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MPC 1978 Dodge Monaco Police Car

RELATED TOPICS: MPC | DODGE | MONACO
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Kit No.: MPC922M/12
Scale: 1/25
Mfr.: Round 2, round2corp.com
Price: $29.99
Comments: Injection-molded parts (white, gray, clear, clear red, clear blue, chrome plated); four vinyl tires; decals
Pros: New upgraded parts; new decals; interior accessories
Cons: Vague instructions; deformed cowl panel; floating chassis
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In keeping with seeing value in its catalog of older kits, Round 2 has reissued the MPC 1978 Dodge Monaco in California Highway Patrol markings. While there are some shortcomings typical for mid-70s tooling, Round 2 certainly ups the ante with better wheels and tires, new decals, and new law-enforcement accessories. Hobbyists should take notice.

The origin of this kit dates to 1974, when MPC released the 1975 Plymouth Roadrunner two-door coupe. There are traces of the Roadrunner in this kit: You’ll find some extra parts such as the 440’s six-pack intake manifold not mentioned in the instructions.  

The white styrene body required minor cleanup. But the cowl panel, which should be flat and align with the bottom of the windshield, was arched in the middle and prevented the hood from settling into place. I experienced a similar issue building an earlier release of this kit (Sheriff Roscoe’s Police Car, 2009). It is either a strange coincidence or an issue rooted in the mold itself. On both builds, I cut the cowl panel out, and the hood nestled into place. 

Previous versions of this kit included unrealistically wide steel wheels and matching tires that looked more at home on a stock car. This kit’s wheels look far more appropriate and can be dressed up with center caps that carry over from previous releases. On my build, I opted not to use them. 

The new light bar features square clear-red and clear-blue beacons. The six-piece push bar makes for a welcome update, looks the part, and practically friction fits to the front bumper without needing glue.

Other accessories that give this patrol car its brawn include six firearms, a gun rack, CB radio, and a first-aid kit.  

The kit shows its age upon final assembly. The chassis “floats,” or falls into the body with no true connection points to the body or interior bucket and will require creative gluing. The front wheels attach to individual posts and line up nicely with the wheel openings.

The rear wheels connect to a steel axle that measures 21/2 inches, which pushes the wheels out past the quarter panels. I shortened the axle by about ¼ inch. The exhaust system and driveshaft are molded into the chassis, so you’ll get plenty of masking practice while you detail paint. 

The superb decal sheet offers two slightly different door shields, roof- and fender-mount unit numbers, bumper stickers and a slew of optional markings. The decal quality is superb.      

Hats off to law-enforcement model enthusiasts out there — a black-and-white paint scheme leaves little room for error, and it proved to be challenging on this build, but I’m glad to have one on my shelf. Modelers with a few kits under their belts will have the best chance to get a satisfying model from the most recent release of the Dodge Monaco. The new parts and decals show that Round 2 wants to improve and stretch these older tools, and bring back kits many modelers have been looking for.  


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