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tomsheehy

Member Since 16 Nov 2012
Offline Last Active Apr 22 2015 12:02 PM
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1965 Ford Custom - New York State Police

13 March 2015 - 08:12 AM

Here's a replica NYSP Thruway unit, built from a Modelhaus resin 4 door sedan kit, mated to the venerable AMT 65 Galaxie kit for the chassis. I swapped the engine to a detailed 390 from the AMT Fairlane kit, a correct engine for the NYSP.  Interior was detailed with seat pattern decals from Scale Motorsports. Paint is correct Ford Wimbledon white and NYSP Fleet blue from a supply of real touch up paint.  For those familiar with NYSP cars from the 60s, most were white and black Plymouths, however the cars that patrolled the NYS Thruway were white and dark blue and were mostly Fords.  Decals are a mix of Pursuit Plastics and custom. Police parts are mostly resin from the parts box, roof light is an old vacuum formed light from the aftermarket.   

 

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71 Olds 442 - JoHan

25 February 2015 - 10:28 AM

This is a rescue build...I grabbed this JoHan kit off eBay a couple of years back, it was missing many parts thus I picked it up at a good price.  Missing were the hood, grilles & bumpers and all engine parts.  But at least the body was not damaged and it was unpainted.  Modelhaus supplied new 71 bumpers/grilles and a stock hood.  I replaced the engine with an AMT 69 442 version.  All else was built using the JoHan parts that came with the kit.  This triple green replica is painted with Testors lacquer GM Fathom green metallic.  I added a vinyl top using the Testors system, topped off with a color coat of a slightly different shade of flat dark green from Tamiya's military paints.  The interior is also a flat shade of green, but a bit lighter.  I did paint the front inner fenders red to simulate the W-30 plastic fenders, but I did not add the rest of the performance optional parts.   Overall I'm glad to have this JoHan build done, but in the future, I'll probably mates JoHan bodies with the much better chassis from the AMT kits.

 

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68 Roadrunner - AMT

25 February 2015 - 10:16 AM

Still on my "amnesty" tour...finishing up projects that I started way back.  Up for review here is a 68 Roadrunner, built box stock from the AMT kit.  Painted with Tamiya gold, the roof was treated to the Testors vinyl top paint.  Very pleased with the texture, but this was a tough kit to do this to due to the very thin drip rails and window moldings.  Interior painted with vinyl interior paint (I believe Duplicolor).  Its a shame the taillights are so poor on this kit, I had a replacement set from Missing Link but of course when the time came to use them I couldn't find them.  So a replacement set will be obtained.

 

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1950 Pontiac - Georgia State Patrol

18 February 2015 - 12:00 PM

After long last, I have completed this build.  I probably started it at least 7 or 8 years ago.  I'd check on it now and then, do 1 or 2 things to it, then back in the box.  But I finally had the stamina to get it done.  

 

It is a resin kit mastered and made by Promolite (Tom Coolidge).  I believe he sold the molds to another aftermarket company afterward, but I got this one from him.  I was originally going to do a full detail build, but finally settled on this "curbside" build with the resin chassis.  There's basically no underside detail, and what is there is not accurate as a Pontiac, but that's not important for this curbside.  I added clear sheet plastic for all windows, bare metal foil where applicable and all the police accessories from my parts box.  The Georgia State Patrol lettering is computer generated and the door emblem is Chimneyville.  The decals were done way back when and were pretty tough to work with, but I finally got them to look the part.  The whip antenna is scratch built from jewelry parts from Hobby Lobby.  The fender light might be a bit big, I might change it to something smaller.  Georgia State Patrol did use these Pontiacs, I have images of 1949 and 1950 models in this paint scheme.  Here's a few images of the build...

 

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97 Ford CVPI - Mississippi Highway Patrol

12 February 2015 - 05:22 PM

Yeah, I'm sort of on a roll...I've got a ton of unfinished projects on my "bench", so I dug them out and I'm going to get them all done before I start another one...

 

In that vain, here is a simple box stock snapper that I had painted the body to test some paint a couple of years ago.  Only took me a couple of days to finish it up.  Well, the paint turned out so good that I needed to finally finish it.  Again, box stock Lindberg 1/25 police car kit, paint is Tamiya gunmetal, decals by Chimneyville, lightbar by DP Hobbies.

 

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