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Jaguar Mk. II Saloon
Posted by mrmike on Monday, March 05, 2018 4:42 PM

My latest project with a McNally, Boston PI story.  The story is called Death Over There and is only to show what is driving this project.  The names described in it are not related to anyone living or deceased.

The Build

This project will include the Tamiya Jaguar Mk. II Saloon Kit #24151-2000.

This is a fabulous kit!  I can't find any flash or mold lines on the body or parts which is molded in white black, and grey.  My paint will be Model Master GTS Blue Pearl.  I wanted a medium to dark blue for this kit and the stock dark blue is a solid not a metallic or pearl.  I happen to love metallics and pearls, so this is the color I'm using with a grey colored interior.

These wire wheels have to be the absolute finest molded one piece wire wheels I have ever seen!  They are just gorgeous!!!  Even the plating is just right!

 

The Story

A silver car drives down an alley in London, England and stops part way down the alley.  The rear passenger door opens and a body of a man is pushed out onto the wet pavement and the car quickly drives away.  An early morning jogger finds the body on his run and calls the Metropolitian Police Service to report the body.  DCI Philip Ashenbell instructs his people who go about gathering any and all evidence that they can find.  A wallet is found on the body and the drivers license confirms who it is-Jonathan G. Crumbalt, a local businessman. 

Inside the wallet, DCI Ashenbell finds a card from an American lawyer by the name of Charlotte Rothmann, Esq.  He will call her later when the States wake up.  At 7:00 AM, Charlotte Rothmann opens her office door to start her day.  She powers on her laptop and desktop computers, starts coffee in the kitchenette, reads her emails, and prepares for another very busy day.  Her phone rings and she answer the call even before the office is open for business.  The caller is DCI Ashenbell of the Metropolitian Police Service, Scotland Yard and he informs Charlie that her client was killed under unknown circumstances. 

Charlie tells the DCI that she is sending her Private Investigator McNally over to investigate her deceased client's business.  DCI Ashenbell says he appreciates the help, but a private investigator is not necessary as Scotland Yard is on the case.  She tells the DCI that she is sending McNally anyway. 

McNally will return...

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

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Posted by MikeFo on Monday, March 05, 2018 8:21 PM

Looking forward to the build, as well as the story..

Color looks good.

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, March 07, 2018 8:11 PM

The Story

McNally gets off the plane at Heathrow Airport and catches a taxi to his hotel in central London.  He checks in to his room and takes his SIG Sauer P227, unloads it and locks it in the room safe in the closet.  He hangs up his clothes and leaves the room for the lobby and the consierge to enquire about a rental car.  He is directed to a Rental kiosk and he rents an silver Vauxhall Astra 4-door sedan.  He then heads to Scotland Yard to look up DCI Philip Ashenbell and inquire about the late Jonathan Crumbelt and the special gun permit that the DCI is holding for him.

McNally finds a parking spot near Scotland Yard and walks inside to a counter manned by Constable Dalton who calls DCI Ashenbell and she tells him that McNally is here to see him.  Constable Dalton tells McNally to have a seat in the waiting area and the DCI will be down for him shortly.  A few minutes later DCI Ashenbell arrives to take McNally up to his office.  The DCI is a gruff looking man who is not being friendly at all towards the Boston PI.  His questions and answers to McNally are short and to the point and McNally feels like he is wasting his time here.

The Build

Although the wheels and tires assembly is not until later in the instruction sheet, I couldn't resist temptation and assembled them first.  One set for the left side and one set for the right side of the Jag.

I started assembling the engine and realized that I'll need to paint some components before assembling them together.  Yes, its been a few years since I built a Tamiya kit!

A closeup of the engine side telling you all that this is a 3.8 Liter Jaguar engine!

McNally will return...

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

On my bench-'32 Ford 5-Window Coupe; 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

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Posted by nottheband on Wednesday, March 07, 2018 8:41 PM

G'day MrMike.  Isn't that engraving on the engine block amazing?  And there are metal stickers for the chrome trim and 'Jaguar' & 'Mk II' badges.  Even a pouncing jaguar for the bonnet (hood) mascot!  You'll love this kit, but be careful of the fragile B-pillars.  I'll be following you, and McNally.  Cheers.

Steve

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, March 08, 2018 7:42 AM

Thanks Steve!  I have finally taken the body out of the baggie that it came in and will give it a real good going over.  I was told that there are faint mold lines, but I didn't see any on my initial glance.

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Posted by Bainford on Thursday, March 08, 2018 8:00 AM

This kit is an interesting choice. I have the racing version in the stash, and it seems like it will be a very nice build. Looking forward to seeing yours go together.

