I received the '36 as a present back in the day. I guess I was like twelve or thirteen and the kit had been out a few years.
I was (quietly) disappointed.
First, it was a 1/24 scale Monogram model, not a real 1/25 scale model like from AMT or (boy oh boy) Revell. Also, I was pretty underwhelmed by the competition parts (everything I built was for the strip, Clyde). Who goes drag racing with carburetors?
Of course, now my opinion is different. I'm no longer that opposed to it being in 1/24 scale (yup, still think that Monogram backed the wrong horse, but they've stuck to their guns for nearly sixty years, so what do I know). As far as the competiton parts, the kit holds a 1961 copyright, and in the ensuing years I seen pictures of what was run on the local strip around that time, and carbs were still very much in the equation.
I can't see them reissuing that kit, though, other than taking a gamble that there are enough of us old farts timers who think they could still do something with that kit.
And feel free to suggest kits to be cranked out again. I enjoy seeing the boxes of kits that me and my buddies built (and subsequently blew up).
> Tamiya Lotus 7 comes with an inline 4.
> The XR-6's companion - that AMT '27 T aka My Mother The Car aka Hillbilly Hauler - had the inline Ford 4-banger with Frontenac DOHC conversion parts.
> Ross Gibson had a Slant 6 (and I think a Hyper-Pak version, too)
> Moebius Fabulous Hudson Hornet 6
Don't know the sales figures, but I suspect that back in the '60s Monogram would have moved more units if they were 1/25 scale. Sure, the kits were pretty simplistic and lacked detail, but they would have been good starting points for projects - especially at the prices being asked ( I know I would have been more interested).
Was the scale difference really a moot point? I did build the Slingshot dragster and the Yellow Jacket '30 Ford roadster and I remember (to my eye) that they were somehow vaguely kinda-sorta "bigger".
Now, if you wanna get into "if only" - if only AMT had NOT molded seats into the interior tub and NOT molded the stock exhaust system into the frame - nah, change that to NOT molded anything into the frame.
There are a number of AMT kits that were released in the '60s that I'd like to see, but if they re-issue any of these kits please please please de-AMT them first.
De-AMT? That means:
NO molded in seats, whether it's the rear seats in a four door sedan or the front seats in a two passenger roadster. Let me decide how and where my scale people are gonna sit.
NO molded in exhaust system. What was the point offering zoomies or dump tubes for the "drag version" when you molded in the exhaust pipes and muffler?
NO molded in suspension and NO molded in drive train.
Okay, the last two are (kinda sorta) acceptable for the annual kits; if you're handy with a detail brush you could make them look ... acceptable. Still ...
I know, I know, we're talking about re-issueing, not re-working. But a decrepit old man can dream, can't he?