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  • Member since
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  • From: Nashua, NH
'29 Ford Model A Roadster
Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, May 16, 2021 12:42 PM

The Build

This is my new build, Revell's '29 Ford Model A Roadster and it features a McNally, Boston PI story called My Missing Trophy.  The model will be painted with Tamiya Metallic Red body with Tamiya Pure Red wheels and frame, whitewall tires with steelies and hub caps with trim rings.

The Story

My Missing Trophy.  The Back Bay Burger Joint has a weekly car show and McNally likes to attend when he can.  Everyone who attends gets a ballot to pick the best in show award and those who bring a car in gets a ticket for the raffle which consists of 2 travel coffee mugs with the Back Bay Burger Joint logo or 3 free burger cards.  The winner for that Saturday night was Paul Resnick and his '29 Ford Model A Roadster and he places his trophy on the floor of his hot rod and he goes inside the restaurant to use the restroom.  When he comes out, he finds that his trophy was stolen.  On Monday morning, he hires McNally, Boston PI to find his trophy.

Mcnally will return...

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

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  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Sunday, May 16, 2021 5:39 PM

oooh I love a good mystery -car build. In red.

 

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

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    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 6:56 AM

Thanks DUSTER!  I have decided on a metallic red body, white firewall, red interior with a white seat insert, red frame and suspension and red wheels with whitewall tires.  The engine may be Chevy Engine Red.

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

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, May 22, 2021 2:46 PM

The Story

On a rainy Monday morning, McNally had stopped at a convenience store for a newspaper and a couple of chicken breasts to marinate for supper.  At home, he marinates the chicken with Italian dressing and some spices and places the container in the fridge.  The doorbell rings and he answers the door to Paul Resnick who wants to hire him to find his stolen trophy.  It's a very inexpensive trophy, why not buy another one and be happy with that?

Paul wants the original trophy found and returned to him as soon as possible so he can show it off to others who view his car.  McNally will search for the missing trophy for Paul Resnick at his usual rate of $200 a day.

The Build

Paint was flying this afternoon.  The body and floor bottom got a couple coats of Tamiya TS-18 Metallic Red and the frame and rear axle got a couple coats of Tamiya TS-85 Pure Red.  The small block Chevy engine got a couple coats of Model Master Huggar Orange which is close to Chevy Engine Red.

McNally will return...

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

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Saturday, May 22, 2021 3:23 PM

Cool car, this should be fun.

-Greg

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  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, May 22, 2021 5:25 PM

Got this in the works myself.  Looking forward to yours. 

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, May 22, 2021 6:15 PM

Nice!  I've read good things about this kit. 

Thanks,

John

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    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, May 23, 2021 8:00 AM

Thanks guys!  I have heard nothing but good about this kit...actually the first issue kit and from what I have been seeing, this re-issue as well.  I would have loved to have had the Buick Nailhead engine, but the supercharged Chevy will do.

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

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Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, May 24, 2021 8:01 PM

The Story

McNally drives down to the Back Bay Burger Joint and he talks to Carl Sandowsky, the owner and he asks about surveillance cameras in the parking lot.  Carl can't afford a complete package and he makes do with a couple of cameras in the store and one for the drive-thru.  He shows the footage from Saturday night and McNally sees Paul's Model A on the edge of the screen and then a box truck stops to place an order and he blocks the view of Paul's Model A.  The truck moves on and he sees Paul coming back to the Model A, gets in and he drives out of the parking lot.  If the trophy was stolen, Paul didn't notice that it was missing.

The Build 

I added the whitewall decals to the tires and I had a few issues with them.  On one of the front tires, the decal folded under itself and I couldn't get it unfolded.  I left it and I will fill in the blank spot with my white Jelly Roll pen.  The rear axle is complete and I dulled the chrome plating with some Model Master Acryl Flat Clear.  The small block Chevy is ready for ignition wiring.  I remembered having a PE ignition coil and since this small block Chevy doesn't have one in the kit, this one will do nicely!

McNally will return...

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

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  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 5:16 PM

Yes

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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    January 2012
  • From: Cincinnati, OH
Posted by DanR1967 on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 6:54 PM

I built two of these in the past 6 months. It is a fantastic kit.

Dan

https://danr67.imgur.com/

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    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 1:55 PM

I have to agree!  This is a fantastic kit!  Thanks!

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

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Posted by LonCray on Thursday, May 27, 2021 7:30 AM

Getting the story with the build pictures is like a movie with your dinner!

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    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, May 27, 2021 7:58 AM

Thanks LonCray!

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

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Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, May 27, 2021 9:05 PM

The Story

McNally stops at the apartment of Danny Chennelle to talk with him about Saturday night.  College grad Danny didn't see much since he was expediting orders all night.  McNally goes to see Mary Wisdowska at lunch at the High School and she spend most of her time taking orders and filling drinks.  She recalls the box truck that was driven by old Mr. Cleener who was accompanied by his dog, Rexell.  Mr. Cleener is a regular customer and she didn't pay much attention to the car show in the parking lot.

McNally thanks Mary for her time and he leaves the cafetria.  He is stopped by the Police Resource Officer and he is questioned and arrested for not following the rules of the high school.  He is taken to jail charged with Not Signing In at the Office and Harassing the Students and allowed his one phone call...to attorney Charlotte Rothmann aka Charlie and she is on her way to bail out the Boston PI.

The Build

The supercharged small block Chevy is completed.  The wheels and tires are almost done with the exception of the hub caps.  I didn't like the paint job on the frame and after sitting in a container of 91% alcohol for almost a week, I sanded some of the paint off.  If I left the frame in the alcohol for another week, I may have gotten more paint off.

