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Cool 54 Monogram Midget ..

Postby ourwayband » Wed Jul 27, 2016 3:11 pm

Got lucky and picked this up today at a flee market.Dated 54,un-built and still attached..Just the box art is cool enough..
Man they made some cool stuff back in the day..
Just had to share,hope this is in the right forum.. :D
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Re: Cool 54 Monogram Midget ..

Postby ShotgunDave » Wed Jul 27, 2016 3:39 pm

Nice score Rusty. I have one of those too. I've always wanted to do something with it.
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Re: Cool 54 Monogram Midget ..

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Wed Jul 27, 2016 3:40 pm

I picked up the repop. Never built it, but the boxart was cool enough to justify purchase.
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Re: Cool 54 Monogram Midget ..

Postby mattb » Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:18 pm

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The kit pictured is probably from the 50's, the long box is a newer issue. There have been 10-15 releases or more of the midget in that size box. I would have no idea of the correct year for that release, 54 is the year it was first manufactured. I use those kits to cut up and modify for masters of some of the old indy bodies I have made. I got one kit that had the same picture but the box was about 3-4 inches shorter. I know it was an early kit and should have been collectable. It went thru Ebay with another long box kit and both kits hardly went for $20! There is a similiar short box kit that has been showing up as a Buy It Now for $79, but it never sells. I got one kit for $2.99! It is in a plain cardboard box with the address written by pen on the outside. The kits packed like that were some kind of giveaway from a cereal company.

They are neat kits to cut up and build as slot cars!
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Re: Cool 54 Monogram Midget ..

Postby ourwayband » Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:16 pm

Thanks for the info...Just don't see these much out side of e-bay..
If we ever learn how to make brass stick I may build one out of it.For now I'm enjoying as is.. :D
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Re: Cool 54 Monogram Midget ..

Postby mattb » Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:05 pm

Take that midget kit and cut the bottom out and a little of the sides to make a lower setting car.

Use either 60's Dynamic frame, a sprintsplus cut in half and lenrthened or a womp cut in half and lengthened and you can easily build a neat car.
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Re: Cool 54 Monogram Midget ..

Postby Mayberryman » Thu Jul 28, 2016 3:22 am

ourwayband wrote:Got lucky and picked this up today at a flee market.Dated 54,un-built and still attached..Just the box art is cool enough..
Man they made some coolha stuff back in the day..
Just had to share,hope this is in the right forum.. :D
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Rusty, that car will always hold a special place in my heart. Monogram produced these kits along with a slot racing version that is highly collectable and out of my price range. In the Early-Mid 60s one of the first trophies that I ever won slot racing was for winning a series for the Monogram Midgets at a track in Petersburg, Virginia. Fast forward 30 years and you will find me traveling from Virginia to Myerstown and Lancaster Pa. to race sprint cars that were hand made by Wendell Veach (Hack Chassis) and others and low and behold I see a collection of about 25 Monogram Midgets in a showcase at Fast Lanes in Myerstown, Pa owned by as man by the name of Tom, can't remember his last name. He had so many and would not sell even one but I understood.

Thank you for this walk down memory lane.
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Re: Cool 54 Monogram Midget ..

Postby mattb » Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:52 am

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This 60's Monogram Midget Racer slot car was actually a version of the 1/24 Hotshot Midget Racer, a fairly scale Kurtis Midget. You could buy this kit as a model or in a typical big box as a slot kit. It is one of the most detailed kits of the 60's and uses the same chassis as the 1/32 Lotus and Ferrari F1.

The big midget kit was never offered as a slot car, only as a static model. It is closer to 1/18 scale and a lot bigger than a scale midget, but is close in size to a 1/24 scale upright dirt car like the Kuzma. Both kits were both red and were similiar except for size.
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Re: Cool 54 Monogram Midget ..

Postby dge467 » Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:58 am

Nice find Rusty!
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Re: Cool 54 Monogram Midget ..

Postby Ky.Slot Racer » Sun Jul 31, 2016 6:55 am

the LHS still had 2 of these latest repops on the shelf last time I looked, seems like they were in the $12-$15 range I believe the 54 date is probably COPYRIGHT
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Re: Cool 54 Monogram Midget ..

Postby burad » Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:03 pm

I still have one of the old Monogram midgets with the brass chassis. The one thing that is kinda frustrating with it is the guide. The way the guide is set up, the car can turn practically all the way around. This is obviously a problem. How did you guys solve this issue?
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Re: Cool 54 Monogram Midget ..

Postby Mitch58 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:55 pm

Interesting I have one of each, I bid for both on eBay hoping to get one and ended up with both. When they arrived there was one long box and one short box, but when I opened them they were the same exact kit inside. I figured they must be different releases of the same car.
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Re: Cool 54 Monogram Midget ..

Postby btaylor » Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:35 am

Rusty, I would save it as a model kit. you will never be able to make anything fun out of it. :lol: Image
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Re: Cool 54 Monogram Midget ..

Postby ourwayband » Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:37 pm

LOL,Mr Taylor,If I had your building skills I would be right there with you.. :D
Cool builds buddy!

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Re: Cool 54 Monogram Midget ..

Postby Quickcars » Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:32 am

Wow B.Taylor I've never seen ANYONE convert these oversize kits as well as you have. WELL DONE!!!!

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