Mat Irvine: This is a reissue of a Monogram show rod from the 1970s, based on an original from Tom Daniel, often reckoned as ‘the most prolific designer of wild automotive and cycle designs ever.’
The 1:24 scale model follows the style of many similar kits of the period, with straightforward construction, loads of chrome, and all based on a theme around a particular subject. In this case - and the clue is in the name - it’s a beer delivery truck.
The box design (header pic) reruns the original design, even if the modern coding notation printed at bottom right is a rather heavy-handed visual spoiler. The side panel (below) includes useful pictures of the finished model.
Layout of parts (below) shows five beer kegs (moulded in two halves) on the brown runner, plus two more on the yellow runner at top right.
The instructions (below) are clear, while the small decal sheet is well printed.
And of course the beer kegs - seven are supplied - are the whole reason for the kit. Two are moulded, along with the bulk of the kit, on the main runners in yellow, but you get five more moulded in brown styrene, to place on the pickup bed. Actually, if you count them, then arguably there are 10 beer kegs in all, as two more form the gas tanks, and half a keg sits between the seats.
The kit is a pleasure to assemble, with plenty to hold the eye when it's complete. Note the engine injector stacks protruding from the Mack's hood.
Monogram: Beer Wagon
Assembled length: 159 mm (6.25 in)
Manufacturer’s ref: 2453
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