1996 Olympic Winston Select Monte Carlo

This is the #3 Olympic special car that Dale Earnhardt drove in the 1996 Winston Select. It commemorated the 1996 Olympic Summer Games held in Atlanta GA which was also the centennial celebration of the modern games!

The model is a 1995-6 Monte Carlo, the decals are from the Olympic car kit, a regular #3 kit and slixx (contingency decals). This is also the first kit on which I installed slab sides. Skirts and jack posts! The procedures for this modification are the same ...except for 1 minor difference...as for the T-Bird (instructions for which can be found by Clicking Here) the difference is I used a wider strip of styrene (1/2 to 9/16 of an inch) for the slab!

Painting and Decals:

The chassis and body interior as with all #3 Monte Carlos are chevy red (this is one of the few cars on the circuit which isn't the standard light grey). The body exterior is then airbrushed with gloss white. Once the white is dry (1-2 days) I made a template for masking the blue front section using the decals as a pattern, then traced this pattern onto the body using these templates! I then masked off the front of the car using magic transparent tape and plain white paper (I don't use newspaper because I have found that has a tendency to leave ink behind when you paint... the paint will bleed through and if the paper gets on the model it will leave ink marks, especially on white!!!... I've found that printer paper works well! I then airbrushed the front section with testors dark blue. The decals as I said were from 3 sources. The Olympic kit: I used all of the decals from the kit except for the contingency decals because as usual there were no Winston, Busch or gatorade and the makeup of the rest weren't right! I also used decals from a regular DE kit the snap on logos which weren't included in the Olympic kit and a couple others which weren't included. I then made up my own groups of contingency decals using decals from a slixx contingency sheet (available at BSR, My Favorite Source for decals). Once all the decals were dry (remember when you put the decals on the sides ...the red stripes and #3 are all one piece... allow them to dry throughly before applying the goodwrench and contingency decals!) spray the entire model with high-gloss enamel (I use testors enamel in a spray can) then paint the clear parts (as per instructions found by Clicking Here), mount the body to the chassis (after allowing it to dry for 2-3 days). Once the paint on the clear parts is dry install them on the body with clear craft glue and you are done!

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