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  • Member since
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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Jaguar XK-E Cabriolet
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, June 21, 2020 11:14 AM

The Build

My latest project and the return of McNally, Boston PI.  The story is called "A Touch of English".  This is the Heller Jaguar Type E Cabriolet aka the Jag XK-E Roadster.  I have never built a Heller kit before so this will be a first for me.  Revell of Germany is releasing the Jaguar XK-E Coupe sometime in October and I hope to get my hands on one of those kits when they come out.  I have heard of issues involving the Heller body halves lining up and not fitting well on this kit.  I will be very cognizant of that.  My body paint will be Tamiya TS-86 Pure Red with a tan interior and black seats.

The Story

A British gentleman by the name of Bartholomew Richard Francis Atkinson III is driving his Jaguar XK-E Cabriolet into Charlestown for an appointment with McNally, Boston PI.  He is driving the Jag with the top down on this sunny late May day and he is enjoying the top down experience!  He stops the Jag in front of McNally's home at 157 Dardenvale St. and he removes his black leather drving gloves and adjusts his tweed driving cap before getting out of his car. On the front porch of McNally's home he rings the doorbell and McNally opens the door and welcomes him into the house.  They go into his office and sit to discuss the reason Ritchie wants to hire McNally, he had a breakin at his home in Concord, MA and his coin collection was stolen.

The coin collection was worth almost $3,000,000 with many rare coins in the collection.  Ritchie, who is almost 75 years old, has been collecting these coins since he was a 6 year old child in England.  He wants the collection returned to him with no questions asked.  A coin collection may be hard to find especially if the collection was broken up.  McNally takes on the case for Ritchie after citing his pay and what to expect from this investigation.  Ritchie thanks McNally for taking on the case and if he needs anymore information, he is available for any questions McNally may have.   

McNally will return... 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 9:11 AM

The Story

McNally stops at Boston Police Headquarters and goes up to his old haunt, Burglary/Robbery Division and he talks to Lt. Rueben Ferris.  He inquires about old coin shops and he finds out that Concord Police had asked BPD for assistance due to the value of Ritchie's Coin Collection.  He gets a list of coin collectors and old coin shops that may deal with old coin collections and some that does business "under the counter".  McNally thanks Lt. Det. Ferris for his time and he leaves the Burglary/Robbbery Division to go and talk to these people.

The Build

One of the first things to go was the distributor when I was going to add plug wires.  I looked around for it, but it has disappeared into thin air, so I made one from a piece of part sprue.  I added a black wash to the wire wheels and installed the tires.  The 3.8 Ltr. engine is in progress.  

McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, June 25, 2020 10:42 AM

The Story

McNally stops and talks to the various pawn shop, coin collectors, and even some back room sellers that he knows.  No one has seen any coin collections come by them.  Not even individual coins from Ritchie's collection.  Some have said that they heard of the break-in and theft, but they haven't seen anything come up for sale from it.  He will have to look closer towards Ritchie's home for clues and to check out his alarm system.

The Build

My attempt at creating a distributor for the Jaguar 3.8 Ltr. engine failed, so I dove into my parts box and and found an 8 cylinder distributor.  I sanded off the nubs, drilled it out and added my plugs wires and let the glue dry for a day.  This morning, I routed the wires to the cylinder head.

McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, June 27, 2020 10:17 AM

The Story

McNally drives out to Ritchie's home in Concord, MA and Ritchie invites him in.  He asks Ritchie for a tour of the house and grounds ending back in the foyer of the huge house.  McNally asks him about the alarm system and Ritchie says he changes the password for the alarm every two weeks.  But, he changes only one number and it is consecutive order.  McNally makes him change his password to a completely different name and number since changing just a number in consecutive order makes the system easy to hack. 

Everytime he changes his password, it has to be something completely different and Ritchie finally understands why.  And, all it took was a $3,000,000 theft from his home to make him understand.

The Build

I washed the body parts yesterday and let them air-dry overnight.  This morning I assembled the engine frame on the chassis and based on my research,  this will be painted all one color...Tamiya TS-86 Pure Red.  The interior will be a mix of different blacks and I might add some embossing powder for carpet.

McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, June 29, 2020 8:14 AM

The Story

As McNally drives back into Boston, his cellphone rings and he answers the call.  The caller is Alexander Cannon and he would like McNally to stop by his house in Brookline, MA for a quick chat and the Boston PI heads to the Cannon Residence.  He s escorted to the study where Cannon is talking on his telephone and McNally is greeted by Lila Stenna, Cannon's executive assistant.  They talk for a few minutes until Cannon ends his phone call and turns towards McNally and Lila and he motions him to his large wooden desk.  He points to a chair next to his desk and they start to talk.

