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Lindberg Dodge Rammunition

February 2008
RELATED TOPICS: LINDBERG | TRUCK | 1/24
Rammunition
Lindberg No. 73015
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $25.00
Pros: Parts bagged separately; excellent instructions
Cons: Headers not separate pieces; joining frame halves difficult; mold lines on tubing
Lindberg's new kit represents the Rammunition monster truck as driven by Geremie Dishman of the Hall Brothers racing team. The other Hall Brothers monster truck entry, Raminator, is also available as a new kit by Lindberg (No. 73014).

Upon opening the oversized box, you will find nine sprues of white plastic; a one-piece body, less rear bumper; a sprue of clear plastic; and four nicely-molded huge tires.

The parts exhibit a small amount of flash, and typical mold lines. The clear parts are bagged separately to minimize scratching.

The real star of this kit is the instructions. Photographs of all parts, numbered on their sprues, are provided, along with excellent construction drawings and a three-view drawing that's useful for decal placement.

The supercharged Hemi engine is a 17-piece assembly that is reasonably detailed. Oddly enough, the headers are molded to the heads, which sandwich between the block and intake; this makes it difficult to paint them a different color from the engine.

The cockpit features a driver's seat without belts, pedals, fire extinguishers, and control levers. No molded detail or decals are provided for the dash gauges.

Monster truck frames are constructed from circular tubing, which is well represented in the kit. However, to remove all of the mold lines from the frame would require hours of work, because of the amount of tubing. (I didn't do that cleanup for the review.)

Kit components are made up in subassemblies (engine, fuel cell, cockpit, radiator assembly) and glued into one frame half. The other frame half then sandwiches these components by attaching to the first half. This is a very difficult construction step that will test the patience of most modelers; however, fit is good after everything is lined up.

I used superglue with accelerator in this step, and fogged the rear cockpit glass. You should protect this glass if you use this method.

Assembly of the rest of the components (ancillary frame members, axles, drive shafts) goes without a hitch. Patience again is required for installation of the wheels into the tires, because the tire bead must be locked into the wheel circumference. External bead locks then hold the tire in place.

The headlight/taillight buckets and grille are molded into the body, requiring careful masking and Alclad painting to simulate the chrome finish.

The decals are well printed, although they are a little bit thick. I recommend removing the molded-in fastener detail to provide a flat surface for decal adhesion. Aftermarket fasteners could then be used.

The body mates perfectly to the completed frame assembly.

At times during construction I wanted to give up, but with perseverance, a nice replica can be built.

I wouldn't recommend this kit to inexperienced modelers, but with detailing, a contest-winning model can be created by an experienced modeler.

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