Following the warm reception that last week's Throwback Thursday article featuring a classic Model Team set received, here's another one.
Today I've dusted off 5541 Blue Fury from 1995.
With just 421 pieces this one is one of the smaller Model Team sets. In the 5 years between the release of 5590 Whirl and Wheel Super Truck that I looked at last week and this one, it's evident that many curved parts had been introduced into the palette.
The chrome pieces used for the exhaust appeared for the first time in this set, too, and the headlights had only surfaced in educational sets before this. All three were phased out in the mid-2000s: I suspect they were expensive to produce.
The vehicle features a nicely detailed V8 engine, steering via the steering wheel, and an opening boot.
Inside, there's a dashboard, using some stock printed slopes, and a gear stick.
For some reason I didn't apply the stickers, of which there was only 5. You can view them on the instructions cover image on the set details page.
It's a nice looking model although the windscreen -- fashioned using a piece usually used as a fence ----- lets it down a bit.
The set was re-released in 2004 as 10151 Hot Rod, which I believe was identical to this except for the light grey pieces: 2004 was the year that they were changed to what the community calls 'light bluish grey', to differentiate them from the yellowish ones used before. I suspect, because of this, the community shunned it!
It's not the most impressive Model Team set by any means but, like them all, it's an attractive display model.
Do you have it in your collection?