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LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, August 09, 2018 10:37 AM

I'm not too sure where to put this Police car, but here seems an OK place for it.  My new project is the Yodel Los Angeles City Police Car.  The box art depicts a 1978 Dodge Monaco, but my research shows the cars used back then as a 1978 Plymouth Fury.  The box art also shows a light bar with two rotating lights and a siren, while my research shows can lights and a round siren/speaker reminiscent of the Adam-12 Plymouths and AMCs from way back then.  I'm building this as a tribute to fallen Classic Plastic member Jon Talcott.  

These old Yodel kits had parts for either the '78 Monaco or Fury and both seem to fit either body shell.  This is badge engineering at its best!

I need to rummage through the parts box for a siren and I have made a set of can lights to fit the Fury.  My paint will be Tamiya TS-14 Black and Testors #28131 Classic White.

More to come...

 

 

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, August 09, 2018 10:42 AM

This is how I made my can lights.  i started by cutting two pices of 3/16" round tube and glued a piece of .010X.030 styrene strips on the ends.

More to come...

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, August 09, 2018 10:49 AM

I used a 1/16" drill bit and drilled a hole in the center of the can light for a mount.

I inserted a short length of 1/16" round stock to the can light.

I now have a set of can lights for an LAPD Police Cruiser.

These will be painted gloss black and I'll rummage the parts box for reflectors and lenses.

More to come...

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, August 09, 2018 11:58 AM

Nifty kit Mike! Looking forward to the progress.

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, August 09, 2018 3:08 PM

Thanks Joe!  Yes, it is a nifty kit and I have three of them.  1-LAPD, 1-CHP, and 1-San Diego County Sheriff.  This is gonna be fun!

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Posted by midnightprowler on Friday, August 10, 2018 4:04 AM

Looks cool. How accurate are those Yodel kits? They still available?

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, August 10, 2018 6:40 AM

For a 1/24 scale kit, they seem pretty accurate to me.  You might be able to find them on ebay or other auction sites, but they are no longer made.

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, August 11, 2018 8:43 AM

I assembled the wheels and tires last night before turning in.

I started sanding the mold lines on the body and there are a lot of them.  On the outside and inside of the body.  The body is ready for its initial coat of primer to check my work.

The worst of the mold lines were along the tops of the front fenders.

More to come...

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, August 12, 2018 7:23 PM

Even though it has been raining today, I got out of the house and went down to the LHS to look around and to pick up some paint for the Fury.  I got Tamiya TS-14 Black and Tamiya TS-26 Pure White.

I detailed the radio and microphone after assembling the unit and adding the microphone.

Sometime in the late '60s or early '70s, LAPD added numbers to the roofs of their patrol units for identification for the helicopters to see.  I wanted 012 in tribute to Martin Milner who played Off. Pete Malloy and I found some number decals in my decal stash.

More to come...

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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 8:56 AM

Looking good, Mike. I have been curious about these Yodel kits since they came out, but have never seen one in person. I assumed they would be pretty cheesy, but it appears to be a decent kit.

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 11:44 AM

I thought the same until I had an opportunity to get them.  The body looks rather accurate, but the chassis and curbside kit kind of threw me.  I recognized the opportunity to build a curbside without having to get a Joker/Goon Car kit from AMT.  The interior has some inaccuracies, but I'm going to overlook them.  

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Posted by 6 on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 5:35 PM

Old police subjects are always cool.  LAPD used all kinds of cars including Matadors.  Really interesting PD when it comes to car selection over the years.  I imagine you saw this reference:

http://www.policecarwebsite.net/fc/capdcars/lapd.html

I was looking at the box art (interesting) and thinking it could have been a replica of a photo - minus the lights.

 

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 7:50 PM

I did not see that site, never heard of it.  I used Goggle Images and Wikipedia for my research and got what I had imagined in my head.  The thing is, I am pretty close to what it is.

I started filling in the holes in the chassis for the electronic bits and pieces and extending the rear axle.

More to come...

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

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 7:56 PM

One of the things I had noticed was the front seat had no back to it.  So out came my tools and a sheet of .020 plain styrene, did a little tracing and some cutting and I have a seat back for the front seat.

When the glue had dried, the body and chassis when into the paint booth for some primer.

More to come...

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, August 18, 2018 8:21 PM

A mockup to check my work.

The chassis is nearly complete.  Just a couple of things more.

More to come...

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, August 19, 2018 8:13 PM

I didn't like how the front end of the Fury was raised, so I figured out a way to lower the front slightly without the Fury looking like a 4X4.  I cut off the retainers for the chassis at the front of the car and added some styrene across the top.

