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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:20 am    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

WOW! we got some incredible work being put on display, i love to see everyone's efforts. here is the engine for my tracked bus, 1500cc bus single port ,with porshe carb and "teepee" exhaust out the roof, push rod tubes are supposed to be SCAT spring loaded jobs,,,

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:56 pm    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

Nice. Are you sure 1500cc is enough to power the tracks and blower?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:01 pm    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

If you look at the diameter of the main drive wheels, that thing will be a crawler.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:51 am    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

well it is just a model, not a real van, but if you got a 50hp engine turning a 50hp hydraulic pump, should be good to clear snow, it is not meant for the race track,,,, i did consider going porsche 911 twin turbo with twin plug heads, but decided a hard working vw engine would fit the theme better
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:13 pm    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

Here's my finished 1/16 Tamiya Kubel.

This represents my first recollection of anything VW-related. My father was an NCO in a First Armored Division front-line maintenance unit from Operation Torch until the end of WWII. When I was a little boy he told me of the "German Jeep" that he drove in North Africa. His story, as best as I can remember, was that his unit stumbled onto a Kubel not too long after the Battle of Kasserine Pass. The car had a bent axle or spindle and was abandoned by the Wehrmacht. Dad and his guys found another knocked out VW with the parts they needed. After getting it running and painting some U.S. stars on it he drove the little car until First Armored moved across the Med to the Italian campaign. He was unable to load the car onto their transport because of standing orders to leave all captured/contraband vehicles behind so he drove it out of the way and dropped a hand grenade in it so no one else could get it.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:29 pm    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

Great build, even better story. Thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:38 pm    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

Yes, the story is as great as the model.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:08 am    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

Thanks.

I only wish I had been intelligent enough to have recorded or written down the things my father recollected when he was living. He wasn't a combat soldier but his unit was first echelon maintenance which meant they went in right after a battle to evaluate and fix the equipment that could be quickly repaired. He spent a lot of nights sleeping in a slit trench under a truck or his Kubel while the "fellows from the other post office" dropped anti-personnel bombs on his camp.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:51 am    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

awesome build and great story, makes it extra special
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:58 pm    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

Great build and a nice tribute to the memories of your Father. Looking at those pictures its hard to believe its a model.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:57 pm    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

Thanks for the comments, y'all. Here are a few more photos of the car.

Dad told me that the Kubel he acquired had a cat on the engine lid and they decided to keep that marking. With a tiny bit of research, I found that the car would have been assigned to sPzAbt.501, one of the Tiger I units assigned to Tunisia.
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