This is a 1956 Studebaker Commander 2door sedan, decked out in period-correct Kansas Highway Patrol markings.
The body is a resin All American Models mastered by Juha Airo. An AMT '53 Studebaker kit was a parts donor, supplying the engine, drivetrain, running gear, and major chassis sections.
It is fully detailed with wired and plumbed engine and compartment, fuel line to the tank; battery and solenoid, generator, and under-hood siren wiring; heater hoses, etc.
Paint is KHP grey over KHP blue. The upholstery features ScaleMaster pattern decals. I photo-reduced the Studebaker emblems for hood and trunk, and BMFd all the trim.
The beacon was sourced from a Johan kit, the spotlight was modified from a parts box driving light, the rear deck light was parts box sourced, and the whip antenna was created from a kit CB antenna base, a map pin, a photo-etched flange, and guitar string shaft.
I took this model along when I attended my first Moonlight Modelers Club meeting; the theme was "50's Cars." I joined that night, and I was more than surprised when this model was selected as the theme winner that night!
I was again pleasantly surprised when this model was featured in Scale Auto Enthusiast magazine and later appeared in Model Cars Magazine.
Certified Good Guy Moonlight Modelers - 19 years Cactus Car Modelers - Charter (Founding) Member - 13 years