McNally will return...

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

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, May 27, 2021 9:32 PM

Motor looks great.  Did you paint the blower or do the Tamiya smoke truck?

Thanks,

John

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    February 2003
  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Friday, May 28, 2021 7:07 AM

Looking good.

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

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    March 2013
Posted by LonCray on Friday, May 28, 2021 7:54 AM

Yeah, the story just slipped into the twilight zone for me; I know a Charlotte Rothman.  

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, May 28, 2021 8:03 AM

Aha! Great to see McNally on the job.

     But for a car trophy? Oh, the Model looks Cherry too and don't worry I haven't found a Nail Head in quite some time either!

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    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, May 28, 2021 1:44 PM

Thanks guys!

keavdog

Motor looks great.  Did you paint the blower or do the Tamiya smoke truck?

 

I should have painted the blower with some aluminium metalizer, but I went with a generous coating of Tamiya Panel Line Accent Color in black. 

Tanker-Builder

Aha! Great to see McNally on the job.

     But for a car trophy? Oh, the Model looks Cherry too and don't worry I haven't found a Nail Head in quite some time either!

 

If I gave away all the secrets to the story in the first chapter, then what's the point of telling a story?  Patience, my dear man...  

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

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Posted by wpwar11 on Friday, May 28, 2021 6:20 PM

Despite the decal problem the whitewall tires look great.  What a cool car.

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  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, May 29, 2021 8:07 AM

Thanks wpwar11!  The touchup to the whitewall was very easy and really can't be seen unless you are looking for it.

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

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Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, May 30, 2021 12:08 PM

The Story

Attorney Charlotte Rothmann arrives and she spends a few minutes listening to McNally and why he was jailed.  She goes to the Detective's Bureau and she talks to Det. Metzer and Lt. Det. Troy.  Since the school didn't have the rules posted for viewing, all charges will be dropped.  The Police Resource Officer will be educated to look at all charges before he makes an arrest.  Charlie asks why the head of Homicide was in the Detective's Bureau and Adam replies that he was asking about the arrest.  

McNally is released for Holding and given back his gear including his firearm and permits.  Charlie gives McNally a ride back to his car which is still at the school and he tells her all about the case he is working on.  He is beginning to suspect that Paul and the president of the car club may be up to no good.  As usual, Charlie tells him to be careful and not annoy anyone, especially the cops!

The Build

It's raining out, so I hunkered down in the model cave to work on the '29 Model A.  I painted the interior door panels and seat which will need a little cleanup.  I painted the interior floor flat black and sprinkled some black embossing powder for carpet.  Then I started working on the frame which I had repainted.

McNally will return...

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

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, May 30, 2021 4:40 PM

Hmmmm;

Koool!

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  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, May 31, 2021 12:00 PM

The Story

McNally finds out who is making the trophies and he stops at Someville Trophy and he talks to the owner by the name of Doug.  Doug remembers the type of trophy that was ordered and he produces a simular item.  He talks about the making of the trophy and how it was assembled and how the label is printed.  The center of the trophy is hollow with a steel shaft and nuts holding the trophy together wth the marble like ends and a emblem on top.  McNally suspects that the center of the trophy can hold some contraband and the question he has is what?

The Build

I have been working on the '29 this morning.  The body got a light polishing and I am nearly done with the chassis.  I added the exhaust tips, engine and trans, the interior seat and shifter and the wheels and tires.  So far, this is looking really good!

Mcnally will return...

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

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, May 31, 2021 12:07 PM

Almost ready for a drive. Lookin' good Mike!

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, May 31, 2021 4:02 PM

 Now Hear This! Now Hear this!

  "This is clean, This IS clean,- That is all'

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    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 12:25 PM

Thanks Mike and T-B!

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

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 1:09 PM

The Story

McNally is home in his office doing a deep web search on Paul Resnick when his phone rings and it's Paul on the line.  Paul was looking for an update and McNally tells him what he has been doing, talking to and looking.  Paul says that he can afford one more day of McNally investigating and then he has to stop as the money will run out.  He says that he understands and he will stop looking tomorrow night and Paul ends the call just as the front doorbell rings.  McNally answers the door and he finds Lt. Det. Adam Troy.

Adam has copies of the arrest records for Paul Resnick and Dave Mustoni.  He pulls two bottles of Sam Adams Light from the fridge and hands one to Adam who was heading home from work.  Adam downs the beer and he says thanks and he leaves for home.  McNally decides to visit Narcotics in the morning and ask them some questions.

The Build

Is this an oversight on Revell's behalf since the changed the engines?  The upper radiator hose doesn't want to go into the hole in the radiator, but into the hole for the radiator support above it.  And, yes.  I need to detail the radiator hose clamps!  

McNally will return...

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

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 1:56 PM

Hi;

     Well, that's a heckuva note on the radiator. I have a mystery going on here too. I have Atlantis's/Revell's old Cadillac Brougham. Does anyone inclucing you know what the actual scale of this car is? The doors and front fenders almost make it to 1/25.

    The rear fenders are a scale 9" short at the fin point. Then there's the tires. I have compared them to my 1/25 stash AND Monogram Car tires and it's close on the old Monogram 1/24 -  57 Chev, But NOT Quite Just what the heck scale is it?

 They are saying 1/25 scale, but the tries are the same size as AMT's Big rig tires-Almost! Also the wheel covers don't fit anything else I have!

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