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Tamiya Midnight Pumpkin

Tamiya Midnight Pumpkin

Summary

  • Model #: 58070
  • Gallery: View
  • Released: 1987
  • Prebuilt: No
  • Category: Trucks
  • Chassis: Pajero
  • Scale: 1/10
  • Use: Offroad
  • Style: Monster truck
  • Config: RR
  • Driveline: Gearbox
  • Body: ABS
  • Finished body: No
  • Susp. front: Swing axle
  • Susp. rear:Floating solid axle

Photo gallery samples

Visit the full Tamiya Midnight Pumpkin gallery for more photos.

JANG's Impressions

Cindy's Midnight Pumpkin Ford F-100, to quote its full name, is one of those timeless Tamiya classics that will never fully fade into the annals of history. This classic and the Lunch Box that came right before it were like Grasshoppers of monster trucks -- very simple, loaded with cheap plastic, bouncy as hell, and endless fun. Well, I suppose it would be more appropriate to call the Midnight Pumpkin one of the Hornets of monster trucks, as it's equipped with a 540 motor and the Hornet's improved rear suspension setup that allows the whole solid gearbox/axle assembly to tilt from side to side over uneven bumps. Otherwise, the truck does use the same original Grasshopper front semi-leading swing arms with 100% camber gain, and the Hopper transmission internals with its comically large-toothed differential spider & output gears. The chassis is based on the original Pajero from a few years before.

The Midnight Pumpkin is so much into having fun and bouncing around that it comes with a wheelie bar! With the heavy, high-riding ABS body, big tires, and "big" motor, you could actually use that bar anywhere you could get traction. Be careful in turns, though, as fast roll-overs came easily, and those could easily lead to broken body mounts. The truck comes with some great-looking, chrome suspension struts, but unfortunately they're only for looks, as there's no dampening action whatsoever on the truck -- not even foam inserts in the balloon-like tires.

The scale body has good detail and a very realistic appearance, though it's nowhere near as detailed as the plastic model bodies that first carried Tamiya into the RC business. There has never been another vehicle that looks like the Midnight Pumpkin, though, and it's highly doubtful that there ever will. Tamiya actually re-released it in 2006 with distinctive a chrome-plated body & wheels, but nothing was structurally changed on the chassis because, well, why would you want to change something that's so perfectly imperfect and unique?

The Build

Please see the full Tamiya Midnight Pumpkin (vintage) build thread on the forum for photos of the assembly process.