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Scott Brownlee
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Next to come from the resurgent Revell/Monogram are a couple of Porsche 550 Spyders.





Due in December according to Revell's own web site.

No. 15 is car which raced at Avus in 1955, No. 47 at Le Mans 1954.
 

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Alan Tadd
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These both look excellent models, Revell will get my vote for "the most improved slot car Manufacturer" this year.

I like the differences between the two cars, in fact they seem to have two completely different front panels, and certainly different rear "wings".

Superb work.

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Alan
 

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I do not wish to criticize this wonderful effort by Monogram, but I wish that they would have done a bit of a better job on them and refer you to this thread. One may argue on small details but the pictures show the basic flaws, especially on the tail design of both cars.
Otherwise, congrats to Revellogram for doing a great job.
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ummm - looked at that thread and seemed like a lot of fuss over nothing.

The models posted by TSFR look very different from the Revell, and also how I remember seeing pictures and film of these cars. However, the pictures of the 1:1 race cars look very very similar to the revell model. Presumably the difference between production street version and race optimised version?
 

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Phillipe

Thanks for the link, I can now see the difference, and agree the shape is not 100% right, as for the wheels, I'm afraid I don't know enough about the different types they used to comment.

Shame they couldn't have got these things completely correct , but it won't stop me buying them, pretty cars.

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QUOTE So how long before Patto has 'Lil' B*st*rd' decals a la James Dean?

OK, I guess I will have to elaborate here.
The first of the two Monogram cars is of a 1954 550 "high-tail" version, not of the 1955 production 550A Spyder. Two vastly different cars. The James Dean car is a 1955 550A Spyder and has a completely different, if similar, body, see below.
The main problem seen in the picture of the Monogram car is that the fins are angled OPPOSITE to that of the real thing, and are angular instead of rounded. Also the nose configuration is pure fantasy and hardly related to the real thing. In this case, see the 1/43rd Solido die-cast "100 series" model for much greater accuracy.

The second car (with spats on the rear wheels) appears to be a 1955 production car but again, from the picture, its wheels are the wrong type and it looks like it was crashed and poorly repaired in the rear end, and may be that is what they copied.... Problem is that the lines are far off that of the real thing as can be seen from many contemporary and today's pictures. As an example, here are some pics of my own car (identical in every respect to James Dean's car), the world's most original surviving 550: it has never even been repainted since new, please compare the body lines of this absolutely stock, unmodified 1955 550A:





And this are pics of the Anni-Mini models, far more accurate:




Also look at the wheels...

Again, this won't stop me from buying the Monogram models especially at their very attractive Chinese price, but I wish that they would have done as good of a job as they did on the NSU and all the American issues, save for the wheels on the Cobra Daytona that are vastly too large in diameter. I am thus a bit disappointed, but not detered.
Nothing is perfect in life...


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Doc Pea
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13Davek has pictures of a very different car to the ones you have just posted TSFR, with a nose and fins which look just like the Revell. Also YOU have posted a pic of a racing porsche at the bottom of the first page with the taller squarer fins. These racing versions have very different noses and fins to the pics you posted here and the pics of models in your first post in the other thread. Posting pics of a completely different car is just confusing the issue.
 

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All very nice and interesting, but what about the March GTP ? On SCI, Philippe said he saw a sample at the Chicago Hobby Expo..... Slot.it is waiting for some cannon fodder !!
 

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I wouldn't comment, not on the evidence of the photos I have so far seen. I will reserve judgement until I have one in my hand.
Having syated that Revell make toys at a toy price. Certainly from what i have seen they are for me good value for money. Also where is the fun in having a model you can't modify (or in the case of other more skilled people, improve)
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QUOTE 13Davek has pictures of a very different car to the ones you have just posted TSFR, with a nose and fins which look just like the Revell. Also YOU have posted a pic of a racing porsche at the bottom of the first page with the taller squarer fins. These racing versions have very different noses and fins to the pics you posted here and the pics of models in your first post in the other thread. Posting pics of a completely different car is just confusing the issue.

Not if you actually READ the message:

QUOTE The first of the two Monogram cars is of a 1954 550 "high-tail" version, not of the 1955 production 550A Spyder. Two vastly different cars. The James Dean car is a 1955 550A Spyder and has a completely different, if similar, body, see below... The second car (with spats on the rear wheels) appears to be a 1955 production car...

I am sorry that you are so confused. And I guess it is well enough, and Monogram could have produced a 1.5-liter Borgward and dubbed it a Porsche 550 and it appears that many here would have never even grasped the difference.
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I can see the differences between your own 550A (blue No.20) and I can also see the differences between the revell 550's and my own car (a Honda Accord)
. Differences which may have the same relevance in this case maybe


Only my opinon of course
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You know on first glance I said WOW!!, But while I was starring & drooling I Said "Hey! Wait! somethng is fishy" These were very small cars, but if you look at them the driver is Tiny!! With no ruler next to them it is impossible to tell, but I would say that either the driver is smaller than 1/32 or the car is larger than 1/32! Maybe both! I hope the car is closer to correct scale cause we can always change the driver!!!

Another thing to consider is that the body shape of this small car may hav been compromised to fit the motor/ mechanicals. I hope that in the future the manufacturers realize it would be better to fit the mini mabuchi in these smaller cars rather than shoe horn the standard size unit in & misrepresent the natural lines of the car.
 

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Regardless of any detail disgruntlement by anyone, I just love the look of these little porkers. Well done Revell for recognizing the potential and the desire and for producing another gorgeous model to fulfill them.
 

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I've got the Anni Mini version which comes on the Ninco 356 chassis. In my opinion, the Anni Mini car and the Monell versions both appear too tall. Robs them of the sleek look of the 1:1 car. I'll probably pass on these (well, alright maybe I'll buy one). I'm much more excited about Monell's upcoming '67 GT350R, the Slot-It Merc C-9s and Nissan R390s, the Ninco JGTC cars and MRRC's Chaparral 2F.
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