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Rockford Files diorama
Posted by Repstock on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 10:27 AM

While it's not done yet, I think there's enough here to share.

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Posted by Repstock on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 10:28 AM

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Posted by Repstock on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 10:29 AM

TnT
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Posted by TnT on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 12:31 PM

That is just too cool. I like tv models or movie models. But that is really cool. 

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 4:47 PM

Awesome , brings back memories from my childhood ! Always remember him doing snakey burnouts in the Pontiac . 

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Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, September 7, 2017 8:24 PM
Very nicely done, that looks great!
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Posted by smellyfatdude on Friday, September 8, 2017 12:28 AM

Looks terrific! All you need now is an Isaac Hayes figure. "Hey, Rockfish!"

introducing a leaner, fresher smellyfatdude 

Next builds:

Dunno

 

 

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Posted by 61 Galaxie on Friday, September 8, 2017 6:31 AM

Great job! And just where/how did you ever find those super realistic figures? Their likeness to the actors is phenomenal!!!

You tell me what to buy to paint like Donn Yost and I'll tell you what camera to buy to take pictures like Ansel Adams...yeah, that's the ticket!

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Friday, September 8, 2017 8:09 AM
Had to come back for another look ! I've got the theme tune going in my head now too ! Never could get the high notes though......
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Posted by Repstock on Friday, September 8, 2017 12:18 PM

Spencer Mopar Fan
Had to come back for another look ! I've got the theme tune going in my head now too ! Never could get the high notes though......
 

I'd have to really improve to just miss the high notes. I can't carry a tune in a bucket!

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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 9:42 PM

Spencer Mopar Fan

Awesome , brings back memories from my childhood ! Always remember him doing snakey burnouts in the Pontiac . 

 

I remember seeing somewhere that Jim choose the Pontiac to do the stunts with.

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Posted by rickr442 on Sunday, October 22, 2017 1:47 AM

Great work! 
Lets increase your fan base by a few thousand... Send the pics to Jim Suva on Facebook. Jim and some others of us are huge RF fans, and Jim has the best of the full-scale Rockford Firebirds and shows it regularly in the midwest. Make it happen!

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'Peggy, call the insurance agent... The cars got some bullet holes!'..... Joe Mannix

Yeah, but half an inch to the right, he woulda missed me altogether!'.....Jim Rockford

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Posted by Jim Suva on Sunday, October 22, 2017 8:56 AM

This is Jim Suva.I would love to do a story on your Dioramma for my blog.  What you have done so nice.  Love your work.  I have posted a link to this forum on my pages and a few Rockford Files Facebook pages.  You can contact me at jimsuva34@aol.com.  I look forward to talking with you.  Jim

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Posted by rickr442 on Sunday, October 22, 2017 4:35 PM

James Garner was an accomplished race driver in several disciplines. He specifically chose the Firebird because it was powerful, well-balanced, and 'light on its feet'. He was also a large guy so the car had to be comfortable for long stretches filming.
In the original series ('74-'80) the cars were sourced from the Van Nuys GM factory, built to order in the last week of each model years' production, painted in the original 1974 metallic tan color.  Pontiac's PR agency had originally offered their Trans Am, but the Rockford character wasn't swimming in money so the calmer, less flashy, less expensive Esprit was used instead.
The cars, though, were Formula Firebirds re-trimmed with Esprit items but retaining the firmer suspension and the stout hi-performance drivetrain of the Formula. When the TV Movies started in 1994 Pontiac offered new '94 Formula convertibles for the hero cars, Garner turned them down because he was so fond of the '78 models. 
I met Garner a couple of times in California, he was very funny, a great guy and a true car enthusiast. I know that he and the show's crew would LOVE your diorama! RIP Jim 

www.fueledbythefallen.com

'Peggy, call the insurance agent... The cars got some bullet holes!'..... Joe Mannix

Yeah, but half an inch to the right, he woulda missed me altogether!'.....Jim Rockford

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Posted by mmthrax on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 11:36 AM

This is great stuff.  The modeling here is top drawer.  Quality.YesYes

I've only seen Rockford a handful of times as a little kid. (born 69).  I recognize Jim and the dad, but who is the third guy?  Forgive my ignorance.  

