Crossing the finish line….
Well, here she is, Monogram’s classic “Lil Coffin”. The original was designed by Dave Stuckey, and was an award winner at the 1963 Oakland custom car show. According to Thomas Graham’s history of the company, Monogram’s Roger Harney was admiring the car at the show when Monogram’s president Jack Besser explained he had just bought the car! They shipped it back to Monogram headquarters and was made into the model. The biggest problem with the kit was it was wayyyy to complex for the target audience. I have to agree 100% had I tried this as a 10 year old I would have failed. As it is only one door opens, the front steering moves, but the wheels don’t turn! Monogram’s Ken Merker is quoted as saying “Anybody who could put that together was good-real good” Well since I left out the roll bar and some of the features don’t work, I guess I am only a little good! The paint is decanted Tamiya TS-18 sprayed over a base coat of Tamiya Gold TS-21, with a final clear coat of very thin Tamiya clear red thinned with Mr Leveling thinner. I did the interior off white and TS-21. I did my best to build it straight out of the box, no extras, but I did have to replace the front windshield with clear acetate when it cracked coming off the sprue. I enjoyed the kit, but it was difficult!
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