Cannon tells McNally about a phone call he got a call from a former associate who is still in the shady business of Boston's Underground.  He wanted to know if Cannon could move a valuable coin collection and Cannon told him he doesn't do that sort of thing any longer.  The associate who name is Johnny Wilson, wants to know why Cannon is not interested and he tells Johnny he has turned a new leaf and his in no longer interested in Boston's Underground.  Johnny tells Cannon he'll look elsewhere and Cannon tells him good luck.  Then, he called McNally since he heard he was searching to the coin collection.

The Build

I painted and assembled the rear suspension and the underhood structure.  Both are ready for primer and paint.

McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, June 29, 2020 9:26 PM

The Story

McNally discovers that Johnny Wilson hangs out at a dive bar called Rott Gutt.  He goes into the bar and orders a cold beer and the bartender puts a luke warm can of beer on the bartop and opens it as if the Boston PI was disturbing his very busy day.  He asks about Johnny Wilson and the bartender lights his cigarette and points to Johnny sitting in a booth near the front window.  McNally goes over to Johnny and introduces himself and says he's looking for the coin collection and Johnny says he doesn't know anything about a coin collection.  McNally pushes the table into Johnny's stomach spilling Johnny's beer and says that if Johnny doesn't start telling him about the coins, he will do much worse to him.

Johnny says he is a go-between for the collection and the seller.  McNally asks what does the seller wants for the coins and Johnny says $1,000,000.  McNally says he has the money and where and when does the seller want the cash.  Johnny says to meet him in the alleyway in Jamica Plain off of Camber St. at 11:00 AM.  McNally says no funny business or somebody is going to die and it won't be himself. 

The Build

I was looking at my laptop background which happens to be of a '61 Jaguar XK-E and I noticed something about the headlights.  Something was missing and I looked at the instructions for the missing parts and the instructions show nothing!  Zip, zilch, zero, nada!  No tunnel buckets for the headlights!  I don't know the actual name, but the tunnel buckets run from the headlights along the bottom of the headlight tunnel under the plexiglass.  What to do, what to do?  I have some 11/32 tubing and I will try to cut and shape a piece to fill in that open space in the hood.

McNally 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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    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 10:31 AM

That's an interesting story about the coin collection. My neighbor became a multi millionaire by collecting and trading postage stamps. He told me that when he was in high school the kids would bully him because he was considered a geek because he collected stamps. 

That's a nice build you've got going. I'll be following along.

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    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 6:55 AM

Thanks JohnnyK!  I had originally thought of a painting, but that didn't seem "exciting" to me.  I came up with a coin collection that might be a bit larger in scale when you consider the boxes and cases needed for the collection itself.   

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 7:47 AM

The Story

McNally stops at Boston Police Headquarters to find out more about Johnny Wilson.  Lt. Det. Troy prints out Johnny's arrest record from McNally and he reads about all of Johnny's arrests and prison time.  That afternoon, McNally gets a call from Johnny telling him to meet him in the alley behind Camber St. in Jamica Plain, a neighborhood of Boston.  McNally arrives at the alley and he walks up the alley with his SIG Sauer P227 drawn and ready.  He approaches a slight bend in the alley and he finds a body on the ground.  Johnny Wilson and he is dead.  

McNally calls the Police and he waits for them to arrive.  Several cops and the Coroner doing their jobs and the Det. Steven Darvell arrives.  Right away, he accuses McNally of killing Johnny.  McNally tells Darvell to either arrest him and talk to his lawyer, Charlotte Rothmann or investigate what actually happened at the scene.  Darvell snorts and walks over to the body and the Coroner.  

A cop walks by McNally and says, "He's a a**!"  McNally agrees with him. 

 

The Build

[I like to gather pictures of the 1:1 and use them for my background and screensaver on my laptop.  I was staring at my background picture and noticed the headlight tunnels on a 1:1 Jaguar and I didn't see any on the Heller Jag.  Using some 11/32 styrene tubing, I cut out and shaped a couple of "tunnels" for my model.  I got the basic shape and now to cut them down further.

McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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    December 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, July 2, 2020 7:27 AM
Looking good! I haven't seen the Heller version of this kit built yet.
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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, July 2, 2020 7:44 AM

Thanks Bill!  I think that there are not that many of these Heller kits out there.  I saw one that a fellow Club member built last year, but that was it.  His built kit was the inspiration for me wanting this kit and my wife got it for me for Christmas last year when I told her about it.  She also knows I am waiting for the coupe version by Revell when it is released around October and she said she'll buy it for me.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, July 4, 2020 10:39 AM

The Story

McNally drives out to Concord, MA to talk to Ritchie and he sees red and blue flashing lights at Ritchie's house.  He parks his car out of the way of the ambulance and patrol cars in front of the house and he goes up to the cop standing outside and he shows his ID and asks what happened.  Ritchie apparently suffered a heart attack when his aide, Charles Dennett found him lying on the floor.  Set up with an IV and O2 mask, the ambulance attendants load Ritchie into the ambulance and drive him to Emerson Hospital.  McNally walks up to Dennett and he asks what had happened and Dennett waves him off and runs out of the house, most likely heading to the Hospital to be with Ritchie.

