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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 5:57 am    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

here's my latest model challenge - armory 1/144 scale kubel (24mm long!)
a clever design using photo etch side panels, just hope I dont loose a headlamp in the carpet Shocked

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 4:42 pm    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

That looks pretty nice, can't wait to see the end result!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:19 pm    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

Wow - tiny! You must have good eyes, or one big magnifier.

Those are quite some plastic trees for the wheels and other parts. It looks like they were intended to be used in a display once its complete. I guess you can do 2 sizes depending how much space you have.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:34 pm    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

just about blind now, like donald pleasance in the great escape! Laughing added a few extra details like the folded top, notek light, number plates etc problem is not so much seeing but handling sub miniature bits...but all good fun!
grain of rice for idea of size
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with an oxford die cast beetle
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and a matchstick
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:54 pm    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

Just goes to show how far technology has come to create something so small and detailed.

This is not to detract from the artistry that also went into the build.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:03 am    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

That looks excellent! Now all you need is a 1/144 Ju 52 to load it in!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:49 am    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

thanks for the comments
I think that computer aided mould machining and 3d printing have helped the quality of models a lot. acrylic paints are light years ahead of the old sticky enamels too. I remember how excited I was as a kid to get the tamiya kubel kit and thinking how much better it was than the airfix kits I was used to. now the tamiya kubel looks so basic and dated...
secondairforce - great idea or perhaps a 1/144 gigant? Cool

I wish somebody would make a kit of the type 62, I really like the look of that car
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:38 pm    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

I finally got around to getting some finished pics or my IMC build.

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I pretty much finished this about a year ago, and then worked intermittently ever since getting decals for it. The kit came with decals, but lets just say that the last 50+ years took a toll on them. As soon as they were submerged in water, fragments started breaking off and floating away. Whatever remained of the decal piled up like snow in front of a plow when I attempted to slide it off the backing paper. After a couple of false starts, I finally bought some decal paper off the internet and my wife printed me up a clean sheet.

While I originally was going for a stock build in its red molded color, that changed when I discovered the damage done to the passenger side windows. After the repairs were made (see page 23 of this thread), my plan for the build changed to replicating the gasser as depicted in the box artwork.

This required some modifications to the suspension to achieve the right track and body height. The rear springs were severely cut down in order to lower the ride height, and rear axle track widened slightly.

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I also had to modify the front axle so that wheels would be centered in wheel wheels. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pics. You will just have to believe me on this.

The engine is really the star of the gasser build. A 426 supercharged hemi with lots of chrome. Blue Baron mentioned some time back about the poor quality of the chrome on the original version. I discovered this firsthand when i saw how easily the chrome rubs off with handling, exposing the red plastic underneath. For this reason I decided to embrace the red and use it as an accent color throughout the build.

One thing I didn't like was how thick the plastic air scoop was compared to the cover artwork. I spent a lot of time filing down the inside to get the full throated look of the tunnel ram intake.

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The kit doesn't come with a radiator which seemed like a big oversight. Don't see how the gasser could make a 1/4 mile run without one! So I included a scratch-built one, which just fit on the small platform that I added.

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Compared to the engine, the rest of the chassis is a bit sparse. The only change I made was to add a tach to the steering column.

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Some final shots of the finished assembly:

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Finally, just to prove that I haven't been slacking off in the meantime, here's a teaser shot of what I've been working on in the meantime. More to come ...

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:33 pm    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

Hi jack1448 . . . I am so impressed Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation

That was surely a GREAT build and detailing on the IMC VW model Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation

I also appreciate your extra time and effort to create a special set of eye
catching photos, of your project, to further enhance your abilities Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:04 pm    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

It's an IMC extravaganza!

I love what you did with the air horn on the intake. I may modify mine the same way.

For my engine, I created a small radiator, like in an old issue of Popular Hot Rodding magazine, with a fuel tank to boot.

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I originally started out creating the car on the box cover, just like you, but when my yellow paint turned green (!!)
I ultimately went for more of a nose-up gasser. I narrowed the rear end to make wider slicks fit.

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We'll have to run them at the strip to find out which one is more boss.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:53 pm    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

Hi BoB,
Thanks for the nice comments. You might not know it, but you were a big help getting this project to the finish line. Some time back, you had posted about making water slide decals with an inkjet printer. Until I read your post, I thought you could only do that with some kind of special printer. So without your sharing those instructions, I'd probably still be chasing after an original decal sheet on flea-bay!

Hi GreG,
I'm glad you posted your pics, I always learn something new! One of the advantages of the nose-up look is that there is a little more room under the hood to get both radiator and gas tank in there. In my build, space was tight, so I originally planned to put the gas tank under the decklid. Instead, I put the parachute in first, and then there was not enough room leftover for the tank. I'm not completely happy about that, and I still might try to squeeze a tank in someplace/sometime. I guess that's why I never committed to gluing the body to the chassis!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:58 pm    Post subject: Re: VW model build topic Reply with quote

jack1448 wrote:
One of the advantages of the nose-up look is that there is a little more room under the hood to get both radiator and gas tank in there. In my build, space was tight, so I originally planned to put the gas tank under the decklid.


Actually, I had no more space than you had. I jacked the nose by lowering the suspension on the frame.

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