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Posted by crown r n 7 on Thursday, March 08, 2018 8:27 AM

That’s fasnating I’m gonna watch this . Yes

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, March 16, 2018 4:47 PM

Thank you Trevor and Nick!

The Story

The next morning McNally is up and dressed when he hears a knock on his door.  He opens the door to Detective Constable Ashley Campbell of Scotland Yard.  She is to guide him around London while he conducts his investigation.  She sees the SIG Sauer P227 hanging under his left arm in a shoulder holster and she asks to see his permits, which gives to her for viewing.  He offers his Federal Firearm permit, Massachusetts Firearm permit, and the temporary permit from Scotland Yard.  DC Campbell looks them over and hands them back to the Boston PI and says that they are good.

After grabbing a coffee from the dining room, they get into McNally's rented Vauxhall Astra and head over to Jonathan Crumbelt's flat.  The Metro cops have already searched the flat and it is a mess, but this doesn't stop McNally from looking around, through, and under everything.  He finds a set of car keys in the kitchenette drawer and goes down to the back of the apartment building to a separate building that was turned into garages.  He unlocks the assigned garage door and finds a Jaguar Mk. II Saloon inside.  He searches the interior and the trunk and finds nothing of interest.  He closes up the Jag and the garage doors and pockets the keys.

He informs DC Campbell that he wants to search Crumbelt's business, Crumbelt Enterprises, to which the Detective tells him no.  Metro Police and Scotland Yard are still searching the business and it is off-limits to him.  With no clues to find here at Crumbelt's flat or in his car, McNally will call it a day and he sends DC Campbell back to Scotland Yard.

The Build

I did some painting this afternoon of the interior parts.  The chassis was flocked with embossing powder and painted with Tamiya AS-25 Dark Ghost Grey.

I finished the 3.8 Liter Jaguar engine.

McNally will return...

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

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, March 17, 2018 4:50 PM

After looking at the interior floor pan/chassis, I need to make some floor mats!  I found a tutorial on Italian Horses website.  Alex Kustov has an excellent web site with a tutorial section.  

http://italianhorses.net/Tutorials/Floormats/fmats.htm

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

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 11:47 AM

The Story

McNally returns to his Hotel and has supper in the Dining Room consisting of a small steak, mashed potatoes, and a mixture of vegtables with a cold Budweiser.  He signs his dinner check for his room and goes up to his suite.  He calls Stateside to Boston Police Dept. Homicide and Lt. Det. Adam Troy.  He asks Adam if he could do him a favor and check out Crumbelt Enterprises in Cambridge for him.  He's looking for an address book or any computer files might give him a clue. 

Adam says he'll check it out for him since Scotland Yard never called BPD Homicide to check the business.  He'll call McNally on his cellphone later with his results.  He then calls Charlotte "Charlie" Rothmann and updates her on the case.  He tells her of his frustration with Scotland Yard and how he is being "guided" not only through London, but his investigation as well.  Charlie says she might be able to get the State Department involved if she has to. 

McNally replies that he doesn't want to involve the State Department right now, but he may have to later, if needed.  For now, he'll try to stay out of Scotland Yard's way and try to find some clues on his on and if possible, without them looking over his shoulder.

The Build

I have been thinking about my color choices lately.  I want this build to be more factory stock than not.  On the Jag's body, I decided to use Polly Scale CSX Blue, a flat paint, but it is the shade of blue I want without the metallic.  This will be gloss cleared when dry.  For the floor mats, I'm using Polly Scale Grimy Black, a very dark grey and then a mixture of white and black embossing powder to give the mats some texture.

McNally will return...

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

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, March 22, 2018 3:44 PM

The Story

McNally decides to check out Crumbelt Enterprises on his own, so he drives past the business and notices the Constable standing in front of the storefront, guarding the business.  McNally drives about a 1/4 mile up the street and parks his rental and walks back towards an alley behind the business.  He checks for CCTV cameras and sees none.  At the back door, he picks the locks and opens the door to a back room filled with inventory and a nearby kitchenette with a coffee maker and a hotplate.  He turns on his "headlight" and looks for an office and finds one.

The search for clues begins as he searches the desk and the middle drawer does not pull out all the way.  A sharp tug on the drawer pulls it out and he finds a slightly crumpled notebook in the back of the drawer with names and addresses, and notations detailing an attempt to smuggle cocaine into the US, specifically the Boston area where Crumbelt has a failing business there.  McNally puts the small notebook into his coat pocket when he hears the front door being unlocked and the Constable walking in with his flashlight on.  McNally shuts off his "headlight" and hides under the desk while the Constable searches the business and finds what he was looking for...a bathroom.

When the Constable is finished, he walks past the office without shining his flashlight inside, goes out the front door and locks it without turning on the alarm.  Apparently, he doesn't know how to set it.  McNally returns to searching the office and not finding anything else.  He leaves the business through the back door, locking it behind him and walking back to the rental car and back to his Hotel to look through the notebook that he found.

