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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:41 am    Post subject: VW model build topic Reply with quote

buggdude67 wrote:
blue baron wrote:
Maybe we should start a thread on VW model builds.


That is a good idea, unless there is already one started.


I couldn't find one, so post photos of your built VW models here. You can also post construction photos. Anything goes as long as you built/customized it, and it's not just store bought. Describe the model and the work that went into it.

I have a lot to share, so I'll kick off the thread with some pictures of a 1967 Revell 21-window bus model. This was a freshening up of an old build that I had found.

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It had been faithfully built to the original instructions in the kit.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice idea! I couldent think of anyone better than you Greg to start this topic Wink Ill post up some pics of a polly kit Ill be workin on here soon. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are a couple of shots of a rat bus I built from an old Revell 23 window bus model.

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This was the first VW bus model kit, dating back to 1958. I found it already built, but in pieces. The restoration consisted of some paint detail and weathering, a pair of resin bumpers, some decals, a slam job and wheel replacement, and adding a roof rack with luggage. The interior and chassis detailing was done by the original builder 50 years ago!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a Hasegawa kit I modified to turn it into a barndoor. Bunch of photos here:

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/album_search.php?...ts=summary


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks amazing.

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What did you use for taillights? They look spot on.

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And are those Kubelwagen wheels?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, the wheels are from a Kubelwagen kit. I made copies for the barndoor.

The project has sat stalled for quite some time.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You made your own rims?

What's holding you up? I hate to see projects left in limbo.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since it's all buses so far, here's a granddaddy Beetle kit, the Pyro VW Sunroof Sedan from 1959.
It was officially approved by the Volkswagen factory.

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The kit was old-tech, with multiple piece construction. It came with two mechanics and an engine stand.

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There were several versions of the Pyro released through the '60s and '70s.
The earliest versions had no windows or chrome plated parts.

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I built this one box stock nearly 25 years ago.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The brown rims are from the kit, the white rims and hubcaps are the molded copies I made.

Never enough time for all the projects....
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I picked up these old kits yesterday. I'm thinking Jersey Looker and Tribute to my old '66 roadster with side exhaust.

What does that weird emblem on the nose mean/signify?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW!! Excellent job!! The guys working on the car and buses are awesome!! I'm an amateur but how do you remake rims or pieces and parts?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike Fisher wrote:

What does that weird emblem on the nose mean/signify?


It's a CB emblem. The old Revell VW microbus model started out as a window van (pictured above), and was eventually reissued as a panel van. One version was called the "Rubber Duck" which came out during the CB radio craze of the 1970s. The California Roller was a reissue of that old kit.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some background on me.

I've been building VW models since I was old enough to hold a tube of glue. Here's one I built when I was 9 or 10 years old, a Monogram Thunder Bug.

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I found it in storage about a year ago and spent some time cleaning it up. It's just the way I built it in the early '70s.

There are better model builders than me, but probably few who have done as much with Volkswagens.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I built this Scirocco model 15-20 years ago to replicate the '80 S I was driving in high school. I wasn't brave enough to cut in a sunroof.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow, great thread! Might make me break out some of my old vw models... hope I can find all the pieces to those ones i started a decade + ago.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1-4-3-2 wrote:
I built this Scirocco model 15-20 years ago to replicate the '80 S I was driving in high school. I wasn't brave enough to cut in a sunroof.
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Nice old-school AMT kit. I don't blame you for not cutting the roof.

Here's of my oldest surviving kits. It's the Revell "California Bug" that I built in 1975 when I was 13 years old. This one captures the style of the '70s.

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It features three-toned candy paint (purple, red and blue), custom seats and interior, chromed engine, and wheels from a Duster. I freshened it up by giving it a good cleaning, gluing a few broken parts and adding some chrome trim.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another restoration of a hard-to-find kit.

This is the Revell Cadet Beetle in 1/40. It was made by Revell Germany in 1962, and is similar to the 1/40 Wiking.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slightly off topic.
A few years back there was someone that was selling cast resin parts to convert the 1/6th scale R/C Herbie into a KDF sunroof.
Does anyone know how to contact this person or have the parts they would sell ?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where are our model builders?

Question: What happens when you take these two kits and bash them together?

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Answer: You end up with something like this.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blue Baron wrote:
Where are our model builders?

Question: What happens when you take these two kits and bash them together?

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Answer: You end up with something like this.

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The rear view almost looks like a real bug...nice work Blue Baron.

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