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FROM THE August 2011 ISSUE

Monogram Black Widow Ford Model T

Monogram Black Widow Ford Model T
Black Widow Ford Model T
Monogram No. 85-0060
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Black
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $20.92
Pros: Good “slump buster” build; nice decals
Cons: Uneven chrome plating and flash on chrome tree; plating on Moon discs scuffed
Monogram Black Widow Ford Model T 2
After almost 40 years, the Monogram Black Widow is back.  

This kit is one of the better-known car products from Monogram’s formative years.

For the first ten or so years of this kit’s life it was a fixture in the Monogram catalog, only to disappear in the early 1970s.  

I have heard stories that one of the reasons the kit could not be reissued was that the molds for the tires were missing.  The folks at Monogram saw fit to tool up new tires, and give the kit new life.

It should be noted that this kit was engineered in the early 1960s, when plastic molding technology was nowhere near what it is today. Also, this kit was originally offered as a static model and as a motorized version.

Both of these factors limit the amount of detail in this kit compared to more-modern kits – but to me, by no means does that detract from the kit.

There are only 55 pieces, most of which are black plastic or chrome- plated. The black parts were actually pretty nice, considering the age of the kit. Flash was minimal.  

The chrome parts were another story, in my kit. One side (the front) of the tree was chromed beautifully; however, the other side was rough and dull. There was also a fair amount of flash that needed to be removed, further damaging the parts.  

To top it off, all four of the Moon discs were scuffed. I would have liked to have seen the chrome tree wrapped in tissue, as Round 2 has been doing lately.
Monogram Black Widow Ford Model T
The engine is made up of eight pieces, and looks pretty good. I did have to file the mating surfaces of the block halves to get them minimize the seam.  

Because of the aforementioned motorized version, there is no transmission, driveshaft, or rear-end housing in this kit. The front suspension is fully chromed, and it assembles into a solid unit.

Monogram Black Widow Ford Model T 3
The rear tires are attached to a simple plastic axle. The new tires are excellent!  I really like the tread pattern on the rear tires. I’m sure other wheels can be found to fit them; I could see these tires on plenty of other models.

The roadster pickup body is molded in one piece, and is smooth-sided. There is some tailgate detail, but not much. The fenders are separate parts, with the fronts being two-piece assemblies.  If I were to build another, I would leave the fenders off for a different look.  

The interior is simple as well: A seat, dash, shifter and steering wheel/column is all there is. There are gauge faces for the dash on the decal sheet.

The seat, tonneau cover, and roof are molded in a cream colored plastic that almost does not need paint.  

The decals are nice, and include markings for five different versions.  They went on quite well, with minimal hassles.

I just knew that I was going to have a blast building this kit. I have about five hours of building time in it, making it a perfect “slump-buster” build. The fact that the finished model looks good definitely helps


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