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  1. Good evening, this is my first post on the forum. I want to build a 73/74 Challenger. This was the last of the first generation and is forgotten (some say that's a good thing) either way they're still meat to me. The car I wanna do is what I'd call the 'Grandpa Special.' You can see what I mean by that with the green car pictured in the Dodge brochure. I plan on using the ARII kit to start with, it seems very toyish so I'm wondering if there is a better way (it has to be cheap, I'm a broke college student) I also need a source for a 318 LA and the hubcaps seen on this car. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. I've been lucky enough to own two muscle cars in my life, a 1972 Chevelle and my current car, a 2015 Challenger. With the 2015 being styled after a 71 Challenger I have been wanting a good representation of a 71 R/T for awhile. Sadly, no one makes a 71 Challenger kit. I did a conversion a few years back, but I always felt like I could do better. I've been pretty low on money lately as my dad was in the hospital, (plus I wanted to get a few new kits) but I finally decided to pull the trigger on doing another conversion. During the process of building the model my father ended up passing away, so this build is dedicated to him. The resin conversion kit came from Hart's Parts. I've used them before and they're excellent conversions. The fit is great! The stripes are Keith Marks 71-74 Challenger decals I got off eBay. The kit itself is the newest version of the AMT 70 Challenger. It's not a great kit (see my previous post), but I was able to make a pretty descent conversion learning my lesson from the 70 Challenger I built a few weeks ago. SAM_1571 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_1572 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_1573 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr My previous build for comparison SAM_0602 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  3. I originally got one of these kits about 15years ago and thought it was a really good kit. I also bought a second one to do a conversion to a 71 Challenger. That kit was different from the first in that it lacked the rally rims and racing gas cap. I ranked the first kit as one of the better Round 2 kits for years. My first one came out great, but this kit is another Round 2 head scratcher. It left me more than a little frustrated. First off, this is the new kit in the metal collector's box. The box art has a Plum Crazy Challenger with a wing spoiler. Awesome! I love Challengers with spoilers; it's always been a criticism that they weren't in a lot of kits. Now I can finally build one with a spoiler..............No, no, I won't. There is no wing spoiler in the box. Well at least it will have that nice vinyl SE top and the option to make it a convertible............Nope, neither are in the kit. The vinyl top you get instead is for the regular wide window version. However, the top is not complete; as in there isn't a complete frame and the car's body is supposed to complete the lower portion of the window frame. So you have to paint the body to match the vinyl top. Did I mention the fit is not so great for the top? Yeah, it's not as good a fit as the old kit. I would have done the convertible if it had come with the option. The hood fit is also bad, so I had to glue it shut. The dash fit was also pretty bad and I had a hard time getting it in. The only good thing I could say about the kit was that they have all new decals for SOME of the emblems. Kind of a head scratcher as to why they didn't do the Challenger emblems for the fenders. Over all, the kit came out alright, but nowhere near as good as my first. SAM_1558 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_1559 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_1560 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  4. The Omni inspiration started when I saw this unwanted snap kit on eBay. So I decided to give it another chance as a lesser built Sox & Martin car . I also found a 3-D printed 1978 challenger body also on eBay, and thought both of these bodies could work with the mpc Vega as a donor kit for the chassis and interior tub. So far the paint jobs came out pretty good although I had some bleed through issues on the Omni. The interior tub fit really good I used the Omni dash on the Omni and will use the Vega dash for the challenger . The Omni will get a 340 engine. The challenger will be built as a curbside. As I found the 3-D printed plastic very hard and brittle to cut. I’ll have to move the front wheel wells forward on both builds.
