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The '74 Monaco has arrived!

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The '74 Monaco has arrived!
Posted by CanesBart on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 1:34 PM

The Greenlight Bluesmobile.  

Going to super detail it.   

I hate die cast, but this one is pretty nice.  The interior is lacking of detail and clumsy, so its gonna be completely revamped.  The wheels are just awful, but thats an easy fix.  

 

Weathering and correcting the old police markings is a cinch (just rubbing fingers on the body   dipped in a black wash was perfect) Uh...that sounds kinda weirdSad

 

Have to replace the spotlight and the side mirror, add some dents, make license plates and bare metal foil some trim, and I think it will look pretty good.

 

Anyone with questions about the car can aske me.  

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Posted by Retro Joe on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 8:16 PM
I am making one into a CHP cruiser. Make sure you post pics...interested in seeing your detail work!
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Posted by CanesBart on Friday, January 13, 2017 2:00 PM

Update:  Sitting in my office at lunch, I removed the interior.  Its sparse in most areas, but has nice inner door panels which are seperate, and inside piller panels.

 

The rubber front seat is probably not detailed enough, gonna have to check the Bluesmobile site.   The dash is basic but can be modified or replaced.   The steering wheel is awful, its gone.  

 

Basically, this has real potential.

 

Update:   Removed the dashboard instrament panel stciker and expected a flat, featureless facing.  NOPE!  Its detailed and pretty darn accurate, looks exact to a 1:1 scale '74 Monaco!   NICE!!!!  Maybe a little scribing around the AC vents, but otherwise, its ready to paint.   

It even has the fuse access panel under the left driver side and the 8 track player!

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, January 14, 2017 12:47 AM
I'm glad Greenlight got these out finally. i've ordered the 1/24 bluesmobile and Police Cruiser versions. Even a diecast is better than nothing.
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Posted by CanesBart on Saturday, January 14, 2017 11:35 PM

The missing rear window needs attention.  It wasn't missing, it was shot out.  Should be broken glass everywhere.  Gonna have to figure out how to simulate broken safety lass.....................

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Posted by dragon3870 on Sunday, January 15, 2017 12:08 AM

I would use sugar to represent broken glass mist a glue on thecarea for the glass let almost dry and then sprinkle the sugar on the area

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Posted by CanesBart on Sunday, January 15, 2017 10:58 AM

 

Do you want ants? Because thats how you get ants!

Big Smile

(Sorry, had to quote Archer)

 

Good idear!  Gonna expeeiment with that.  See what clear coat works best, and doesnt melt sugar.

 

 

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Posted by dragon3870 on Sunday, January 15, 2017 11:47 AM

if you want to clear it make several really misty light passes i would mist from about 18-24 inchis away for the first 3-4 coats and let dry between coats to set the sugar from disolving

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Posted by CanesBart on Sunday, January 15, 2017 2:22 PM

Thanks.   My GF said to go outside.  She also said I should try pounding an old cell phone screen with a hammer on a anvil (yes, I have an anvil, ACME brand)

I'll try your way and her way, and report on results.  

 

BTW, the BLUMO details up really nice inside.  The door panels are SPOT on, like the dashboard  The seats just need some scribing.  The front bench is rubber, and carves nicely.    I added black carpet on the floors (like the real BLUMO)

Its just the clunky doors!  They look toy like, as the varience between windo frame and body is huge  :(

 

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Posted by Retro Joe on Sunday, January 15, 2017 2:51 PM
I had to take one back to the store and exchange it, because it was missing the driver's side window frame, and I didn't notice it until I got home.
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Posted by spencer1984 on Monday, January 16, 2017 9:12 AM

CanesBart

Its just the clunky doors!  They look toy like, as the varience between windo frame and body is huge  :( 

Considering how nice the rest of the car is, the window frames are a joke.  My plan was to cut them off right at the beltline and make all-new ones. It was the only thing I could think of to fix them

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Posted by CanesBart on Monday, January 16, 2017 2:44 PM

Top notch!  Post pics of your conversion so we can do same

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Posted by JEePgUy on Monday, January 16, 2017 6:46 PM
How about a Dodge Diplomat,or early 70s Grand Fury?Love to build one of those cars as a police car.
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Posted by CanesBart on Monday, January 16, 2017 7:07 PM

Me too!  And a Dodge Polara, and a Ford Galaxie, and a 70-72 4dr Impala

 

These cats that hate the 4dr models....they just dont appreciate "Police Squad" "Dirty harry", "Hawai Five O"  ad nauseum

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 3:17 AM

CanesBart

 Gonna have to figure out how to simulate broken safety lass.....................

That lady is best simulated with salt, not sugar.
i did it with salt for my Ace Ventura replica. I spray a bit of clear paint like dullcote, sprinkle salt while clear paint is sticky and then if needed, another coat of dullcote to stop it coming off.
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Posted by CanesBart on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 8:24 PM

aussiemuscle308

 

 
CanesBart

 Gonna have to figure out how to simulate broken safety lass.....................

 

 

That lady is best simulated with salt, not sugar.
i did it with salt for my Ace Ventura replica. I spray a bit of clear paint like dullcote, sprinkle salt while clear paint is sticky and then if needed, another coat of dullcote to stop it coming off.
 

