GETTING STARTED

For the most part, DeAgostini supplies everything needed to build the model. However, we have put together a list of items that we found that improve the experience. These are just suggestions, there is no need to do it exactly this way.

Work Space


This model is going to take a long time to build, so having a good work space to assemble it is important. We created a dedicated location with a small table and laid down a self-healing 24×36″ craft mat by Arteza:

https://arteza.com/products/24×36-self-healing-rotary-cutting-mat

This has a nice dark grey background with a 1″ grid, imperial rulers, and is big enough to cover the entire model.

Screwdriver Set


DeAgostini provides a basic screwdriver along with the first issue. However, we found that these tools are not that great, so instead we used this precision screwdriver/tool set by ORIA:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y2N568J/

This set has many other useful tools such as different sharp-point tweezers, razor knife, magnetizing block, pry tools, etc.

Another screwdriver set we recently picked up is fantastic, but does not contain any of the other tools. This is the iFixIt Mantra set:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BMM74FD/

Organizer


This model is assembled using dozens of tiny screws. The screw are supplied in bags that are marked by DeAgostini based on their size and the material they drive into, such as AP, BP, CM, DM, etc. The first letter is the size and the second is the material it is meant for (P for plastic, M for metal).  As there will be many different types of screws used keeping them organized is extremely helpful. And, since DeAgostini includes extra screws in every issue, you will need someplace to store them all.

We bought a cheap 36-slot organizer from Amazon but any similar product would work fine. We used the small designation labels included on each screw bag to mark each compartment to keep everything tidy.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075FXQ7Z3/

Lubricating Oil


We still recommend pre-threading all of the metal holes with the correct screw before attaching things into place. This simply involves driving the intended screw into each hole and removing it before actually fastening anything together. The screws are made of harder metal than the die-cast parts so they should create threads in the metal. This will make the actual connection straighter and easier to use.

However, a game-changer for the metal screws is to pick up some 3-in-One Multi-Purpose Oil and add a tiny drop to the tip of each metal screw (or into the hole). Using this, the metal screws feed much easier and won’t bind, break, and strip nearly as often.

Custom Modifications (Mods)


If you plan on modifying your car, you may want to look into some of the many mods available to us before you start building.

See our MODS page for details.

The Community


Finally, there will a lot of other Charger R/T model builders online where you can learn more about the kit, build tips and tricks, videos, ask questions, and join discussions. Don’t be a stranger, we are friendly!

Next Up


 Stage 1 – Bonnet, Air Intake, Supercharger (Coming Soon)

Building the 1:8 scale Dodge Charger R/T from DeAgostini