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Police Cars

Post by davidgoodchild » Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:50 pm

Hi,

I've got a few British police cars- all Vanguards, so thought I would air my new found photographic skills (!) and show a few pics. I've only taken a few so far, but when I get a chance I will add more to this post. These are all Landcrabs (or ADO17, or BMC 1800/2200, whatever you like to call them), and I think they make a nice team...

VA08501 "City of London Police." Corgi call this a Wolseley 1800, but there was no such car, and the badge on the model shows it's actually a Six. I think the 1800 engined Wolsley was called the 18/80.
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VA08902 "Diplomatic Protection Group." This one is a MkII Austin 1800, although I think an 'N' reg car would in fact have been a MkIII, but never mind...
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VA08904 "Staffordshire Police." This one's the Austin 2200S - I'm not sure it would actually deserve the 'S', but I seem to remember thinking it was pretty posh when I was a kid.
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VA08911 "Durham Police." Another Austin 1800 model.
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VA08912 "British Airports Authority Police." Again, an Austin 1800 - I think this one is my favourite, mainly because it's an unusual colour for such a large police car...
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And finally, the inevitable group shot.
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Hope you like these, I'll try to get started on the rest in the next few weeks.

Cheers!

David

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Post by DeadCanDanceR » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:34 pm

What a great looking group of BMC police cars! A very nice way to start a thread! ;)
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Post by k1w1taxi » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:34 am

Nice collection so far. Look forward to seeing more.

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Post by scalainj » Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:12 am

Great pictures David

A superb selection of Police landcrabs. My father is a big land crab fan from owning a couple years back

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Post by David MG » Thu Feb 16, 2012 5:43 am

Nice start.
Have you tried the Jaguar and MG from Oxford ?
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Post by JSB33 » Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:23 am

Never having seen a 1:1, I still consider myself a fan of the Landcrab.
Strange for me to see them as a Police car, here in the US they always use the biggest sedan they can get.
You do have some nice ones, I like the Wolsley the best.

Your pictures came out great.
Looking forward to seeing more.
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Post by splonker » Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:39 am

Great pictures look forward to some more.
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Post by guitardave_1 » Thu Feb 16, 2012 5:12 pm

Good to see you posting photos so quickly David. These came out absolutely fine too :) No issues with focus or camera shake, and no hideous washout flash - all common 'beginners' problems. The only thing you need is some larger backdrop card to remove the distracting joins.

The models aren't strictly my thing, but the Durham car is quite smart, and the inevitable group shot looks great.
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Post by davidgoodchild » Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:31 am

Hi all,

many thanks for the comments, it makes a big difference from showing my wife, who rolls her eyes and says "ooh, lovely..." in a voice dripping with sarcasm (bless her cotton socks) - which allows me to maintain a strong sense of perspective on this model collecting lark, of course...

For some reason, I consider myself a big landcrab fan, although I have no idea why, in an objective sense it was probably the first really "meh" car from Issigonis and BMC, but it's a bit late to worry about that now. A great site for BMC related stuff is http://www.aronline.co.uk/ by the way, if anyone is interested.

I have indeed seen the MG and the Jag from Oxford, but I decided a long time ago that it would only be Vanguards police cars, and somehow I've managed to stick to that, but I must admit, I love MG Magnettes, so if I see a cheapish one on eBay, perhaps..

Dave, you are totally right about the backgrounds of course, and I am going to try to get some card today to solve that problem and hopefully take a few more pics today - if they're any good I will add to this post. Stay tuned! ;)

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Post by Rat » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:16 am

They all look great and my fave must be the Staffordshire Police car. Starting a sub-theme, like police cars, could be another slippery slope for me... one I would probably enjoy. :lol:

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Post by davidgoodchild » Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:54 am

A few more - probably won't get a chance for a few days, so here goes, sticking with the BMC/BL theme for now:

First, some Jaguar XJ6 Series 1's

VA08601 Thames Valley Police - Good place to start, as I was born in High Wycombe and lived there for the first 10 years of my life - these were the coolest cars on the M40 at the time...

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VA08607 Dunbartonshire Constabulary - I moved to Scotland when I was 11, so it's also pretty fitting that the next three are Scots.

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VA08609 Ayrshire Police. I didn't even know until I looked at this photo that one of the headlights was glued in wrong! Ho hum.

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VA08613 Dumfries & Galloway Traffic Patrol Car. There is one other Vanguards XJ6 police car, but I don't have it, if I ever pick it up I'm sure I'll get the camera out...

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OK, so that's the Jags, here are some Triumphs:

First a few 2.5Pis

VA08201 West Mercia Constabulary - Definitely my favourite of the Triumphs, not sure why!

