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#21 Greg Myers

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 07:21 PM

OK, here you go, the Forty Niner Dragster. mM9oLcFePbGLIUjhAIl5XQw.jpg



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 02:19 AM

I had all of these as a young lad. My quest for the set continues. I have only the Fiat.

 

 

 

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 02:53 AM

I've never seen the 49er dragster box before, nor did I realize it was that inexpensive a kit. I scored several of them as gluebombs a while back, and have been using parts to build period diggers. Thanks for the info.



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 03:41 AM

The 49er Dragster was part of an earlier (1962 or so) series of kits that sold for 49¢. The Willys, Fiat, and '34 Ford were included in a later 75¢ series.

 

Other cars in the 49er series were a '59 or '60 Corvette, MGA sports car, Bugeye Sprite, Ford T pickup rod (almost like a mini-Black Widow), and a channeled Deuce hot rod (shown in the photo at the start of the thread), all in 1/32nd scale, I think.

 

Also included in the 49ers series were three "box-scale" airplanes, an F-101 Voodoo, Curtiss P-40N Warhawk, and Russian TU-16 "Badger" bomber.

 

Rarest kits in the series were three sets of airplanes taken from Monogram's impressive 1/240 Air Power display set, including a set of five Century series fighters (F-100, 101, 102, 104 & 105) on a flight stand, a set of three bombers (B-58, B-57, B-66) on a flight stand, and the "Mid-Air Refueling" set on a flight stand featuring a KC-135 Stratotanker and a B-47 Stratojet.

 

By 1965, when the 32nd scale Willys, Fiat, '34 Ford drag cars first appeared, offered for sale at 75¢, the kits in the 49ers series, were increased in price to 50¢ and the 1/240th airplane sets were dropped from the catalog. Two other 75¢ 1/32 cars were introduced at that time, a Ferrari GP car, and a Lotus GP car.

 

This info comes from the small catalog leaflets Monogram included in all their kits.


Edited by John Goschke, 20 October 2013 - 03:45 AM.


#25 Tom Geiger

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 04:29 AM

Seriously get over this "living in the 50s/60s/70s... It's 2013... The 21st century... Time to stop whining about how cheap things were. Get over it. It's NEVER going to be 0.49c for a plastic kit anymore. What's the point of recycling the same old story? Seriously it's mind-numbing boring.

 

Stick around!  We also like to whine about the Aussie dollar being on par with ours!  We liked it much better when it was 50 cents US!  :lol:



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 05:41 AM

 

Stick around!  We also like to whine about the Aussie dollar being on par with ours!  We liked it much better when it was 50 cents US! 

It's not boring at all, it's nostalgic. I remember when I could fill the tank of my '69 Roadrunner, get a pack of smokes ( quit now ) and a soda and still have change back from a $20 ..I also remember being able to buy a kit at K-mart for less than $2 , Monogram Thom Daniels kits .. 



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 05:51 AM

Seriously get over this "living in the 50s/60s/70s... It's 2013... The 21st century... Time to stop whining about how cheap things were. Get over it. It's NEVER going to be 0.49c for a plastic kit anymore. What's the point of recycling the same old story? Seriously it's mind-numbing boring.

Well... you could have just done something really crazy and NOT clicked on the thread, like I do whenever I see another "This guy wants a ridiculous price for a kit on eBay" thread. Might save you a little boredom if you just stop reading threads about subjects you aren't interested in. :rolleyes:



#28 Greg Myers

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 06:05 AM

The 49er Dragster was part of an earlier (1962 or so) series of kits that sold for 49¢. The Willys, Fiat, and '34 Ford were included in a later 75¢ series.

 

Other cars in the 49er series were a '59 or '60 Corvette, MGA sports car, Bugeye Sprite, Ford T pickup rod (almost like a mini-Black Widow), and a channeled Deuce hot rod (shown in the photo at the start of the thread), all in 1/32nd scale, I think.

 

Also included in the 49ers series were three "box-scale" airplanes, an F-101 Voodoo, Curtiss P-40N Warhawk, and Russian TU-16 "Badger" bomber.

 

Rarest kits in the series were three sets of airplanes taken from Monogram's impressive 1/240 Air Power display set, including a set of five Century series fighters (F-100, 101, 102, 104 & 105) on a flight stand, a set of three bombers (B-58, B-57, B-66) on a flight stand, and the "Mid-Air Refueling" set on a flight stand featuring a KC-135 Stratotanker and a B-47 Stratojet.

