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#1 SteveG

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 05:05 AM

.... built from a combination of Lindbergs first round test shot and prototype resin parts. I still have to add the spotlights and antennas. The spotlights are included, the antennas will be from scratch. I'll probably add a push bar mounted siren from my parts box. The kit also comes with push bar mounted lamps but I left them off this version.

The decals are from my own stash, there are no plans for Lindberg to do a CHP version at this time but it's possible. The Vision bar is included with the kit along with seven others. I painted the lenses as they most likely will be molded clear.


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I modeled this it after a real CHP unit known as the "Ghost Charger" because of its all white paint scheme.


It should be on display at the NNL East hopefully with some of the latest round of test shot parts. there are still a couple
of revisions to be made but it's getting real close to being ready. I know everyone been asking what's taking so long but
consider that they've added over 75 new parts to this version and that puts the current count at over 200 pieces. I believe
it will be worth the wait.

Stay tuned .... Steve

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 05:38 AM

Looks great! :lol:

This is one that I've been anxiously awaiting for...well, seemingly forever, since it was announced years ago. Glad it's coming! Looks like a fantastic update to an already excellent basic kit. Is everything in the plastic kit pretty much different than the diecast police car version? I have one of those, it's not bad, but it's not great. I'm thinking of combining those parts w/a Revell Uptown Magnum for a Magnum cruiser. I'm not too concerned if it ends up a curbside.

I really hope they mold the taillights clear; I don't like the all-red ones since the real cars have clear backup lights, and if they're molded clear we can paint them much more convincingly.

I don't suppose we'll see both the steel wheels and the 5 spoke hubcap version that so many agencies run? If not, Maisto Solstice wheels look pretty close :D

Edited by Zoom Zoom, 12 April 2009 - 06:25 AM.


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Posted 12 April 2009 - 05:49 AM

Around here, the Romulus and Inkster Police use these things. They have either all charcol grey, or real dark blue. They use Magnum Wagons too. The folks around the airport,Detroit Metroplitan,are all worked up cause they say the cops are setting up speed traps to bust fast drivers.Soooo, what's wrong with slowin down? Any ways,your build looks good, but didja know they have blippin blue lights in the MIRRORS? Yeeesh, the look like a bad acid trip when they're all lit up! :lol:

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 06:43 AM

The other day when they were chasing that crazy woman on the toll roads in CA I watched on CNN and expected to see a Charger, but they were all Crown Vics.

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 07:09 AM

You wouldnt happen to have another of those push bars would you? I need one for my 2006 General Lee.

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 07:12 AM

Looks good
We in Portland have lots of Chargers.
No $$ in the budget but always the newest Po Po cars.
Grill guard looks Huge.
But then again, with no steel in the front end, you gotta put it somewhere.

Prototype resin parts? is this something we should be looking for?

200 Parts? that is alot and I'm sure the price will Reflect that.
$40?

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 07:23 AM

There will be at least two wheel options, the Steelies with separate center cap plus the plain 5 spoke covers although they will molded as a separate wheel. There will probably be a leftover set of alloys included too. I'll try to post some more photos later.

The tail lamps should be clear, I painted mine to simulate the 09 style. Price should be in the $25.00 or less range I'm told.

-Steve

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 08:19 AM

How is it decided what police departments are represented in this line? If I remember, these will represent Philly , Texas, NC, Florida, Ill. and Los Angeles. Are their royalty fees with law inforcement? Inquiring minds wish to know!!!!!!!

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 08:43 AM

There will be at least two wheel options, the Steelies with separate center cap plus the plain 5 spoke covers although they will molded as a separate wheel. There will probably be a leftover set of alloys included too. I'll try to post some more photos later.

The tail lamps should be clear, I painted mine to simulate the 09 style. Price should be in the $25.00 or less range I'm told.

-Steve


Sounds excellent! Thanks!

We have a lot of Charger police cars around here and a few locals have Magnums as well. I'm planning on a GA state patrol Charger in blue/silver, SC state patrol in silver, and either Dekalb County GA Magnum in black/silver or Doraville PD Magnum K9 unit in all black (they still have a black Magnum R/T in service too).

Recently saw a Dekalb County Charger (silver over black) had a custom painted maroon over black Charger (with obligatory bling rims) pulled over. The officer looked amused as he was getting out of his cruiser, I swear he had an ironic grin on his face as I zoomed past (speed limit, of course) :D

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 09:05 AM

We got them here in SC to keep up with the "Fast and Furious" Marines here.

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 04:21 PM

There will be at least two wheel options, the Steelies with separate center cap plus the plain 5 spoke covers although they will molded as a separate wheel. There will probably be a leftover set of alloys included too. I'll try to post some more photos later.

The tail lamps should be clear, I painted mine to simulate the 09 style. Price should be in the $25.00 or less range I'm told.

-Steve


Ooooooooooooooh!!! That is gonna be great!! NJSP doesn't have any of these in livery service yet. But, we do have some super sneaky unmarked ones with the hubcaps and SXT badging!! No tint, no aerials!! Just the wigwags in the head and tails! Are they doing Philadelphia precinct decals too, or just the highway patrol? Thanks for the great info you've shared so far!! Howbout maybe some parts pack/decal sets? :);)

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 05:25 PM

We got them here in SC to keep up with the "Fast and Furious" Marines here.


