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The Big Heat - BCPD 90s Crown Vic

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  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Towson MD
The Big Heat - BCPD 90s Crown Vic
Posted by gregbale on Friday, August 24, 2018 5:32 PM

 

Decided to do one of Lindberg's 'generic' mid-90s style 1/25 Ford Crown Victoria police models, in the colors of the local constabulary...the Baltimore County (Maryland) Police Dept.

Charged with aiding the public and keeping the peace in the sprawling watershed area around the separately-administered City of Baltimore, their 'beat' ranges from gritty urban areas to (reasonably) quiet suburbia, to far-flung pastoral farm areas. I've had nothing but good and fair-minded interactions with them in my 30+ years living in the area, and I've always particularly admired the elegant simplicity of the paintwork on their vehicles.

 The Lindberg kits are highly-simplified---just a short step above 'snap tight' design---but their fit and detail are quite pleasing. Single-piece body, no-frills interior 'tub' (with separate front seats), and a one-piece chassis that screws in place to hold it all together. Tail lights and light-bar sections come nicely pre-tinted.

 The only concessions to 'police' design for the interior are the optional 'cage' barrier between front and rear seats, and a small but nicely-detailed electronics console for the front 'hump.' Outside there's the afore-mentioned light-bar for the roof, and the option of two spotlights for the 'A' pillars.

 I was going for a more-or-less straight OOB build, but I had to make one significant 'tweak' to the body: because of the sheer size of the long 'county map' insignia on their doors, the BCPD gets all their vehicles with the 'shopping cart' bumper strips removed from front doors & quarter-panels. This was a relatively easy job with a selection of modeling chisels and sandpaper. The rest was built 'kit stock.' (The kit's body style differs slightly from the 'real thing' as used locally, but I didn't let it slow me down; I just adapted the fit of the decals to get as close as possible.)

 I did feel it useful to add a few basic details: seatbelt harnesses for the seats front and rear, and a headliner with dome light for the roof. BCPD mounts only one driver's-side spotlight, and I added the control handle for that inside. No sign of a rear-view mirror in the kit, so one was quickly added from scrap. Likewise no antennas---though they're shown on the box-art---so I whipped up the stub aerial with its dog-leg mount, and the longer 'whip' antenna, from stretched sprue and bits.

 Last details were purely for fun: a clipboard with paperwork on the dash (remember, this was the '90's---they weren't using electronic 'clipboards' yet) and the omnipresent citation pad by the steering wheel. A newspaper for the front seat. No coffee-cups---since a veteran of my acquaintance shared that they're carefully admonished against the very-visible vehicles being seen (by the snarky public) as 'rolling doughnut shops.'

 The very last add-on was one of those things I've noticed strolling past many a parked cruiser, over the years---the obligatory 'traffic safety' vest on an old-fashioned wire coat-hanger, hanging behind the driver's seat. (Sandwich bag and canopy PVA glue, painted with Testors Fluorescent acrylics.)

 A fun, low-stress summer project. Hope you enjoy!

 

Greg

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  • Member since
    November, 2008
  • From: Far Northern CA
Posted by mrmike on Friday, August 24, 2018 6:02 PM

Very nice; it does look like a fun project!

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, August 25, 2018 1:15 AM

That turned out great.  Love the added details.  I haven't done a law enforcement vehichle and your finished kit is making me want to.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    February, 2007
  • From: Casa Grande, Az.
Posted by DesertRat on Saturday, August 25, 2018 4:42 AM

Outstanding job! The newspaper on the passenger seat was an especially nice touch!

 

Smile

Warmest regards,

Roger

  • Member since
    February, 2003
  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, August 25, 2018 8:24 AM

Very well done, but it's missing just one thing, a donut with a bite out of it!Wink

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    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, August 25, 2018 11:22 AM

Hey !

Where's the Coney Foot long from Sonic that was put on the seat when the call came in ? Every Cop , I know loves those well known Chili/Cheese dogs !

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    January, 2015
Posted by PFJN on Saturday, August 25, 2018 2:44 PM

Hi,

Your build looks fantastic.  Escpecially all the little details that you added Big Smile

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Sunday, August 26, 2018 10:30 AM

Thanks, guys!

Greg

 George Lewis:

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    March, 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 10:58 AM

Man that is a cool looking cruiser. Great details.

 

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  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 11:15 AM

Super-cool model, Greg. I especially like the added touches and the homemade decals. Homemade decals continue to amaze me.

Edit: just have to ask, though I can visualize making the blue bars and certain lettering, how do you get the artwork for the door insignia, for example?

-Greg

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 12:03 PM

Greg
Edit: just have to ask, though I can visualize making the blue bars and certain lettering, how do you get the artwork for the door insignia, for example?

Thanks for the kind words, Greg.

Actually, I've found that civic seals and designs are often the easiest of all to find. This one came off the header of the BCPD website homepage, IIRC. They're usually fairly small-size images...but for 1/25 scale, how big does it have to be?

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."

 

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  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 11:49 AM

gregbale

 

 
Greg
Edit: just have to ask, though I can visualize making the blue bars and certain lettering, how do you get the artwork for the door insignia, for example?

 

Thanks for the kind words, Greg.

Actually, I've found that civic seals and designs are often the easiest of all to find. This one came off the header of the BCPD website homepage, IIRC. They're usually fairly small-size images...but for 1/25 scale, how big does it have to be?

 

You're welcome.

And getting graphics for decals from where you did is really resourceful. Such a simple solution, and one I'd never have thought of. Very cool!

-Greg

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    July, 2014
Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 6:10 PM

At what point does the "man" step out and ask me for my drivers license?  Very nice work. Looks real.

Yes

 

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    January, 2015
Posted by PFJN on Friday, August 31, 2018 11:20 AM

Bakster

At what point does the "man" step out and ask me for my drivers license?  Very nice work. Looks real.

Yes

Police

Ahhhhhhhh

http://www.policecarmodels.com/g1pofi.html

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    September, 2016
Posted by jaxenro on Friday, August 31, 2018 6:10 PM
Nice build
  • Member since
    June, 2010
  • From: Australia
Posted by OctaneOrange on Sunday, September 02, 2018 3:55 AM
nicely detailed and clean build of a crown vic. good job

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