Monogram 1/24 Tom Daniel's Fast Buck
$14.95 when last released
Scott Van Aken
Originally released in 1971.
This is taken from the instructions and is clearly written in the style
of the time.
"Now it can be told... the most diabolical plot to foil hujackers and
the internal revenue -- Fast Buck, a machine that's absolutely
impenetrable (and robber proof too). It's like a rollin' "Fort Knox" ...
actually more like a screaming Fort Knox 'cause Fast Buck really hauls
the bread. At stoplights when the green comes on ... it's gone!
This mobile bank has all the detail you'd expect from a Tom Daniel
designed, Monogram Kit. Low and wide, Fast Buck is raked to street
perfection. Clear hood scoop shows top end of the big bad engine. Driver
compartment has full seat, wheel, shifter and dash detail.
Roof has a periscope and top turret revolved. Turret also has "deposit"
slot for use as a real penny bank. Rear door to "vault" opens for "withdrawls"
and has an operating combination lock. Five spoke star mags shine on bid
wide "super-fast" slicks. It is a great new kit ... you can bank on it."
that the intro has you roused, the kit is molded in blue with a very nicely
done chrome sprue. A clear sprue for windows, lights and the hood cover is
provided as are rubber tires. The slicks are two piece with an inside rubber
insert. Both front and rear tires are trapped between inner and outer wheel
The engine is actually rather well detailed with the engine block in two
halves and including the transmission. There are separate heads and valve
covers along with a plenum intake topped with four sets of dual Weber carbs.
The exhaust headers are also well done with each four pipes meeting into a
THe chassis has a full rear axle with coil springs and the
same goes for the drop axle at the front. There are ladder bars holding the
rear axle solid and small wheels are at the very back attached to the rear
step to prevent overly large wheelies.
Not much of an interior, consisting of a rear wall, bench seat instrument
panel and steering wheel. There really is a combination lock for the rear
hatch, though not terribly complex. The upper gun turret does have a slot in
it for you to put in your coins if you so wish. Also on top of the
vehicle is a periscope and a rear wing. Four stack exhaust peer out from
each side to complete the look.
Instructions are right out of 1971 and not changed a bit. The colors are
generic and listed in the painting guide as to what bits get painted what
color. The small decal sheet in my sampled has yellowed over the last 20
years, though it should still prove viable as the old Monogram decals may
have been thick and shiny, but would often stay useable over the years.
This would make a nice nostalgia build for those who
want something relatively easy to build and a bit different from what they
usually do. Not a lot of fiddly bits in kits like this and while you will have
to deal with some unwanted ejector marks and probably have to strip and redo
much of the chrome so that you can eliminate the seams, it will turn into a
rather interesting addition to your shelves.
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