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#21 crazyrichard

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 01:53 AM


redid all the panellines after so much was sanded of the body they where almost gone , also where hinges where i made the pannellines run through

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modyfied the tyres to house the kit's rear centers and went body slammed with this van ...

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#22 David G.

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 02:50 AM

Very clever idea using the legos as the grille. 

 

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 03:00 AM

I am loving the stance and that front clip.  Keep it going.  Good work.



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Posted 14 April 2013 - 05:13 AM

thnx guys .. changed the grille so there will be visible hedlights , will post pics later on



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Posted 14 April 2013 - 05:24 AM

I like your take on the van! I'll keep an eye on this build!



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Posted 14 April 2013 - 07:09 AM

thnx


decided to do headlights , behind the hole will be a fors headlight as reflector / lense and the glass fits exactly in the styrene so the lense is flush with the styrene

still rough

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its not that big now its slammed next to the pick-up it looks small

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on the shelf next to some other creations

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 10:53 AM

Nice, I really like the choice of tires. Keep up the nice work.



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Posted 14 April 2013 - 11:45 AM

Man I'm really diggin your build style and ingenuity! Awesome job on the grille (and yeah,I likes it better with lights too after seeing it),stance is awesome!

 

So what exactly did you do there...cut away/open the wheel-wells and mount the suspention inside the body to BD it,or is there more to it (curious for the know how to do it myself ;) )? Thanks in advance :)



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Posted 14 April 2013 - 02:05 PM

it looks great love the body drop and grill is good lookin



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 04:54 AM

well tbh it was easy i just flipped the chassis upside down and it fits perfect like that and the ride hight is spot on , the suspension isnt detailed just iron rods trhough the chassis so i decided to flip it make a small tunnel inside and make the whole underside flat with plates later on ...

the grille died :) i put somke bmf foil on it but it broke in half , rather then stripping it and repairing i desided i'd try to make something even more stylish ....

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 08:16 AM

well since the grille from lego broke and after some thinking i found that too simple and like 70's and what has been done so often on vans ...i decided to go more extreme ..
going to mix some styles , got eliptical headlights wich i will place a bit turned so the look somewhat angry ..
mercury bullet grille .. just mixing some stuff

they seem big on this pic buts thats just the shot , also they are just very loose in there

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normal distance you see they are the right size

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everything still roughly loosely placed but the idea i'm after

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so i wil add a aditional strip under the headlights and make the insert less flat .. maybe even make a knob grille above the bullet grille

something like this but smaller and more refined

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 08:53 AM

Brilliant!!! Old Skool is best Skool! Iv been going through my mountain of old parts looking for something with a bit or 60s grill heritage too :D



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 12:52 PM

Richard - Here's a thought for you. As you look to make this van more distinctive,  you may not know that it was available in three different lengths. The kit is the extended wheel base model. There was a shorter van....

 

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as well as a longer one, same as the kit, but with extra length behind the rear wheels.

 

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And a lot of aftermarket high tops to make anything from a custom van, a extended height work truck,  an ambulance or handicap van.

 

So there's a lot of different things you can do to make it distinctive.



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 04:32 AM

thnx and yes i knew .. i thought about making it shorter but in fact i kind of like the lenght .. so i will be keeping that like this :)



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 08:14 AM

desided to use normal round lights (from a revell 32 ford) because i hated the lenses on the eliptical lights ..
they looked like magnifing glasses lol
the ford lenses are detailled with lines ..
worked the lamp houses into the styrene

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added a small srip above them , dont know why just looked better

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grille wise i'm thinking of scrachting a real detailled grille in the middle

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 09:54 AM

Thanks for the info :) Sorry to hear about the grille issues (sounds like MY luck :P ),but looks like you got it well cared for :D



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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:37 PM

Awesome work on the van, the tables came from the wanted van, they go on each side over the wheel wells, if you want some pictures of vans, check out the website in my signature, iam a member there, its a van site. Keep up the work and updates.



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Posted 19 April 2013 - 09:58 PM

thnx guys , well only been cleaning up some stuff have to go and get glue today so have not been doing anything this week ..
my glue was just all used up :P

also still thinking and trying out grille options and have not found anything i really loved ..

 

and gray going to look at your link could not find anything on google about real cool vans B)  thnx



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Posted 21 April 2013 - 01:30 AM

well finally got new glue and after trying out several designs i got this ..
its like i dont want a ususal van design but i could not get a real extreme thing going i liked ..
so far this is what i liked best
 
rough >



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Posted 21 April 2013 - 07:07 AM

thnx :)
well i could be just making a new one from scratch but i do like this one .. its from an old 1/18 mercedes clk die-cast model , just cut it up a bit

spreyed some primer to see how flat it was and well pretty flat already , all the seems got bondo in them wich ow pays of

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after a first sand job

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