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Revell-Monogram 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8

August 2007
RELATED TOPICS: MONOGRAM | REVELL
2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8
Revell-Monogram No. 85-2019
Model Type: Injection-molded
styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear, clear red, smoke
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $15.50
Pros: Well-designed; excellent detail; builds easily
Cons: Minor sink marks above taillights; tires fit tightly

Talk about hitting a home run! Revell-Monogram does it with the 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8. There is nothing I did not like about this model, from the engine detail, to the optional wheels, to ease of assembly.

The 19-piece replica of the Hemi engine is crisply detailed, assembles easily, and on its own, makes this kit desirable; I'm sure the engine will find itself sitting in the engine bay of many early Mopar muscle cars.

Separate oil and transmission pans cover the majority of the seam lines created by the engine-block halves. Unlike some current Hemis, the induction manifold is exposed, and adds interest to the engine bay.

The interior platform includes the firewall and inner fender panels, as well as a separate piece for the cargo bay floor. I had concerns about this two-piece base at first, but I encountered no issues with it during final assembly.

The excellent engraved detail from the engine is carried forward to the interior. The dashboard includes six decals for instrumentation, navigation screen, and SRT8 logos. There are five decals for the steering wheel, four of which provide color for the aluminum spokes.

The two-piece front bucket seats fit well, and include SRT8 decals for the headrests. I used Tamiya Neutral Gray and German Gray for interior colors.

The 13-piece chassis may seem overly simplified, but it builds easily and offers a realistic rendering. The two-piece exhaust system is well-detailed and includes turned-metal exhaust tips.

I don't prefer chrome wheels on new cars, so I painted the wheels aluminum and added a wash to add depth to the stock wheels. The tires are a tight fit, so you may want to knead them with your fingers to add some "give" before fitting them to the wheels.

The body pieces fit together with no problems; the only issue I had were minor sink marks above the taillights. I wish the front bumper assembly would have included a separate molded grille assembly or screen for the grille area.

Tamiya Italian Red was sprayed over Tamiya white primer, and polished using three grades of Tamiya polish. I suggest using photos from www.dodge.com for painting the black exterior trim, as well as interior reference photos.

A scale electric guitar is included, and complements the optional sound-system decal for the cargo area. Optional accent decals are provided for the body, as is a "YEAH, IT'S GOT A HEMI" bumper sticker.

Two additional SRT8 kits are sitting on my shelf. One will be a built as a tuner version of this car, and the other is donating the Hemi engine for another project.

I highly recommend this kit to anyone - whether you are an experienced builder or just entering the hobby.

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