1/25 Richard Petty Short-Track Dodge Dart NASCAR Kit-Car
I grew up near a NASCAR short-track called “Seekonk Speedway”. As a kid and an adult I loved the look of these short-track cars. But as a kid I struggled with getting the model cars to look like the real thing. I switched to building mostly aircraft, tanks, ships, etc. I know AMT was on of the brands that filled the hobby section shelves with these unique short-track machines and now they are still filling the shelves. When I saw these kits again at the local hobby shop I needed to give it another shot. I also Knew I could make them even better with the large assortment of after-market add-ons and my scratch-building skills. SO I purchased this model and jumped right in.
I added a few goodies to this already nice kit. SOme of these included new modified race rims, and tires. Engine wiring and plumbing, Trunk and fuel tank details with more plumbing. Modified the racing seat and added harness and safety net. Added the foam cushions using black electrical tape to the roll-bars/crash cage. Added some internal cockpit details. AIr filter is spun aluminium after-market product. I also used bare-metal foil on some of the metal and chrome parts to add visual interest. Also added battery to the trunk with wiring. The car body was spray painted using Tamiya spray-can which was a perfect match for the Petty blue used in that era.
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