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Jaguar Mk. II Saloon

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, April 09, 2018 4:16 PM

The Story

McNally calls DC Ashley Campbell at Scotland Yard with the hope of meeting her somewhere and apologizing to her for getting angry at her earlier in the day.  He is informed that she has left for the day and would he like to leave a message for her.  He replies no and sets off trying to find her.  He walks out of his Hotel and sees a Metro cop on foot patrol just up the street and stops him to ask about any bars or taverns near Scotland Yard.  There is one nearby called Croft's Tavern and McNally makes his way over to it. 

He enters the tavern and sides up to the bar and asks and pays for a cold beer.  He looks around the tavern and sees Ashley sitting by herself in the back poking at her dinner with her fork.  McNally goes over to her table and asks if he can sit and talk to her.  He tells her about his frustration and how he thinks Scotland Yard is leading his investigation and he tells her he is sorry for getting mad at her.  "I'm off the case now thanks to your frustration," she says.  "How can I get you back to helping me?  I doubt DCI Ashenbell will allow it."

Suddenly, there is a roar in the tavern as a well dressed gentleman walks into the tavern.  Ashley says, "That's Superintendent Connolly.  If you talk to him maybe he can help get me back to helping you.  And, yes, I'll guide around London and help you along as you wish."  "Thank you.  Excuse me," says McNally as he gets up from the table and goes over to talk to Supt. Connolly.

The Build

Here is the clear coated body and hood, ready for some cleanup and polishing.

 

McNally will return...

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

On my bench-LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

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Posted by mmthrax on Friday, April 13, 2018 1:51 PM

Just found this.  Totally digging it.  Dinner

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, April 13, 2018 8:25 PM

Thanks mmthrax!  I just had to build something different from my normal muscle cars.  But, then this is a muscle car of a sort...

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, April 14, 2018 6:13 AM

Well, just as I expected, last night I attempted to install the chrome trim starting with the hood.  And, the trim didn't stick at all.  I even tried using Tamiya X-22 Clear and that didn't hold and I wasn't about to use any glue or CA either.  My only other path is to use strips of Bare Metal Foil.  This reminds me of the letters I needed to use on the air cleaner assembly of my Tamiya Aston Martin DBS and they didn't stick at all.

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

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 3:20 PM

The Story

McNally goes over to the bar and introduces himself to Supt. Connolly and buys him a draft and invites him over to the table with DC Ashley Campbell.  They chat for a few minutes and then McNally asks about DC Campbell being taken away from him as his guide around London and the Metro's procedures and the UK's laws.  Supt. Connolly will reassign DC Campbell to him and have a serious chat with DCI Ashenbell about the Crumbelt case.  They continue chatting about the case and what evidence that McNally has found, or lack of and the possible interference from Scotland Yard.  Connolly says if McNally has any issues with DCI Ashenbell, to call him directly and he hands McNally his business card.

The following morning, McNally and DC Campbell are summoned to David Crumbelt's flat by Scotland Yard.  The garage door is open and his Jag has been pushed out of the stall by someone and was found with the hood and driver's door open.  McNally asks DCI Ashenbell if he can take a look and is sternly told, "This is a Police matter and you don't.  Stay out of our way!"  DCI Ashenbell directs DC Campbell to help the other officers and McNally stands back out of the way, making his way to the street and back to his rental car.  He knows who might have been involved with the possible heist of the Jag and he is not telling anyone from Scotland Yard.

The Build

I went and grabbed my new sheet of BMF the other day, only to discover that the adhesive had dried up and was starting to seperate itself from the carrier sheet.  I went out this afternoon and bought a new sheet of BMF and some Micro Metal Foil Adhesive by Microscale from my LHS.  I was hoping to be able to finish foiling the body today, but that'll have to wait until tomorrow.

McNally will return...

 

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

On my bench-LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

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Posted by oldcarguy on Sunday, April 29, 2018 8:24 AM

OOH ! That's purty !

 Kinda reminds me of mine except for the color . Mine was  "Crown Black "?

