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78 Monaco 2 door

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  • Member since
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  • From: nottingham,england
78 Monaco 2 door
Posted by arcturus on Saturday, April 07, 2018 3:05 PM

The third time this has been built and is made up of two kits. Initially I bought it as a built Force 440 generic cop car straight from GI Joe's doodle book. I stripped it down as it was....well, crap. I rebuilt it in blue, with a dark blue interior and custom wheels. It was one of those it seemed like a good idea at the time things so I stripped it down again. It got scattered across several parts boxes over the next ten years until I started it last year again.

As the original interior had loads of police bits stuck all over it, I used the interior from another one that I bought in a job lot which I'd made a total mess due to having the modelling skills of a blind caveman with a nervous tick.

So, after much eating of cake and drinking coffee I pondering on which colour to paint it . I decided on Ivory with a maroon interior. I took me ten years to decide. I don't like to rush things.
I wanted to go for the low milage survivor, grocery getter look of a middling trim level.
The wheels I chromed with a Molotow pen as they were white plastic from a Dodge Tradesman kit. Modelhaus tyres, and scratch built hood ornment made from a Photo etched piece of something.
The big orange thing in the sky is unusual in the UK so I took a photo of it with the Dodge to give me a 1980's car advert look.

Like my wife, I think she's done. Not perfect but she'll do.

 1978 Dodge Monaco (MPC) 


 1978 Dodge Monaco (MPC)

 

 1978 Dodge Monaco (MPC)

Because unlike some Robin hoods,I can speak with an english accent...
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  • From: Northborough, Mass.
Posted by rbouque77 on Saturday, April 07, 2018 7:17 PM

:-)  humorous post!  Congrats on a classy car, looks 1:1.  Interesting about using the Molotow pen on the wheels.

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bob

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Saturday, April 07, 2018 7:56 PM
Looks great, nicely done!
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Posted by Tom99 on Sunday, April 08, 2018 6:23 AM
Looking very good!
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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, April 08, 2018 8:15 AM

Wow! I seriously thought those were pics of the real car and was thinking ok, he showed us the real car, where is the model!!

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, April 08, 2018 4:13 PM

Things get better with age they say. You just proved it. 

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Sunday, April 08, 2018 9:10 PM
Glad you got a photo of the sun . I almost forgot what it looked like . Nice to see a two door for a change . And that colour is Magnolia ....... LOL
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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, April 09, 2018 7:51 AM

Third time is the charm. The Monaco looks great. It's strangely interesting to see a model kit built up as plain jane grocery getter. You have done a fine job on this one.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

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  • From: the redlands, Fl
Posted by crown r n 7 on Monday, April 09, 2018 10:02 AM

Looks like the real thing ..Yes

Nick.

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Posted by chucky on Monday, April 09, 2018 1:06 PM

Great color combo. Looks perfect! Thumbs Up

chucky

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Posted by Ron Hamilton on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 8:32 PM

Gorgeous!!!!

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Posted by mmthrax on Friday, April 13, 2018 1:48 PM

Wow!  Another great build sir.  Ace work!  Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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  • From: nottingham,england
Posted by arcturus on Monday, May 28, 2018 1:56 PM

Thanks for the comments guys.

Because unlike some Robin hoods,I can speak with an english accent...
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Posted by oldcarguy on Monday, May 28, 2018 4:14 PM

Ay ! Youse is got da look ryte too . I being liking dat car .But Da Sun notwithstanding for the U.K. , where's the photos of your Austin - Healey builds ? LOL. Great job . Just so you know I have had three Austin - Healeys  ,Imported them to the Colonies with the steering wheel and controls on the correct side . Like they are owned and driven in the U.K.

 Never had so much fun . And seeing so many awesome cars I would wish that they would make models of .

gjgeracci
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Posted by RS3 on Saturday, June 23, 2018 10:40 PM
One of the best looking white model cars I've ever seen! Shades of white are tricky to pull off successfully; it can look quite toy-like. This has enough detail applied with a deft touch that gives it the needed realism; those do indeed look like photos from a Dodge dealer's brochure! Your only mistake was the tyres. Dodge never used tyres...they used tires!
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Posted by 195X on Sunday, June 24, 2018 10:55 PM

That there's some beautiful work.

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 dimaxion on Thursday, June 28, 2018 2:22 PM

You do nice work . Your builds do not let me down , ever . It sure is a Brochure build and the Lighting / background just invies a person to take a ride Big Smile.  I admire it .. Thanx .. 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, June 28, 2018 3:39 PM

Simply un............believable! I am "wowed" beyond words. The photography compliments the build very well. Looks life like. Yes

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by 6 on Saturday, June 30, 2018 4:29 PM

This is right in my wheelhouse.  Very nice.  Is the "Monaco" badging a home-made decal or PE?  OR.... did you foil before painting and rub it out?  Can't tell from the photos.

Love the wife shtick! Always fitting in this hobby!

Is everyone out there making the switch to coffee from tea?  I haven't been your way since 1986!  Lots of great music.

Go Kit-Parts!

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  • From: West TN
Posted by v6mike on Sunday, July 01, 2018 8:38 AM

Very cool and unusual build!

On the bench: Anything I haven't finished!
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  • From: nottingham,england
Posted by arcturus on Sunday, July 01, 2018 4:02 PM

Just BMF rubbed through. One of the best techniques I've ever found.

6

This is right in my wheelhouse.  Very nice.  Is the "Monaco" badging a home-made decal or PE?  OR.... did you foil before painting and rub it out?  Can't tell from the photos.

Love the wife shtick! Always fitting in this hobby!

Is everyone out there making the switch to coffee from tea?  I haven't been your way since 1986!  Lots of great music.

 

Because unlike some Robin hoods,I can speak with an english accent...
  • Member since
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  • From: nottingham,england
Posted by arcturus on Sunday, July 01, 2018 4:03 PM

P.S and not really regarding Tea. I just don't drink it. I prefer coffee.

Thanks for all the comments guys. 

Because unlike some Robin hoods,I can speak with an english accent...

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