The Build

I fired up my paintbooth and airbrush for a little painting session this afternoon.  I painted the hood and body with Polly Scale CSX Blue.  When it has gassed out, I'll coat it with Tamiya TS-13 Gloss Clear.

Before turning in last night, I cut out a set of floor mats.  I painted them with Polly Scale Grimy Black and when the paint dried, I coated them with watered down white glue and sprinkled a mixture of white and black embossing powder.

McNally will return...

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

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Posted by justmike on Thursday, March 22, 2018 6:19 PM

Some of those old cars just demand to be painted in a non metallic color, don't they? That is a perfect blue for the Jag. The mats will add a lot to the look of the interior

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, March 22, 2018 6:40 PM
Love these ol' jags . That blue looks perfect - might use a similar tone on a Kustom one day..- There were a couple of these on TV over here ( There's a surprise !-) ) that I remember - a black one ="Joeys Jag" in a comedy called 'Bread' & Inspector Morse - drove a deep red one .
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Posted by streetrod on Thursday, March 22, 2018 10:08 PM

Hi Mike,

The blue looks good. Are you sure the Tamiya clear will be compatible with the blue paint you used? Just wondering!!

Barry

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, March 23, 2018 8:29 AM

Thank you guys!  Based on my research, the Mk. II was popular because of the 3.8 Liter Jaguar engine.  It was a slightly detuned engine from the Jaguar XKE.

streetrod

Hi Mike,

The blue looks good. Are you sure the Tamiya clear will be compatible with the blue paint you used? Just wondering!!

Barry

 

Oh, absolutely!  I had to paint the engine compartment with the Polly Scale CSX Blue and then I coated it when it was dry with Tamiya TS-13 Gloss Clear for three coats and it looks really good!  No runs, no drips, no errors! lol    

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

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, March 23, 2018 10:35 AM

The Story

McNally enters his suite at the Hotel and locks the door behind him.  He pulls out the notebook from his jacket pocket, sits down at a table and starts reading through it.  The notebook chronicles Crumbelt's interactions with a drug dealer who wants to ship drugs from London to Boston by keeping Crumbelt's failing business in Boston alive.  The notebook lists meetings with various people including Metro Police who deemed the actions of the unknown drug dealer not severe enough to warrant any action at this time.  The recent terrorist bombing in London may have pulled resources from this case to investigate the bombing instead.

McNally's cellphone rings and it is DC Campbell demanding to know where McNally is.  He tells her that he is at his Hotel suite and has been there since he returned in mid afternoon.  She says she is coming over with DCI Ashenbell to talk with him and that he should remain at his suite.  The call ends with McNally taking an empty plastic bag and wrapping the notebook and placing it outside on the ledge of the Hotel under a weight and away from the window.  Twenty minutes go by and there's a knock on the door.  McNally opens the door and invites Campbell and Ashenbell inside to talk. 

DCI Ashenbell demands to know of McNally's actions since midafternoon.  McNally lies to the DCI about his whereabouts during the afternoon and early evening.  He tells DCI Ashenbell that if he is interferring with Scotland Yard's case, to send him home with the caveat of him contacting the US State Department and filing a complaint against them for a lack of cooperation.  Ashenbell stares at McNally, snorts, and leaves the suite with DC Campbell right behind him.  McNally waits five minutes and then retrieves the notebook from the ledge before it starts to rain.  From now on, he'll keep it locked up in the room safe.  

The Build

The engine has been installed in the chassis.

I have started work on the interior by installing the seats, center console, and the floor mats.

McNally will return...

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

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Posted by crown r n 7 on Monday, March 26, 2018 7:50 PM

That engine looks real good and the interior is moving along nicely

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, March 26, 2018 8:25 PM

Thank you Nick!  I need to decal and detail the dash and assemble it and clear coat the body and hood and apply all the chrome.  It's getting there!

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 3:55 PM

The Story

After DCI Ashenbell and DC Campbell leave McNally's suite, he sits down and reads the notebook again.  He notes three names written by Crumbelt...Colin Spencer who's already in custody, Dane Parker, and Frank Duncan.  Colin has lawyered up and won't talk to anyone.  Dane Parker and Frank Duncan are the two unknowns and he needs to find out more about the two criminals.  He doubts DCI Ashenbell would be willing to run the two remaining names for him.

The following morning, McNally gets up from bed, cleans up and shaves his face.  He gets dressed for another day of detecting.  He puts on his shoulder holster and checks the action and magazine on his SIG P227, and they are ready.  The loaded SIG is put into his shoulder holster as well as his many permits are in his jacket pocket.  As he is getting ready, there's a knock on the door.

