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Dodge St.Regis: Sledge Hammer

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  • Member since
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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Dodge St.Regis: Sledge Hammer
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 4:57 AM

Sledge Hammer! is an American satirical police sitcom produced for Television that ran for two seasons on ABC (US) from 1986 to 1988. The series stars David Rasche as Inspector Sledge Hammer, a caricature of the standard "cop on the edge" character. Inspired by Clint Eastwood's no-nonsense approach to law enforcement in the Dirty Harry films, Sledge Hammer of the San Francisco Police Department is a violent, insensitive detective. His prized possession is a .44 Magnum Smith & Wesson Model 629 revolver. Hammer sleeps and showers with his gun. His car is a 1979-82 Dodge St.Regis sedan in green, and is typically beat up with scratches and bullet holes. It features a distinctive 'I love violence' sticker on the back.

The model is a 3D printed PLA model that i found on Sketchup, author "pedropilia". The model was not suitable for printing, so i spent many hours to fill in the holes and create a floor for it. I also made up a rudimentary chassis, front and rear suspension, front grille and also modeled the tires, rims and hubcaps. In 1/25 scale, it's a massive 8 3/4 inches long (22cm). I did model a more accurate dodge style front suspension, but it was too fine to print properly, so ended up just making a chunky, block style suspension in 3 parts. I haven't put in an engine yet.
The trim is styrene stock strip, which i left off trim from the driver's door. It was painted a custom mix of tamiya colors and clearcoated in TS-13.  Chrome is Molotow, but i want to do the window frames in foil, so i'm waiting for that to be delivered. I had a choice of license plates as continuity was not watertight on the show. I printed on sticker paper as well as the 'violence' sticker, which was created in photoshop. Overall, i'm fairly happy with it. You may be wondering "hey, why no interior?" it didn't come with one, but printing a model with a full interior makes things harder to print by a factor of a four.

DSCF8445 by aus_mus, on Flickr


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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 4:58 AM

DSCF8450 by aus_mus, on Flickr
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Posted by TarheelRick on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 5:56 AM

Don't remember the show, but you have done some pretty good scratchbuilding.  Quite often we have to get really creative to build a certain model and your creativity is evident.  Good looking build.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 6:37 AM

I remember Sledge Hammer!  I always thought of the show as a screwball comedy that was at times, rather stupid.  Perhaps this is why it never made it past a couple of seasons.  The model is interesting.  I can see the need for a little more work, but the idea is there.  I think you did a good job on this!

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by dimaxion on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 1:14 PM

This one looks right to me . I remember the Show :) Green is my favorite color . Thanx for sharing . I'll pass on the keys . He will insist on driving . Thanx 

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Posted by oldcarguy on Thursday, December 27, 2018 8:46 AM


Guess what ? If you wanted a medal, You won it ! That is very unique .Now you did a fair job in creating a chassis too .No problem from me . Nice job on a fictitous cop car .

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Posted by oldcarguy on Thursday, December 27, 2018 8:48 AM

Another comment ;

 You say or indicate it was 3-d printed .Am I right ? See , the problem with the grill area is what would befuddle me .When someone gets it right , you and I will be  able to do some really obscure cars .

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Friday, December 28, 2018 8:42 PM
Very cool, I've been wanting to see a scale version of Sledge Hammer's car!
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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Thursday, January 03, 2019 10:38 AM

This is a great model.  I love "unusual subjects".  I used to watch the show.  I felt that it was in the vein of a Get Smart, in that he was fairly unorthodox (goofball), but always got the bad guy, and he had the smart, long suffering partner.  I also remember how he held his magnum in very high esteem.  Funny.

Great job on the model.  Brought back good memories.  I like the action figure too.


Just keep picking away at it...


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