They're in the upstate too, many of them are completely unmarked (I've seen silver w/blue stripes, and unmarked white and unmarked silver). Sneaky bastages. In Georgia unmarked police cars are illegal :) . The most cleverly disguised police car I ever saw was a fully marked GA state patrol Crown Vic. In bright "fire chief" red :P

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 01:26 AM

They're in the upstate too, many of them are completely unmarked (I've seen silver w/blue stripes, and unmarked white and unmarked silver). Sneaky bastages. In Georgia unmarked police cars are illegal :lol: . The most cleverly disguised police car I ever saw was a fully marked GA state patrol Crown Vic. In bright "fire chief" red :rolleyes:

I have seen quite a few unmarked cars (I am from GA originally). The most messed up story I can remember is a Crown Vic passed me like I was standing still when I was on my back up here a few years ago, it had the cage in the back, the brush guard, and all the other amentities. So I left it alone. Them another car passed me then passed him. Then he pulled him over. Can you imagine that conversation? They were both probably doing 90 if not 100 in a 65mph Zone.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 06:11 AM

The other day when they were chasing that crazy woman on the toll roads in CA I watched on CNN and expected to see a Charger, but they were all Crown Vics.



CHP only bought a handful of Chargers for evaluation purposes. They don't like them because they don't have all the space of a Crown Vic, it has been the same problem with several cars CHP has evaluated. The CHP carries a lot of stuff compared to most police agencies so until someone starts making another full size sedan, or Ford drops the CV you won't see much variety in CHP markings.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 07:53 AM

EEEYYYOOOWWWW, Bob! UNMARKED Police cars are ILLEGAL in Georgia???!!!??? Yeeesh, Now there's a law I could live with! Around here, Our Allen Park Cops have Crown Vic's that are gloss black, with all the Police markings in a wierd reflective FLAT BLACK. So even though it LOOKS like an unmarked car, it isn't! An they ALL light up like that spaceship in "Close Encounters,,,,," Yeeesh! :D

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 08:43 AM

Here in San Antonio, they have a few of the Chargers. All are stealth cruisers with the pearlescent police markings, tinted windows and hidden lights. They don't even have the exempt tags police cars have. There are also Impallas, Suburbans and Ford & Dodge pickups. They like to sneak up on them darn speeders... A couple of the small towns in San Antonio also have the marked Chargers like Leon Valley and Balcones Heights.

Gone are the days we only had to fear the Crown Vics... Now, when the fuzzbuster starts beeping, everyone in the car plays "which one is the cop"...

As for the kit... Seriously, how many light bars are in the kit???

How about some stealth markings? Talk about an interesting time putting those on the kit.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 09:51 AM

Steve, I knew I had a CHP Charger pic, looks like you got it perfect.

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Here in San Antonio, they have a few of the Chargers. All are stealth cruisers with the pearlescent police markings, tinted windows and hidden lights. They don't even have the exempt tags police cars have. There are also Impallas, Suburbans and Ford & Dodge pickups. They like to sneak up on them darn speeders... A couple of the small towns in San Antonio also have the marked Chargers like Leon Valley and Balcones Heights.

Gone are the days we only had to fear the Crown Vics... Now, when the fuzzbuster starts beeping, everyone in the car plays "which one is the cop"...

As for the kit... Seriously, how many light bars are in the kit???

How about some stealth markings? Talk about an interesting time putting those on the kit.



The kit is going to be issued with a variety of decal options, each with the appropriate light bar. The exception will be the plain white kit which will include all of the light bars (7 or 8).

Edited by Aaronw, 13 April 2009 - 09:52 AM.


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Posted 13 April 2009 - 01:46 PM

Steve, I knew I had a CHP Charger pic, looks like you got it perfect.

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The kit is going to be issued with a variety of decal options, each with the appropriate light bar. The exception will be the plain white kit which will include all of the light bars (7 or 8).



Thanks Aaron,

Well, it's not pefect but pretty close. That photo is of the exact car I modeled it after as I recognize the 1247972 CA exempt plates.

CHP is expanding there use of the Chargers. Last year they bought 88 of the '08 model, all plain Jane's in standard colors and full wheel covers for mostly undercover work and some training usage. They also added some slick top '09 Black and Whites to the fleet for standard patrol. I heard that there's 12 of them. I have photos of at least seven of them that I found doing my research. This biggest complaint I heard is the lack of trunk space. Still as far as I can tell there's only one all white CHP "Ghost Charger".

-Steve

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 04:00 PM

Thanks Aaron,

Well, it's not pefect but pretty close. That photo is of the exact car I modeled it after as I recognize the 1247972 CA exempt plates.

CHP is expanding there use of the Chargers. Last year they bought 88 of the '08 model, all plain Jane's in standard colors and full wheel covers for mostly undercover work and some training usage. They also added some slick top '09 Black and Whites to the fleet for standard patrol. I heard that there's 12 of them. I have photos of at least seven of them that I found doing my research. This biggest complaint I heard is the lack of trunk space. Still as far as I can tell there's only one all white CHP "Ghost Charger".

-Steve



Interesting, I talked to one of the CHP guys at the show where I took the pic. The way he was talking it sounded like it was a dozen or so cars, I had no idea they were looking at 100-ish cars. Of course with the CHP 100 cars is just a drop in the bucket.

I want to do one of these in the National Park Service, white with green stripes. I haven't seen any yet but I'm sure its just a matter of time.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 05:56 PM

Here's a sneak peek at the wheel choices ....


FYI ......Keep in mind everything your looking at in this thread is based on pre-production parts. Although I don't expect any significant changes on what I'm showing here, past experience tells me anything can and does happen. So consider this my disclaimer on any related postings to the Lindberg Police Charger kit.


Now that the legal ###### is out of the way, here the pic ....

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Oh and as for how did they decide which departments they would use, mostly likely it came down to which ones would give permission for their graphics to be used without expensive royalty fees.

-Steve