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Thought I'd start a build thread for the Police version of the car here. Anything relating to the Sedan I'll continue to post in that thread.

So first a breakdown of the parts....

Boxart...



Bodyshell has sprue struts that require careful removal from the windows...



Floorpan is in one piece...



Bumpers, cladding and mirrors...these all need painting black...



Interior parts...



Chrome sprue...much of this I'm going to de-chrome and paint...

 

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Some great detail on the parts....



Roof parts....



Roof lightbar....all chrome although the frame should be black....



Roof light lenses....



Wheels and axles...



Decals....



Tyres...

 

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I started by carefully removing the sprue from the bodyshell....



I also chose the parts I wanted to remain chrome....



...the rest were dunked in some household bleach to remove the chrome....



The rear engine bulkhead was attached, parts fit is excellent...



The dashboard assembly is just three parts....



Dashboard assembly and engine compartment test fitted to floorpan...



Underside of floorpan features some nice detail...

 

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There are some minor ejector marks to fill on the rear bulkhead in the cabin...



I also hollowed out the end of engine part C21...



The rear bumper parts are in two pieces which Fujimi tell you to attach separately to the bodywork. This would leave a seam on the corner and also I intend to paint these prior to fixing. I therefore cemented them together...



...by removing the location pins (circled) from the rear part, the bumper assembly can be slid on from each side...

 

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Aside from the two monitors on the dash and a couple of panels on the centre console the interior was looking a little bare so I dressed it up a little with some spare etch....









I'm not planning on lighting this kit as I'm looking for a quick build....
 

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miniture sun, I'm curious, how long did you have to soak the parts in bleach to remove the chorme plating?

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Actually, speaking of lighting, this kit poses a real challenge to anyone planning to do that. The interior isn't a problem as you could easily light the monitors and consoles...an upgrade set would be useful if you're reading this Paul...at a push the headlights and rooflights are possible, however the front and rear lights attached to the bumpers are very thin and are not actually connected to the bodywork.
In the movie the Sedan drives with the orange bumper light lit at all times, I don't think they are indicators, more likely anti-collision lights...
 

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I'm working on it! (Current project is the 1/350 TOS Enterprise supplemental PE set. Then comes the BR car :) )
I'm guessing then that you already have the big E ? If so, how great is it and are there grid lines?
Sorry to derail your exelent work miniature sun, its coming along nicely. By the way, did you get your HT name from the XTC song? Just wondering...
 

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I'm guessing then that you already have the big E ? If so, how great is it and are there grid lines?...
I believe that mine's the same generation test shot as shown at Wonderfest and in the new SF&FM articles. To my eye the grid lines are not outrageous, but Jamie had said at WF that they were working to get them even finer.

BTW - I got mine so I could design Polar Lights' photoetch set. The reason that I'm calling mine a "supplemental photoetch set" is that it will not include anything in theirs (per our agreement).
 

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Meanwhile, back on the bench I'm busy painting all the various subassemblies and getting ready to start weathering.
One oversight on Fujimi's part is that they supply a clear part for the centre of the rear bulkhead in the cabin but not for the triangular sections on either side meaning the cabin would still be open to the engine...





I'm planning on fixing this with some clear acetate and styrene strip once the white gloss of the engine compartment is fully cured....
 

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Some progress on the interior....

The passenger compartment was given a wash of dirty black over the grey primer basecoat then drybrushed with various shades of grey enamel...the various panels were then picked out in black and aluminium. The seats were sprayed grey, masked, then sprayed matt black. The various switches were first painted matt white then Tamiya clear colours used to give the impression of being lit...







The engine bay was given the same dirty wash then drybrushed with matt white. The various engine and fan components were painted and weathered separately before fixing using CA glue....





I may add some more hoses and cables to the engine area to busy it up a little more.

Underside is matt black, drybrushed with a little grey and khaki then parts picked out in aluminium...

 

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The satin chrome wheels were painted on the faces with matt black enamel, left for ten minutes, then the paint was rubbed off with a dry paper kitchen towel. This left the paint in the recesses giving a nice worn look....



I've now test fitted the bodyshell minus the windows to check what part of the body is visible inside the cabin....looks like just the pillars and roof will need painting grey....the fit of the body onto the chassis is exceptionally good...







More soon....
 

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Looking at the interior again I think I need to add a little more detail such as seatbelts and some personal clutter...maybe some donuts...:thumbsup:
 
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