 

By 1965, when the 32nd scale Willys, Fiat, '34 Ford drag cars first appeared, offered for sale at 75¢, the kits in the 49ers series, were increased in price to 50¢ and the 1/240th airplane sets were dropped from the catalog. Two other 75¢ 1/32 cars were introduced at that time, a Ferrari GP car, and a Lotus GP car.

 

This info comes from the small catalog leaflets Monogram included in all their kits.

thanks for fillin' in the missing info  ;) Love to see that Air Power kit on the shelves  again.


Edited by Greg Myers, 20 October 2013 - 06:06 AM.


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 06:07 AM

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Edited by Greg Myers, 20 October 2013 - 06:23 AM.


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 06:17 AM

There were also some missiles Monogram%20PD40-298%20Marsenal%20III.JPG

 

reissued a few times. Mono%206055US%20Missiles%20HE.JPG

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Edited by Greg Myers, 20 October 2013 - 06:32 AM.


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 06:19 AM

Seriously get over this "living in the 50s/60s/70s... It's 2013... The 21st century... Time to stop whining about how cheap things were. Get over it. It's NEVER going to be 0.49c for a plastic kit anymore. What's the point of recycling the same old story? Seriously it's mind-numbing boring.

 

So what's YOUR take on these kits CJ ? :huh: The cheep, by any standard, " Forty Niners".  :)

 

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Wasn't much to ;em was there ?  :rolleyes:


Edited by Greg Myers, 20 October 2013 - 06:34 AM.


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 06:27 AM

I had this one because it was my second for real 1:1 car in college.  :P  monogram%20mga%20(Mobile).jpg

 

Had to get the Sprite too just to get the right wheels. $(KGrHqN,!mEFBO3mqS3wBQVqMoh8kw~~60_35.J


Edited by Greg Myers, 20 October 2013 - 06:28 AM.


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 08:21 AM

Thanks for posting those boxes, Greg! I've always thought that Corvette looked like a miniature of the 1/25 SMP (AMT) kit, down to the tiny headlights and other inaccuracies.

 

OT, but here's the Air Power set I built about 1977. Sold on eBay a few years ago with the original box and booklet. This piece was one of the coolest things Monogram ever produced! Never been reissued.

 

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 08:34 AM

It's not boring at all, it's nostalgic. I remember when I could fill the tank of my '69 Roadrunner, get a pack of smokes ( quit now ) and a soda and still have change back from a $20 ..I also remember being able to buy a kit at K-mart for less than $2 , Monogram Thom Daniels kits .. 

 

Yea! Summer of 1976.  My 2 buddies and I would go cruising. We'd each chip in a dollar for gas, get 6 gallons and cruise all night on it. Didn't matter who drove,  my '66 Valiant, my friends '70 Maverick or '66 Mustang. All six cylinder cars, that still didn't get anywhere near the gas mileage of current cars.

 

We'd get quarts of Miller and Bud for 65 cents and we'd drive around, each with one on our lap. Try that today!  :D



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 08:36 AM

Great build John thanks for sharing your wonderful build. :P Looks like museum quality from here. Wonder whats holding them from a reissue? :rolleyes:  I know I'm in for one. 



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 09:10 AM

 

Back when kits when kits were $5, it cost me $10 to fill up my tank.  Now I pay about $50 to fill up my Caravan, so if kits are around $25, they're the same cost to me. LOL

I wish I could fill up my tank for only $50 but I have a 34 gallon tank.



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 11:33 AM

Seriously get over this "living in the 50s/60s/70s... It's 2013... The 21st century... Time to stop whining about how cheap things were. Get over it. It's NEVER going to be 0.49c for a plastic kit anymore. What's the point of recycling the same old story? Seriously it's mind-numbing boring.

 

G,day , i'd like to say that not all australians have this type of thoughts and if you find it boring go and sit in the corner , oh and wheres the over priced mad max kits you were getting for people on the australian forum ????



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 02:20 PM

G,day , i'd like to say that not all australians have this type of thoughts

 

We understand those comments were the exception rather than the rule, and were not representative of any country as a whole.

 

Now back to models... :)



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 04:19 PM

I wish I could fill up my tank for only $50 but I have a 34 gallon tank.


I keep thinking back to the old F/S Chevy Vans my folks had when I was growing up, the second one had a 33 gallon tank in it and Mom would only put $20 in it as a time because of how much it cost to fill at less than a $1.00 a gallon. I can't imagine having to fill that when prices were close to $4.50 for regular back in the summer of '08 here in Chicaco, the 20.5 gallon tank in my Jeep was bad enough!

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 04:33 PM

I remember when the AMT annuals were .49 cents. H.L. Greens used to have half off sales at the end of the year, and I would leave with 2 shopping carts full of kits.