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1959 Cadillac Eldorado Seville Hardtop Is Completed

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1959 Cadillac Eldorado Seville Hardtop Is Completed
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, October 28, 2012 10:56 AM

I bought this kit several years ago for $7.00 at a discount store that has since gone out of business.  I bought this kit mainly  because of the price and I wasn't really sure if I would ever build it.  Earlier this year, I started writing another McNally, Boston PI story and thought the '59 Caddy would be a great fit for the story.  This WIP is more about the build than the story.  All characters are fictitious and are not related to anyone living or deceased.

The Build

I am using the Monogram '59 Cadillac Eldorado Seville Hardtop kit No. 85-7808.  This is a skill level 3 kit and the body is molded beautifully without any visible mold lines.

The paint will be Tamiya X-34 Metallic Brown and sprayed through my Badger Universal 360 airbrush.

The Story

Old Stocks And Murder  A McNally, Boston PI Story

McNally walks up to the police officer at the tape line and shows his PI license to the officer who then speaks into his radio.  Shortly afterwards, Det. Darvell waddles out of the front door and approaches the tapeline while he lights his cigar stub.  "McNally you'll keep your hands in your pockets at all times.  I don't want any evidence disappearing and ending up on eBay."  McNally replies, "I won't contaminate the crime scene with my pocket lint like you will with that cigar, Detective."  He stuffs his hands into his pockets and is allowed onto the crime scene.  He is lead up the driveway and notices rusted scrape marks on the pavement and an old Cadillac pushed out of the garage on semi-flat tires.  They approach the front door as the Coroner pulls the gurney out with the deceased body on it.

"Who's the victim," McNally asks?  Darvell answers, "You figure it out, you being the great PI that you are."  Sgt. Adam Troy sticks his head out of the front door and says, "You two stop sniping at each other.  Darvell, help canvas the neighborhood, McNally come with me and take your hands out of your pockets!"  McNally walks into the house, removing his hands from his pockets and asks,"Who's the victim?"  "Mary Parregrin.  Her husband passed away about 3 months ago of natural causes and she was pushed and hit her head on the kitchen counter.  She may have known her attacker since the Caddy was pushed out of the garage and she may have caught them in the act.  I remember them being your first clients when you became a PI, so I called you down here."

McNally, Boston PI will return... 

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

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Posted by Rustykid on Sunday, October 28, 2012 1:49 PM
Ohhhh i'v been waiting for McNally to return! Can't wait to see the progress on the caddy! Will this be a slightly weathered build since its in the garage?
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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, October 28, 2012 8:15 PM

Thanks Josiah!  This Caddy will be glossy and new looking.  I don't do weathering.  If it ain't glossy, it ain't mine!

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Posted by Rustykid on Sunday, October 28, 2012 8:36 PM
Haha differnt strokes for differnt folks! And i can undertstand since its in the garage then it would stay pretty new! Can't wait to see more!
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Posted by SLUSHER on Monday, October 29, 2012 8:35 AM

Mike this forum is funny  about what gets posted l am surprised that they let you do the P.l stories...Slusher

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, October 29, 2012 4:22 PM

Carl, I figure that as long as I keep the bulk of the story limited to one short paragraph per posting, then it shouldn't be an issue.  I have seen other postings with one giant paragraph or several giant paragraphs with no pictures and those are allowed.  I purposely keep my stories short so I don't rile the Admins and stay in their good graces.  As I have said in the beginning of all my stories, they are only to show what is driving the build.  

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:44 AM

The Story

Mary's husband Walter was 93 years old when he past and Mary was 88 years old when she was murdered.  Walter had parked the Caddy in the garage when he decided that he was too old to drive anymore.  As McNally looked around the house, he noticed that the study was ransacked...papers and books everywhere, pictures pulled off the walls, furniture torn apart...someone was looking for something!  McNally and Sgt. Troy walk outside and looked at the Caddy on it's semi-flat tires and at the scrape marks on the driveway in front of the old car.  McNally says, "These scrape marks could be from a flatbed wrecker which would explain why the Caddy was pushed outside the garage."

The Build

The hood is a two piece unit with the lower front edge as a separate part.  I glued the two pieces together and sanded the edge a bit.

I did not notice this until now, there is a vinyl roof molded onto the body!