The Build

I got the body pieces into a couple of coats of Tamiya TS-86 Pure Red, the headlight tunnels into a coat of Tamiya TS-30 Silver Leaf and the rear deck into a coat of Tamiya TS-29 Semi-Gloss Black.

McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 7:31 AM

The Story

Lt. Det. Adam Troy is sitting in his office doing paperwork when he hears a knock on his door.  He sees attorney Charlotte Rothmann standing outside the door and he waves her into his office.  She asks if there is a need for her to intervene since McNally was harrassed at a crime scene by Det. Steven Darvell.  This is news to Lt. Troy and he says that it is a situation that will be handled "in-house" by him.  The detective will be spoken to and offered an ultimatum if he wants to keep his job. 

Charlie replies that if Det. Darvell stops his harrassment, she will not intervene.  Otherwise, she will bring up charges against Det. Darvell with the Internal Affairs Bureau.  She also says that enough is enough!

The Build

I have been adding more bits and pieces to the chassis of the Jag XK-E including the front suspension.  I also did a mockup with the engine to check the fit.  I added the headlight reflectors to the hood.

More Jaguar to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, August 6, 2020 7:15 PM

The Story

McNally is down stairs at the Check In Desk turning his Visitors Pass and he is approached by Det. Steven Darvell.  He wants to apologize for his rude behavior yesterday at the crime scene.  McNally tells Darvell that he accepts his apology.  He tells Darvell that he understands that they will not be friends, although they could be if they really tried.  Darvell says he will think about it.

The Build

I finished the dash and mounted it to the center console.  I did some more detail work on the chassis.

More Jaguar to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, August 6, 2020 7:53 PM

The Story

Adam was observing from the other side of the lobby and he walks over to McNally and asks what had just happened.  McNally says that Darvell just apologized to him and McNally offered to be friends.  Darvell wants to think about it first.  McNally says that friendship with Darvell isn't going to happen.

The Build

Flocked the floor with black embossing powder.  I painted the dash panel black and the paint ran under my tape.  Dang it!!!  I added the headlight nacelles.

More Jaguar to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, August 6, 2020 8:05 PM

The Story

McNally is on a stakeout of Charles Dennett's house.  He decides to talk to him when Dennett comes home and he goes up to the front door.  Dennett opens the door and McNally identifies himself and Dennett remembers him at Richie's house, but he had to rush out.  McNally notices Dennett carrying a Smith & Wesson Model 39 in a holster on his hip and he asks him about it.  Dennett pulls the gun for McNally's inspection and he notices the heavy smell of oil in the gun as it was recently cleaned.

The Build

I taped the body and chassis together.  Then I added the hood assembly.

More Jaguar to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    February 2004
  • From: The Motor City
Posted by BRONCO BILLY on Friday, August 14, 2020 11:37 PM

Great work on Jaguar and back story. Can't wait for next up date.

Bronco Billy

 

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    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, August 15, 2020 9:32 AM

Please be patient, Bronco Billy.  I should have another update soon!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:34 AM

The Story 

McNally returns to Dennett's house the following morning and searches his house and he finds Dennett's Smith & Wesson Model 5906 packed away in it's wooden box.  The box was in Dennett's desk and McNally takes the box with him and he leaves the house for BPD Forensics to check the gun for fingerprints and a bullet comparision.  After the Forensic checks, he'll return the gun and box to it's original location in Dennett's desk. 

The Build

A mockup of the convertible top.  It fits!  I painted the hood again to darken the color and I ended up with some sort of contamination on it for a bunch of fish eyes.  I may strip the paint and start over.

More Jaguar to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, September 27, 2020 4:54 PM

The Story

The following day, McNally stops at Emerson Hospital to checl on his client, Ritchie Atkinson.  Ritchie is resting comfortably and he is scheduled for a series of tests later that day.  Ritchie tells McNally that he had received a phone call demanding $20,000,000 for the coin collection and then he suffered chest pains followed by the heart attack.  McNally says he'll check the phone for a call back number and anything else he cane find.

The Build

I finally got around to repainting the hood again.  Looks much better!

McNally 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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