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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 Dryer 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...

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

  • 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...

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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...

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

  • 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...

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

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 4:23 PM

I washed the body and the interior and radio in prep for primer and paint.  

Hunter will return...

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

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 3:22 PM

I have painted my '77 Monaco with Tamiya TS-43 Racing Green.  Another coat or two should darked the color some more.  I also painted the interior bucket with Tamiya AS-15 Tan.  Now to detail the dash and interior and paint up the radio.

Hunter will return...

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

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, December 30, 2021 5:12 PM

Spent some time polishing the Monaco today with NuFinish Scratch Doctor.  The results were stupendious!  The paint is so shiny that you could read the Scratch Doctor label!

Hunter will return...

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

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    July 2015
Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Thursday, December 30, 2021 6:13 PM

That is an awesome shine!

TJS

TJS

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, December 31, 2021 9:37 AM

Thanks Tom!  I wish all my paint jobs came out like this!

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

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Friday, December 31, 2021 8:18 PM

Great paint work! Looking forward to seeing the finished work of art.

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  1/48 Tamiya - Vought F4U-1A Corsair for Group Build 'Absent Friends' 50%                                                                   1/48 Encore Models - A-37B/OA-37B Dragonfly 50%

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, January 1, 2022 8:31 AM

Thanks Jim!  Plenty more to do.  Paint and assemble the interior, Bare Metal Foil, final assembly.  Yep!  Plenty more to do!

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

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, January 3, 2022 4:34 PM

I have completed the interior.  I added the front grille and headlights and I painted the center grille divider.

Hunter will return...

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

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, January 23, 2022 3:30 PM

I have finished Hunter's 1977 Dodge Monaco.  It is painted with Tamiya TS-43 Racing Green with a Tamiya AS-15 Tan interior, a 2 way radio and an red emergency light.  I would like to thank all those who have taken the time to view and to comment on my WIP.

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

  • Member since
    February 2011
Posted by knox on Sunday, January 23, 2022 3:51 PM

I know nothing about cars, but I sure enjoy your WIP’s. The stories are fun, and the modeling excellent. Thanks for sharing. 

                                         knox

  • Member since
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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, January 23, 2022 4:36 PM

 cool Mike.  That is an eye catching green!

Thanks,

John

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Sunday, January 23, 2022 8:20 PM

Very nice build Mike! I'm gonna have to remember how you got that georgeous shine on that car.

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  1/48 Tamiya - Vought F4U-1A Corsair for Group Build 'Absent Friends' 50%                                                                   1/48 Encore Models - A-37B/OA-37B Dragonfly 50%

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, January 24, 2022 7:50 AM

Thank you knox, John and Jim!  

Jim, a big part of that shine can be attributed to the Tamiya TS-43 Racing Green paint.  The rest is all prep!

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

  • Member since
    June 2010
  • From: Australia
Posted by OctaneOrange on Sunday, January 30, 2022 3:56 AM

Looks awesome, and just as i remember it from the show.

if you're a fan of Hunter, you could also do Dee Dee's 84 Dodge

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, January 30, 2022 9:33 AM

Thank you Octane Orange!  I had thought about building Dee Dee McCall's Daytona, but I really have no interest in building it and I also don't have the kit.

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

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