A police car based on the 1970 Dodge Cornet (front) and 1965 Ford Thunderbird (back). The Crime Cruiser is the police interceptor variant of the Classic Cruiser full-sized sedan. It is capable of carrying two officers with room for two criminals in the caged off rear seat.
About this creation
The "Adam-12" theme! (really, what's a police car MOC without it?)
Really wanted the season 1 intro, but this is the best I could find.
The police Garage (building the car):
I never liked the design of my old police car, the Black and White Police Special, it was just too modern. After seeing the original Gone in 60 Seconds again (around the 4th time), I decided it was time to rethink Retro Motors full-sized sedan/police car. One of the police cars in Gone in 60’s was a 1970 Cornet which looked really amazing from the front. For the rear I decided to base that on the 1965 Ford Thunderbird. I had never liked the Thunderbird as I had only seen the ones from the 50’s, but one day at school I saw a car pulling out of the parking lot which looked amazing but I had never seen before. It took me two weeks of looking at car pictures, but finally discovered it was a 65 Ford Thunderbird. I was amazed because is looked as good from the rear as my beloved 64 Impala!
Knowing how I wanted the car to look, I started working out how to do it. The front was very difficult, I ended up creating the shape of the grill by bending two tubes around the headlights. I used the same engine as on the Black and White since it is one of the best I have ever made. The white badge shape on the hood looks good, but the real reason was because I only had a 2x4 wedge plate in white. I did some slight improvements to the middle, but for the most part the interior and roof is identical to the Black and White.
The rear was also difficult and ended up using a lot of SNOT techniques. The whole rear bumper is built sideways or upside-down. The trunk is much larger then on my old police car (which had a tiny trunk), mostly due to a less bulky hinge design. I tried to give the rear small fins with a trunk that sloped down in the middle. I did use a few “questionable” methods in building this in the way some parts fit together.
Out on Patrol:
The Crime Cruiser, by Retro Motors, is the police interceptor variant of the Classic Cruiser full-sized sedan. Built to replace the Black and White (because it really wasn’t retro enough), the Crime Cruiser keeps the V8 “Power Pusher” Engine and well-designed interior but places them in a much more stylish body. The car has a front ram bar, prisoner cage with shotgun rack, and much more trunk space for law enforcement tools. Even criminals will respect the styling of the all new Crime Cruiser!
The Classic Cruiser/Crime Cruiser is the 7th car to be manufactured by Retro Motors
Uber long story start The real story:
“Retro Motors” is a fictitious car company I made up, it is a company that really couldn’t exist in the real world because there isn’t enough of a market for classic stile cars in the modern world. But in LEGO I can do what I want, aerodynamics can be thrown out the window because they all get the same MPP (Miles Per Push), they are all imagination powered after all! The company is really just an excuse to relate all my custom cars together by creating a back story for them, it’s a good outlet for my imagination to.
The fictional story behind “RM”:
Retro Motors, or RM, was created by young inventor Scott Bertaut in Buildington, New Jersey. The first car it made was a custom “El Camino,” followed a year later by “the Retro Wagon.” These first prototypes were really just one of a kind cars thrown together out of old parts in Scott’s family’s garage but soon became mass produced as part of an actual company. “The Retro Wagon” was mass produced first to gain funds to purchase the “El Camino” name from GM, the name “Astro” was also part of the deal The company mainly makes new cars that looks similar to the classic cars of old but have all the features of a modern car from one of the “Big 3.” The company is really held up by its use of revolutionary engines and other technology that allows the cars to be fuel efficient and powerful at the same time. It’s these new technologies in its cars that allow them to have any shape but still be fuel efficient and handle well. As soon as the rest of the country is willing to cooperate, the companies CEO planes to introduce advanced hydrogen burning engines into all of its models. The company also has a small side branch that does restoration work on actual classic cars. Retro Motors is one of the only American car companies to enjoy growth in the current recession, and it plans to continue to look into the past to bring people the future cars. Uber long story end
Crime Cruiser V1:
Crime Cruiser V1.2:
For the V1.2 I replaced the black tubes on the grill with silver ones, it looks so much better now! I added handles to the doors and swapped the trans-red taillights for trans-orange ones since they stand out better. I also removed the rear fins (proving that not everything is better with fins despite my love for them) and improved the interior.
The V8 "Power Pusher" Engine
See, much more trunk space
Only made one change to the interior between V1 and 1.2, but that was to make the police radio actually have a cord!
Brick Arms would probably look better, but I like building my own weapons
With the rear bumper removed
Rear Bumper design breakdown:
As you can see, there is a small gap left where the bumper attaches, I solved this by fitting a 1x1 plate with grabber in the gap. Then you slide the 1x2 tile back to lock the part in place.
Final Scene: In the past I have done a final picture for most my MOCs, on this and my Fire Engine I found a final scene works better.
The police on the scene of a house fire that the Buildington FD just finished putting out.
During the fire, the superheros Nanobot and Control showed up and rescued the people in the house.
For the rescue and fire see this page: The Retro Rigs Pumper II
Unfortunately the police don't think much of "Vigilantes"
Good thing Nanobot can fly, because Control parked the Green Turbo around the corner. - Yeah, that's the reason, not because I haven't built the car yet. ;)
Oh well, they managed to get a real criminal on the way back to the station, and their car also magically transformed from a Crime Cruiser V1 to V1.2!
The Road Ahead:
All and all I am really happy with how this car came out. I hope to build a civilian and taxi version someday, but right now my parts (and money) is tied up in building the Retro Motors Car Dealership and then a new LEGO train. I now also have plans to build a station wagon variant, with the same front, but a new rear base on the 64 Impala, but I don't know what to call it yet. The change would be because the current rear bumper and taillights would make a wagon impossible, though the taillight pattern I plan to use will actually be that of the Impala sedan!
I now have an LDD file for the car uploaded. It isn't 100% assembled because LDD doesn't like some of my techniques, but all the parts are at least near where they should go. I have included the taxi version of the Classic Cruiser in the file too, how ever consider that a prototype until it gets made in real brick.
reminds me the cars I used to build as a kid, I loved building them big, with a lot of functions, with this one, you did better than I ever did, with much more details, bravo Scott! I really like the end scene, even if the buildings are just facades.
LET CONTROL GO! LET CONTROL GO! :-) I love the new patrol cruiser. The rear bumper and trunk design is fantastic. The tube warped around the headlights is genius ! I like the way you made the hood . This is a cruiser any police fig would be proud to use! LET CONTROL GO! LET CONTROL GO!