For whatever reason, Monster Energy-sponsored Supercars have only been produced in 1:18 scale. The sinister looking satin-black machines with the fluro green ‘claw-scratch’ M makings have proven popular with race fans and collectors.
However, the only way to get one in 1:43 scale is to build your own.
Not long ago, Biante did a 1:43 scale ‘Satin Black Plain Body’ Ford FGX Falcon V8 Supercar – perfect for a Monster Energy machine!
Armed with a set of decals from Patto’s Place, the plan was a quick conversion by simply adding the decoration. But it turned out a little more than that, and if I was to do another, I’d consider a different approach.
There was very little difference between the 2017 and 2018 versions of Cameron Waters’ Monster Energy car run by Tickford Racing. The decals were marked as 2018, however I thought they more closely represented 2017 – though it must be said some of the more significant changes happened on a race-by-race basis. I have not found a definitive photograph of what the decal sheet represents, so final product does not reflect a specific race, just a general representation of the car that season (and the following one).
Conclusion & Tips
If I was to do another Monster car, I would give consideration to an alternative method.
The base model was satin black, just like the real race car. But the decals don’t like going down on a satin finish. Maybe the donor model should be totally stripped and re-painted gloss black, the decals added on the gloss, than a satin clear over the top. It would mean the green Ms would not be glossy (like they are on the real car) and would likely result in the loss of the bonnet pin stickers, but it might give the model a cleaner overall look.
Having said that, like my other Code-3s, once in the cabinet, it fits in fine with all the other models 🙂