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Lindberg 1972 Dodge Challenger

RELATED TOPICS: LINDBERG | 1970S | 1/25
1972 Dodge Challenger
Lindberg No. 73069
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $17.99
Pros: Parts fit and molding generally good
Cons: Chassis too narrow; flash on many parts
I have been a fan of the Dodge Challenger ever since I saw the cult movie classic Vanishing Point many years ago.

Unfortunately, Lindberg's latest issue does not offer the option of building the car factory-stock. A mild custom version, with blown Hemi and custom wheels, is the only choice - unless you raid your parts box.
The 426 Hemi engine is a 19-piece assembly. Detail is good, for the most part, with separate parts for the heads, valve covers, intake manifold, headers, oil pan and drive belts. Parts fit is also generally good, but there is a fair amount of flash. Many of the parts are chrome-plated, which I ended up stripping off anyway because of the amount of flash.

When assembling the blower unit, I found that the drive belt wouldn't fit if the drive is on the left-hand side as shown in the instructions; flip it to the right and all is OK. I also waited until the engine was mounted in the chassis to install the exhaust headers.

The interior is pretty standard fare, with a tub for the main shell and separate bucket seats, dash and steering wheel. Detail on the side panels is a bit shallow, as one would expect. The seats are decent, and the instrument panel is nicely engraved. There is an optional roll bar that I decided not to include. The dash seems to sit too low, but interferes with the windshield if it's raised to the point I thought it should be.

The body shape looks to be pretty good, although something about the hood just looks wrong to me. I can't profess to be an expert on the subject, so make your own judgment.

Again, there is a fair amount of flash to clean up, but mold lines are faint and easily removed. The flash problem is more of a problem on the chrome bumpers, which should probably be stripped and painted with Alclad.

The chassis features molded-in exhaust pipes, but the rear suspension and driveshaft are separate pieces. The molding is good, with nice detail and texture. But the chassis is too narrow, leaving a large gap on either side.

I also found that the ride stance was not to my liking. I trimmed the rear axle so the wheel backs could be butted up against the leaf springs, so the wheels would fit inside the fenders. I lowered the front wheels by notching the wheel backs so they would fit flush with the chassis mounting posts, rather than sitting on top of them.

I also ended up cutting a little off the posts on the underside of the front fenders, to allow the chassis to sit farther up into the body.

All in all, it can be built into a pretty decent looking model. Although it's not a great kit, it's certainly not a bad kit either. It just takes a little more test- fitting and cleanup than one might expect from today's kits.

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