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MPC Coca-Cola 1969 Dodge Charger R/T Snap Kit

Kit No.: M919M-200
Scale: 1/25
Mfr.: Round 2,
Price: $27.99
Comments: 34 injection-molded plastic parts (white, blac, red chrome plated, clear, clear red); four vinyl tires; decals
Pros: Nice decal sheet with cool graphics; easy assembly
Cons: Some sink marks in the body; tight-fitting chassis
The decals make the MPC Coca-Cola ’69 Charger R/T snap-together kit a singular, curbside build. The body has few seams and only a tiny bit of flash, but the surface finish is dull with a slight brushed texture with visible sink marks on the hood, deck lid, and fenders. Yes, it’s a snap kit, but plastic cement can be helpful.

The one-piece chassis has molded detail and metal axles. The simple bucket-style interior has separate front seats, dash, shifter, and steering wheel. The tires are Goodyear Polyglas G70/15s with raised sidewall lettering. The large decal sheet is nicely printed, and the instructions are easy to follow.

I sanded the body and cleaned up the mold lines, re-scribed panels lines where necessary, and filled the sink marks in the deck lid. The ones in the hood and fender sanded out well enough the decals would hide them.

To get rid of the brushed texture, I sprayed several light coats of Krylon gray primer and wet-sanded with 1000-grit sandpaper. The plastic does not like solvent-based paints, even over a primer coat. So, if you using anything other than acrylics, spray light coats and watch for orange peel. The interior fits together with no fuss, but the steering wheel sits a bit low.

The decals truly turn this car into a unique build. Starting with interior markings, a secondary sheet of decals corrects the Coke markings for the seats; make sure to use those instead. Tamiya Mark Fit (strong) decal solvent helped the decals conform to the seats.

You can choose from black-or white-faced dash gauges. The white ones were a little out of register in my sample kit, so I used the black ones.

Lines printed on the leading edge of the hood decal show you where to cut to help it wrap around the nose. I made an extra cut at the center of the leading edge. The decal responded well to regular Tamiya Mark Fit.

When applying the front fender decals, float both for one side at the same time. This allows you to achieve the best placement for stripe continuity and minimize the gap between the markings. There’s a typo on the instructions for the right-side fender decals: It should read decal nos. 5 and 2. The decals didn’t quite reach all the way to the fender leading edges, and I touched up the areas with a mix of Tamiya clear green (X-25) and white (X-2). I painted the side marker lights, which the graphics covered.

With the decals on and dry, and after a coat of wax, I installed the windows, taillights, and interior, then mounted that assembly onto the chassis. Insert the chassis rear first and squeeze the front inner fender wells to help fit it into the body.

A fun kit to build, the decals are nicely rendered and easy to work with. The parts fit well overall. The most difficult challenge was getting the body over the chassis without damaging the paint or decals. The Coca-Cola ’69 Dodge Charger makes a great weekend project (maybe something to build with the kids) or a slump-buster.


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