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Fundimensions Dodge Chargers

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Fundimensions Dodge Chargers
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, April 27, 2004 10:38 PM

When going through the attic a few months ago I found a couple of Dodge Chargers my older brother built in the early 1980s. The markings on the chassis say 'Fundimensions' and that they were made in 1980. One car is a Dukes of Hazzard General Lee and the other is a more generic red Charger that looks more like a Challenger or something rather than a Charger, certainly not the General Lee Charger. Both are vary simple, with minimal parts besides the motor and interiors.

I've already popped the red Charger apart, and intend on stripping and rebuilding is as nice as I can. The body isn't painted but it is decalled, and there are a lot of glue marks and things to sand off. I don't know what I'll do about the Dukes of Hazzard car (Being a 'yankee' and lover of America, I thought I might rename it after a Union general and put a Civil War-era American flag on the roof).

Had anybody seen these cars before? I am guessing that they were part of a 2-car set, since they are so similar and I can see my brother buying the General Lee but not the other one separately.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, April 27, 2004 10:41 PM

I don't have the Dukes car handy, but the red one is right here and the engine is interesting. I don't know much about real engines, and this one has what look like dual carbs with small round air-cleaners, one for each side of the 'V'. The engine looks large in the engine bay, maybe a Hemi? Can anybody help me out with what that type of carb/air cleaner setup is called? I'll post some pics when I can get ahold of the camera.
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  • From: TRENTON, OHIO
Posted by FIREMODELMAN on Tuesday, April 27, 2004 10:43 PM
if my mind serves me right, were'nt those MPC kits???Confused

Dave http://public.fotki.com/FIREMODELMAN/

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, April 27, 2004 10:57 PM

Possibly, I don't know. The only markings on the chassis says 'Fundimensions' with a large F logo. It also says 'Division C.P.B' and 1980.
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  • From: Fairfield, Ohio
Posted by Drackopolis on Tuesday, April 27, 2004 11:58 PM
Fundimensions is a product of Lionel and MPC...they must have all been owned by the same company, or Fundimensions owned MPC and Lionel Trains stuff.
Something like that because all 3 products could be ordered from the same catalog back then.

What scale are the Chargers? they sold a lot of HO scale, 1/16, 1/24, and 1/25th stuff in those days.
Rev. James D. Baker www.bakerministries.org
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 12:49 AM

They look pretty big, so I'm assuming 1/24th, but they could very well be 1/25th.

Why the heck are there two different scales so close to one another? I't not like 1/24 and 1/18 or 1/24 and 1/32: The difference between the two is very small. Does anybody even differentiate between the two scales when building?
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  • From: Fairfield, Ohio
Posted by Drackopolis on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 1:06 AM
I like 1/25th wheels on a 1/24th car just because i like the wheels to fill up the well, lol.

As for why they have two scales so close together I have no clue. it doesn't make much sense does it?
I may start doing more larger scale cars though since the detail is soooooo much nicer than the smaller scale. not to mention how much easier it is to do custom painting on a larger scale.
I just started a 1/8th kit tonight and so far it is very cool dealing with bigger parts...the motor is huge, lol.
Rev. James D. Baker www.bakerministries.org
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 4:47 PM
Steve.... while I'm not sure or definate on the red car you speak I never saw the inside of the kits....

but in the 80's they did release a Charger 500 they were a little different but simular to the standard charger...

the 500's came in both Hemi and 440 configurations.... the 440's came with a really interesting manifold option manifold actually 2 separate halves went from one head over to the opposing side just over the valve cover and the other side did same... carbs actually sit over valve covers and exhaust manifolds... on inside of each fender area ... these manifolds were not good at bottom end but had excellent mid and high eand poewr..... hence 500's were designed special; for nascar....

Othe 500 only features were flush instead of recessed rear window and a flush frille at the front ...simular to the Ford Talledega Torino.... these designs were to lessen the air drag on the car at racing speeds nearing 200 mph...

I can tell you more when I see the pics... my specialty is rare mopars...

Walt

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