John Andretti's 1996 K-mart/Little Caeser's Thunderbird

This is the #37 Kmart/Little Caesar's T-Bird driven in 1996 by John Andretti (later driven by Jeremy Mayfield that same year after they swapped rides!) It has the distinctive purple and orange colors that were the trade mark of this team during the 1995-95 seasons. This is a 1996 car so of course it has slab sides, jack posts, skirts and the usual front airdam extension modifications to the body!

The kit is a 1996-97 Monogram T-Bird with decals from slixx. This is another sheet with florescent colors on it so be careful not to handle them too rough(as little bending as possible except where necessary ... as in the front airdam and rear bumper areas ... this is where the decal setting/softening solution comes in!!!

Painting and Decals:

The chassis and body interior are red. The body exterior is purple ...which may not be quite correct because at the time I couldn't find a premixed paint for this car and had to experiment myself!!! As I said the decals are from slixx and excellent as usual. Just remember what I said earlier about the florescent items!!! Of course the stripes have to be applied before any of the other decals can be applied (except for the hood, roof and trunk stuff!) Then you can apply the door #37's and contingency and rear quarter panel decals after the stripes are dry! Once again it will take some work and patience to get the florescent stripes to lay down but as you can see they will do very nicely! Once the decals were dry I applied the high-gloss enamel overcoat. Next comes the usual finishing steps for these models. Masking and painting of the clear parts, mounting of the body once the clear coat is throughly dry, painting of center caps and application of tire and wheel decals, gluing on of clear parts with clear craft glue and gluing on of hood and trunk retaining pins! I didn't forget the exhaust pipes on this model, actually they are fake! I just didn't feel like cutting the skirt on the driver side and making the pipes so I cheated and cut a piece of sheet styrene about the size of an exhaust pipe end and painted it and glued onto the skirt!!! Just remember I'm not a modeling purist!!! LOL!!!

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