  5. I built this model sometime in the early nineties from kit bashing the johan Sox & Martin cuda with the new at the time amt/ertl challenger kit. The aluminum slot mags are from the johan pro stock comet . I had to use two sets of Fred cady decals as the black base color bleeds through the yellow. The yellow panels had to be cut and splice together since they were drawn to fit the monogram 1/24 scale body. The hardest part of the build was sanding the molded in vinyl top texture off the roof. The hood scoop was from the mpc 1975 dodge dart kit. The black paint is from krylon topped future floor polish. Before slixx started it was always tough to piece together all the right small sponsorship decals. When slixx decals came on the market it really changed everything for the better. I still so grateful they are still here. As always thanks for looking 👀, Mike
  6. Just traded in my 2009 for a 2015 Challenger. I found out that they no longer have parts for the 2009-2014 Challengers and when your rear fuse box goes out; it kinda sucks having to rummage through junk yards for a replacement. The new car though is awesome. It is an amazing car and comparing it to my 2009 is like comparing a P-51 to an F-16. It's night and day. The car is beautiful, fun to dive, and I love all the new features.
  7. I built all of these Challengers, previously posted, in one batch. It allowed me to mix and match parts for the options desired on each. They were all painted in the same week. Having so many at once allowed me to build efficiently and gave freshly glued or painted parts time to dry before being handled again. Their completion resulted in a rainbow of E-bodies.
  8. Finished this one a couple of weeks ago and finally got it outside for some pics. Not the most detailed kit in the world but still a lot of fun... My plan was to convert it to a full r/a with a rallye hood, but I couldn’t find a decent one online. I’ll keep looking and someday I’ll swap them out and add the r/t badges. Until then, we have a little custom r/t-t/a hybrid. Paints are all tamiya cans…gloss black for the body and matte for the vinyl top. I like to think a baaaad man drove this thing.
  9. hi everyone !😄 this is my REVELL 1/24 '70 dodge challenger T/A,an very nice kit and easy to build!! hope you guys like it!!🙂 and here is the video build if you are interested..🙂
  10. Is there really no kit of the Dodge Challenger or Charger SRT Hellcat? I see there are die-cast models. Reason I asked, getting a Lamborghini Chetah kit, which is motorized, thought keeping with the Chrysler V8 theme would be cool.
  11. This was the result of my best efforts at Roadkill's 1970 "Off Road Challenger" and I'm only 15 so I'm still improving on my models. I know this is not a slot car forum but I consider this a mix of modeling and slot cars. The car still includes a full interior and engine. The car runs quite good around the track and I couldn't be happier with it. Thanks, TR
  12. Hello to all, Just moved over from the SA forum. Thought I would throw in pics of my favorite builds. Note: I simply can't seem to build out of the box. Poseable front wheels and a lowered front suspension are generally unavoidable for me. ? BTW my favorite (or most used) emoji used to be 'banging my head against the wall' - I guess that describes the way I see myself during building. Question: I like to make slideshow videos of my builds,mwith music I think goes well with the car, and post them on youtube. Are links to those allowed/welcome here? Regards, Csaba
  13. This is a recreation of my old friend Jeff's 70 R/T SE 383 Magnum. I built it as near as possible to his 1:1. Items of note: Small SE (only) rear window, Blacked out grille and tail panel, R/T hood with black treatment and open scoops, Side (and rear) stripe delete, BFGs on American Racing wheels (Outlaw I in rear and Outlaw II in front), Pistol grip shifter on 4-speed. I started with a resin SE body from ebay but it was not that great of a casting detailwise so I only used the roof. My donor kit was an AMT 'Yankee Challenge' with a blower hole in the hood. I had to fill it in and do it smooth enough to paint it gloss black. It actually turned out quite well. The shifter was sourced from a Dodge Super Bee kit I think. The Dodge lettering on the front are individual decals. (what a PITA). The 383 Magnum decals are from an aftermarket sheet. I am VERY pleased with how it turned out.
  14. This is an AMT 70 Challenger built as a non R/T convertible. The engine is the 440-6 pack with the obligitory shaker hood. The up top is a resin piece from drag city casting. The luggage rack is from an original issue 1972 Grand Prix. I call the paint "Magazine Cover Yellow". The wheels are stock Magnum 500s and the tire letters were done with a Gelly Roll pen.
