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MPC 1975 Dodge Dart Sport

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1975 Dodge Dart Sport
Round 2 No. MPC798/12
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $29.95
Pros: Many optional parts; enjoyable build
Cons: No painting instructions; some prominent sink/ejector-pin marks
It’s been more than a decade since we last saw this model, and the latest release restores many of the parts from the original kit, including the custom “honeycomb” mag wheels, M/T cheater slicks, and driver figure with trophy.  

Most of the parts are molded in white. The clear parts are bagged separately, and although a little thick, are optically pretty good.

The large chrome tree is well done, although there is some flash that will require touchup on many parts. The decal sheet is a recreation of the original art, and is colorful and well-printed.  

There are many optional parts to build stock, custom, or drag versions.

The first choice is which set of wheels and tires to use. For the stock version you have the factory rally-style wheels and a set of what look to be a bias-ply tires with good tread but plain sidewalls. The custom honeycomb wheels look like the mid-1970s Pontiac Trans Am wheel. The cheater slicks feature nice raised lettering on the sidewalls.

You have two complete engine options: the stock 360 V-8 with a 4-barrel, or a 426 HEMI with single 4-barrel or high-rise dual-quad intake.

Eighteen parts make up the 360 power plant. General fit is quite good, and detail isn’t too bad either. Again, there is some flash to clean up, but nothing you wouldn’t expect in a tool of this vintage. There are no painting instructions.
Many of the parts are chrome-plated, if you want the stock engine a little dressed up; otherwise, most of them will need to be stripped. A “360 four barrel” decal is provided for the air cleaner top.

The 426 HEMI is similar in construction, but the transmission is separate from the block. The 4-barrel carbs for the HEMI are nicely molded, but there is no air cleaner for the street version. The high-rise intake will require cutting a hole in the hood (which is scribed – deeply – for this option). The only exhaust option for the HEMI is a tubular type header. There are more than 20 parts in the assembly, depending upon the intake option.

The chassis is pretty basic, and typical of kits of the era. The pan has good molded-in detail, but there is absolutely no front suspension, and the rear leaf springs, axle, and dual exhausts are molded as a single unit.  

The front wheels are mounted via pins to the chassis, with choice of stock or lowered drag height; but when I tried the lowered height, the tires rubbed the tops of the fender wells. The radiator and front crossmember are molded together and fit well to the chassis.  

The interior has a main tub and separate front bucket seats, dash, steering column, and shift lever. The rear seats are molded into the tub, as is the center console. There are a couple of large ejector-pin marks on the front and back footwells, but flocking masked them nicely.  

The body has a fairly heavy mold seam running through the C-pillar that will need some attention, but otherwise cleanup was pretty painless. The front grille fits well, and with a little black wash, really comes to life. I did find it necessary to grind out the rear panel between the taillights to get the rear grille to fit flush.

The hood has some hood pins molded in that are grossly oversized, so I sanded them off. I had to sand a bit off the sides of the hood for better fit and paint allowance. The side mirrors seem to be a bit large, so I carved them down to about ¾ size.

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