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2006 Dodge Charger R/T
Manufacturer: Maisto
Release dates: 2006 - Current
Catalog number: 04149
Date Purchased: August 2008
Date Completed February 2010
Number in collection: 31

Since its introduction in 1966, the introduced the Charger name has appeared on several types of Dodge cars. It began as a companion to the existing mid-size Coronet two-door hardtop, but with unique styling. In the mid-1070's, it became a competitor in the popular 'personal luxury coupe' segment, with much less emphasis on performance than in previous years. The name was revived in the 1980's on a version of the sub-compact Omni coupe. This was probably the least memorable of any car ever to carry the Charger name.

After a near twenty year absence, the Charger returned to the Dodge lineup. This time, it would be on a full-size sedan. This wasn't the first four-door Charger, as a concept car from the late 1990's also broke the two-door tradition. That car had nothing in common with this production Charger, which also shares its platform and running gear with the Chrysler 300. Unlike many prior Charger's, this version has performance that meets and possibly exceeds the best of the earliest cars, thanks to an available 391 CID (6.4l) Hemi V8.

This replica of the Charger R/T scale model is made by Maisto, as part of their Fresh Metal series. Like most other cars in this series, it's clear that these are intended to be toys rather than collectables. Body detail is decent, but not always completely accurate. Chassis detailing is minimal, and the wheel style is 'generic', and doesn't match a style used on the accurate car. While open-top cars have an interior, hardtops have a very dark tinted piece of clear plastic.

I originally worked on this car long before I started photographing them. The 'before' pictures are not of my car, but ones I found on-line of cars that are in original condition. The 'after' pictures were of my car, but taken while I was originally writing this page.

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What I started with. Actual car I used for reference.


Pictures of car before any changes were made (click to enlarge)
Disassembly was done by drilling out the two body-to-chassis rivets. The parts breakdown is as follows:
  • A black plastic chassis with moulded-in detail for the drive train, exhaust system, and suspension.
  • Front and rear tire/wheel/axle assemblies. These fit loosely between the chassis and interior pieces. The wheels are chrome-plated, have a generic custom design, and look undersized when compared to the rest of the car.
  • A single piece clear window assembly, which has a very heavy smoke tint.
  • The die-cast body, painted metallic red with tampo-printed markings.

Although the overall detail level of this car is very basic, especially with no interior, I made my usual changes to the body with paint and foil.

The following is a summary of the changes I made:
  • Wheels and tires: Sanded the tread surface with 220 grit sandpaper to simulate wear.
  • Chassis: Painted entire piece Testors acrylic flat black. Engine, transmission, suspension and exhaust system details were highlighted with Tamiya semi-gloss black, metallic gray, and flat aluminum.
  • Windows: Mo changes were made to this part.
  • Body: Painted entire underside of body Testors acrylic flat black. Applied Bare-Metal foil to front grille, front turn lights, and tail lights. Painted grill openings with Testors flat black, then rubbed paint from grill bars after it dried. Painted window frames and head light area with Testors acrylic flat black. Drew in body panel seams with a metal tipped 'quill' pen and black ink. Tail lights are painted Tamiya clear red. Painted back-up lights with Testors flat white, and front side marker lights with Tamiya clear orange.
Disassembled parts, before reassembly To the left is the car prior to re-assembly.

Assembly was completed by pressing the parts together, filling the old rivet holes with epoxy putty, and touching up the filled holes with paint to match the chassis plate.


Pictures of completed car (click to enlarge)


The proportions of the completed car look good when compared to the actual car. The table below shows how close they are.

Actual car 
(mm / in)
Model
(mm / in)
Dimensions of actual car based on model scale
(mm / in)
Calculated scale based on model to actual car
Length 5083 / 200.1 78 / 3.07 4992 / 196.4 1:65
Wheelbase 3048 / 120.0 46 / 1.82 2944 / 116.4 1:66
Width 1890 / 74.4 30 / 1.18 1920 / 75.4 1:63
Height 1478 / 58.2 24 / .96 1536 / 61.2 1:61

This car has 1:64 scale moulded onto the chassis plate, but my calculations show that this is not even close. It's one thing when the advertised scale is incorrect, but another when the calculated scale of major dimensions are so inconsistent. It's like Maisto wasn't very concerned about making a realistic replica.

I normally don't collect smaller scale cars from Maisto, such as this one. The main reason is the lack of an interior. I have found that they are useful for combining with similar cars from other manufacturers that have an interior, but a less realistic body. I've seen a few possibilities from Hot Wheels and Matchbox, and and will likely modify this car when I have a donor. That is the primary reason I even bothered to add this one to my collection. The secondary reason is purely sentimental. My wife gave it to me many years ago not long after we first met. She doesn't remember how she got it, but admitted that it may have seen service as a cat toy. That might explain why the cats started giving me the 'stink-eye'.


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