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VA08205 Metropolitan Police Divisional Area Car

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VA08207 Dorset & Bournemouth Police - Don't think they had much imagination in the Dorset police in the 1970's by the look of things... ;)

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VA08211 Cleveland Constabulary Traffic Car

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And to finish off, a couple of Dolomite Sprints, another 70's icon:

VA53002 West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police - Apparently this car was an officer's car - you could only drive these if you were above a certain rank and had done the advanced driving course, they were considered too fast for the average plod. Bit different these days, I think.

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VA05306 Nottingham Constabulary - again, as far as I know this was an officer's area car.

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No group shots this time, I forgot!

I'll probably not get a chance to take any more for the rest of the week, but I'll have a bash at some Fords next!

Cheers,

David

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Post by DeadCanDanceR » Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:30 am

Those Jaguars look fantastic! ;)
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Post by scalainj » Sun Feb 19, 2012 5:40 am

Love the Dolomites David, and the Triumphs. Well all of them actually

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Post by jinx » Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:09 am

I see we share a good few Vanguards police cars. I think the Jags are the best - I've never been convinced by their Dolly Sprint though!

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Post by davidgoodchild » Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:18 pm

Agreed, the Jags look fantastic - there is another Vanguards one, but I don't have it, it's part of a set with a MkII and I'm not a major MkII fan, so until I find a cheap set, I won't have it...

I also agree that the Vanguards Dolomite is a little 'off' - I'm not exactly sure what's wrong with it, it just looks a little, well, dumpy.

Oh, I managed to get a few group shots done, so here they are. Geeky, I know, but they make me smile...

The Jaguars

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The big Triumphs

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And the 2 Sprints

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I'll give it a rest now for a bit, but next time I'll stick some Fords up.. ;)

Cheers.

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Post by JSB33 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:32 am

New background is working out great.

Big big fan of the Dolomite, looks cool as a copper.
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Post by splonker » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:33 am

Great looking photos as usual. The big problem with the Dollie Sprint was that the rubber suspension bushes tended to wear out in 3 months. Also, if the cam was worn it was either an engine out job.... or drill a large diameter hole behind the badge which was reglued back in place afterwards.
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Post by leadfootlew » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:56 am

Triumph PI's definately my favourite, the met police area car is going to be my next project, I will be turning this into a copy of the car I owned in the early 70's, this will involve a complete repaint into sienna brown and a detailed interior as mine had a hardwood dash, wood capped internal door panels, tan seats and tan carpet

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Post by davidgoodchild » Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:36 pm

Great looking photos as usual
Cheers Ian...
if the cam was worn it was either an engine out job....
Am I right in thinking the original Saab Turbo engine was based on the Sprint OHC? Or did I just make that up? That's two great badges gone to the scrapheap now of course, thanks GM...

Alan, let me be the first to say, I look forward to seeing the photos of your conversion!

Cheers, more photos to come soon.

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Post by jinx » Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:50 pm

davidgoodchild wrote:
Great looking photos as usual
Cheers Ian...
if the cam was worn it was either an engine out job....
Am I right in thinking the original Saab Turbo engine was based on the Sprint OHC? Or did I just make that up? That's two great badges gone to the scrapheap now of course, thanks GM...

Alan, let me be the first to say, I look forward to seeing the photos of your conversion!

Cheers, more photos to come soon.

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The Saab engine was based on the Triumph - not sure how both were scalped by GM though. Saab yes, Triumph was surely a British cockup (I think the marque is still under BMW ownership).

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Post by davidgoodchild » Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:18 pm

The Saab engine was based on the Triumph
Good, glad I didn't make that up, thanks..
not sure how both were scalped by GM though
You're quite right, they weren't, but Triumph is so long ago I've got used to the idea, Saab is still happening and that one is GM's fault (IMHO)...

I think BMW also own Riley and possibly Wolseley too...

Ho-hum.

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Re: Police Cars

Post by davidgoodchild » Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:28 am

Hi all,

Here's some Fords, and I jumped forward a decade or so - these are late 1970's, 1980's and a few 1990's...

VA10001 Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth - Devon & Cornwall Constabulary

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VA10006 Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth - Tayside Police

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VA10008 Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth - Isle Of Man Police

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VA11002 Ford Escort MkIII XR3i - Cambridgeshire Police

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VA11003 Ford Escort MkIII XR3i - Dorset Police

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VA11901 Ford Cortina MkIV - Hertfordshire Constabulary

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VA11904 Ford Cortina MkIV - Lancashire Police

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VA12401 Ford Granada MkII 2.8i S - Essex Police

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And of course, a few group shots, I like them...

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Cortina's

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Cheers...

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Post by JSB33 » Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:25 am

Interesting to see Police cars with wings and spoilers on them.
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Post by guitardave_1 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 4:08 am

JSB33 wrote:Interesting to see Police cars with wings and spoilers on them.
There are forces over here that run Imprezas and Evos! Although, not usually marked I don't think.
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