 

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, April 29, 2018 8:21 PM

Thank you OCG!  Sounds like you had a nice Jag!

The Story

Based on Scotland Yard's investigation, Colin Spencer who is already in custody, ran with Dane Parker and they both worked for Frank Duncan, a known crime boss in London.  McNally stops at Dane's flat just outside of London and knocks on the door.  Dane opens the door and is asked if he would talk to him for a moment.  Dane recognizes McNally and refuses to answer any questions and shows McNally a Walther P99 and has him enter the flat, assume the position on the wall and searches him.  Dane takes McNally's SIG and tucks it into his belt, pulls out his cellphone and makes a call.

McNally figures the call is to Frank Duncan who wants him brought over to his place for questioning.  Dane leads McNally down to his rental and they drive away to Frank's base of operations.  While they are driving, McNally tells Dane that while he has the gun, McNally is in charge and he presses the gas pedal to the floor and the car takes off in a hurry.  "Unload your gun and toss it into the back seat," says McNally!  Dane replies, "Slow down, man or I'll shoot!"  "Shoot me and I'll crash this car," yells McNally.  

Dane cocks the Walther P99 and McNally sends the Astra into a sideways skid and into a large oak tree, passenger side first.  The crash kills Dane and McNally is dazed as he tries to get out of the car by opening the door and falling to the ground after releasing his seat belt.  A Metro Police car stops at the scene with its lights flashing and the cop runs over to McNally lying in the street.  "The man in the car has a gun," says McNally and the cop pulls his weapon and approaches the Astra and removes the Walther P99 from the floor and McNally's SIG after checking Dane for a pulse.  A short while later, McNally is transported to the Hospital to be checked out.

The Build

I mocked up the Jag to see how it was progressing.  I still need to clean the glass, reassemble the Jag and glue the front end down, and finish adding the rest of the chrome bits.

McNally will return...

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

On my bench-LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

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Posted by rbouque77 on Sunday, April 29, 2018 8:49 PM

Hey mrmike, you have have real knack of writing!  You could take Robert B Parker’s job. I also enjoyed the build.  That blue looks superb on the Jag.

Sincerely,

a Jesse Stone fan

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Bob

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, April 30, 2018 3:02 PM

Thank you Bob!  I appreciate the kind words for sure.  I am in no way capable of taking Robert B. Parker's job (if he was still alive) from him as he was a great writer.  Anybody who is a serious writer like Ace Atkins, Steven King, Tess Gerritsen, or the late Robert B. Parker will easily put me to shame.  I am in awe of these writers who can crank out books like they do.  I am only writing short stories and they give an idea for building certain models that would either sit in the stash or a need to buy a certain model to fulfill my need.  

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

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Posted by MikeFo on Monday, April 30, 2018 10:17 PM

Hey Mike, the Jag is coming together very nicely. I like the color.

Building more muscle Automobile

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, May 05, 2018 6:29 AM

The Story

The guard at the front door collapses after being knocked unconscious.  The guard at the back door is unconscious as well and Frank Duncan is now worried that he may be next.  He sends his personal body guard out to check on the other guards, but he doesn't return.  Frank grabs his Webley .41 Caliber revolver from his desk and ventures out into the hallway calling out to his body guard, and he gets no response.  Frank goes back into his office and locks the door only to have the the Webley revolver knocked from his hand and he is surprised by the man holding a gun on him. 

"Who are you," he asks?  "The name's McNally.  Tell me how you had David Crumbelt killed?"  "I don't know what you are talking about," says Frank.  McNally grabs Frank by the shirt collar and throws him to the floor and asks him again, "Tell me how you had David crumbelt killed."  McNally fires his SIG P227 into the carpet several times and Frank says, "What are you talking about?"  Frank is obviously scared now and shaking.

"Tell me how you had David Crumbelt killed," and the SIG is fired into the carpet again.  "Hey, that's an expensive Persian rug!"  "Tell me how you had David Crumbelt killed."  Finally Frank says, "I had Marcos, my body guard kill him on my orders."  McNally rolls Frank over onto his stomach and cuffs the criminal as DC Campbell enters the room.  "I recorded the entire conversation," she says shutting off the digital recorder.

