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John Force NHRA Funny Car

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  • Member since
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  • From: Towson MD
John Force NHRA Funny Car
Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 5:28 PM

Back when the world was young...and future NHRA drag racing legend John Force was still driving Oldsmobiles...this Jolly Rancher Olds funny car was the early iteration of what was to become the familiar, iconic green, red and white Castrol color scheme that would mark the Champ's cars for nearly twenty years.

Revell's 1/25 scale kit of Force's (pre-championship) 1989 Olds Cutlass FC was built mostly OOB as a 'quickie' project, with the only additions being some representational engine wiring, seat harnesses and drag chute lines. It's a decent basic kit, not overly detailed, but mine had two major problems. A pretty severe warp/twist in the body shell was carefully fixed with the judicious application of a hair dryer. More problematical were the 'old style' Revell decals -- you know, the ones that are about as flexible as sheet steel, and completely impervious to setting solutions. (Totally inflexible until they settle onto a dead-flat surface...when they wrinkle spontaneously, and uncorrectably.) They did look great on the sheet...but the whites turned out to be semi-translucent in, addition to everything else.

Still, if you squint a bit, it doesn't look too bad. Big Smile

 

Greg

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"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:33 PM

Very nice work Greg, as usual.Toast Toast Toast

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  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: State of Mississippi. State motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Posted by mississippivol on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:40 PM
Terrific build! Just needs a wee bit of fire damage; seems like that's how his cars were when I heard about him back in the day. He celebrated a victory milestone recently, he really drove the wheels off those things!
  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Far Northern CA
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 9:56 PM

There's few that compare with John Force in the history of drag racing. See what you mean about the decals, but it's a fine looking build nonetheless!  

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 10:40 PM

Thanks, guys! Big Smile

Yeah, at the age of 70 Force is still hauling the mail. He picked up his 150th career win in August...not bad for an 'old man,' as he himself would say.

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."

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