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  • 1970 Petty Enterprises Plymouth Superbird Team

    Hey guys,
    Just thought I would share some cars I just finished. The Petty Enterprises Plymouth Superbird team in 1970. Sadly, I checked the old forum & I started these back in July 2013 as I started a thread on them. I cant believe that was 7 years ago & Im not sure why it took me that long to finish them. In that time I worked on them here & there, usually about a year in between sittings. I have to say, out of all the race cars & drivers, Richard Petty's Superbird would have to be my all-time favourite of all. But really, no idea why I stalled these for so long. For those that don't know Richard Petty's & Pete Hamiltons Superbirds here they are -

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    Heres some details on the cars I built. The bodies are by Johan in 1/25 scale. The bodies were quite modified, wheel wells opened up & flared as well as a lot of work around the nose. The nose was resin cast by Doc from a Monogram Superbird 1/24 kit. Chassis is H&R Racing, Motor is H&R Hawk, Wheels H&R with my own urethane resin tires, Wheel inserts are resin by Modelhaus, Paint is Tamiya TS-23 Light Blue & cleared with Gloss Clear TS-13, Decals by Powerslide, Driver figure by Immense Miniatures.

    I still need to fix a few things on the cars. The roll cage in the Johan Superbird kit is possibly the worst Ive seen. I removed it from the #43 but you can still see it in the #40. My local hobby shop is waiting for the Evergreen round strips that I wanted to make my own roll cage from but they said it will be about a month. So Im waiting for that to come in. I also need to fix up the exhaust pipes. They didn't quite work as I thought.

    Also as a side note. I did some work to the rear bumpers & basically sanded most of the chrome off. So to re-chrome them I tried spraying some Molotow Chrome through my airbrush at about 25psi & the results were excellent. The bumpers were sort off half bare & half chrome but were smooth. I did not prime the bumpers, just sprayed Molotow straight on. I sprayed 1 super thick coat, all at once & I was amazed. Im a big fan.

    Anyways here they are -

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    Heres Pete Hamiltons #40

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    Heres Richard Pettys #43

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    Thanks for looking
    Greg
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    Been a big Petty fan since I was a teenager. What blue did you use for the paint job since Testers/Model Masters "Big Bad Blue" is no longer available?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by arroldn View Post
      Been a big Petty fan since I was a teenager. What blue did you use for the paint job since Testers/Model Masters "Big Bad Blue" is no longer available?
      Hi, I use Tamiya TS-23 Light Blue for all my Petty cars. Its the closest Blue Ive found. The Superbirds have Tamiya white undercoat. But Ive sprayed Tamiya grey undercoat on other cars & makes the shade of blue slightly darker.

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      • arroldn
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        Great Job

    • #4
      Beautiful cars, especially the paint. What tire decals did you use?
      Randy

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      • mopargreg
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        Hi Randy, They are Alps printed decals on the tires. Once the decals are applied I add a coat of Future floor wax to protect them. The tires are a bit on the shiny side but dull quickly after some track time. ūüėÄ

    • #5
      Those came out great. Very nice job.

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      • #6
        Thanks for the comments guys. This is one of my favourite photos of these Superbirds that raced. I know there's a few guys sitting on the back but from this angle it shows how low slung they were.

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        • #7
          guess he wasn't doing burnouts at the time! looks like he wants to though.

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          • #8
            Those must look great running around the track! Nice indeed!

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            • #9
              Bumped for Vintage 1/24. These are some Johan kits converted to slot cars.

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              • #10
                They really do look great! I always like to see slot cars built from model kits so many possibilities these are some fine examples

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                • #11
                  They do, they're stunning, it's great to see the thread up, definitely inspiration,
                  got one on the shelf here to do and looking forward to getting into it,
                  Thanks

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                  • #12
                    Originally posted by mopargreg View Post
                    Bumped for Vintage 1/24. These are some Johan kits converted to slot cars.
                    Thanks for that bump - even though I try to look through the site some stuff falls off the radar and through cracks.

                    And I have to say this - aside from me missing this one - there are so many other outstanding builds and threads that sometimes don't get enough attention - it just sometimes happens.

                    But this is a GREAT matched pair and slot car building is often about matched pairs; we need something to heads-up race with the first car.

                    I have a Petty Superbird model conversion but it is the HUGE 1/24 Monogram kit - everybody laughs at how big it is. Very funny of course until they have to pass it on the outside. But yes the Jo-Han kit far and away would be my choice.

                    These are really nice and the custom tires help set it off along with all the other attention to detail. I liked Pete Hamilton and I bet there are twenty Petty builds for every Hamilton - at least.

                    Again great cars, photography, and thread!

                    NYMODIFIEDS.COM

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                    • #13
                      Here's a late 1990's 1/25 Linberg Kit of Petty's '64 Belverdere running on a BRM 1/24 Mustang chassis.

                      "Lego" Petty does a fine job behind the wheel.

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                      Last edited by Silberpfeil; March 24, 2021, 01:27 PM.

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                      • TuscoTodd
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                        That is SHARP!

                      • one32
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                        Very nice. Hard to beat the ole classics!

                    • #14
                      The Jo-Han version is different tooling I think. I think it is even a hardtop maybe.

                      The Lindberg kit is probably more available‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč?

                      Anyway, this looks great and all of these full-sized stock bodied NASCAR slot cars make for really good subjects.

                      Cool build!

                      NYMODIFIEDS.COM

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