Several days later, McNally stops at Scotland Yard to say goodbye to DC Campbell and to thank her for her help.  DCI Ashenbell is rather angry with the Boston PI and refused to talk to him.  "I know it's not allowed, but I'm doing it anyway," as DC Campbell gives McNally a hug and a kiss on the cheek.  He thanks Ashley for her help and walks out of Scotland Yard and he heads for Heathrow Airport for his flight home to Boston.  

The Build

I have finished my Jaguar Mk. II Saloon.  I would like to thank all those who have taken the time to view and to comment on my WIP.

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

On my bench-LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, May 05, 2018 6:31 AM

A few more...

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

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Saturday, May 05, 2018 8:26 AM
Beautiful ! I can almost smell the plush leather interior :-)
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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, May 06, 2018 6:58 AM

Thank you Spencer!

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, May 06, 2018 12:40 PM

Very classy. A perfect color and the foil work looks great.

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Posted by streetrod on Sunday, May 06, 2018 4:25 PM

Hi Mike,

Yup, I was impressed when I saw it yesterday and I still am. That Blue was perfect fot this car. It came out great!!!!!!

Barry

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, May 06, 2018 8:37 PM

Thank you Mike and Barry!

Barry, that blue is a pretty darn close match to the factory color, even if it is a railroad color by Polly Scale.  It really suits that car!

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

On my bench-LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

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Posted by nottheband on Sunday, May 06, 2018 9:21 PM

She's beautiful, MrMike.  Your light grey upholstery looks very classy with the woodgrain, and it contrasts nicely with the blue body.  I've been following this Jag, as I have the racing version, and I can appreciate the skilful job you've done.  Cheers.

Steve

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, May 06, 2018 9:37 PM

Thank you Steve!  This Jag kit is superb in every way except for the metal transfers.  I wish more kits were molded as this was.

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

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Posted by mmthrax on Monday, May 07, 2018 10:01 AM

Great job.  Turned out really nice.  The proportions of the model are top notch, and your work on the details is excellent.  Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, May 07, 2018 12:45 PM

Thank you mmthrax!  I just love this Jag!  

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Posted by oldcarguy on Thursday, May 10, 2018 10:44 AM

Hi;

 Except for the long out production Jag X-KE from Aurora this is gorgeous . I do have to tell you , that I need another installment of Mc Nally , what's next ?

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, May 10, 2018 4:08 PM

Thank you OCG!  What's next for McNally?  Hmm...I have several stories available with models, but I think I might go back aways with a story about a teenage McNally and his first car.  The story is called "Beetle Beginnings".

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

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Posted by oldcarguy on Monday, May 14, 2018 11:39 AM

Aw ;

 Wait just a minute . Why not start him out in an Old style Mini ?

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, May 14, 2018 3:12 PM

oldcarguy

Aw ;

 Wait just a minute . Why not start him out in an Old style Mini ?

 

Well, it's like this...years ago I wrote a story about McNally and his friend, Johnny Hallis.  In that story, McNally had an old Volkswagen Beetle that he schlepped his tool box around from home to Johnny's house and back to work on the old Dodge Dart that they had bought together.  I now have a Revell '68 VW Beetle kit to go with the new story that I have written.  The Beetle has been mentioned a couple of times in passing, so McNally's first car is a VW Beetle.   

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

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Posted by bourque88 on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 5:57 AM

It's cool that you "see" the stories in these model cars!

Bob

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 7:42 AM

Thanks Bob!  In my imagination, I can use whatever model is available and what makes sense for the time that the story takes place.  I might have to mold the story around the model a little bit in order to make it all work.  But, yes, I can "see" the stories and the models in them.

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

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, May 18, 2018 6:41 PM

I was finally able to get on your thread without my computer freezing up! The Jag looks spectacular, MrMike! Nice work! CoolThumbs Up

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, May 18, 2018 8:49 PM

Thank you JR!  The Jag came out just as I had imagined it would.  These Tamiya kits are awesome!

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