Burn Up That Quarter Mile…Monogram’s “Forty Niner” Dragster
On a visit to my folks house (where I grew up) I came across another piece of my childhood, the remnants of a “Forty Niner” rail dragster. In the early 1960’s Monogram offered a line of 49 cent car kits, aimed at the low end kit market. For a new comer to car building, the forty niners presented an in-expensive way to convert their interest of model building from space rockets to the cool art of custom cars. The kits were molded in bright colorful plastic and ranged from Corvettes, hot rods and foreign sports cars. I built all of them in 1961-62 and were not my “best” car models. The rail dragster was blue plastic and for some reason, I didn’t paint the tires or anything else. I’m sure I slapped it together in one Saturday afternoon. If you look at the forth photo, I didn’t apply any paint to the kit. If you also note, I fabricated all the non-blue parts, but the two front tires came out of the junk parts bin. After assembly I painted the entire model with my airbrush using Tamiya paint and Testors metalizer paints. It sure looks better than my 1961 build, but the most amazing fact is that I found it my foks basement in a work bench drawer. It’s funny, I never thought this model kit would be a personal “artifact” when I paid the 49 cents all those years ago.
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