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, December 23, 2017 4:30 AM
awesome

My Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/87459383@N07/albums

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Posted by rickr442 on Sunday, December 24, 2017 2:18 AM

MMThrax...
Ah, youth...
The third figure is the infamous Angel Martin, a former State prison cellmate of Jim Rockfords before Jim's pardon. Angel was the show's niusance figure and often the source of huge problems for the hero and his father. As they stand by the trailer and the car he's probably asking to borrow money.
Get the DVD sets! Rockford Files is great entertainment, and the car stuff is beyond reproach. 

www.fueledbythefallen.com

'Peggy, call the insurance agent... The cars got some bullet holes!'..... Joe Mannix

Yeah, but half an inch to the right, he woulda missed me altogether!'.....Jim Rockford

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Posted by johnnyR on Sunday, December 24, 2017 6:54 PM
Love it! Great job on all of it!!! One of my favorite shows!
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Posted by mmthrax on Sunday, December 24, 2017 10:48 PM

Thanks for the response.  I'll check into the DVDs.  I hate those nuisance figures!  There's one on every show.  Drive me nuts. Smile

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by 1970stage1 on Monday, January 1, 2018 6:53 PM
You did an awesome job. It brings back my childhood when my family would sit and watch the show. How did you do the side moldings on the truck? You did a fantastic job!

Ken

 

Going fast with class.

 

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Posted by MikeFo on Friday, March 9, 2018 6:56 AM

really cool! I always liked that show.

Building more muscle Automobile

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Posted by Jim Suva on Monday, April 30, 2018 12:48 PM

Where did you get the figurians for your display?  I would like to get a set for my models.

Thanks, Jim Suva

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Posted by Repstock on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 10:08 AM

I made them. I have boxes full of figure parts I mix and match as needed. I already have an improved Rockford figure, and I intend on updating the others as well. I also plan to add more characters in the future. I've also made two bad guys in case the scene requires them. I've been meaning to add pictures of all this, I just haven't done it yet.

 

Nice to hear from you again, Jim, I hope all is well.

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Posted by Ergo Proxy on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 1:54 PM

I love it. It was great show.

Too many models to build in a lifetime.

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Posted by oldcarguy on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 4:05 PM

Well;

 I like the figures and the vehicles . But did you have to include that little creep ' Angel " He got Rockford in more trouble than ten Bags of wildcats !

gjgeracci
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Posted by Jeepnut on Saturday, December 28, 2019 9:10 AM

I'd like to revive this thread.

I would love to know what was used for the bobyside and wheel opening moldings. And those beautiful interior and exterior trim decals.

I too built  Rocky's GMC a few years back. I thought I did a pretty decent job till I seen this one.

God said it. I believe it. That settles it!
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Posted by amt68 on Saturday, December 28, 2019 3:32 PM

Terrific job overall. The detailing on the Firebird is superb. I'm guessing the model is a vintage MPC kit of the '75 Firebird? I ask because I'd like to do a Rockford tribute car but most of the current kits I see of that era Firebird normally have the shaker hood or t-tops. And they don't contain the Pontiac Rally II wheels either. Thanks for posting as this provides a nice inspiration to do my own Rockford diorama. My only addition to the set? Beth Davenport.

 

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Posted by American185 on Friday, January 3, 2020 6:19 AM

Wow, so real and done perfectly all the way around. The Firebird looks like the real thing. Outstanding work. Now if only someone would cast Jack Lord's Mercury Park Lane or the Marquis, I too would do something like this with the Palace as the backdrop !!!

'There is a special feel in an Oldsmobile, more than the luxury ride its the feeling of pride that you get inside !!!Wink'

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Posted by 195X on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 2:06 PM

Weeks later... yep (!), still blown away!

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 Metalbender on Thursday, January 16, 2020 10:55 AM

Luv That!

 All is great!

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