For the most part, DeAgostini supplies everything needed to build the model. However, I have put together a list of items that can improve the experience. These are just suggestions, there is no need to do it exactly this way.
This model is going to take a long time to build, so having a good work space to assemble it is important. I created a dedicated location with a small table and laid down a self-healing 24×36″ craft mat by Arteza:
This has a nice dark grey background with a 1″ grid, imperial rulers, and is big enough to cover the entire model.
DeAgostini provides a basic screwdriver along with the first issue. However, I found that these tools are not that great, so instead I use this precision screwdriver/tool set by ORIA:
This set has many other useful tools such as different sharp-point tweezers, razor knife, magnetizing block, pry tools, etc.
Another screwdriver set I recently picked up is fantastic, but it does not contain any of the other tools. This is the iFixit Manta Driver Kit:
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.
I bought a cheap 36-slot organizer from Amazon but any similar product would work fine. I used the small designation labels included on each screw bag to mark each compartment to keep everything tidy.
I 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.
Finally, there are many other DeAgostini 1:8 scale Dodge Charger R/T partwork 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!
I found a few YouTube channels that are a great presentation of the build and may help provide insight into what it takes to build this model:
World of Wayne (Fanhome version)
This set of videos from Wayne Green documents his build of the Fanhome Dodge Charger R/T over in the UK (same model, different source). His videos are fantastic and provide a lot of detail and camera angles for each issue.
There are also Facebook groups dedicated to the build. There is a ton of information and help to be found. Some of the groups I visit are:
Stage 1 – Bonnet, Air Intake, Supercharger