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March 83G Blue Thunder #56

Monogram 1/32 March 83G Blue Thunder #56 Slot Car First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2005 Manufacturer Monogram
Subject March 83G Blue Thunder #56 Slot Car Scale 1/32
Product Number - Pros Nice paint job, ready to run
Cons   MSRP (USD) $45.00

First Look

March 83G Blue Thunder #56
March 83G Blue Thunder #56
March 83G Blue Thunder #56

Here's something that took me back to the days before Paul McCartney was in that band before Wings. Monogram sent us one of their latest 1/32 scale slot car releases. I remember when whole hobby shops were dedicated to slot car racing, some with HUGE indoor tracks. The smell of arcing brushes and the sounds of torqued up motors definitely brings back memories. Evidently the slot car hobby is re-entering the scene again!

Here is a nicely packaged car from Monogram. The machine represents the British-developed March 83G Blue Thunder #56 road racer. Unlike the slot cars I grew up with, this car has an interior with painted driver figure and a great exterior paint job. The car comes with a storage case that includes a locking screw in the base that holds the car down for storage and transportation.

I popped out on the internet to see what is available in 1/32 slot car 'stuff' and was pleasantly surprised by the number of products that are either avaiable now or are soon to be released. Monogram is turning out a number of interesting subjects in its 1/32 slot car line.

While the Cybermodeler Online Lab doesn't currently have a slot car track available to give this beauty a test drive, the gleam in my wife's eye indicates that we may have such an addition soon. Of course it will become a contest of wills - cats versus slot cars. Photos will be taken...

I must say that the state of the art in slot car manufacturing and finishing has advanced significantly in the [CENSORED] years since I last held a controller in my hands. If this car runs as great as it looks (and I don't doubt it), Monogram has a hit on its hands!

My sincere thanks to Revell-Monogram for this review sample!

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