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1968 Dodge Charger R/T

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  • Member since
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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
1968 Dodge Charger R/T
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, October 26, 2014 3:48 PM

My new project is Revell's '68 Charger R/T.  I debated with myself if I was going to use the 440 or the 426 Hemi and the 440 won out.  Currently, I have a '68 Hemi Charger R/T and a '69 Hemi Charger SE on the shelf and one '68 Charger R/T with a 440.  The kit I am using I bought back in '08 when the kit was issued and I had bought two with one being used for a Build Off with my Canadian friend, RandyB.  This build may be used for next years' Classic Plastic Model Club Theme...Mopars!  

The kit...Revell 1968 Dodge Charger R/T kit #85-4202.

I am using a set of Cragar SS mags from the Revell '67 Charger kit and the paint will be Tamiya TS-54 Light Metallic Blue.  The interior will be the same blue with dark blue inserts on the seats.

I guess you could describe my model as a "Day 2 car", a term I do not like.  I will use my sewing pin technique for the side markers.  

More Mopar to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...MrMike!

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Posted by DAYTONA on Sunday, October 26, 2014 8:29 PM

...1968 Charger R/T...all time classic beauty

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Sunday, October 26, 2014 8:31 PM

Sweet, another '68 Charger build!! I'll be watching this one, that Tamiya blue will be sharp!!

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  • From: Eugene, OR
Posted by johnnyb' on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 11:08 AM
Nice! Can't wait to see the sewing pin technique.
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Posted by Retro Joe on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 1:23 PM
Great kit! I had fun with it...can't wait to see your progress.
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Posted by Retro Joe on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 1:24 PM
I think that's the same paint I got for an upcoming Chevelle project. Love that blue!
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Posted by rickr442 on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 9:14 PM

Looks good so far!

What color Vinyl top and interior?

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Posted by Retro Joe on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 9:44 PM
The 68 kit doesn't have the vinyl top detail (but that doesn't mean it can't be added) .
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  • From: Portugal
Posted by Charger01 on Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:57 PM

Very good project you have here, good luck with this fantastic car

Joaquim
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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, November 01, 2014 8:33 AM

Thanks guys!

rickr442

Looks good so far!

What color Vinyl top and interior?

 

Rick, long time, no hear!  There is no vinyl roof to this kit and I am not a fan of them.  The interior will be the same as the exterior with a dark blue on the seat inserts.

I painted the engine block this morning with Mopar Turquoise Engine Enamel.

There is a Hemi engine in this kit along with an engine stand, so I have decide to assemble and paint both to display with the Charger.  The Hemi is painted with Mopar Street Hemi Orange Engine Enamel.

More Mopar to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...MrMike!

  • Member since
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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 8:06 AM

Wow!  This build was started almost 3 years ago and I had just lost any desire to finish it which is unusual for me since I do love my Mopars.  I have decided to pull the '68 Charger R/T back out and work on it again, so I updated all my picture links and will get back to working on this again.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...MrMike!

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  • From: Podunk, Illinois
Posted by smhardesty on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 10:33 AM
Good deal. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished build.

Steve

On the bench - Right now, a mess.

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 8:44 PM
Seconded, I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it!
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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 8:37 PM

Thanks Steve and Bill!  Everything will remain the same...color, wheels, striping, etc.  But, I do have a couple of ideas for the tires and the shifter.  I might forgo the console and make a padded seat/fold down armrest combo or what is otherwise called a "buddy seat".

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...MrMike!

KWT
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  • From: Middle TN
Posted by KWT on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 8:45 PM

The "buddy seat" idea sounds cool. Can't wait to see where you go with this. I hear it's a good kit.. and lord knows you'll do it justice. Build on!

Time well wasted, is not time wasted - John Lennon

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 8:34 PM

The 'buddy seat" is real easy to do.  I can either stack and shape some styrene or look in the parts box for the approriate seat cushions, make a couple of brackets and glue them on.  

More Mopar to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...MrMike!

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 9:18 PM

This is what I had in mind for the shifter.  I took the short racing shifter and cut off the T-Handle.

I took the stock shifter and cut off the shift ball.

Using my pin vise and a drill bit the size of the shifter shaft, I drilled a hole into the T-Handle and glued it to the stock shifter shaft.  I now have a T-Handle for the stock shifter!

More Mopar to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...MrMike!

  • Member since
    December, 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 6:28 AM
Nice ideas for making it a little different! I like the way the shift lever turned out, and looking forward to seeing what you do with the buddy seat. I made one out of an extra back seat once with mixed results
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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 4:29 PM

This thread has given me the inspiration to sort my '68 out . It was going to be silver with red R/T stripe and interior ( steels in red too ) Wired and hosed rather nicely ( Even the breather pipes 1st effort too ) But... (... and its a "Cardashian sized one"... ) ...I got glue on the roof  , so I saved it by masking the body - to do a black stipple enamel paint "vinyl" roof . I carefully peeled off the masking ..... dum dum duuuuuummm...and some of the perfect red double stripe ." Oh b..last my luck ! " ( well , the mods would ban this comment otherwise ! ) Deep breaths and a nice cuppa tea later , popped it back in the box and stored it far out of harms way . I might end up doing the Roadkill General Mayhem the rate I'm going .... LOL 

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:40 PM

Thanks Bill!  I'll rumage through the parts box for the pieces I need for the buddy seat.  I built one many years ago for the '68 Charger Build Off with RandyB and nip-picked by Fury3.  IMHO, Randy built the better Charger as he is an excellent builder.

Spencer, think about a solution to curing the ills for your Charger.  I find that if I encounter a problem with the build, I set it aside and think about how to correct my mistake and not look for a quick and easy cover up.  But, if you really want to go for the Roadkill General Mayhem, then go for it! 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...MrMike!

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