Closer examination showed this mold joint and this is the worst one!  The other three points of the roof have much smaller mold joints to be removed.

McNally will return...

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Posted by Space Cowboy on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 9:58 AM

Mike thanks for bringing McNally back with this beautiful Caddy..I am watching and listening.....

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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 7:53 PM

Another fan of McNally is here too.

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Posted by F1 Starr on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 9:21 PM

justmike

Another fan of McNally is here too.

Me too Big Smile

Starr

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, November 02, 2012 11:33 AM

Thank you friends and fans of McNally!  I hope you enjoy the new story and my WIP as well.  

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, November 03, 2012 7:57 AM

The Story

McNally decides to investigate this case along with Sgt. Troy's cooperation.  He looks around at the neighbors homes from the driveway and sees Mrs. Crane looking out her window next door. McNally goes over to her house and asks her if she heard or saw anything unusual that night to which she says that she heard and saw a noisy flatbed truck in the Parregrin's driveway and she could only make out some of the faded lettering on the truck door...PAR R T NG.  She said that the truck made a lot of noise and smelled bad which McNally deduced to be an old diesel truck.  McNally thanks her for talking to him and leaves the house.  While going down the front steps, he sees Det. Darvell coming up the sidewalk and Darvell asks him what he is doing.  "Investigating, you should try it sometime, Detective" McNally says passing the overweight cop.

The Build

I painted the body and hood this morning with Tamiya X-34 Metallic Brown.

McNally Will Return...

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, November 09, 2012 3:09 PM

The Story

The following morning finds McNally at the office of his part-time employer, Attorney Charlotte "Charlie" Rothmann asking if the Parregrin's were clients and Charlie replied that they were not.  She made a couple of phone calls and found that they were clients of Fitch, Bracken, and Brown and that she had set a meeting with their associate lawyer, David Whitham.  When McNally arrived at their offices, he was greeted by Attorney Whitham and they sat down to discuss their clients.  The Caddy was under contract for sale to a collector in Connecticut and the only possible heir was The Parregrin's estranged son, Derek, who was left out of the will by his parents.  The son is believed to be residing in the Springfield area of Massachusetts.  Attorney Whitham didn't have the collector's information and left the conference room to fetch the information leaving the client file on the table and McNally quickly thumbed through it looking for any additional info that the lawyer wouldn't otherwise give up.  Attorney Whitham comes back with the collectors info and says he will talk to the partners about compensation for McNally's investigation.

The Build

This afternoon, I gave the Caddy a light polishing and it brought out a nice shine.  I found a couple of flaws that will need a little attention, but nothing major.  I really like this color as it is kind of a copper like appearance to it. 

McNally Will Return...

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Posted by BigTallDad on Friday, November 09, 2012 3:38 PM

Great looking and the color really pops! That windshield would be dazzling with a graduated tint stripe at the top.

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Posted by streetrod on Friday, November 09, 2012 9:58 PM

Hi Mike,

She's lookin' real good so far. Foiling "her" should be just lots of fun.  Smile, Wink & Grin

Barry

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, November 11, 2012 10:41 AM

Thanks for the suggestion BTD!  I'll keep it in mind.

Barry, my foiling time may be cut in half if I use the kit decals.

The Story

As McNally walks back to his car, his cell phone rings with a call from his girlfriend, Caitlyn Scotsen.  She is calling to set up a date for lunch to which the Boston PI offers a rain check as he is heading out to Springfield, Mass. to look for the Parregrin's son and then down to Connecticut to interview the collector buying his late client's Caddy.  Caitlyn says that it is not a problem and offers dinner instead if he gets back to Boston early enough.  McNally says that this is fine and he will call her when he gets back into Boston.  She wishes him a safe trip and he says thanks and ends the call.

The Build

I do know that there will be a lot of foiling to be done on this Caddy.  But, some of my foiling time may be cut in half if i use the kit decals which look like chrome foil.

A different angle showing the reflectiveness of the decals.

I was going to use embossing powder on the floor, but the engraved detail looks really good, so I may not be using the powder.

McNally Will Return...

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Posted by v6mike on Sunday, November 11, 2012 10:55 AM

I love thwese old caddys,and the story is great too!