 

Cool.   And great job with the Monte carlo!  Is that a '70 kit you converted to Ace's '72?

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Posted by CanesBart on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 8:29 PM

UPDATE:

The less than imptressive spotlight?  Mine fell off before I could remove it.  Found a MUCH better, spot on , (no pun intended) light on the custom chrome sprue of the Revell '59 hardtop Impala 2n1.

You must drill the rear quarter panel antenna hole, BTW.

 

I'll post pics of the detail process when I'm back on the BLUMO project.

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Sunday, January 22, 2017 2:47 AM

CanesBart

Cool.   And great job with the Monte carlo!  Is that a '70 kit you converted to Ace's '72?

 

Correct, i made my own grille to look like a 72.
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Posted by CanesBart on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 6:05 PM

Gonna lay back and watch Blues Brothers tonight with popcorn, Sour patch Kids and a pallet of brown, rust, black and white washes, and finger paint weathering, damage, dirt and such on the body.   

 

Its really kinda fun weathering a diecast body.  If you overdo it or it doesnt come out right, you just rub it away with wet fingers  :)

Really love the interior, as it is so spot on.  You will have to cut out the 8 track player, and scrtchbuild and install a new one, as the real BLUMO had a radio removed, with a large hole, and a 8 track stuffed in, not a factory 8 track like on the diecast.  Cant fin the correct steering wheel, so I'm gonna use a close one (71 Duster kit) and Elmers Glue it on till I find the right one.  

 

The wheels!  I MUST find correct rims!  Besides the door window frame and steering wheel, the wheels are just AWFUL!  They look like primitive toys, or some sort of custom alloy pimp thing.  

 

Broken Glass guys.....some guys on my miniature wargaming terrian site said you can actually make a simple mold from tin foil or sculpy, and use the suger water to cast a window, and it can be cracked/shattered to look super real!  Evidently its a Hollywood FX trick in 1/1 cale, and is just as good in small scale!  I'm gonna try it!  I hope my GF doesnt think I'm Breaking Bad when she finds solid crystals in tin  foil in my kitchen  :)  :)  :)

 

If it works Im gonna make a tutorial

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, January 28, 2017 5:48 PM

I got one Bluesmobile (BM) and one Chicago PD. They are both identical excep the CHPD doesn't have holes for the push bar (good) and the rear window is included (good) and a nice rack with lights and sirens.

I did notice the BM the license plate decal is tiny (like 1:43 scale) so i'll replace that. I'm also looking at the number on the rear quarters. my old BM has 5-4131, while the diecast is 5 412, so i'm not sure which is correct.

Obviously the diecast is a 1000% better than my old slush cast resin one, but doesn't have the engine or correct rims. it also seems kinda large for 1/24 scale

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Posted by CanesBart on Saturday, January 28, 2017 6:01 PM

Thats not the correct licence number either.   I like your resin one.  Who makes it?  Yes, the diecast is huge

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Posted by spencer1984 on Saturday, January 28, 2017 9:34 PM

aussiemuscle308

it also seems kinda large for 1/24 scale

No, these were just really big cars. The '74 Monaco was 220.5" long and the model is 9.125" (not counting the push bar), making it just a hair smaller than 1/24 scale

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Posted by CanesBart on Sunday, January 29, 2017 9:41 PM

The wheels!   Very bad, very hard to remove, until I heated up the metal axle a bit.  Tires are fine, but must replace the wheels.  

 

A shame the underside is beyond help, and the lack of engine compartment is a downer.

 

But, all in all, if not for the stupid out of scale opening doors with their window frames, this is the best possible Bluesmobile we will have until someone comes out with a '74 in plastic.

 Ironic, but most police cars in the movie, and   the featured ones like Daniel and Mount's mall chase  car, are Royal Monacos, and thus not very close to the Greenlight version.

 

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Posted by Retro Joe on Monday, January 30, 2017 8:54 PM

I am getting ready to order The Blues Brothers on DVD. It's one of the many movies that I should have seen over the years, but haven't. I'm familiar with the actors & characters, but have never watched the actual movie (and at age 44, I really should have seen in many times by now). I am looking forward to it, and I'm sure it will boost my interest in the Bluesmobile itself. I have two 1:24 Greenlight Chicago PD cars and another Bluesmobile still in their boxes. I have converted one of each into other versions already. The CHP cruiser is still a work-in-progress:

I thought the window frames were weird, too...but I painted them black (as they should be on CHP cars), and they look very close to the real thing (below). I just have to do the chrome foil on the drip edge above the windows, and it will finish off the edges.

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Posted by CanesBart on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 6:40 AM

Nice work!

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, February 04, 2017 1:08 AM

CanesBart
I like your resin one.  Who makes it? 

it was made by a guy on the general lee forum, who did two or three copies for friends. it's low quality 'slush' cast and was very thick. it was sized to go on the "Goon Car" 78 Monaco chassis from AMT.

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Posted by Retro Joe on Friday, April 14, 2017 2:00 PM
Any progress or photos on your Bluesmobile, CanesBart?

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