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Daily history for 7/15/12 - Predicta

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#1 Lone Wolf

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 05:04 PM

Here is a great vintage conversion. The original builder stayed true and used a Monogram chassis. I'm sure the builder was damn proud when he took his first lap.

Also shown is the original issue model from 1964. Monogram turned out a beautiful product back then. So much care put into every detail right down to the instructions. The molds for the body were polished and this produced a kit you could assemble without painting the body which was a stumbling point for many builders. Enjoy.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 06:04 PM


Really nice work ! I always loved Monogram kits for the very reasons you mentioned...I'm happy to see their reproductions of the "Green Hornet", "Black Widow" and such.
I've been working on a reproduction of their '55 Chevy for some time now, using the "Badman" kit as the basis.
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:57 PM

Definitely a cool kit. Darryl Starbird did a complete tear down and rebuild of the original Predicta in 2007: Link
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:34 PM

Very cool kit. I've got a crappy b/w photo somewhere of the one I built as a kid. I'll have to find it now...
I did the Lil' T about the same time, and have still got that one..

Great link Bob, thanks for sharing.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 05:39 AM

Far out, man. Really, that car is way cool, but I don't think it has enough "negative lift" to enter it in a thingie race. :)

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 05:27 PM

The first issue of this kit featured a pearloid ruby plastic. After the first run of about 1000 kits , Monogram ran into some production problems , probably swirls and lines in the plastic, so they substituted a solid red body but continued with the same box. I converted a couple of the re-issues using a Cox 16D sidewinder chassis because it fit, and then I converted the solid red version using a Dynamic 26D chassis. Then I finally got a hold of the pealoid issue and here it is, full interior and featuring a map in the TV screen on the dash, which Starbird had the forsight to install 45 years before they became common. Talk about Predicting the future.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:41 PM

Gary, very cool. I did not know that issue exsisted. I like those 10 hole MM wheels on the front. You hardly ever see them used. Again, info like the molding variation is one of the reasons I started this whole history thing so knowledge like this could be shared.

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 08:43 PM

Thanks for the pics!  From the box art you can't see the center rib that starts at top center and widens as it flows doiwn to the rear.  I've been planning a bubble for my full custom 1/1 '64 Corvette convertible, and something like this might be a cool detail.

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