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Seann Anderson

1996 Dave Rezendes QVC F-150 WIP

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As I've said in a few other posts, after 18 years, I've finally got back into building racing models. This is my fourth kit back and I really do need to post my other cars to show and track my progress. I'm a recovering addict and this community immediately welcomed me in . The amount of kindness and knowledge in this forum is amazing and invaluable. For example, I posted a "wanted" ad and was immediately contacted by some great folks who helped me out with no questions asked. Without naming them, they were generous and went out of their way to help me. It means the earth to me and can't wait to pass it on.

This is a build that I wanted to get started for a while now. I never built a NASCAR Truck in my teens, so I'm excited to for this. I was a huge fan of Alan Kulwicki, and course I was crushed when he was killed. I had no idea who I wanted to root for post-Kuliwicki, then Bodine purchased the team and that locked me in. I purchased a Slixx set of decals for this kit. It's an outstanding designed sheet, but even after three coats of Microscale decal restorer, they still broke apart pretty easily. That pushed me over the edge to buy some waterslide paper to start creating my own decals. I'm a professional graphic designer who specializes in motorsports design, so all of the design comes aspects of decals comes pretty easy to me. 

Once a certain amount of decals broke apart, I decided to scrap all of the stripes/sponsors on the truck and create my own. That roached out the truck, I'm glad the new decals helped cover up the bigger blemishes. I was skeptical coming in, but the Kodiak Supply waterslide paper is quite amazing. I used Krylon crystal clear acrylic for the top coat on it and was surprised with every aspect of the paper. I did learn that that I need to add multiple coats of clear to the decals that are thin and long, like the door stripes on this truck. I trashed a set of door stripes because it started to stretch. It's a quite conformable, easy application and has VERY strong adhesive. You'll notice that a Kyle Larson car is on the sheet too. I'll post it next. 

Sorry for the long winded post, it's a privilege to be part of this community, thank you.

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Edited by Seann Anderson
Forgot to add "WIP" to the title

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Great start!  I can't remember the last time I saw a Craftsman Truck built on here.  I've only done one myself.

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I am going to be trying the decal paper,  the reviews are really good .

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