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Posted 13 January 2020 - 08:29 AM

The 1/24 scale McLaren Elva from Monogram was a.o. available as a ready-to-run in a see-through plastic box with a red and white card. I am looking for a picture of the car with the box and card.

 

Can anyone help me?

 

An example picture (1/32 Ford GT) of such a RTR box below:

 

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 08:43 AM

LASCM is the first place to search – but on their example the card is extinct.  


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Posted 13 January 2020 - 08:46 AM

I have seen that one, but that is a Lexan body as far as I can see.

I am looking for the blue hard body (if it exists).
 
Its sister the Chaparral 2A from the Riverside road race set looks like this:

RS3037-RTR-Chaparral-2-A-4.jpg
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Posted 13 January 2020 - 11:19 AM

All the cars used in the Monogram racing sets were also sold separately in those little clear plastic boxes. The LASCM has most of them, but some have proven elusive, and the McLaren-Elva is such a case. Since it is clearly shown in the Monogram catalogues and retailer price sheets, it certainly was issued. Are there any survivors? Time will tell.

Both the Chaparral and McLaren-Elva "set" cars receive the same narrow aluminum chassis devoid of a drop arm as the two Lotus 38 RTR models (one green, one blue) and have an added (and largely useless) aluminum pan. Would that pan been made of thicker brass, it certainly would have helped the handling of these top-heavy cars.

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Note that the neoprene foam on which the car rests in the box has partly returned to nature, leaving a mark on the aluminum pan. This is one of the plagues some old slot car parts, especially Mura and other high performance motor parts marketed in the 1960s are the victims of.

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 02:02 PM

Thanks, Philippe, for your reply.

 

Indeed it must be called elusive. I have seen and collected many, many Monogram pictures, sifted through I don't know how many internet pages, but still no result. All the other eight of the nine RTR kits issued are there, and I am sure that somewhere somehow a McLaren-Elva RTR must exist.
 
According to the catalogue it got number RS3038.
 
Maybe some day...
 
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Posted 13 January 2020 - 03:14 PM

Gerrit,
 
indeed, and it is the only Monogram boxed RTR model the LASCM does not have in its collection at this time.  :(
 
We do have a loose correct model, but would love to find a box with its original tag.

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 04:22 PM

By the way, Philippe, the need for these Monogram ready-to-run sets somehow eludes me. The very same cars were all part of one of the six different road race sets. All of these cars were available as a slot race set, which were made with better specs. In other words they were no real addition to what was already there. Were they meant as a replacement. Maybe? Or perhaps a surplus production?


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 08:09 PM

Gerrit,

Likely as replacements of damaged cars for racing sets sold at department stores to clueless people...


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