couple of those 81-85 Cutlasses...I have 4 decals for that body style already, and would enjoy building every one! Guess I need to buy some from Ronnie...

Jamie, not going to do that anymore...Another lesson learned! I've got a really cool wheeled cart now that protects the models better then ever before...I've not had a single bit of damage on either Toledo trip with it, and a 15 hour ride like that used to be a killer on models!