The Munsters Monster Truck 1:25 Scale AMT Model Kit #863 Review

2015 July 31
by Doug

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The Munsters Monster Truck 1:25 Scale AMT Model Kit #863 Review

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 The Munsters was a 1960’s American family television sitcom depicting the home life of a family of monsters. It starred Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster and Yvonne De Carlo as his wife, Lily Munster. The series was a satire of both traditional monster movies and popular family entertainment of the era, such as Leave It to Beaver. It ran concurrently with The Addams Family. Although the Addams family were well-to-do, the Munsters were a more blue-collar family. The series aired at night once a week in black-and-white on the CBS Television Network from September 24, 1964 to May 12, 1966, for 70 episodes.

TV’s most ghoulish and fun family have got themselves a “Munster Truck!” This Chevy 4×4 monster truck is a car-crushing classic. It features a big blown motor and super-sized tires. AMT has created the custom “Monster” Truck depicting the Munsters using the very popular USA-1 truck that represents the second and most notable version of Everett Jasmer’s series of USA-1 Monster Trucks. It was the first National Champion of Monster Truck racing, during the yearlong TNT Motorsports National Points Championship Series of 1988.


For the Modeler: This review covers the Round2 release of the Munsters Chevy Monster Truck under the AMT brand. This is Kit #A863 which is 1/25 scale and a Skill Level 2 for the moderate builder as it requires paint and glue for assembly. This kit is a Re-release 1 (Re-Pop) of the USA-1 Monster truck but with all new Munsters themed graphics. There are roughly 100 parts molded in Black, Chrome, Clear and Clear Red and included Vinyl tires. This is a full frame traditional style truck, not the roll cage super-truck that is now used in the Monster Truck competitions. The kit has a fully detailed motor that is quite easy to wire and add additional details to. There is a full chassis with the monster style suspension and drivetrain. The interior is a typical tub and looks more like a stock interior than race truck. The body is split with the cab and bed being separate units. The tires are a hollow soft rubber compound and are typical of the monster truck tires seen in the majority of kits. The decals have a crisp color register and look good with rich color depth. Overall dimensions are: Length: 9”, Width: 5”, Height: 5-3/4”.


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; 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; removing copyright script; finishing the engine bay; interior/trunk color selection; engine construction and detailing; building and complete interior detailing; detailing the dashboard; optional parts considerations; making a wired distributor; correct wiring instruction guide; making the taillights look real; combining instruction steps for better finishing; building and installing the roll cage; handling directional tires; 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 17 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

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