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BW



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Location: Lick Creek, Alabama

PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:06 pm    Post subject: Bill Champion's Mercury Reply with quote

Bill Champion's Mercury

Just finished this one up during the holidays.

KIT: R2 re-issue of the MPC Donnie Allison Wood Bros. Mercury.

PAINT: Tamiya TS-26 Pure White and TS-49 Bright Red. Interior is Tamiya X-1 Flat Black clear coated using Testor's Acryl Semi-Gloss Clear.

DECALS: Dave Van's Penngwen sheet. Powerslide for the contingencies, hood pins, and door handle block-offs.

BUILD NOTES: Pretty much out of the box. Only mods were:
* tail light block off
* radiator fan shroud using Evergreen sheet
* added a more accurate fire extinguisher from the spares
* made my own exhaust dumps using 5/32" K&S aluminum tubing
* made my own window net using screen door screen and tape for the edging.
* made my own gas cap using Evergreen plastic
* used a pin head for the Hurst shifter knob replacing the kit's T-handle
* added some shackle brackets using Evergreen plastic

Just a fun 2 week build. Always enjoy building these old MPC/R2 kits. Heck, I even hand painted the "Goodyear" lettering on the kit tires! Haven't done that in years.

THE REAL THING:
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PERSONAL NOTE:
My father was a CPO in the U.S Navy and we were stationed in Norfolk, VA. during the early '70s. I asked my father to take me to the spring 1973 Winston Cup race at Richmond and he told me he would if we could find tickets. After finding tickets for sale in the newspaper my father took me with him when he went to buy them at a local bar. Of course he made me sit in the car while he went in and made the purchase. When dad came back with the tickets he told me the guy he bought them from told him he would be driving in the race that weekend. I don't think dad believed him. When I asked dad who it was dad said: "Some guy named Bill Champion." I explained to dad that Bill was actually a driver on the Winston Cup circuit. Dad just smiled. Great memories. I had a great time with dad at my first Winston Cup race at the old Richmond Fairgrounds Speedway.
Bobby
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Bobby The Cabdriver



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:01 pm    Post subject: Bill Champion Mercury Reply with quote

Simple build but beautifully done and detailed! And a great story to go along with it! Now that's what this form is supposed to be about! Way to go Bobby!
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Slim



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that is beautiful!
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DaveVan



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW....great story......SUPER clean work, stance....perfect! Any bias aside!!!
I love it!
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Henryjint



Joined: 28 Jan 2018
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Location: NY State's Hudson Valley

PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice clean simple build and a something to remind you of some great memories!
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Jim N



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work Bobby and a great story as well.
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BVAUGHN



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my favorites
Great job
Bill
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Firefly



Joined: 28 Jan 2018
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Location: New Jersey

PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great build, great story - and extra points for lettering the MPC tires!
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Lee "Spud" Lo



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love it Bobby. Great job.
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FallsCity48



Joined: 02 Feb 2018
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bobby,
Great story & fantastic build as usual.....
Always a pleasure to see a new effort from you.
1st met Mr. Champion in 1969 & he always was a champion
to me.
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sentsat71



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Nice!!!

Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Slim



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Outstanding, great looking race car! Love those Mercury's!
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Rob Spires
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great build, and nice memory with your dad as well!
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