AMT 1/25 Drag-U-La 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 Drag-u-La was one of two cars featured in the mid 60s TV Show, the Munsters. Though not seen often, it was the preferred transportation for Grandpa Munster.
It was nice to see this kit re-issued. The last time it was around was when it was re-issued in a Double-pack Blue Printer issue. I built one of these as a kid and was really looking forward to seeing it again.
It is a very simple kit but once built makes a great shelf model. And if you wanted to take the time, with a little detailing you could make it into a very realistic model.
When I built it, I did make a few changes to the kit—primarily in the area of the wheels and tires. I have never liked plastic tires, so I didn’t use the ones in the kit. Instead, I used a set of slicks from the AMT Custom & Competition drag slicks parts pack. Then I dug around in my parts bin to find a set of tires for the front; they came from an old “T Bucket” kit. I painted my Drag-u-La with Testor’s One Coat lacquer—the color is Pure Gold.
Every once and a while we all need to get away from those mega detailed kits and do something simple and fun. This was fits the bill on that. Other than the wheels and tires, I built it straight out of the box. It gave me a chance to practice good building techniques without worry about perfection. When you couple it with the included cardboard stand, it builds into a convincing shelf model. Anybody know where I can find a 1/25 scale Grandpa Munster?
My sincere thanks to Round2 Models for this review sample!