McNally looks into the peephole on the door and sees Detective Constable Ashley Campbell.  He opens the door to her and she walks into the suite announcing that she got several names off of Crumbelt's computer for them to interview and that they should be going.  He suspects that he is being lead around this investigation, but he doesn't show his anger.  He decides to let this play out to see where it is going.

The Build

I cleaned up the painted Jaguar body and it is ready for clear coat. 

I have been struggling with the Detail Master Battery Hardware Set that I bought last year.  There has to be an easy way to assemble these clamps and wires.

McNally will return...

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Posted by MikeFo on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 12:36 PM

Coming along nicely!

Is that a sealed battery, or just a large cover over the water filling ports?

 

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 4:15 PM

Thank you Mike!  I believe that it is a sealed battery.  I have never seen a battery with a cover over the caps, unless it was a cover with the caps molded underneath.  But, then the cover would have been split into two separate covers with three caps each molded into the bottom of the cover.     

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, March 31, 2018 3:30 PM

The Story

McNally and DC Campbell interview the people whose names were taken from David Crumbelt's computer.  McNally had suspected that these people were already interviewed by Scotland Yard and his suspicions were correct.  The last person interviewed had inadvertently spilled the beans about previously being interviewed.  As they drive down the road, DC Campbell say there is one last name on the list and this person lives inland about two hours from London.  That was the final straw!

McNally swerves the rental car onto a side street and stops.  He says to DC Campbell, "These people have already been interviewed, haven't they?"  Ashley says, "I don't know what you are talking about."  He replies, "Don't lie to me!  Scotland Yard has already talked to them and I am on a wild goose chase, aren't I?"  Ashley sighs and says, "Yes, they already have been interviewed."

McNally starts the car and drives away from the curb.  DC Campbell asks, "Where are we going?"  "Back to your car at the Hotel," he says.  "Why," she asks?  "I need time to be alone to think and I can't do it with you around.  Go back to Headquarters.  I need to think."

The Build

I started work on the interior with some detailing and I still have a ways to go.

The dash is partially done.  I still need to finish detailing this.

McNally will return...

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

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Posted by MikeFo on Saturday, March 31, 2018 9:23 PM

What is the "look" you are trying to get on the dashboard?

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, April 01, 2018 7:39 AM

MikeFo

What is the "look" you are trying to get on the dashboard?

 

I take it by your question that you have never seen a Jag Mk. II dash.  There is lots of wood.  Here is a picture of a 1:1 Jaguar instrument panel.

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Posted by MikeFo on Sunday, April 01, 2018 4:42 PM
No, I have not. Should look good.

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Posted by crown r n 7 on Monday, April 02, 2018 12:03 PM

I like the look of that dash 

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, April 02, 2018 3:25 PM

Thanks Nick!

The Story

McNally stops at a small restuarant for lunch and starts thinking about this case.  He sits at a table and starts writing in a small notebook about the facts he has gathered.  He wonders about the opposition from DCI Ashenbell and Scotland Yard.  Ashenbell wants to solve this case on his own and anything the Boston PI offers him maybe a waste of time.  DC Campbell seems to be following orders from DCI Ashenbell, but she truly seems to want to help McNally.

Crumbelt seems to have been a blockage to whomever wanted to import drugs to the States.  It was clearly stated in his notebook that McNally found.  Colin Spencer's arrest might be on the right track, but Ashenbell seems to be basing the entire case on just Spencer alone and McNally thinks there are others involved.  The other two names listed in Crumbelt's notebook are the one's heading this case.  They had Crumbelt killed because he objected to being used to smuggle drugs into the US using his company.

As much as DC Campbell was guiding his investigation, he owes her an apology for getting mad at her and dumping her off at her car early this afternoon.  After lunch, he gets into his rental car and drives around London trying to get back to his Hotel.  He does get back to his Hotel in mid afternoon and he decides to take a walk still thinking about this case.  He expected a lack of cooperation from Scotland Yard and all he got was DC Campbell following orders to what seems to be an impeding of his investigation.

The Build

I finally got the interior finished up this morning.  The gauge decals got a coating of Tamiya X-22 Clear as a lens over them.  I touched up the ends of the dash with some Testors #1166 Flat Brown since there is nothing covering the ends of the dash.

McNally will return...

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Posted by MikeFo on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 12:29 PM

Looking good!

Love those wheels.

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Posted by justmike on Thursday, April 05, 2018 11:25 AM

That looks exotic.  They must have been good decals to work with.  Its going to looks nice in that shiny blue Jag

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, April 05, 2018 1:32 PM

Thanks Mike and Mike!  I have high hopes for this Jag!  I clear coated the body and hood yesterday and I'll start wet sanding the clear so it's nice and smooth.  

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