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  1. Another “expert” article expertly written by an expert without a hint of a clue.
  2. Leslie, Misha, Tim, Thank you for the kind thoughts. We are very happy with the way it turned out . . . the programming and appearance of the website met and even exceeded our expectations and even our hopes! Misha, we missed the barbeque, too. We just couldn't figure out how to provide virtual burgers and virtual dogs for everyone! LOL. (We'll keep working on that. 😎) Thanks for your participation, and congratulations on your successes. Your Entries were obviously exceptional! Please pass the word along to others and invite everyone you know to check it out. We're flattered by the response so far and we plan to leave the site up throughout the year. And, remember, Desert Scale Classic 17 is only 10-1/2 months away!! -danno-
  3. Hi, Kurt! We were excited to present dscV16 . . . we didn't want to lose 2020 to Covid-19 We were happy to do the online championship - but even happier with how well it went and how well it was received! And, speaking of congratulations, they are certainly yours, too! Your outstanding entries ran away with the goodies!! Wow. Thanks for your kind comments.
  4. Hey! Congratulations, Steve!! Your Fury and your 442 did very well with the judges. Spectacular models!
  5. Well THAT will guarantee that hardly anyone will see it or know about the accomplishments of many regular members of the board. And, I can write in great BIG obnoxious fonts size, too. Normal sized font doesn't work for you?
  6. Everything came together nicely and actually finished up a little early. So, we've unveiled the winning Entries at dscv16.com. Thanks for your interest, and thanks to all who participated! dscV16 - The Virtual Venue Model Car Championship
  7. E.J., it’s important to remember the Squad used in filming the series went through some minor changes from one season to another, so the thing to do is focus on your preferred version and model that. The changes were extremely minor - mostly the configuration of equipment carried in the bed and the “biggest” being the type of two-way radio antenna on the roof. Otherwise, the rig(s) appear the same for a modeler’s purposes. The biggest errors Squad 51 modelers make are (1) getting the running boards wrong and (2) getting the compartment body wrong. Los Angeles County fabricated both in their shops. Thus, any commonly / often used running boards and compartment bodies from parts boxes, sourced from common kits, or scratch built without good reference materials just don’t accurately capture the real deal. The Ranger Detail Technologies Kit nails replication of the real deal.
  8. John’s work always adds a smile to my day. This one is no exception! Great work, as usual, Johnny.
  9. Speaking of taxis . . . At one point an agency which will remain nameless (I might have worked there) took a patrol car and painted it yellow, slapped some phony taxi decals on it and used it for undercover and surveillance. Another time a sedan was removed from patrol service to be reassigned to the detectives. The Assistant Chief groused about having a police car for detective work, so he worked a deal with a local body shop. Next time we saw the car, it was pure white with two subtle blue and gold stripes from grille to rear bumper, just like the local Ma Bell telephone company's fleet cars, most of which ran around with only the stripes and no door markings. The Chief had a minor cow, complaining loudly that the phone company might sue us! It took a deft eye to recognize how clever the Assistant Chief had been: the stripes were swapped, left for right. Most people who saw the car saw a telephone company car and Ma Bell couldn't sue us for trademark infringement because the stripes were different from theirs.
  10. Thanks for the kind words, Misha. Glad you joined and glad the entering was a good experience for you. We still have a truckload of Entries in the uploading process, but the IT Team tells me every Entry will be in place by tomorrow. We won't begin vetting and judging until everybody's Entries are in their proper places. I like to say 'we won't start without you' to anyone who Registered by the deadline. We intend to live up to that promise! More fun ahead! Thank you for making our COVID-19 Lemonade work!
