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Lindberg Exterminator dragster

June 2008
The Exterminator
Lindberg No. 73048
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White
Scale: 1/8
MSRP: $90.00
Pros: Little flash for a kit of this age; building options
Cons: Instructions not legible; ejector-pin marks on some chrome parts
There seems to be a small resurgence of interest in 1/8 scale kits. Revell-Monogram reissued a couple of the old Monogram hot rods; now Lindberg is reissuing some of its 1/8 scale kits.

The Exterminator dragster can be built as a single- or double-engine machine; I built the twin-engine car.

Let me tell you, this thing is big!

The huge box contains more than 200 well-packaged parts. The white plastic parts are molded well, with minimal flash that belies a kit of this age.

The chrome parts are beautifully plated, but the finish is marred by ejector-pin marks on some of the surfaces that are visible on the finished model.

The tires for both versions are hard vinyl two-piece affairs that look OK when assembled, but the fit could be better. Also included are three sizes of vinyl tubing, and some copper wire for spark plug wires and other details.

Lindberg did a nice job on the engines. The block, heads, and oil pan are molded in white, with virtually all other parts plated. I wanted to build more of a "show" than a "go" car, so I left the chrome intact; for realism, strip most of the chrome and paint the parts with various natural-metal shades.

There is only one induction choice for the dual-engine version: a blower. If you choose to build a single-engine version, you get to choose among four induction systems. The supplied blower belts are rubber bands that are tan in color; I colored them with a wide Sharpie with nice results.

Take your time when you install the ignition wires. Doing this according to the instruction sheet will leave you with some wires that are barely long enough to reach their intended locations. The clear-tubing fuel lines could use a touch of white glue to keep them attached to their mounting pins.

The chassis is a simple design, made up of the side rails and several bars that connect them. Find a flat surface for building; if the chassis is not square, the model will not fit together well.

The rear end is a fully chromed quick- change that builds up exactly like a 1:1 unit, with separate ring, pinion, and drive gears. The front suspension is also chromed, and features steerable wheels. However, to take advantage of this feature I suggest replacing the plastic tie rod and drag links with metal pieces; the plastic ones have a tendency to bend.

There are two front-wheel choices: narrow, "bicycle" wires for the single-engine car, and beefier, spoked wheels for the dual-engine version. Chrome-reversed wheels are the sole choice for the rear.

The body for the dual-engine car consists of only two parts; the single-engine version offers the builder a swoopy covering for the frame. I painted the body on my car with some of Testor's new Inca Gold One Coat Lacquer. I also painted the engines this color; I thought that it would contrast well with the black chassis and all of that chrome.

The only real problem that I had with this kit is the instructions, which look like a bad photocopy of an original set. Many of the photos are so washed out that they are almost useless. I ended up guessing on the some parts' placement, and luckily I was right most of the time.

That being said, I did enjoy building this kit, and I think that the finished product looks good.

Now, at about two feet long, I just have to find a place to put it!


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