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torsdag 31 december 2015

Monogram Merite figures 54mm

A good number of years ago I was taking a break from 1/35 military scale modelling and went over to painting figures. During that stage I scoured the internet on the lookout for cheap figures in the 1/32 (54mm) scale mainly and I stumbled across a line of figures produced by Monogram, called the Merite series and they were produced throughout the 60's. Production ended sometime in the early 70's, if I am informed correctly. And for some reason I took an instant liking to them.
Why? No idea. They are solid cast figures, often with arms and weapons separate, they lack detail like we are used to today. In fact some of them are downright poor with some looking like they have birth defects or something like that.

Still.... over the years I gradually bought some more and now I have to admit I have become a collector of them, hunting them down whenever I can and I had some good scores over time. Yet I try to contain myself and not pay high prices for them. They are simply not worth that to me. Maybe for the last 1 or 2 I might..... And it is not that I collect just to have. I do use them in the way they were intended (I guess); I paint them and put them on display.

Unfortunately I have no box for the German Panzercrew man

These two are still unassembled in the box
The poor quality I mentioned...

The figures themselves were being released in series of 6. The ones marked in red I do not have... yet.
The first serie being:
  •   801 Prussian Guard infantry, Germany 1914 
  •   802 U.S. Army Special Forces, Green Baret 1966
  •   803 German Luftwaffe paratrooper 1941
  •   804 Berdan's Sharpshooters, Union Army 1862
  •   805 French horse artillery of the Guard 1810
  •   806 Roger's Rangers 1757
The second being
  •   807 German shocktrooper 1944 
  •   808 German tank officer 1943
  •   809 Viet Cong guerilla 1968
  •   810 Texas infantry 1862
  •   811 U.S. infantry 1780
  •   812 French dragoon of the Guard 1812

And the third being
  •   813 German Afrika Korps infantry 1942
  •   814 German Waffen SS officer 1944
  •   815 Russian guard infantry 1944
  •   816 British 8th Army infantry 1942
  •   817 Japanese infantry 1942
  •   818 American paratrooper D-day 1944

However much to my astonishment I discovered 2 figures in my collection that were not mentioned! A secretive fourth series?? Some digging around the internet seemed to confirm that and I came up with an additional list, I'll called that one Series 4, being
  •        King's German Legion 1815   
  •        British Life Guards 1815
  • 821 U.S. Camel Corps 1858
  • 822 U.S. First Cavalry 1884
  •        U.S. 5th Marine Regiment 1918
  •        U.S. Infantry Revolutionary War 1780

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