KISS Destroyer Monster Truck 1:25 Scale AMT Model Kit #787 Review

2015 August 31
by Doug

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Two of the greatest Icons in their industries meet in this AMT Fantasy Monster Truck!

Bigfoot which was introduced in 1979 is regarded as the original monster truck. Other trucks with the name “Bigfoot” have been introduced in the years since, and it remains a well-known monster truck moniker in the United States. Bigfoot 4×4, Inc. is owned and operated by its creator, Bob Chandler. Bigfoot has been based on the Ford F-Series trucks since its beginning. Through the years the body styles have been updated as well as the manufacture of tubular chassis’ and fiberglass bodies.

Kiss is an American rock band formed by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Well known for its member’s face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s. The band has gone through multiple lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons the only remaining original members. Counting the 1978 solo albums, Kiss has been awarded 30 gold albums to date, the most of any American band. Destroyer is the fourth studio album released on March 15, 1976. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on April 22, 1976, and platinum on November 11 of the same year, the first Kiss album to achieve platinum. The album marked a departure from the raw sound of the band’s first three albums to a more finished sound they continue to use.

 

For the Modeler: This review covers the 2013 release of the KISS Monster truck released by Round 2 under the AMT brand. It is Kit #A787 in the current catalog and is still available in many hobby shops and online. This is a 1/25 scale kit that is Skill Level 2 for the Moderate Builder. This is considered a Re-Box kit, it is a direct Re-release (Re-Pop) of the Bigfoot kit but with new graphics and they are readily available at online retailers and auction sites. The kit consists of 126 parts molded in Blue, Chrome and Clear and has Vinyl tires and metal axles. In the build you get a very detailed motor. Simple wiring will make this a contest quality motor. The chassis is a solid tubular frame and is straight and the fit is good. This is a race truck so there really is no interior beyond the basics of a seat and wheel. The cab is solid with a separate bed; and some minor add-on parts. The decals are a nice sheet of custom KISS Destroyer album art. Vinyl flags are included for the rear also. The instructions are a multiple foldout with a separate sheet for decals. You get three set of instructions in English, French and Spanish. Overall dimensions are: Length: 10”, Width: 5-3/4”, Height: 5”.

 

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 1 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; chassis construction and detailing; mounting the body to the chassis; finishing the engine; interior color selection; engine construction and detailing; fuel cell construction and detailing; building and complete frame details; detailing the instruments; making a wired distributor; removing heavy tabs; combining instruction steps for better finishing; building and installing the roll cage; using floor wax to make crystal clear window glass; decal preparation and application; making the back end flags; using decal setting solutions for that “painted on” look; are all fully examined in this 20 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

 

 

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Sherman M4A1 Screamin’ Mimi 1:32 Scale Monogram Model Kit #85-7863 Review

2015 August 27
by Doug

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The Sherman Tank was used during World War II and was in every theater of that war. The Sherman had less armor than most tanks on the battle field however made up for this by being “fast, reliable and easier to repair”. The turret mounted T34 was called a “Calliope” rocket launcher and had the ability to be fired in sequence or all at the same time. In case of an emergency with a push of a button the launcher was able to be jettisoned off the turret. There were around 50,000 Sherman tanks in different variations were produced during World War II. With that number of Sherman tanks produced they were able to overwhelm the enemy.

 

For the Modeler: This is the Monogram Sherman M4A1 Screamin’ Mimi Tank kit #85-7863. It is 1:32 scale, and a Skill Level 3. Monogram has released other versions this kit before (1975) and now Revell brings it back in 2015 under the Monogram name. I have found five 000b other versions of the 1:32 Sherman Tank, three of which are the Screamin’ Mimi version; Monogram 4200 (1975), Monogram 6500 (1983), Monogram 7863 (2015), the other two versions are the Hedge Hog Version; Monogram 4201 (1975) and Revell 7851 (2011 or 2012).The pieces are molded in olive drab with black vinyl tracks and waterslide decals. There are 133 pieces to this kit and very well laid out instructions. The dimensions are; 7¼” L X 3-3/16” W X 5¼” H for the Screamin’ Mimi version.

 

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; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; checking for broken details; removing unwanted copyright script; complete road wheel and suspension construction; instruction errors explained; detailed calliope rocket launcher construction and finishing; color scheme for the crew figures; peripheral gear color choices; version considerations; where “not” to use glue, idler wheel assembly sequence; bogey wheel assembly tool and method explained; crew figure painting scheme; turret and gun assembly; how to connect the track pieces together; flash and sink identification and repair; turret and hull assembly; decal preparation and application; dullcoat and weathering sources and techniques; are all fully examined in this 26 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

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1977 Chevy Van (Custom Coroner Decals) 1:24 Scale Monogram Model Kit #85-7221 Review

2015 August 26
by Doug

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The Chevy Van refers to the Chevrolet G-Series vans which are half-ton Cargo Vehicles produced by General Motors. GM saw a market for a compact van based on a modified passenger car platform to compete with the already successful Ford Econoline and Dodge A100. The early Chevy Vans had a cab forward design where the engine was placed in a “doghouse” between and behind the front seats. The implementation of situating the driver on top of the front axle with the engine near the front wheels is called a “cab over” vehicle. In 1971, Chevy Vans received a major redesign, moving the engine forward of the driver with a short nose and hood. The van was constructed of a unibody style frame and employed stronger truck style hubs and brakes with dual A-Arm independent front suspension. The major restyle followed the engine-forward design of the competing 1968 Ford Econoline. Suspension and steering parts came from the Chevrolet/GMC C-series pickup trucks.

 

For the modeler: This review covers the Revell re-release (Re-Pop) of the 1977 Chevrolet Van. This is Kit #85-7221 in the current catalog. The kit was released under the Monogram name in 1977 and has seen multiple box arts including a race car trailer combo kit 000B in the 90’s. Revell rates this as a Skill Level 2 for Moderate Builders. There are 81 parts molded in White, Chrome, Clear and it has Vinyl tires. The motor is a bit simplified but as it is not seen once the model is done there is no loss. The interior only consists of a basic front tub and custom seats and a dash. The “doghouse” is molded in to the floor. There is no rear floor or interior at all but as there are no windows it is not too important. The body is solid molded with no windows nor opening doors or hood. While mostly stock it has flares on the wheel wells molded on. The chassis is simplified and the frame is molded to the floor. The kit decals are custom stripes or a generic plumbing company. Just like the real things a van can be used for many things including the business of the County Coroner. With a little research and an ink jet printer – you can make this kit into just about anything you like! The instruction sheet is typical of the Revell “book” style they are currently using. Overall dimensions are: Length: 7-5/16″, Width: 4″, Height: 3-1/4″.

 

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 using white glue for the window glass; complete suspension construction; detailing the tires for realism; body seam identification and removal; complete painting instructions; chassis construction and detailing; mounting the body to the chassis; removing copyright script; engine construction and detailing; complete building and interior detailing; detailing the headlights and taillights; detailing the dashboard; optional foil and trim instructions; version considerations; using floor polish to make “crystal clear” window glass; turn signal finishing; sources for making your own decals; using parts box pieces for authenticity; installing the glass with clear glue; using decal setting solutions for that “painted on” look; combining instruction steps for better finishing; decal preparation and application; are all fully examined in this 15 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

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