AMT 1/25 Munster Koach Build Review
By Ken Kitchen, Front Range Auto Modelers (FRAM)
|Date of Review||April 2012||Manufacturer||AMT/Round 2|
|Kit Number||647||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Old Friend re-released||Cons||Plastic tires, no brass plating|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$20.49|
The Munster Koach was the featured vehicle on the TV show the Munsters. It was a wild looking vehicle derived from several Model T Fords and powered by a small block Ford. It provided plenty of room for the whole Munster clan, including Lilly, Grandpa, Eddie, Marilyn, and driver, Herman. This is another kit I built as a kid and I had been looking forward to building it again, too.
This is a very simple kit, but once its built up, it makes a very pleasing model—especially when you use the cardboard display stand that is part of the kit. Once again, I don't like plastic tires, so I used some from my parts box for both front and rear.
I painted the body with a combination of flat, gloss, and semi-gloss black. For the interior I used blood red. I deviated from the kit just a little by using the pinstripe decals from the more expensive Muster Koach/Dragula collector's kit with decorative tin. It added just a little more realism.
When I remembered back to building this kit as a kid, I realized that my memory was playing tricks on me. I had forgotten how simple the kit was and its shortcomings. There is the issue of the tires, that I mentioned earlier, the engine is a little undersized, and the chassis is not much more than a plate with slots in it for the wire axles. In other words, this one would require some kit-bashing to super-detail it. They could also improve the kit by doing gold or brass plating as most of the plated parts should be brass (you can easily rectify this with a yellow Sharpie).
Even with the shortcomings of the basic kit, it builds up nicely and is a lot of fun. With the exception of the tires and pin stripe decals, I built it straight out of the box.
My sincere thanks to Round2 Models for this review sample!