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1968 Volkswagen Beetle

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, July 13, 2018 11:53 AM

And, I do have a mirror stand!  I've gotta show off the chassis weathering. 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

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On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by 6 on Friday, July 13, 2018 8:12 PM

I was in NH just yesterday!  I should have asked to come by for a live update!

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, July 14, 2018 6:38 AM

Another missed opportunity!  Sorry!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, July 14, 2018 8:50 AM

The Story

Feeling a little frustrated, young McNally approaches his Father, Officer Raymond McNally on his day off and he asks for some help or support.  His Father says to just throw the picture away, but young McNally can't do that.  He has spent a lot of time doing research on the picture and the family of the Tomlinson's and he doesn't feel right about abandoning all his work.  His Father says he'll think about it and he walks away from his son, not wanting to be bothered.  He thinks that maybe his father is right and he should just toss the picture away.

About an hour later, a plain Ford Crown Victoria with a whip antenna on the back trunk lid stops at the curb and a tall heavy-set man gets out of the car and approaches Officer McNally who is sitting on the porch.  Ray calls his son down to the porch to meet Det. Brentsen who wants to see the file that Young McNally has made on the Tomlinson's.  Det. Brentsen is impressed with the file and evidence that is in the file and he says that he has to verify everything before he moves ahead with his investigation.  He thanks Young McNally for his work and to Officer McNally for calling him.  Young McNally then thanks his father for his support.

The Build

I applied a black wash to the seats of the Beetle and to the side panels which I also detailed.

I also detailed the dash.  I'll apply some Tamiya X-22 Gloss Clear to the speedometer as a lens.

McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, July 14, 2018 5:32 PM

Looking good.

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, July 16, 2018 2:19 PM

Thank you midnightprowler!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, July 29, 2018 8:55 AM

The Story

Friday afternoon and young McNally is leaving school and heading towards the school bus when he sees his father standing next to it.  His father wants young McNally to witness the takedown of Richard Tomlinson as he feels he is owed that right.  All the research young McNally did on the Tomlinson's has checked out as reliable information and a warrant was issued for Richard's arrest for Embezzlement and Lying to a Police Officer.  They get into Officer McNally's Ford LTD Crown Victoria and drive over to meet up with another officer and Det. Brentsen.  When Richard gets home, they will all head over to Richard's house and make the arrest.

The word is given and the three Police Cruisers head over to Richard's house just around the corner from where they had staged themselves.  Det. Brentsen parks in the driveway just behind Richard's car and the two Cruisers were parked on either side.  Young McNally watched as Richard was read his rights and handcuffed.  This made the teenager feel good about all the work he had done.  But, that all changed when he looked over at the front door and watched with horror as Richard's wife and young daughter was watching from the front steps of their house in a state of shock.  Now, he didn't feel so good.

Richard was taken down to Police Headquarters to be questioned and processed.  Young McNally sat on a bench in the hall waiting for his father to come out of the Detective's Bureau.  Around 8:00 PM, his father comes out and takes his son to dinner at the Comet Diner, just down the street from HQ.  Young McNally asks about the arrest and if Richard's family knew about the embezzlement and Officer McNally says he doesn't know.  Officer McNally says there is a point where the investigation should end, either with the investigating officer or hand it all over to the detectives and let them deal with the investigation.

The Build

The body, hood, and trunk were wet sanded and given another coat of Tamiya TS-23 Light Blue.

The body and hood came out great, but the trunk lid needed another coat of paint which ran and bubbled on me.  Arrgh!

McNally will return...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by justmike on Saturday, August 04, 2018 7:23 PM

aaarrggghhh is such a good adjective when stuff like that happens.  

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, August 04, 2018 7:38 PM

justmike

aaarrggghhh is such a good adjective when stuff like that happens.  

 

Yes it is!  Just needed one more coat of paint and I guess I didn't swing my arm far enough to clear the part and I got more paint on the edge than I really needed it.  I'll resand it and try again.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, August 09, 2018 2:30 PM

The Story

It is Sunday night and young McNally is in his room reading.  He hears the doorbell ring and his Mom answering the door.  His Mom calls him downstairs and to bring the picture with him.  Downstairs he is introduced to Mrs. Clara Tomlinson, Richard's older sister and she would like to see the picture and he shows it to her and she smiles.  The older man and the young girl in the picture is Everett's best friend Clarence Jenkins and his granddaugther, Lisa. 

Clarence had passed 10 years ago and Lisa is married with three children of her own and living in Colorado.  Young McNally says she can have the picture which is a copy of the original which the Police have and Clara thanks him for the picture and offers to pay him for his time and research.  He says she owes him nothing for the picture or his time spent as it was an education for him.  Clara thanks young McNally and his Mother, zips up her overcoat and leaves the house, getting into her car and driving away.

Young McNally's Mom congradulates her son on a fine job done and he says he needs to talk to her about something...his future.  When he graduates high school, he is going to join the US Army and study Criminal Justice instead of going to a Community College and studying Finance.  His Mom says that whatever field he chooses to go into is fine with her and that he has her full support.  This make young McNally very happy, but his last year in High School was very difficult on him as his parents split up and eventually divorced while he was in the Service, his Mom disappeared into Boston's High Society, his best friend Johnny thought he was jealous of his girlfriend and got mad and stopped talking to him, and his father became a drunken Police Officer.  Life can be so unfair to a teenager. 

The Build

I have finished my '68 VW Beetle.  I used a light coat of clear on the paint and the paint if rough here and there to represent a very well used care that has had soe care for it over the years.  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-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, August 09, 2018 2:46 PM

A few more...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, August 09, 2018 2:48 PM

Last three...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by JohnDB on Thursday, August 09, 2018 6:46 PM

Very nice mrmike, another top-notch build from you. Stories are cool too! 

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Posted by justmike on Friday, August 10, 2018 8:27 PM

That turned out well.  The beetle I mean.  Young McNally's teens? Not so well. Nice to know he got through the troubles.  Cool background on story on him.

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, August 11, 2018 8:03 AM

Thank you guys!  I felt a bit of a back story was necessary for McNally.  It helps give the character some substance and readers an understanding of who he is.  The Beetle came out almost as I wanted it.  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Sunday, August 12, 2018 11:38 PM

Good realistic V-dub, mr mike, thanx for the photos and also for the story.  Sometimes life just doesn't go the way you plan or expect.  Cheers.

Steve

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, August 13, 2018 6:47 AM

Thank you Steve!  I appreciate the comment.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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  • From: The Motor City
Posted by BRONCO BILLY on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 12:33 AM

Mr Mike great build and back story. Have you ever thought about a book of short stories and the builds that went with them. I think that it would be awesome.

Bronco Billy

 

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 8:12 AM

Thanks Bronco Billy!  Yes, I have thought about publishing my stories and several people have suggested the same to me over the years.  Unfortunately, when my computer crashed back in August, I lost ALL my pictures and stories.  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

Classic Plastic Model Club

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