The Raminator is a monster truck that races on the Special Events, Monster Nationals, and Checkered Flag Promotions tours. It is primarily driven by Mark Hall and sponsored by Dodge. The team was, along with Team Bigfoot, one of the most high profile teams to not run in the USHRA, although they did compete in several Monster Jam events in 2007. Seeing the success the Halls were having as privateers in the monster truck industry, Dodge decided to return to corporate sponsorship of monster truck racing after a nearly six year hiatus (Dodge had formerly sponsored Fred Shafer’s Bear Foot team from 1992–1996). After a year of scouting and preparations in 2001, the Dodge division of Daimler-Chrysler signed a three year deal with the Halls. Hall Brother’s Racing debuted the first Dodge Raminator truck at a USHRA event in the Pontiac Silverdome in January 2002. The truck ran one more weekend with USHRA, then ceased to compete at any more USHRA events. This would subsequently gain strong support from fans who disagree with Clear Channel Entertainment’s spectacle-oriented shows. The team would return to Monster Jam in 2007.
Raminator and Rammunition were both among the most feared opponents in racing. The factory backing had allowed for significant performance gains, especially concerning the engine. The team is especially notable for ending Bigfoot’s dominance in ProMT and the Special Events series, where the Ford had previously been untouchable. The horsepower advantage had also translated into high-flying freestyles, although the drivers were markedly more conservative than their Monster Jam counterparts. However, as the Halls have often criticized the destructive nature of USHRA events, and are quick to point out how few rollovers they have had, their conservativism is a point of pride for the team. As a result, the team is tremendously popular with fans who dislike Monster Jam, particularly those who would like to see a racing-exclusive series.
For the Modeler: This review covers the New Release of the Lindberg Dodge Raminator Monster Truck kit molded in 1/24 scale. This was an all-new molding from Lindberg with a “Sister-Kit” of the Rammunition which is the same kit with different decals. The box is dated 2007 and the kit is still available in some hobby stores and the secondary market, it is no longer available on the inventory of Round2 as an active kit release. Lindberg rated this as a Skill Level 3 for advanced builders. In the box you get a highly detailed kit much unlike the Lindberg of old. This kit has over 125 parts molded in White, Clear and a soft Vinyl tire. The decals are waterslide and have a crisp bright color. The instruction book has large well laid out drawings and is very easy to follow. The build starts with a detailed motor. The tube frame requires complete assembly unlike most monster trucks kits on the market today. The body is one piece and can easily be painted and decaled last, leaving little chance of damage from handling. The decal sheet has the panels on it to cover the sides, roof and hood. This is a “monster” of a monster truck. The shelf space it requires is Length: 10”, Width: 5”, Height: 6”.
Covered in this Review: If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; abrasive choices; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; repairing excess flash; mold seam identification and repair; using white glue for the window glass; suspension construction; detailing the tires for realism; tube frame construction and detailing; proper orientation of directional tires; detailing the grill for realism; mounting the body to the chassis; finishing the engine; interior construction; engine construction and detailing; fuel cell detailing; frame building and complete details; detailing the instruments; making a wired distributor; removing tabs; building and installing the roll cage; using floor wax to make crystal clear window glass; decal preparation and application; using decal setting solutions for that “painted on” look; are all fully examined in this 23 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.
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