  15. This started as a Lindberg 1972 Challenger kit. The overall lines of the car are not too bad but, unfortunately it has some cartoonish qualities which needed to be addressed. To start with, the molded in side scallops are of the wrong size and finger count to work with factory graphics. So...I had to sand them off since they could not be reworked. Second the imitation shaker hood and scoop were all wrong. In its place I sourced a 440-6 pack scoop from a Dodge 440. It covered the hole just right. The engine is a 440-6 pack from my parts box. The front grille needed some filing to get to fit properly and some BMF to look close to correct. The interior turned out alright in contrasting black and white. Overall the hood gave me the most trouble. Starting with an annoying warp, I progressively made things worse before they got as good as it is. Four repaints and replacement of the whole rear edge is what it took. I tried some textured paint to dress up the tail panel but it didn't turn out as well as I had hoped. One thing I did get right were the wheels and tires. I also NAILED the stance. I love the color as I was shooting for Mopar B5 blue metallic.
  16. This model was a difficult endeavor. The body was a resin copy that had a few of resin's typical issues, namely warping and thickness variances. It also was cast without an engine compartment or cowl. I used an AMT Yankee Challenge kit as a donor. With a lot of trimming, most all of the parts fit together. One of the challenges was having no grille or headlight frames. The 1970 parts are way too different to use so, I made them from scratch. The "floating" grille sections turned out so-so, but they do make it look like a 71 at least. The tail lights were drop in with minor trimming. (I think) the fake side scoops were sourced from Drag City Casting. The rear "Go Wing" came from an AMT 71 Duster Kit. The Hemi came from one of my Challenger kits or parts box (it has been a long time). The R/T stripes came from an ebay vendor. Too bad the artwork for the letters was slanted WRONG on the drivers side. (no way to fix it either). I would normally detail paint the rally wheels but after all the other battles, I just wasn't up to it. The first shaker hood I painted and decaled was warped so I tried to fix it with heat. BAD move. I turned it into a potato chip. Fortunately Will, from DPMCC, came to my rescue and sent me a replacement. THANKS WILL!
  17. Talk about polishing a turd. My dad got me this for Christmas and, if anyone knows me, I like stock vehicles. The Lindberg kit here is not stock. I ordered a Hart's Parts resin hood and got the stripes from eBay. I came out descent, but this kit is a nightmare of issues. The chassis is smaller than the body! I had to apply the glue and hold the body on the chassis for an hour to get it to stay on! The tail lights look horrible, the hood was glued shut because the engine wasn't stock, and I hate that there were no side mirrors. My stripes were also the wrong scale and I had to trim them. The sides are also wrong which caused an issue with the stripes as well. SAM_0447 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0448 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0449 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  18. The very first car model I ever tried to build was a Challenger T/A I got from Hungate's in Independence Mall Wilmington, NC. I always wanted to get another one and do it in Sublime green. I got a few gift cards and decided to use one of them to get this kit. It came out great. The kit is a pleasure to build. SAM_0606 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0607 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0609 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0610 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0611 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0612 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0613 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0614 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0615 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0617 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  19. Been wanting one for the collection. Found resin parts from Hart's parts and found some stripes on ebay. Came out alright. The grill is a little warped and the rear end isn't exactly correct, but it does look pretty good for what it is. SAM_0599 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0600 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0601 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0602 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0603 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0604 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0605 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  20. A while back I had pick up some of the Revell 2009 Dodge Challengers and when I went to Ollies some time ago my son and I picked up some Revell Dodge Ram VTS Pickups. I built one of the Rams and my son had started on the other. All he finished was the engine and put it away to do a WW2 tank model. This evening he pulled the model out and was looking at it. He then pulled one of the Challengers out and started "playing" around with them. He then placed the Challenger on my desk with the V10 in it. I took a look at it and if I modify the intake and oil pan it might fit right into the engine bay. What do you guys think? Should I take his idea further? This might just give a Hellcat or Demon a run for their money
  21. Gonna start posting some of my older stuff since my old photos are lost from photobucket. 1 (2) by Eric Lucas, on Flickr 1 (3) by Eric Lucas, on Flickr 1 (4) by Eric Lucas, on Flickr 1 (5) by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  22. Hi all! It's been quite a while since I posted any progress on any of my models. I recently set up a new model desk and finally finished up my Dodge Challenger, so here are some studio pictures of the finished build. Enjoy!
