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#1 fatkidd

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 02:25 PM

here's a model that I've been working on off & on lately. It started out as an MPC Truckin' USA West Coast van
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From what I can tell, this is not a reissue (not sure if there was ever a reissue of this kit). From what I believe, this kit is from 1974/1975ish. I bought it at a swap meet a few years ago, got home, opened the box, and found 2 complete kits in the one box.

Well, lets see what I've done so far shall we?

1st pic is the stock body.
2nd pic is the chopped & sectioned body.
3rd pic is the two bodies back to back for comparrison.
4th pic is the mock up of the stance.

I still have a lot of work to do on this thing. Hopefully I will get it done before I move on to another project or kit.

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#2 fatkidd

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 02:32 PM

forgot to add that the chop is approx. 4" in scale & the section is approx. 3" in scale

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 02:35 PM

I'm working on a '85 GMC Vanthat my daughter had and using the A-Team Van kit. This is virtually the same body .. it was used for every Chevy van AMT/MPC made. There were little variances every edition ...

I really like the look after the chop and section. It has good proportions and looks longer. I love the fact that you're chopping up that old kit! B)

Edited by Foxer, 28 September 2010 - 02:37 PM.


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Posted 29 September 2010 - 05:55 AM

I like it .and it is pretty cool when you get home and find a whole 'nother kit when you were only expecting one.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 06:50 AM

looks good so far!, i had this kit as a kid my brother and i used to love building vans and trying to customize them. I would love to get my hands on that kit now that im older and a lil more skilled have fun and Im headed to ebay to look for it now LOL! B)

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 07:12 AM

very VERY kewl!!!

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 07:31 AM

Custom van! Nice chop & section! The wheel/tire size is a little much for my taste, but it's not my model! Hope you keep on truckin' (*>~groan!~<*) with this build.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 03:18 PM

hello great looking van iam a vanner i have seen a 1;1 like this at a van event if i can ask will u sell the 2nd kit plz
i beeen lookg for the truckin usa van for yrs
i have 12 van models but never tryed chopping one

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 03:22 PM

I'd love to see a realistic tire/wheel combo, but aside from that- great work. Way to be original!

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 03:52 PM

;)
Nice chop!
I remember that kit, my brother built it way back when . . . . B)
Looks interesting
Thanks for sharing
Later
Russ
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Posted 30 September 2010 - 08:32 AM

thanks for comments/compliments to those that replied. the wheel/tire combo that i you see was used because i wanted a big/little set and that was all i had in that category. i went through some of the wheels i have and i think i like this setup better. let me know what you guys think.

i plan on putting a viper engine in it mid-engine. the from seats will prolly be wrapped in leather. the rear doors were opened as one door and will open upwards, like a hatchback style. the side doors will open traditionally...like saloon doors.

oh, btw, this is my first chopped top and section.

these wheels are hopppin' hydros slim 20's Shokks
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Posted 30 September 2010 - 08:47 AM

Liking what I see so far!

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 09:37 AM

niiiiiice now i know what to do to mine

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 09:43 AM

This is coming out great, i have hundreds of van kits, and i have this kit, its a great kit, if you want inspiration to finish this model go to www.vannin.com, iam a member there to. I will be watching this build.

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 10:52 AM

thanks again for the comments. it means a lot to me!

here's a few pics with the rear door hinged (taped for mock up purposes)
i still have to make the hinges for the side doors.
the paint scheme has been floating around in my head, but we'll see how it goes.

thanks again for looking

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 10:59 AM

I like it .and it is pretty cool when you get home and find a whole 'nother kit when you were only expecting one.

For Real!!

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 11:03 AM

Why is it that I’m getting the munchies just looking at this van? B)
Kidding aside, I’ll be following your build!

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 04:59 PM

Yeah hahaha i can just imagina this van bombin down the highway with smoke porin out of the cracks of the rear door, and the popo in hot pursit hahaha

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 07:59 PM

I'm going to be watching this one!

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 09:34 AM

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For Real!!
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this isn't the only time it happened. i bought a 1/20 scale mpc van at the same swat meet (different years). i got home, opened it up, and there was a revell baha bandito vw van...with the red glass (no box, but it had instructions, decals, and all the pieces). i love going to swap meets.

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Why is it that I’m getting the munchies just looking at this van? :lol:
Kidding aside, I’ll be following your build!
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Yeah hahaha i can just imagina this van bombin down the highway with smoke porin out of the cracks of the rear door, and the popo in hot pursit hahaha
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the munchies comment had me laughing.

here's a small update for today (so far)...
i got one of the hinges for the side doors completed
and the interior tub cut for the rear door assembly.
i also removed the "dog house" from the interior tub as it will no longer be needed (no picture of that).
i hope to build a nice center console for it.

here's a pic of the rear door open and the interior tub and a pic of one of the side doors hinged (2 down, 3 to go)

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