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...