1996 25th Anniversary Miller Ford Thunderbird

This is the 1996 T-Bird driven by Rusty Wallace commemorating Miller's 25th year in racing. The kit is a 1996 Monogram T-Bird. The decals are again ...as with all of the Miller cars... of the so called bootleg variety (manufacturer unknown). This model has the usual treatments for a 1996-97 T-Bird with modified slab sides, skirts, and jack posts (though they aren't visible in the pictures!). This was as you can see one of my early attempts at making my own exhaust pipes (thick wall tubing). It also has the front airdam extension added! If you look closely at the picture above you can see the gauges on the dash!

Painting and Decals:

The chassis and body interior are standard light grey, the body exterior was first sprayed with testors metallic silver then I took the airbrush and painted the rear section black feathering the edge into the silver at the front (this is where an airbrush is a must if you want the right effect!). I then gloss coated the whole body and after drying (1-2 days) I applied the decals. Once again there was the need to use decal softening solution on the decal for the wraparound stripe and lower yellow color band on the nose to make it lay down. Note: even with the softening solution there are times that I have to cut a decal in the bend and allow it to slightly overlap itself...particularly when it is printed straight and must wrap around a surface and curve up or down at the same time! All in all the decals were good (though I did see a sheet later that I wish I would have had the choice to buy ... it had the little chrome stripe in between the yellow and it's outlining blue stripe which would have looked neat! (I guess I'm showing my age here! (Grin) Anyway it's a neat looking car (real or as a model). Once the decals were dry I again applied a coat of gloss to seal everything! BTW the model is a rendition of the short track car Rusty drove in the fall race at Martinsville in 1996 so it has the extra brake cooling ducts in the nose and no passenger side window.

Complete instructions for painting and assembly of chassis, clear parts, and construction of slab sides can be found at the bottom of the main page!

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Additional Pictures

Left Side View
Left Front View
Right Rear View