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THarrison351

1984 DW #11 Budweiser, my oldest build I can find

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I've been looking through all my stored plastic and diecast models to try to figure out what I have. I'm documenting and photographing all of them. So far this is the oldest I've found. I still have a few more boxes to go through and I'm missing some cars I know I should have. This Monogram Budweiser NASCAR Monte Carlo SS speedway kit was released in 1984 and had the option to build it as one of two Junior Johnson stablemates, the #12 Neil Bonnett or #11 Darrell Waltrip car. I have no idea why I chose DW at the time, because I wasn't a fan, but I wasn't a Bonnet fan either. The paint is not my greatest effort and I was very disappointed, but I pressed on and finished it anyways. It's so old and I had so little information about NASCAR rules, the drive shaft is black instead of white. I also remember breaking the windshield in half because it was warped and wouldn't fit. Some time in the past twenty years, I have since replaced it with a windshield from a #17 DW Tide Monte Carlo Aerocoupe that I still have. It needs a compete disassembly and cleaning.  There is some consolation, it doesn't appear to have been sprayed with clear enamel, so no heavy yellowing like so many of my other later builds and it looks like all the parts are still attached. I still need to find a 1983 #15 Wrangler car and a 1985 #28 Hardee's car which was converted from a 1983 Bill Elliott Melling car.

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Looks good!  I was a DW and Bonnett fan.  Do you remember what you painted it with?  I wonder if the paints today yellow like this one?  But the yellowing is not too bad.

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In 1984 it would have been Testors paints. I hadn't explored other avenues at that point.

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I wish I had my builds from back in the early 80’s but I started back in 89 and have all since then.  Nice older build. Are you going to rebuild it..

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