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  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Hunter 1977 Dodge Monaco
Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, October 1, 2021 11:37 AM

My new project is the Dodge Monaco driven by Rick Hunter, an LAPD Detective Sergeant.  Hunter was broadcast on NBC TV Network and starred Fred Dwyer and ran for 7 seasons with several reunion movies later in the 2000s.  I am using the Yodel American Police San Diego County Plymouth Fury that I can easily swap over to a Dodge Monaco.  The body is already molded in green plastic, but the model will be painted with Tamiya TS-43 Racing Green with Tamiya TS-65 Pearl Clear and Tamiya AS-15 Tan interior.  The Monaco is listed as a 1977-1978 model and I believe that there are very, very few differences between the two years and this is also the pinnacle of badge engineering.

Hunter will return...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, October 2, 2021 7:47 PM

The chassis is a battery powered self propelled unit and I will not be using that feature.  I opted to fill in all the holes for switches and electrical componants with sheet styrene and fill the short rear axle with styrene tube.  

Hunter will return...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, October 2, 2021 7:51 PM

Cool Mike.  I have the Monaco CHP kit in stash.  Living in San Diego it would be cool to do that Sherrifs car.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, October 3, 2021 2:04 PM

That would look cool, John!  A patrol car can be any color combination except for the LAPD which should remain black and white.  But that is just my humble opinion.

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, October 4, 2021 9:06 AM

I got the wheels and tires assembled, but I'll have to trim the rear wire axle since it is too long.  I made a backer for the front bench seat and I detailed a lot of the chrome with a black wash by Tamiya and the parking lights where detailed by using an orange Sharpie.

Hunter will return...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

Classic Plastic Model Club 

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, October 11, 2021 9:39 AM

Either I screwed up or the instructions are wrong.  I had the wrong wheels in the wrong places on this build and I don't remember if I ran into this issue with the Plymouth Fury that I built a couple of years ago.  I put the wrong wheels on the front spindles which put the wrong wheels on the rear axle plus I needed to add a spacer to the rear axle for proper spacing.  This entire operation took me about 1 1/4 hours to assemble, take apart and re-assemble this mess.  Along the way, I broke the tie rod which I fixed with a piece of styrene that was on the bench. 

Hunter will return...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

Classic Plastic Model Club 

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