  11. It is an AMAZING kit! Pricey is relative . . . this 130+ piece kit has everything you need except a donor cab/interior/chassis. By leaving that up to the builder, you can model a Squad 51 or some other year/make of your choice. (LACFD used the same compartment body, trim, and accessories on a variety of chassis, including Chevy and Ford in addition to the Dodge featured on Emergency! In fact, at the time Emergency! was produced, LACFD didn't use Dodge chassis for the squads -- making the one on Emergency! quite unique. The Ranger kit has EVERYTHING! If you tried to piece an equivalent model together from various sources it would cost you a ton more than Ranger's kit. And, the Ranger kit has the best decal set available anywhere for the LACFD squads; again, with optional numbers should you want to build Squad 40, or some other unit. BONUS - One final thing -- that link I provided you goes to Ranger's Virtual Vendor Table at the dscV16 - Virtual Venue Model Car Championship. They're offering the Squad kit at $20 off during the show if ordered from their Virtual Vendor page.
  12. There IS an update, Todd. ALL you need to know is Ranger Detail Technologies. They offer a complete. superbly detailed multi-media kit to build the most accurate Squad (Squad 51 or any of the LA County Squads). Check it out: Ranger Detail Tecnologies Store at dscV16
  13. Reason old skool coppers looked grumpy? 10-4 that! This string of comments reminds me of one of my all-time favorite stories related to resale value of used (surplus) police patrol cars taking on an all new significance. The bean counters at one large agency were increasingly disgusted with the small residual value of surplus cars. They consulted 'consultants' and discovered that the lousy resale value was due to the overall condition & high mileage but aggravated by all the body holes (mounts for spotlights, emergency lights, sirens, antennas), the leftover mismatched panels (black & white scheme), and the various sticky/gummy/dirty areas where markings were pealed off. They devised an unusual plan to increase the resale values of surplus cars. They ordered all new cars in random factory colors (no two tones) with air conditioning (new that year) and no windshield pillar spotlights. They employed gutter-mount light bars (new) with radio antennas mounted to the light bars. They used reflective signs attached to the light bars to identify them as police cars. There were no other exterior markings. They installed hand-held spotlights in the interiors, and created a radio/PA/siren control head "stack" attached only to the floor. It was innovative and radical, but it worked! The cops loved it and the shocked citizenry quickly adapted to the absence of the old black & whites. Crime scenes seldom drew two or more police cars of the same color. The experiment was successful, but not without at least one memorable episode. The last dinosaur was a remarkably low mileage leftover black and white. The brass refused to surplus it until it reached the requisite mileage and it was far short. Yet, its very black-and-whiteness was a sore thumb, stick in the eye of the boss. So one notable day a second tier chief-type took it to the city shops and commissioned a makeover. A cheap makeover. He directed that they strip the decals, removethe roof-mounted siren-light and pillar-mounted spotlights, patch the holes, and install the new-style gutter mount light bar, etc. The shop guys asked what color he wanted it painted. He said whatever they had that was cheap as long as it wasn't black or white. Shop guys being shop guys, the police department got their low-mileage straggler back . . . with the new-style equipment, but painted bright baby blue! The car remained very low mileage . . . none of the cops would drive it. They found all kinds of excuses to not drive it . . . legend has it more than one officer went home right after roll call with a sudden onset of illness (maybe blue flu . . . baby blue flu?). After a few weeks of that, the car mysteriously vanished . . . reportedly auctioned for next to nothing.
  14. In many locales it wasn't so much officer comfort that drove the migration to air-conditioned cars as it was economics. The bean-counters figured out that consumers would pay more for surplus police service cars if they had air conditioning. Thus, officers got air-conditioned cars so the agency could sell their used cruisers for more $$ at the back end, recouping more of the capital investment. Plus, the air-conditioning option became cheaper . . . more cars were ordered/sold with air-conditioning than without. As a result, it became more costly to single out air-conditioning-delete cars on the assembly line. In effect, it was cheaper to build nearly all cars with air-conditioning than it was to build some with and some without. Think of radios. High cost option when they were first available, but before long so many cars were ordered/sold with radios that it became too troublesome and costly to build them without. Hence, radios became standard equipment.
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