  23. Picked up the 09 Challenger special edition kit from Revell over the holidays and decided it needed something different. Was ging to drop in an old school Hemi from an old AMT kit and do a drag car, but decided instead to build up the modern Hemi with a scratch built centrifugal supercharger, shave off the 6.1L badging and add 7.0L badging to it. I kept the engine near stock, with the addition of fuel injectors and fuel rails. fuel lines will be added once I am satisfied with the supercharger and related ductwork. I will post images of that once it all comes together. body was clean overall and needed little smoothing before it was ready for paint. All the body pieces fit rather well. hood hinges need a little shaving down to let the hood rest in place properly, but that's typical. I did however spend some quaility time with the nose of the car. I like to open up the grill along with any other front end openings that typically just get painted in black. Typically one would just buy some photo-etched pieces for a new grill, but I decided instead to carefully shave the back side of the grill area and opened up the grill that way. It came out really nice and leaves the badges in place without having to reattach them later. After the paint sat for a week, I laid down some bare metal foil on the badges and painted the grill area semigloss black, rubbing the raised letters clean after the black set up a little. picture doesn't do it justice, it's hard to get good pictures with this dark color. The under body is left fairly mod free, with only addition of more foil to the exhaust pipes for that stainless exhaust look. I may weather the exhaust and underbody a little for that used look, but I am not decided on that yet. Going to have to either make some white stripes myself or see if any of the lesser challenger kits out there have what I'm looking for, since the red stripes supplied with the kit just arn't going to cut it. More to come as the build progresses, may be a while, I'm tend to let things sit between stages, as I ponder different ways to take the build.
  24. Before the end of 2015 I picked three of the Revell Streetburner 70 Challenger kits for less than 10 bucks each. The first was built to match the box art. This one I'm thinking of taking a bit farther, and the first part of that will be a grill cover. The grill work was done using .20 rod approximately 3" (75 mm) long, since I wanted light to pass through, and for the chrome and headlamps to still be visible behind it, the spacing is about .20 as well. Step 1. Building the jig. Starting with a base of tacky putty, I pressed the grill from the clip in far enough to provide the outline. Saved a lot of measuring, and gave me the points to set my corners. Placing each horizontal piece, I then alternated with standard size staples for uniform spacing. I then applied liquid glue to the verticals and placed them on. The mockup above does show the verticals under the horizontals. That was a first run through, and it made more sense to apply the verticals from the top rather than try and cement them underneath. 2. Placement Once the glue had set, I eased out of the jig with #10 blade, since I may want to use the jig again. Her's a shot of the grill laid over the front of the car. I used a marker to mark the ends of the horizontals for trimming to fit inside the setback over the headlamps and grill. That bit of rough texture visible in the picture is some of the tacky stuff that still needed to be removed. and here's a shot after trimming to fit. The top vertical was cut to fit the width of the hood opening. Cleaning and painting. I'm going black on this one. And here's another fitting after painting. Also thinking of carrying the same grill to the lower opening, but haven't decided on black or body color. Your comments are always welcome.
  25. So another step closer to getting in the swing of building again. I saw these kits on the shelves of Wal-Mart along with the Camaro and Mustang. Unfortunately, Wal-Mart pulled the kits before I made a purchase. Hobby Lobby had this one discounted, so I bought it. The paint finish is excellent, too bad Revell doesn't smooth the parting lines before painting. I guess Revell is trying to help the beginner builder by molding parts in different colors and painting the body. The interior is molded in a dark charcoal and the chassis is molded in a metallic charcoal. The builder is given some simple paint instructions to enhance the kit. I didn't put a lot of effort into detailing, because it's just a shelf model. The chassis and interior are simple, but can be detailed to look good. The exhaust is wrong for the 2013 SRT8 and the primary muffler (nicknamed the suitcase) should be two smaller mufflers. The only disappointment are the wheels. I think they are supposed to be Vapor wheels which should be a black chrome. The mold is soft and the detail is lost after chroming. I just painted them metallic black and rubbed the edge to give a different look. One other thing, I forgot to paint the rear lower valence black. Have a look.
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