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Posted by smellyfatdude on Sunday, November 11, 2012 12:32 PM

My kit is an older issue, that doesn't have any decals that look like chrome. Instead, it's got some chrome stickers that I doubt would work very good after all these years. So I'll be having to foil all of mine, if I ever build it. Bang Head
That's a beautiful color on that Caddy, mrmike! Thumbs Up

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Posted by Space Cowboy on Monday, November 12, 2012 9:01 AM

Both of the decals work well if applied right....Mike I am still here..

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Posted by SLUSHER on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 8:04 AM

Awsume color Mike .....Slusher

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, November 17, 2012 8:37 PM

Thanks guys!

The Story

McNally stops at the BPD Homicide Unit to talk with Adam before heading out of town to Springfield. Adam hands McNally the latest reports on the case while Det. Darvell watches in disgust.
“I should have a copy of the ME report for you in a day or two. CSU has found lots of finger prints on the Cadillac’s trunk and tail fins, probably from pushing the car out of the garage.”
“Any hits on the prints,” asks McNally?
”No, not yet. How about you,” asks Adam?
“I’m going out to Springfield to interview Walter and Mary’s estranged son if I can find him. Then I’m heading down to Portland, Connecticut to interview the buyer of the Caddy. I talked to the Parregrins’ lawyer this morning. He gave me the address for the buyer and a possible location on the son. Has Darvell found anything yet?”
“Nothing yet,” says Darvell
“Like I told you last night, Adam…ineffective,” as McNally walks out of Adam’s office.

The Build

I did some brush painting on the interior tonight.  It didn't come out too bad, but I do need to do a little cleanup in a few places. 

McNally Will Return...

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, November 17, 2012 8:48 PM

Nice paint and nice story, Mike!  CoolThumbs Up

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Posted by Space Cowboy on Saturday, November 17, 2012 9:05 PM

Hey Mike the interior is looking great..Keep it coming....................

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, November 18, 2012 11:42 AM

Thanks JR and Bruce!  There will be more...

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Posted by GASSERS#1 on Monday, November 19, 2012 9:58 AM

The caddy is comming along just fine mike!cool color!Yes

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, November 22, 2012 6:28 PM

Thank you John!  

The Story

McNally stops at a gas station in Springfield to top off the Charger’s gas tank.  He goes in to pay and asks if there is a phone book he could look through.  The attendant takes his money and hands over a Springfield area phone book.  He flips the pages to P and looks for Parregrin and finds only one…Derek Parregrin.  The address shows 153 Shanna Road in Springfield itself.  He hands back the book and thanks the attendant who only grunts something that might have been “Your welcome.”  Back in the Charger, McNally enters the address into his GPS and finds the route to 153 Shanna Road starts the car and heads back onto the highway.  

The Build

I started on the Caddy 390 CI engine this evening.

I also started detailing the dash.

McNally Will Return...

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Posted by SLUSHER on Thursday, November 22, 2012 7:46 PM

Nice work on the interior,Mike.....Slusher

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Posted by smellyfatdude on Thursday, November 22, 2012 11:36 PM

The story and the car are making me look forward to the next installment! Keep 'em coming, mrmike! Dinner

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, November 24, 2012 8:33 AM

Thanks Carl and sfd!  I still have a lot to do on this build including the challenge of all that foiling!  

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, December 09, 2012 9:03 AM

The Story

McNally arrives at the slightly run-down looking home of Derek Parregrin and parks in front of the house.  He goes and knocks on the front door and waits until a man pulls back the curtain and angrily says, "What'ya want?" McNally identifies himself and asks to talk to Derek Parregrin who reluctantly lets the PI into the house, but keeps him in the foyer.  His responses to McNally questions about his parents surprised McNally as Derek is quite angry and answers the PI's questions with short and rather vague answers.  Derek then tells McNally that he has an appointment to get to and ushers the PI abruptly out and slams the door behind him.  McNally gets into his Charger and as he drives away, notices an old truck parked in the driveway.

The Build

After two weeks of not being able to work on the Caddy, I was able to start working on the engine again.  I drilled out the heads for plug wires and painted the engine block with Testors Gloss Dark Blue enamel paint.

I had previously glued the intake manifold onto the block and removed it to paint under the manifold and the valley cover.

With the manifold painted, I reglued it back onto the engine.

More to come...


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