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1990 #6 Mark Martin Folgers Ford Thunderbird

COMPLETE!!
In 1990, Mark Martin should have won the Championship. In fact, he really did. I don't buy into NASCAR conspiracy theories 99% of the time, but this time it cannot be denied. Mark was penalized IIRC 46 points for an infraction that PASSED pre-race inspection, and would not have given him an advantage anyway. He lost the championship to Dale Earnhardt by around 20 points.
When I got the kit, I knew I had to build it. To commemorate the championship that was taken away from Mark Martin, and because the car is so darn cool. Everyone says to use Kiln red. I don't agree. Based on the pictures in several publications, and the boxart alone, Kiln red is too light a color. Model Master Burgundy, however, is a perfect match to the boxart photo. The kit is molded in red, and spraying the Burgundy over it worked perfectly. Perhaps primer would have darkened it beyond accuracy, I do not know as I do not use primer as a general rule.
Also of note, if you attempt this kit, make sure you have two copies of the decal sheet. Besides the fact that it's somewhat finicky, it is missing two parts. The gold striping along the side went over the windows. The windows should absolutely be in before decaling. But the stripes should also go along the door sill on the driver side, and over the passenger side window (if used) as well. The kit decals do not include this, and to build a truly accurate replica you need a second set. I did not discover this until the decals were dry. By that point it was too late, as the supplemental stripes need to be done at the same time, so they can be positioned under the contingencies.
My best paint job ever to date.

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