Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Vintage 1/24th-scale Monogram stock car model kits are fun collectables for NASCAR fans
It wasn’t always that way, though. In the 1980s, if you wanted a scale model of your favorite driver, you pretty much had to build it yourself. And the most popular; and arguably best 1/24th-scale plastic model kits were made by Monogram Models.
Monogram had been building kits since the early 1950s, but the stock car business really took off with the introduction of a new NASCAR line in 1983. At the time, these kits were state-of-the art. They had features and details never before seen in race car kits. Even the construction of the chassis and the way it mated up to the body was similar to the way a real racecar was built.
Monogram acquired Revell Models in 1986, and today they still produce high-quality model kits under the Revell name.
I hadn’t even seen many of these models out of their boxes for 15 years or better. Some of them looked pretty tough. Aside from the workmanship that looks like it was done by a ten-year-old (I’m 36 now, I was born in ’73, in 1983 I was, carry the one, add the six, uh, I’ll get back to you on that), model glue gets pretty brittle when it gets old. Lots of pieces broken off. There isn’t much chance of these winning any awards.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy looking at some of the old stock car models I dug out of the closet in the slideshow below. I actually had a good time seeing them again myself. By the way, if you click on the little callout baloon in the bottom left corner of the slideshow, you can read the captions that go with these pictures.