This review covers the Nestle Crunch Monster Truck 1:32 Scale AMT Model Kit #911. A 2015 release, this model is a repackaging of the popular USA-1 Monster Truck model. This kit is designed to be an easy-to-assemble kit with subject matter that appeals to youngsters. It is all about letting kids get into the hobby with minimal skills and come out with a great looking “monster truck” that has “eye candy” written all over it! A skill level 1 Snap It kit it is molded in color in 21 pieces that are (blue, white and chrome) with metal axles, monster style wheels and vinyl sticker graphics. The completed dimensions are Length: 7”, Width: 4-3/4”, Height: 4”. Assembly time is under an hour.
Construction and Detailing
Minimal construction skills are required to build this model and that is exactly how it was meant to be. Start by assembling the wheels. The tires snap onto two tabs on the hubs. Just align the tread so the tires all match and push an axle onto to one side’s wheels. Now snap together the three-piece frame and slide the metal axels into the hub channels. Push the wheels onto the other end and you have a rolling frame already.
The roll pan and light bar can be snapped into place now and a little superglue will help hold those parts tight as an option. With that done, you can start a one end with the sticker graphics and work to the other. Just follow the box art for placement with careful alignment or at least some adult supervision.
Snap the window glass and grill into place. Then it seems to work better if you snap the frame and wheels onto the chassis pan then place it into the body.
That’s it! You now have a ready to play model that the youngsters will love.
This is a fun build and can be detailed slightly to help the look but overall there is not much to do for the advanced builder. So advanced options would be to paint the suspension parts to highlight the shocks, driveshaft and some of the other minor parts that are molded in. On the body the tail lights could be painted instead of stickers as those were the only ones that did not fit perfect. Aside for painting the body and clear-coating over the stickers it does not have much for the advanced builder to do. This is a SNAP-IT kit made for beginners and it is a great way to get kids involved in the hobby. Monster Trucks are a huge draw for young kids and the Crunch Bar decals give the kids a product they relate to. This is a great afternoon project for a modeler to introduce their child to their hobby.
Thanks to Round 2 Models for the review kit, and to IPMS USA for letting me review it.