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Monogram 1/24 Paddy Wagon - It's a riot! 85-7807


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Here's the placeholder offering whilst I get on with the DC-5 in the Turning Japanese GB. It's a 2005 re-pop of the kit first released in 1968. It's a Tom Daniel design.

Why this you might ask? Well as a child who was a loyal Airfix customer, these odd American designs always had my attention, however I was never able to save enough of my pocket money to close the deal. The November 1969 issue of Scale Models has an advert from Argyle Models in Glasgow where the Monogram 1/24 1955 Chevy is 32 shillings, and BMW Models had both the new Airfix Harrier and Cessna 0-2 at 2/9 - what was a boy to do?

So for my first 1/24 'Funny' it's this fella. Moulding and decals look good, no doubt the chrome will have to be stripped, and I've got a box of 1/24 aftermarket somewhere that will hopefully let me detail the engine up. I can't wait to get stuck in.

 

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Nice choice. First Tom Daniel designed kit in this GB but definitely not the last as I'll be building one of mine once I decide which one. 

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37 minutes ago, TimJ said:

Nice choice. First Tom Daniel designed kit in this GB but definitely not the last as I'll be building one of mine once I decide which one. 

 

 

This sounds good.

 

I'm off to the loft. I may be some time...

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3 hours ago, CliffB said:

This looks fun - and two decal options too :coolio:

Oh yes - just investigating some candy/flake options in gold to go with the dark blue finish as well. 🤩

Also dug out my July 1978 copy of Scale Models as it's got a nice article on custom car spraying which impressed me back in the day.

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Parts washed ready for Saturday start. I wasn't going to start until much later, but enthusiasm has got the better of me. Oh, and I have inadvertently stripped all of the chrome sprue back to the blue plastic.... :pirate:

 

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Engine block glued together, and major parts taped together. There are various locating lugs that can now be cut away as they don't offer a lot to the stability and they are quite ugly. The previously chromed parts have come up very nicely - there is a lovely level of detail on them that the thick, chrome coating obscured a little. Floor pedals cut away to be replaced by more realistic components. Already thinking about what to do with the exhausts - they look a little weedy to me, and you wouldn't finish them in front of the cab, would you? Also need to detail the engine up a little - it looks very plain. A few ejector pins here and there, but nothing that cannot be resolved. Lovely mouldings, (moldings?) though, and I think I am going to enjoy this one.

 

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I wouldn't worry about the exhausts - it's a show rod.   Besides, unless I'm missing something in the instructions, they neglected to include any kind of distributor or mag, so it's not going to run anyway...  🥸

 

Serious answer - I still wouldn't worry about it.  Example:

 

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4 minutes ago, Six97s said:

I wouldn't worry about the exhausts - it's a show rod.   Besides, unless I'm missing something in the instructions, they neglected to include any kind of distributor or mag, so it's not going to run anyway...  🥸

 

Serious answer - I still wouldn't worry about it.  Example:

Thanks for that - too late though - I ordered some brass tube earlier, and it would be a shame to waste it! 😁 And of course I can't leave it without any wiring, can I? 🤓 

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Slow progress on this. Parts have been tidied up and primed as we go, whilst deciding on what finishes to use on the parts that were previously chrome. I think a dull aluminium for anything below the chassis, and a chrome like finish above - we'll see. I'll be using some 'wood' decal for the benches in the back, and a bright red/pink for the upholstery perhaps. The tyres are slightly odd shapes, however the tread will be roughed up in any case, so it shouldn't be an issue. The fit of parts looks very good in general.

 

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