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Monogram Slingster

Monogram No. 85-4997
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $22.99
Pros: Many optional parts and building possibilities
Cons: Excessive flash for a new kit; front tires would not stay round after mounting on wheels
During the early 1960s, Monogram Models had a dragster kit called the Sizzler. The kit had multiple building variations, including two complete engines and three different body configurations. That kit was about 1/20 scale, and was reissued only one time. 

Fast-forward 50 or so years and Monogram reengineered the Sizzler in 1/25 scale and used modern technology to update the kit without losing any of its vintage charm.

The retro-looking box art is reminiscent of the original, showing six ways that the kit can be built. With all of the options in the box, the kit can actually be built more than six ways.  

The parts are molded in white plastic, with two chrome trees, four vinyl tires, and one clear piece. The well-printed decal sheet includes some period graphics for each building version, as well as some nicely done vintage speed equipment logos.  

The instruction book – yes, I mean book – is 36 pages long! It has detailed step-by-step directions for building each version shown on the box top.
The plastic parts are molded pretty well; however there was an excessive amount of flash for a newly-tooled kit. Luckily, there seemed to be no ill effect on the parts – just a little extra cleanup time before painting. The parts are not superdetailed, but they do get the point across of what they are supposed to be.  

I chose to build the car with a wide chassis and the Bantam coupe body with the blown Hemi engine and the eight individual exhaust headers. A lot of the fun of this build was deciding which way to build it!    

There are two complete engines: a Chrysler Hemi with blower or fuel injection, and a small-block Chevy with the same induction options, but with different parts. There is also a choice of two sets of exhaust headers for the Hemi, but only one for the Chevy. The ends of the headers and the ram tubes for the injectors are molded with some depth – not flat as they are in many other kits. The engines are pretty basic, and there is no fuel pump, but that is the way the original kit was, too.

The chassis is the most difficult part to assemble. It has two side pieces and several crossmembers. The fact that the quick-change rear axle is meant to be assembled as an integral part of the frame makes it nearly impossible to build it as a unit before painting. I ended up using the belly pan to help make sure that it went together squarely.  

All of the front suspension pieces are on the chrome tree, and some are delicate. The rear slicks are beautiful, and are smaller than comparable tires in other kits.  

I would have liked to have seen all of the kit’s wheels on the chrome tree, but only one set of front wheels is. I painted the wheels with Testor’s Chrome for a polished-aluminum look. I was a little disappointed with the front tires; I could not seem to get them to stay round after mounting them on the wheels.

There are three building options for the bodywork: a classic “rail” dragster; a more-streamlined, pointed-nose, full- bodied with a clear canopy over the cockpit; and the Bantam-coupe-bodied version. I left the coupe body removable on my model so I can display it without it if I so choose.

I had an absolute blast building this kit. It really brought me back to my younger days of building.  

Is it the most detailed kit on the market? No. Is it one of the most fun? Yes!


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