This is the 1998 Texaco/Havoline Ford Taurus driven by Rookie of the Year
The model is a Revell/Monogram 1998 #99Taurus and the decals are from
The kit exhaust system was replaced by a flat pipe of my own design.
Painting and Decals:
I painted the chassis bright red (1 bottle testors red + 1 bottle testors
orange). The body interior was painted first with this same red and then
the exterior was painted with testors gloss black! This body went
a lot before I finished it. I first tried to use decals from a kit
(t-bird) because I got tired of waiting on the slixx decals (my first
mistake!) Well, I had several #28 t-bird sheets and I put the decals on.
For some reason I didn't put the roof number on until almost the last
(As everyone should know from reading my other writeups I usually put it
first thing!) And I messed it up ...it cracked in several places and
wouldn't work! So, I looked for another and there was not one to be found
on the other sheets!!! I then decided to put a door number there (second
mistake!!). Well, I had let it set and then decided it just didn't look
right. This is when I decided to put it on hold until the slixx came
Finally the slixx sheet became available and I got a couple and the door
numbers and hood decals matched almost perfectly so I put them on over the
kit decals. The roof was a problem though! The decal wouldn't come
So, I sanded it off and put a piece of black decal stock over it. (When
microscale says that this stuff looks like paint when properly applied
don't lie!) I then put the new slixx roof number on over this! I then
applied the fender decals, the rear deck lid decal and the front
grille etc.) and rear fascia decals. Note: the yellow lower body strip
Microscale yellow decal stock and the red stripe is from a #75 kit decal.
Once I got the decals set I sprayed the body with testors high-gloss
spray. I then masked and painted the clear parts ...actually this was
weekend Nov.. 5-6, 1999....this body was really good and dry when I put
these parts on!!! :-) Note: before I put the clear parts on I put the
tabs on the back side of the airdam to hold the nose down (I would have
normally done this before the body was even painted) so that I wouldn't
break loose any of the clear parts during handling. I then mounted the
body to the chassis! Well, there you have it! Everything but the
painting and attaching of the clear parts was done months ago (I've been
a modeling slump for quite a while) and I've FINALLY finished it!
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!