I've seen a list of the molds that were destroyed and the Chitty, Chitty kit wasn't one of them although that's not to say it wasn't damaged. Some of the old Aurora molds were just scrapped and I would guess that this was the fate of this one. Monogram would have looked at this one and decided that it had little market since it was based on an earlier movie and they would have had to pay royalties so I suspect the decision would have been made quickly to scrap it. I think our only hope would be a reverse engineered kit as were done with a small number of kits by Polar Lights and I'm not holding my breath. It's a kit that remains on my wish I could find one list.
Nice job and a very interesting colour combination. I like the dark blue but the purple interior is a very bold move , I'm not sure I would have tried it but glad to see that you had the courage to go bold. I've built a couple of those 355 kits and they do present some build challenges but look so good when done well and you have suceeded.
The Aurora book is also excellen and well worh the read, if you have any interest in the history behind our hobby.. I too regret that we've not seen books of the Graham quality on AMT, MPC & IMC but I keep my hopes up.. There have also been histories of Matchbox, Airfix, Frog and ESCI written. I will admit that I enjoy the history behind the models I build just as much as the building of the kit.
Adam, You might want to pick up a second of this kit since with a little extra work it can be converted into a '74 which minus the black bumper caps is a more attractive car. Other work will involve scribing a line down the rear tail, sanding off the gas door emblem and the bumperettes. I replaced the wheels with rally style from an earlier Vette and sourced better looking tires from my spares box, I also replaced the steering wheel (kit used the one year only style) and the seats.The engine is also more accurate for a '74 then a '75, There may have been a few other changes that I don't recall making but the conversion is relaively easy especially considering that '74 Vette kits are hard to find. Enjoy your build its a fun and basically good kit.
The recently reissued MR Porsche 914, but like most of us the challenge of overcoming the various problems has dragged me in and I working on one. Problems include a chassis/interior that must be installed before the body with its front and rear clips are built or painted. Both clips fit poorly and require losts of putty and sanding to make them fit, the opening rear trunk lid doesn't fit and there is a space between the trunk and mid engine hood. That's as far as I've gotten so far, I'm just waiting for the nightmares ahead.
Well done! So few people do these wierd little cars but I do enjoy seeing them and have built a few myself over the years. Scratch built the Citroen panel about a year before the kit came out and have built a couple of Trabant sedans but not the universal yet. You' done a great job on all three and I'd be proud to have models this well built on my shelf.
Proof that you can turn a sow's ear into a silk purse. You've taken a mundane basic promo and turned it into a very nice shelf model that I think most would be happy to have in our collection. Well done !!!
My age is showing. I built the Get Smart Alpine but went with a stock 4cyl look. As I recall I used a set of AMT 13" ? tires that were very common in AMT compact cars produced in the '60s. Even used a set of wire wheels from the past to add a little bling to the Alpine. Picked up one of the reissued kits but haven't decided what tires I'll used to build the Tiger.
I believe the box you found is the only release that this kit had in North America. It also represents the european prototype rather then the car that was eventually sold here. Despite that it's a fun kit to build, if you want to do something different.. I found that it fit better if you reduce the size of the snap tabs and built it as a glue kit. I built my first one as the coupe but have another one to do as a convertible someday.
There was also a vacuform kit of the Stingray Racer by a company called Scudaria Scale, I believe it was meant to be used over a slot car chassis. I suspect that the resin kit was based on the vacuform.