This is the 1997 Million Dollar Date #24 Dupont Chevy Monte Carlo driven by
Jeff Gordon in the 1997 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in which he
became the second driver ever to win the Winston Million.
The kit is a 1997 Revell-Monogram #5 Kellogg's Monte Carlo with Slixx
Painting and Decals:
The body interior and chassis are standard light grey. I first masked the
blue area and airbrushed it with Testors Model Master Arctic Blue Metallic.
I then remasked after the blue had dried for 2-3 days and airbrushed the
nose and tail with Model Master Florescent Red! Since the body was white
I didn't use a white basecoat under it. I then hit the body with a light
coat of gloss just to give the red a glossy finish for decaling. I did
leave the masking on so that I didn't glosscoat the blue! I then allowed
the gloss to dry and applied the rainbow stripes first (they are a pain to
get to lay down over the wheel well area of the fenders so I had to apply a
generous amount of softening solution) I first applied the hood decal and
when it was set sufficiently I trimmed it at the edges and then applied the
small pieces to the fenders. I then applied the rear quarter rainbow
stripes. Once the stripes were set I applied the roof number, the trunk
decals, the fender decals to the front, then the door numbers and then the
rear quarter sponsor decals and the rear panel number and sponsor decals!
Lastly I applied the grille, headlight and little number decals! I then
let these dry and applied a coat of high gloss enamel to the entire body!
I made one mistake that almost ruined this car though! I for got to mask
and paint the rear spoiler before applying the decals and didn't want to
risk pulling the trunk decals off so I tried to hand paint the spoiler and
almost made a big mess out of it!!! I ended up running the spoiler black
down just a bit onto the rear deck lid before I could get a straight line!
Oh well, on to the next step which most of you who have read these write
ups should know by now! (G) I masked and painted the clear parts (you will
notice that I did this model as I did the Chroma car, with silver tape on
the upper side of the driver's side of the windshield) to do this I simply
painted the windshield as usual and when dry I applied a mask at the edge
of the black over to the center and down approx. 1/8 " and brush painted
this with silver paint! Once the clear parts were dry I put them on the
car with clear craft glue. I then mounted the body and painted the center
caps, the hood and trunk retaining pins and the gas filler cap!
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!