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Shelby GT-350 #61B

Monogram 1/32 Shelby GT-350 #61B Slot Car First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review June 2005 Manufacturer Monogram
Subject Shelby GT-350 #61B Slot Car Scale 1/32
Product Number - Pros Nice paint job, ready to run
Cons   MSRP (USD) $45.00

First Look

Shelby GT-350 #61B
Shelby GT-350 #61B
Shelby GT-350 #61B

Here's something that took me back to the days before Paul McCartney was in that band before Wings. Monogram sent us another 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. Slot cars!

Indeed, back when Paul McCartney was with the Beetles, there was a mystique on the road. When is a Ford Mustang NOT a Mustang? When it has been transformed into a Shelby GT! Shelby transformed the stock Mustang into a racing machine that still looked like a stock Mustang to the casual observer, but the muscle car crowds knew the signature changes on the car, such as the side scoops.

This latest release from Monogram nicely captures the lines and look of the Shelby GT, this one painted in the colors of Jerry Titus' #61B racer. This car was one of a series of souped up Mustangs that were assembled in Carol Shelby's shop to qualify for racing. This Mustang raced in the 1967 Le Mans 24 hour race!

While the Cybermodeler Online Lab doesn't currently have a slot car track, plans are underway to set up a 'test facility' where my wife and I can see who stays on top of the racing pyramid.

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 another hit on its hands!

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

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