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Building '69 Charger Daytonas with my Grade 5 class

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This started back in March when I bought enough AMT/Johnny Lightning '69 Dodge Charger Daytona's, so that every student would have a kit and 2 kits would be for the required 'replacement' parts. This will mostly be a photo journal.

The starting point.

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A couple of shots of me making Hemi Orange from Tamiya regular Orange.

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I built up one engine ahead of time, and the fit was not so good. This would be problematic for my students. So the answer was to to do a mass assembly of all the engine blocks for them!

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I did a lot of test fitting of parts in order to stay one step ahead of the kids.

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Another area that had the potential for headaches were the holes in the chassis for the front wheels and the solid metal rear axle. These were all drilled out by hand. It does not help when you have not brought your pin vice to school!.

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Here are a few random shots of kits on desks.

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Most kids had never built a model, let alone used an airbrush. This is the gear we used - Tamiya Spray-work.

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To be continued...

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That's awesome. I remember the first thread when you asked about this kind of thing. Good luck to you and your students.

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What a great way to introduce kids to the hobby, sure gives them a creative outlet & keeps them off the video games. Keep up the great work.

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The project wrapped up just a couple of days before the end of the school year, which was on June 28. I was afraid to try to put too many pictures in one posting, so I will do this in a couple.

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Awesome idea. You have to be the coolest grade school teacher ever. I once built a scale model of a space shuttle as part of a 7th grade project, but that is as close as I have ever came to such a concept. Surely it was nothing as cool as a '69 Charger. I look forward to seeing more pics!

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Wonderful post .. and idea! I'm looking forward to mega-documentation on this! :)

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