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Range Rover Police Is Done Again!

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Range Rover Police Is Done Again!
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 9:41 AM

I have for some time now been infatuated with certain British cars and trucks and British Police vehicles.  I love Aston Martins, Jags, Morgans, MGs, Triumphs and other British marques.  In the past year I have built an Aston Martin DB4, Jaguar Mk II Saloon, Morgan 4/4 and a Ford Transit Mk II as well as curbsides of different manufacturers.  I have also built several AC Cobras over the years.  My new project is the Italeri Range Rover Police Kit #3661.  This is another curbside kit that will be painted with Tamiya TS-26 Pure White with a grey interior.  My research has not shown any 2-way radio placement, but I am going to install a resin 2-way radio and a whip antenna.  The radio was given to me free and the whip antenna comes from the Revell Ford Expedition SSP. 

More to come...

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

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On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, June 16, 2019 10:02 AM

I started on the Range Rover Police yesterday with chassis assembly and painting the floor pan.  I still need to detail paint the floor pan.

I painted the interior seats and side panels and the base of the light bar.  I didn't paint the dash since there is a large sink hole in the center of the instument panel and I didn't have any filler with me yesterday.  I'll fill those sink holes today with some Bondo Glazing and Spot Putty.

More to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, June 16, 2019 7:46 PM

A little more work done this afternoon after a visit from my step-daughter and the grandkids!  I got the floorpan permanently mounted.

I got the rest of the suspension painted and mounted.

More to come...

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

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On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 8:41 AM

I painted the dash and steering wheel for the Range Rover and got the body into a coat of Tamiya white primer.

The interior has been partially assembled.  I need to detail the dash and steering wheel.

This is the resin two-way radio that was given to me by streetrod.  I added the handset cord, power and antenna cables.

More to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 6:58 PM

Cool project, Mike. I’ve never seen this police version before. I have an Italeri Range Rover Rally that appears to be pretty much the same kit. Seems a decent kit, I’ll be watching this one come together. 

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 7:04 AM

Thanks Trevor!  The kit you have could be another variant of this kit.  I have found two holes in the rear seat area of the floor pan that may be for a roll bar. 

It's not a bad kit as it does have its flaws.  For me, it is something different to work on after working on all those AMT/Revell/Moebius/etc. kits for years and years.

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 8:38 AM

I finished the interior this morning with decals and paint detailing.  The 2-way radio was detailed with a coiled cord for the handset.

I took an 0.3 Mechanical Pencil and traced the pleats on the seats.

More to come...

 

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, June 20, 2019 8:21 PM

I painted the Range Rover with Tamiya TS-26 Pure White yesterday and this afternoon I painted the trim with Rust-Oleum Semi-Gloss Black.  

I did a mockup of the body and the chassis to see how the Range Rover was progressing.  I added the light bar which is incorrect for this patrol car, but I have seen pictures of various lightbars and this one looks good to my eye.  

There are three versions in this kit with appropriate decals to match.  I have selected the decals for the British Transport Police.  They cover all the rail and bus stations in all of the UK.

More to come...

 

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Sunday, June 23, 2019 6:40 AM
looking good so far. what's your impression of the kit?

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, June 23, 2019 8:00 AM

Looking good. Too bad it isn't offered in left hand drive, and full detail.

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, June 23, 2019 8:51 AM

midnightprowler

Looking good. Too bad it isn't offered in left hand drive, and full detail.

 

There is a left and right hand drive version in this kit.  I chose the right hand drive version so I can build it as the British Transport Police Range Rover.

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, June 23, 2019 5:02 PM

Yesterday, I installed the windshield, or I tried to install the windshield.  It didn't matter which way I tried or how much glue I used, the windshield was the same size as the opening and it just wouldn't fit in straight.  This morning, I cut a piece of bubble packing, that clear plastic wrapping that many products come in, slightly larger than the windshield frame and glued it in.  It's nice and clear and will not fall out!

I assembled both light bars, but I am leaning towards the one in front, although the instructions indicate using the one in the rear.  Based on my research, they all had different light bars.

More to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 10:13 AM

I went to mount the body permanently to the chassis and noticed that the nose of the body needed to be clamped.  I suspected that the instrument panel sat a little high and I discovered a way to lower the panel.  I removed the two ridges on the transmission hump and remounted the dash.

