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#1 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 01:24 AM

Does anyone have good things to say about this kit that's being re-released this coming month?

http://www.modelroun...-p/rmx-4904.htm

Has anyone reviewed it here?

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:03 AM

After all these year's of "maybe", I can't wait to get my hands on one and put a wammy on it !!!!!!

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:13 AM

Even though it's totally wrong as an "accurate" gasser (and what is class is D/MS anyway?), it's a still a fun kit to build and it looks cool when completed. Still one of my faves from my early days of model building. And the box art is killer.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:45 AM

I had built a couple of these years ago. From what I remember they were very simple and easy kits to build and had the "look" when finished. I think they would make a good "between projects" build. I guess you could go crazy detailing it but I think it would be best used as a quick build . Just one guys opinion.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 03:25 AM

like 90% of Monogram's cars, it's simple and quick to build, has lots of shiney, and is fairly easy to upgrade with a decent parts stash.
it's no Tamiya or Hasegawa by a loooong shot, but i can almost guarantee it won't end up languishing half-built in the bottom of the closet because it was too complicated. these are BUILDER'S kits.

#6 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 03:26 AM

Even though it's totally wrong as an "accurate" gasser (and what is class is D/MS anyway?), it's a still a fun kit to build and it looks cool when completed. Still one of my faves from my early days of model building. And the box art is killer.


Neil, I like your open assessment of the kit. My interest in it is simply to use the parts to modify and build perhaps a more accurate 55 phantom gassers.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 04:29 AM

My interest in it is simply to use the parts to modify and build perhaps a more accurate 55 phantom gassers.


The problem with using the Badman kit to build more accurate '55 gassers might be that it is 24th scale and virtually all the other '55 Chevy kits are 25th. As inaccurate as it is, I do have a soft spot for this kit and it's predecessor, Monogram's '55 BelAir Customizing Kit from the early '60s.

One thing that I think would help the look of the body on the Badman is some careful reshaping of the side window opening.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 04:39 AM

Thanks for the input, John.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 04:51 AM

My interest in it is simply to use the parts to modify and build perhaps a more accurate 55 phantom gassers.


You might want to pass on the Badman kit, Virgil. The kit includes some decent American 200-S "Daisy" mags for use with the rear slicks (which aren't all that great), but the headers/exhaust manifolds and collectors are complete fantasy. The bucket seats are very '60s, but the rest of the interior (tub, dash) is straight from the original Monogram hardtop/convertible kit from 1964(?). The engine details aren't all that great, either, but the straight front axle is decent.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 05:11 AM

Thanks for letting me know, Casey. I think I will in fact pass on it.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 05:50 AM

I picked this one up a few years ago in a trade and asked the same question. The concensus was the engine appears undersized and is "supposedly" 396 ci small block stroker motor, not a big block 396. The headers are bad and there are usually some molding issues. Mine has some issues where the front door and fender meet the cowl that will require some sanding and rescribing.

I intend to use mine with the 1/24 Revell '53 Chevy Coupe to make a wicked gasser.

I think this would be a good canvas for some of your wicked paint jobs, but as for realism, probably not your best bet. Remember this IS a Tom Daniels design so it's gonna be a little outrageous.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 08:05 AM

I think this kit was (and still is) best aimed at younger modelers, and it's a great kit to give to a kid that has shown some interest in building models.

And yes, I have an unbuilt earlier reissue on my shelf. It sits right next to a reissue of the "S'cool Bus".

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:18 AM

Revell lists the engine as a 283 cu. in. motor even though the decals say 396.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 10:10 AM

It's meant for kids. Totally inaccurate in almost every way. Typical Monogram Tom Daniel "toy" model kit.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 10:27 AM

It's meant for kids. Totally inaccurate in almost every way. Typical Monogram Tom Daniel "toy" model kit.


Technically, this kit isn't a Tom Daniel-designed kit, but more accurately, modified by Tom Daniel. This is not one of his whimsical, not based in reality show rods, but rather based on the original 1/24 Monogram '55 Chevy kit:

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The body has a chopped top and radiused rear wheel arches, but the body is otherwise close to stock.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 12:39 PM

Good lord what hate. If ya wanna build a perfect period gasser, ya need to bash a bunch of parts. If ya want a super huge fun project for the weekend, this is it! I got carried away circa 1970, built it out of box, with a bunch of detail. Even kept the red windows. I was rewarded with first place in a King Norman's contest. Still after all the years, this might have been the most fun ever.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 12:55 PM

Good lord what hate. If ya wanna build a perfect period gasser, ya need to bash a bunch of parts. If ya want a super huge fun project for the weekend, this is it! I got carried away circa 1970, built it out of box, with a bunch of detail. Even kept the red windows. I was rewarded with first place in a King Norman's contest. Still after all the years, this might have been the most fun ever.

That's what it's ALL about, F U N !

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 01:04 PM

Anyone have any finished ones they could post photos of ? I know what they look like having built a couple years ago but thought it might be fun to see what people that have them did with them. No ?

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:42 PM

I have 2 of the re-issues on the shelf, one WILL be built the way I did it as a kid back when it first came out.The other will remain unbuilt ,,,,,,,just because .
I don't care how accurate it is,, or isn't. It's part of my youth

And the box art is just to cool

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:56 PM

To get back to Cranky's original question... there are far better options out there to use as a basis for building a realistic gasser. The "Badman" is what it is... basically a cartoon. Yes, it's easy to build, but as far as a good starting point to building a realistic gasser? Um… no.