I added some styrene to the forward edge of the chassis.  This will move the edge of the chassis and front suspension up into the body.  Now the front suspension sits where I want it.

More to come...

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, August 20, 2018 9:22 AM

It's all lookin' good so far Mike. I do have one question though. Didn't all taxis and police cars come with dual exhaust?

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, August 20, 2018 4:26 PM

To tell you the truth, I don't know.  It was the late '70s and Washington's EPA emission controls were killing everything in sight.  It is possible that some Police cruisers may have had dual exhaust, except for California where the smog is really bad.  The chassis plate does have a single exhaust on it and the engine size is unknown.  For all I know, this one has a 318 CI engine pumping out a whopping 100 HP max at the rear wheels!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, August 20, 2018 4:33 PM

mrmike

  For all I know, this one has a 318 CI engine pumping out a whopping 100 HP max at the rear wheels!

 

:giggles:

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 8:01 PM

Yeah, I thought you would find that funny...Wink

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Posted by htown3 on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 9:44 AM

In the 60's and 70's generally big city patrol cars didn't have high performance engines.  Many even used six cylinders.  They were more interested in gas mileage and maintenance than high speed pursuit.  However, Highway Patrol or State Police cars were a different matter and ran the hot police special engines. A lot of Sherriff's offices, especially in rural areas also ran the hot engines.

Almost all taxis of that era ran the six bangers too due to costs. 

 

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Posted by 195X on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 4:48 PM

Nice work. I have one of these I never even opened. I like the look of it so far, even with the curbside chassis. That radio unit though! Nice detail work, the mic looks exactly like one my dad had.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, August 23, 2018 3:55 PM

htown3

In the 60's and 70's generally big city patrol cars didn't have high performance engines.  Many even used six cylinders.  They were more interested in gas mileage and maintenance than high speed pursuit.  However, Highway Patrol or State Police cars were a different matter and ran the hot police special engines. A lot of Sherriff's offices, especially in rural areas also ran the hot engines.

Almost all taxis of that era ran the six bangers too due to costs. 

 

 

Based on my research, LAPD most likely had V8s in their squad cars.  I haven't been able to find anything otherwise in my search.

195X

Nice work. I have one of these I never even opened. I like the look of it so far, even with the curbside chassis. That radio unit though! Nice detail work, the mic looks exactly like one my dad had.

 

Thanks 195X.  I think the body is pretty accurate, even for a battery powered model car.

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Posted by 195X on Saturday, August 25, 2018 9:18 PM

Maybe you can help here. I just decided to dig mine out and look it over. I don't know Monaco's that well. What year am I looking at? I find no yearly designation anywhere. I'm stabbing in the dark to say... 1973?

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, August 25, 2018 9:30 PM

Your stab in the dark is about 5 years off.  These Monacos and Furys are of a 1978 vintage.  The chassis of these cars are not correct for a '78 Mopar and you can tell just by looking at the front suspension.  At any rate, a curbside won't have the chassis looked at as closely as a full detail kit.  My goal with the chassis was to make it look nice and clean.  

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

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Posted by 195X on Saturday, August 25, 2018 10:06 PM

Oop! My mistake was comparing the four door, to the MPC 2 door kit. Totally different rear bumper. I'll probably do the same. Curbside with a nice interior, but not a cop car.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, August 30, 2018 6:21 AM
Coming along nicely, I'll have to keep this thread in mind when I get to mine!
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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, September 02, 2018 7:20 AM

Thank you Bill!  I need to get back to this.  I have been applying white paint in light coats and letting them gas out in the paintbooth.  I haven't even looked at them in 4 days.

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Posted by dimaxion on Sunday, September 02, 2018 2:24 PM

Just for accuracy I will add this . From the '75 MY and up . ALL Vehicles sold in the USA will have a catalatic convertor . It is an inaccuracy his suffers . Just note , in Ca , this car wouod not ever be in the Streets . Smog Testing hs been Manditory for California since PCV Valve . Just don't display this fupa IMHO .. Thanx .. 

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Posted by chucky on Sunday, September 02, 2018 7:40 PM

Funny thing is, the police cars around here never went through state inspection. The police mechanics used to yank the converters, take a hammer and pipe and smash the insides to bits and dump them out. Then the cats went back on. Free horsepower! Thanks to progress and cordless sawzalls, catalytic converters are now cut out of parked cars and sold for their high scrap value, much to the chagrin of insurance companies. So now we have "clean" electric cars and to charge them we once again have coal-fired power plants belching pollutants into the atmosphere. Bang Head

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