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Testor 2006 Dodge Charger R/T

October 2007
RELATED TOPICS: 1/24
2006 Dodge Charger R/T
Testor No. 5315
Model Type: Injection-molded
styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $30.00
Pros: Decals, overall parts fit
Cons: Rotors not detailed; windshield did not fit well
The Dodge Charger is a nice model, but because it's so new, there are a few kinks that need to be worked out.

The tires, clear plastic, body, and parts trees were packaged separately; this is something modelers have wanted for years. With Testor doing this, modelers no longer have to worry about scratched clear plastic parts or having tires chemically adhering themselves to the other loose pieces in the box.

All parts in the Charger kit were free from defects. The only disappointing thing when I inpsected the parts was finding that the Charger body was made up of three pieces: the body, front grille/bumper, and rear bumper.

I always like to work with a one-piece model body, so I temporarily assembled the three body pieces, the interior pieces, and a few of the chassis components, with white glue for a test-fit - to see if I could attach the front grille/bumper and rear bumper before painting.

By doing this prefit, I discovered that the body, interior, and chassis fit together perfectly, so I took the Charger apart and permanently glued the front grille/bumper, rear bumper, and mirrors to the body. I also made sure that I glued the hinges to the hood before I prepared the body pieces for primer and paint.

I sanded the body with 600-grit paper so the primer would adhere well to the surface. After I laid down the base coat of Plum Crazy paint, I followed it up with PPG 2021 Urethane clear.

The only difference between the front and rear suspension assemblies is that the front suspension can be completely assembled, but the rear suspension needs to be done in multiple steps, because the exhaust system needs to be glued into place before the rear axle can be assembled to the rest of the rear suspension.

Before the exhaust system can be installed, the exhaust heat shields need to be glued to the bottom side of the chassis. One of the neat things that I liked about the front suspension is that the builder has an option to glue the front spindles in either a turned or straight position.

I was disappointed with the lack of rotor detasils. Many of the new model releases have come with rotors that are quite detailed, but the Charger kit only comes with round disks.

I had a problem getting the edges of the windshield to attach themselves to the Charger body; it took three attempts to get the windshield glued down properly. I feel this problem occurred because the plastic is quite thin; but it can be overcome by taping the edges of the windshield down after gluing.

This is where my luck ran out.

I started to remove the side windows from the parts tree with a plastic clipper, and noticed that when doing so, there was a spot on each of the windows that could be seen where they had been attached to the parts tree.

I tried sanding and polishing to remove the spots, but couldn't fix them without removing too much material from the windows. Because of this, I didn't glue the windows into place.

However, without the windows, the Charger looks like the windows have been rolled down, and really looks pretty darned nice.

The decals look really nice too, and make the Charger look good.

Overall, I was pleased with the kit and recommend that you purchase it for your collection.

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