Tag Archives: Monogram
New-ish Monkee Business
Blasting up the charts and into the collective conscience of millions comes that Fabulous Foursome from the late 80s, that radical bunch of wacky co-habitators, that musical juggernaut… the New Monkees! Wait… whaddaya mean you “Never heard of them?” C’mon, that can’t be so. I mean, they’re Monkees, but they’re “New”, or they were in […]
What Has Four Pounds and Biplanes?
If that sounds like a trick question to you, then you can imagine how I felt! This box-full-o-awesome arrived at my door just a week or so ago from my excellent friend Alan. He said he had some kits he thought I might like, and knowing my penchant for the weirdly awesome, he gathered together […]
What Has Four Doors and Fails?
Well, the answer to that question is actually more difficult to pin down than it may seem, since the world has seen a veritable plethora of terrible cars. However, there are some cars that, when you see them, you do have to wonder: “What? Who thought of THAT?” One of those cars, I’m sure it’s […]
Spring: When a Modeller’s Fancy Turns to LUV!
What do you do when your competition is beating you and you have nothing to use against them? Easy: Use captives! No, I’m not talking about taking hostages, but rather “captive imports”. This is precisely what the Big Three had to do in the early ’70s to fight back against the waves of light pickups […]
A Fancier Shade of Fail
Luxury isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. A perfect example of this is the Mercury LN-7. The LN-7 was an attempt to create an upmarket sporty coupe for Mercury dealers to sell to young, sporting and better-off people. Unfortunately, it was based on the anemic, crampedly-useless and bizarrely styled EXP. How do you […]
Citation Update 3: Green from the Inside Out!
Nowadays, it seems almost every interior is either black or dark grey, or, if you’re lucky, beige. Gone, it seems, are the days of full red, green, blue and even white interiors; at least for everyday people-mover-type cars. That’s why, when I was looking up a colour for my Citation X-11, I wanted to get […]
Citation Update 1: Body (not to be) in White
For the most part, the Citation notchback is not one of those cars people remember fondly, if at all. Most people opted for the hatchback, preferring its econoboxishly-utilitarian nature with a hint of sportiness to the clearly stuffy notchback. Thus, when it came time for people with a yearning for “high performance” to step up […]
A ‘Stang So Rare, It Hertz!
Of all the 1980’s Mustangs, one of the rarest models is the SVO. The SVO was a big deal when it came onto the scene; with European manners and flair and a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, Ford hoped to beat back the Imports. One customer for the SVO was Hertz Rent-A-Car, which ordered numerous in the […]
From the Bottom Up!
With the interior bucket done, I have turned my attention towards the bottom end of things, namely the Chassis and Engine of the SVO. The Chassis: The chassis of the Monogram SVO isn’t bad. It isn’t great, and the underpinning detail is a bit weak. There’s no spring detail (like you’d see on an MPC) […]
SVO Update 1: The Front Office
Before even choosing a colour and staring the body and chassis, the Monogram SVO’s interior can be done. That’s because the SVO’s interior was the same for all versions, at least as far as I can tell. Like many sportier cars in the ’80s, the SVO could be had with either leather or cloth. Looking […]