Mar Martin's 1997 Valvoline Thunderbird (Highly Detailed)

24 posts in this topic

Posted · Report post

The late 90's was my fav era of Cup racing.... and I was a huge fan of the final draft T-bird before they went to the guppy taurus.....

One of my favorite schemes and driver was good old Mark Martin. How can you not like a consistent, clean driver like Mark? Let alone that awesome valvoline bird...

SO..................

I decided to start another extremer of his car.... you just cant have one, or two of these started!! :)

Here is body pics! I slabbed the sides, cut the front grills, and opened the trunk and flaps. I also hinged it, and added under trunk and hood detail.... you know the usual stuff... It still needs some fine sanding and such. Dont worry about the side grills. I will tape them up!

P1010009-vi.jpg

P1010011-vi.jpg

P1010011-vi.jpg

P1010012-vi.jpg

P1010013-vi.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Next up was a fully detailed Chassis.... This time I decided to use the kit greenhouse bars but scratched the firewall forward including the front nose bars.....

P1010023-vi.jpg

I added square brass tubing to represent the hollow frame rails on the real cars... Another cool piece of advice from Clay....

P1010024-vi.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

I have to agree , I really miss everything NASCAR from the 90's

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Complete and in paint!!

P1010025-vi.jpg

P1010026-vi.jpg

P1010028-vi.jpg

And!!!!!!! Ta da!!!!!!! Body in paint and partial decals... Let me give you a little detail here... Body was based in white, masked off and Valvoline blue from the old uncle stash was used. Then the car was cleared, polished, and slixx decals applied so far!!! I am enjoying this one so far.... its not too old, not too new.... just right. :)

P1010028-vi.jpg

P1010029-vi.jpg

P1010030-vi.jpg

P1010031-vi.jpg

P1010032-vi.jpg

Thats 3 6's on there!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

I decided to get more done on this project and bring it back up. Its really cool doing a late 90's Cup Car and a Ford to boot.

The engine is just about complete with the usual detail treatment. The pulleys were made on the lathe. Pro tech line and fittings along with DM fittngs were used.

P1010439-vi.jpg

P1010440-vi.jpg

P1010441-vi.jpg

P1010442-vi.jpg

Test fit of the engine in the bay.

P1010443-vi.jpg

P1010444-vi.jpg

More decals were applied to the body. I also made the roof flaps out of brass.

P1010445-vi.jpg

P1010446-vi.jpg

P1010447-vi.jpg

Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

A definite WOW factor of 10 !!! B)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Awesome build Dave. Great engine detailing, the pulleys really add pop! Mark has always been one of my favorite drivers, remember the Stroh's T-birds?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Oh man, great job on the engine

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Man, David! That is some superior craftsmanship so far! I always enjoy seeing your builds. I may need to slate the ACME NNL in the schedule again this year so I can get down there and see this one in person. I really appreciate you sharing with us!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Another fan of the nineties here brother! This is a great build subject. Mark is just a lovable racer I think. I've never heard a bad word about him. I also don't believe I've seen a Ford get this sort of treatment either. Great stuff! Keep us posted!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Amazing!! It looks like I could just dive into that blue paint!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Beautiful. I have two Birds in progress collecting dust and this will get me going again. Appreciate the inspiration.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Awesome work so far buddy. I know this is your favorite era, and it's showing in the work. That engine is fantastic!

CK

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Car looks fantastic. Another vote on one of my favorite drivers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

the sweetness factor is exponential. engine detail is unreal.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Well.....Dad was the Valvoline racing rep in So Cal for years......I like Thunderbirds and I like Mark....What's not to like!!!!!

GREAT craftsmanship!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

David,the chassis and engine just blow me away!!!!....detail after detail.............

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

GREAT LOOKING BLUE OVAL B)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Thanks guys....More done!!!

Dash and seat are done but need final detailing. The kit seat was modified and treated with embossing powder. The dash is the kit piece but the kit

gauges were sanded down and decals applied with rings of metal tubing that were polished and parted off the lathe for eveness.

P1010453-vi.jpg

With the body on. The gauges look cool peeking out of the window!

P1010449-vi.jpg

P1010450-vi.jpg

More engine detailing also! Especially the oiling system and oil cooler. I have seen many cooler with mesh covering the cooler itself. I thought it would be cool to add that detail. Much more to do here!!

P1010454-vi.jpg

P1010455-vi.jpg

And with the body added

P1010451-vi.jpg

P1010448-vi.jpg

More real soon!

DaveT

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Outstanding detail!!! I remember those years very well, Mark Martin used to dominate at Michigan speedway back then and I went to those races.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Hey bud, looooking good!!!!!

Charlie

Pro Tech

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

just........................."OUTSTANDING"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Excellent as always. Glad to see you posting here again. Now if you could just get Clay to post here that would be awesome.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Excellent job Dave.Your models always awesome when their at the NNL East.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now