I remounted the body and it sits 100% better!

More to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, June 27, 2019 10:47 AM

I have finished my Italeri Range Rover Police.  The first picture is with the kit required lightbar.

This picture is with the lightbar I prefer.

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, June 27, 2019 10:49 AM

A few more...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Posted by Rockgarden on Friday, June 28, 2019 12:23 AM

mrmike

I have finished my Italeri Range Rover Police.

I think you've done a good job (I especially like your interior detailing) ... but ... because there *always* must be a but, if I may butt-in ... is it just me, or do those side windows look like you perhaps should have installed them from the inside?  Certainly the driver's side vent window looks like it simply doesn't quite fit, so there may not be much you can do to salvage that ...

 

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, June 28, 2019 9:27 AM

Rockgarden, you are correct!  The side windows do mount from the inside of the body.  I have mis-interepeted the instructions and mounted them on the outside of the body.  It's interesting to note that there is a channel of sorts on the outside that the side windows could mount in and that is what I did.  Well, I went and corrected my faux pas and the side windows are mounted on the inside like they should be mounted. 

Removing the chassis allowed me to fix another item that had bugged me, the edge of the dash kept the front of the body from sitting correctly.  I lowered the dash more than I did before by removing more material from the bottom of the dash and from the bottom edges of the center console.  What is not helping much here is the fact that the two piece frame is warped in several directions and I didn't straighten it out as much as I really should have.  I can now understand why we don't see too many of these kits built.  They are a bear to put together correctly.

The decals in this kit performed flawlessly!    

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, June 28, 2019 2:28 PM

I took six new photos of the Range Rover Police in British Transport Police livery.

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, June 28, 2019 2:29 PM

A few more...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, September 23, 2019 2:26 PM

Well, the Range Rover Police is back on the bench!  I would like to take this to the Classic Plastic Model Exhibition on October 6, but this Range Rover needs additional work!  The body needs to be cleaned up and the windows are a real pain.  I have tried to mount the windows on the inside of the body, but the fit is less than fair.  I may remove the windows, clean them up and remount them on the outside.  The body needs a good polishing and the decals are fine as they are.

 

More Range Rover Police to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, September 26, 2019 8:32 PM

Tonight, I removed the 2-way radio and mounted it higher on the dash so it could be seen better, especially when I get the windows reinstalled which may limit visibility somewhat.

I've been cleaning up the glass of the clear glue mess around the outer edges.  I am going to reinstall them on the outside of the body instead.

One of the things that bothered me about the light bar was that the bottom was completely open.  While it may not be seen, I wanted to cover the bottom with a piece of styrene just to satisfy me.

 

More Range Rover Police to come... 

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, September 30, 2019 4:20 PM

The Range Rover is slowly coming back together.  The windows have been reinstalled from the inside like they should be.  I cleaned the surfaces on the body and the windows and reglued them using regular model glue very sparingly.  I should have used epoxy instead.

The light bar broke on one side between the light and the center housing.  I reglued that and found a piece of wire for another antenna that will go on the roof in front of the light bar.  I need to make a base for that.

More Range Rover Police to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, October 02, 2019 11:20 AM

I have finished my Range Rover Police...again!  I have decided to add a short back story to this model since it fought me tooth and nail to the finish!  The windows went back in from the inside like it should.  I was going to install them from the outside, but I decided to clean up to openings and the windows too.  I clearcoated the body with Tamiya TS-13 Gloss Clear and after I found all kinds of tiny dark spots in the clear.  I tried to touchup the decals that chipped with orange paint which didn't match 100%, but was kind of close.  I added another antenna to the roof in front of the lightbar which is bent on one side and the 2-way radio was moved higher on the dash so it could be seen better.  The front license plate is bent due to a front end collision from an attempted PIT maneuver.  

The back story...this Range Rover is a Police vehicle that has reached the end of its service life and soon will be replace by another Police vehicle.

 

 

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, October 02, 2019 11:21 AM

A couple more...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Wednesday, October 02, 2019 2:29 PM

Superb, good old British Police Rangey!

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, October 03, 2019 9:06 PM

Thank you Patrick!

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'67 Foose Dodge Coronet; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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