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  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
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."

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On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

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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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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
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-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

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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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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
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-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

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    February, 2008
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.

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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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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  • 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-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • 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-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • 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-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
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-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    February, 2008
Posted by justmike on Saturday, August 04, 2018 7:23 PM

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

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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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-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
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-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    November, 2003
  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, July 14, 2018 5:32 PM

Looking good.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
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-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
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-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

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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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  • 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."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    February, 2008
Posted by justmike on Thursday, July 12, 2018 9:19 PM

That chassis looks so good you will definitely need to put the car on a mirror!

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 7:44 AM

Thank you midnightprowler!

The Story

Business at the hardware store has been dropping off a little since a big box home improvement store had opened in the next city over.  Not scheduled to work, young McNally needed a distraction from his research and decided to work on the Beetle.  He was able to find a Hurst VW shifter for the Beetle real cheap and he spent part of the late afternoon installing it into the car.  He bought it used and some of the hardware was missing from the box and he was able to find the appropriate nuts and bolts in the garage to finish the install.  He takes the old shifter and tosses it into the trash. 

With his Junior year in high School coming to a close, he hopes to have the Beetle on the road before school lets out for the summer.  Right now, he needs to replace the brakes on the Beetle and check over the front suspension one last time.  Then the picture comes to mind again and he starts to wonder what is in store for him in his research.  After dinner, he goes to his room to study and he picks up his file on the Tomlinson picture and he starts to look through it.  He stares at the picture again and says out loud to himself, "Who are you people?"

The Build

I rummaged through my parts box last night and found a shifter and a piece of chrome plated sprue and drilled a hole in it and flattened one side of it, glued it to the shifter and now I have a Hurst VW shifter with reverse lockout.

The side panels were masked and painted and now are waiting for detailing.

McNally will return...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5:51 PM

Beautiful paint!

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 10:16 AM

The Story

Young McNally goes back to City Hall after school to search birth records and to find any other notices of intent by the Family and the Executor of Tomlinson's Estate while looking for any clues and people he can ask about the picture in his possession.  He also discovers that Richard Tomlinson works as a stock broker for Taggert, Mathews, Collins and Associates and they are in a cash flow issue as reported by the Boston Globe newspaper.  It was reported that layoffs and even a possible closure of the brokerage might happen.  The Police and the SEC are investigating the Brokerage.  This must be bad news for investors and stockbrokers alike.

He gets home in time to help his Mom get supper on the table.  His Dad is working tonight, so it is just the two of them again.  After dinner, he helps clean up the table and puts the dishes into the dish washer and then he takes a glass of water out onto the back deck and he sits there and stares at the Beetle still up on blocks.  He thinks about the work he has done on the car and the work still needed, then he turns his mind towards the picture and the information he has amassed since he found the picture.  He wonders about where all this is going and what he still needs to do. 

The Build

Paint was flying today as I got all the body parts into three mist coats and two wet coats of paint.

Last night, I attempted to make a Hurst VW shifter with reverse lockout.  Not bad, but it could be better.  I may try again with a shifter from my parts box.

McNally will return...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, July 09, 2018 7:52 PM

Thanks midnightprowler!  Working on the interior and trying to create a Hurst VW shifter with reverse lockout.  Always liked those shifters and it shouldn't be too hard to create.

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, July 09, 2018 4:52 PM

Chassis looks great.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, July 09, 2018 10:55 AM

The Story

Young McNally is in his room doing his homework and studying when he hears the doorbell ring downstairs.  His Mom answers the door and he hears her talking to someone, but he is focused on his homework and he doesn't pay any attention to what is going on downstairs.  That changes when his Mom calls upstairs to him to come down to the living room.  He is then introduced to Richard Tomlinson, Everett's son who wants to see the picture and young McNally gets the picture from his room and brings it down to show Richard.  Richard looks at the picture front and back and says to throw the picture away and he leaves to the house with McNally and his Mom looking at each other and wondering what just happened.

There is a small waste can next to the coat rack by the front door and McNally tosses the picture into the trash and goes back upstairs to continue studying.  The following morning, young McNally is putting his books into his back pack and he finishes getting dressed for school.  He goes downstairs for breakfast and puts his pack by the front door and he sees the picture in the trash can.  He pulls the picture out of the trash can and places it inside his back pack and then goes into the kitchen for breakfast.  He will try to find out more about the picture after school.

The Build

I finished the chassis this morning, complete with weathering.

The body, trunk, and hood have been re-primed and will be painted soon with Tamiya TS-23 Light Blue.

McNally will return...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, July 08, 2018 8:23 AM

The Story

Young McNally takes a seat at the dinner table with his mom.  Tonight, they are having fried chicken, corn, and mashed potatoes.  His Mom asks about his day and he tells her about school work and the Beetle.  He mentions the picture he found in the owners manual and he shows her the picture.  She says that she doesn't recognize anyone in the picture or anything in the background. 

McNally says he has asked the Tomlinson attorney about the picture and he will ask the family about it.  Young McNally hopes to be able to return the picture and move on with the Beetle.  His Mom knows that he can become a little narrow-minded once he starts focusing on a subject, and this picture is no different.  He tells his Mom that all he wants to do is return the picture to the rightful owner, but little does he know what he will find as he digs up information on the Tomlinson family.

The Build

I have never weathered a model before, so this is my first.  I wanted to weather the chassis and the engine a little to show some wear from years of use.  I started with Acryl Rust and I dry-brushed it onto the chassis.

 

i installed the engine and dry-brushed some Tamiya X-19 Smoke onto the engine with a little Acryl Rust.

McNally will return...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, July 07, 2018 9:11 PM

Thanks guys!  I've got new paint, Tamiya TS-23 Light Blue.  But I have to finish cleaning up the body with some sanding.

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    December, 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Saturday, July 07, 2018 9:35 AM
Sorry to see the paint didn't work, but that engine is looking good!

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