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1969 #5 Buddy Arrington Dodge Charger Daytona

COMPLETE!!!
In 1969, Dodge was easily winning the Aero-war with it's fabulous Daytona. My all time favorite vehicle. It was a purpose built car for NASCAR, although there were several campaigned in the Drag Racing world too. And of course, per NASCAR rules street versions had to be built too.
Buddy Arrington, an independent driver and one of the mainstays of the Dodge camp, campaigning one long after he had factory support into the 1980s, had himself a winged Daytona too. Unfortunately, in a nasty wreck on the track, Buddy was injured and the car was totaled. The force of the impact snapped the wing, leading Dodge to put a tether into it to keep the middle from flying off in a wreck! That detail won't be on my build though.
When these decals were printed, the roof and door numbers were printed incorrectly and the white underlays were not included. I took matters into my own hands, and brush painted the white. It was very hard to do but the effort was well worth it.
I am also building this car as a combination of several real cars, with a little creative license thrown in. I used the kit supplied stripe, which on the 1:1 did not go onto the trunk. From my reference, the car also did not run with the full contingencies and the sponsor, but I included them both anyway. Buddy could have used the extra sponsorship, I think.

My all time favorite car, my first build up of it is, what else, a NASCAR. This was the first time I painted photo-etch. Thanks to Bart of the Hobby Heaven board who sent me the NASCAR parts of the previous issue of the kit!

Update: At around 3:30 AM on May 29th, I successfully scratchbuilt something for the first time EVER! See pictures 8-16 in the folder!

The car is now done! It turned out great, better then I could ever have expected. I used resin wheels and tires, another first for me.
Now I want to do more Darkside cars, and I want to do a few more of Buddy's too...just got to find the decals!!

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