Steve Magnante: Fun with Plastic in 1/25 Scale

This AMT 2010 Dodge Challenger kit builds into a sweet curbside replica of the real thing (left). The wheel standing altered wheelbase variant (right) was cobbled together one night in front of the TV. Note how the wheel openings and tires have been hop-scotched forward from their stock locations.

 

Drag racing is a game of traction. All the horsepower in the world is useless if the driving wheels spin and burn rubber while the car sits still at the starting line. Meanwhile, if the opponent doesn’t spin, he’ll be off and…

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Steve Magnante: Fun with Plastic in 1/25 Scale

Model Behavior with Steve Magnante

Model Behvavior

 

Ever since they first appeared on the shelves of hobby shops, department stores and mom ‘n pop soda fountains around 1958, 1/25 scale unassembled plastic model car kits have been popular with kids of all ages. Though the so-called golden age of car modeling is said to have occurred between 1960 and 1972, the hobby has seen a strong rebound in the past 10 years.

 

The great thing about plastic kits — compared to pre-assembled die cast metal miniatures — is how it’s up to you, the builder, to decide…

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Model Behavior with Steve Magnante

The Dodge Heritage Series, Part 9: 2000-Now

Dodge Challenger

 

Welcome back to the Dodge Heritage Series, a 10-part exploration of Dodge brand history. This is part 9 in the series.

 

The 21st century brought the Dodge brand a whole new set of challenges, with consumers in search of ever greater performance and efficiency. Dodge responded with a new generation HEMI® V-8 engine and an advanced line of vehicles to match.

 

The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine was first made available in Dodge Ram trucks in 2003 and was then offered in the all-new Dodge Charger R/T sedan and Magnum R/T station…

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The Dodge Heritage Series, Part 9: 2000-Now