This is the special 25th anniversary car that Dale Earnhardt drove in
the Winston Select in 1995! It commemorated the 25th anniversary of the
Winston Cup Championship sponsored by Winston.
This was one of the first models in my collection which I started in may
of 1995. This model was built at a time when I still hadn't begun filling
in seams on the noses as you can see in the picture above!
Painting and Decals:
The chassis and the interior of the body I spray painted with regular
testors red (bright) spray paint and the body exterior was then sprayed
with testors metallic silver which I gloss coated before applying the
decals. You will recognize this as a 1995 Monte Carlo kit by the absence
of slab sides which weren't the "rule" in WC like today... although the
sides of the MC in 1995 didn't quite wrap under as much as this kit does!
Oh yeah one other point I did not paint the black band on the lower part of
the body I masked it off and left it masked throughout the entire painting
process. Then when the gloss. coat on the silver was dry I removed the
mask and that was it!
The decals were a so called bootleg set (manufacturer unknown) which to
this day I see for sale at various places. This was a very good set and
finished very well. I had to take the contingency decals from the kit
because the decal sheet didn't have any and had to add Winston, Busch and
gatorade decals from a sheet of slixx contingency decals because of the
restrictions about putting alcohol and cigarette markings on the models (I
to this day do not know why gatorade decals are not included in Monogram's
kits). Once the decals were in place I put a final coat of gloss over the
body and allowed it to dry and then I mounted the body to the chassis and
installed the windshield and other clear parts with clear craft glue!
Note: On these old pre-97 Monte Carlos and all T-Birds I always glue the
hood pins on last! I take a very fine brush and apply a very small drop
of craft glue to each recess and then wipe the brush leaving just enough
glue on the tip of the brush to pick up the hood pins and place them
carefully in the recesses!
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!