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#21 Foxer

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 01:40 PM

Don't get mad at us for drifting a little in our questions raised by your amazing build here, Bill. My mind goes to all sorts of wondering as I watch your work progress and learn from your comments ... I love all sorts of Beatles too.

 

I came on this thread on Samba that shows more Beetle kits than I knew existed and might give someone some answers ... just forgive me for inserting it here ... ^_^

 

I'm loving your build!!



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Posted 15 September 2013 - 04:15 AM

Beautiful work on the "Bug" !  I really like where you are going with this. Fine work on the rear window & vents!

 

I see the Gunze Sangyo/Mr Hobby "56 oval window kits on EBay all the time.Great kit & I have a couple in the collection.

 

Arrii/LS has a beautiful Split window kit in 1/32 scale that I also see a lot of on EBay. I also have a few of these in the collection.



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Posted 15 September 2013 - 05:30 AM

Got some quality time on the bench, think I fixed the quarter windows. Pics later when primer dries.

Eugene....nice custom lowered 1/1 bug...do you miss it? I rebuilt a 64.5 type 3 notchback S with sunroof in the mid eighties in SoCal with the help of legends like Gene Berg. It had original sprint stars (no remakes then!) and one of the last imported German made, brand new engine cases for the bottom end. I'll post pics with my AirTrax notch that is almost done. Wish I never sold it!!!!

John, thanks for the kind words.

Chris, thanks for questions on IMC beetle. That is kit has the best box art!

Jason, thanks. The hasegawa beetles are nice but seem just a tad large for 1/24 if you place the gunze oval next to it. Or maybe the gunze is smallish? The hasegawa has its own issues but they are a little easier to overcome. Taking off the engine lid with minimal damage is a bear.

Mike, thanks. Not mad, just want to keep the topic on track. I love the talk of all vw's! Thanks for the SAMBA jump, I have been a follower since day one.

Scott, thanks. You ought to do a kit review in the other section on the arii/ls split window. The engraving looks nice, but I have never seen one close up. There are some cool 1/32 race and stock Porsche parts out there now to customize this "outcast" size.

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 06:37 AM

awsome build !!

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 09:07 AM

This is a really interesting build to follow!!!! Looking forward to the finished result.

 

Below are pic's of the 3 split's I've built from the Gunze Oval.

 

The grey one and the fenderless rod are beckdated to 1938 KdF-specs while the copper/pink one is supposed to be a 1949/51 mix:

 

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 05:20 PM

Sorry about the thread jack on the IMC VW - yes, I have one I was thinking about backdating (to an oval rather than a split) and I like the way you did this one; just figured if it were an early enough body it might work. I should have specified that. (I know I could get a new kit, but a bird in the hand...)



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Posted 23 September 2013 - 10:36 AM

the ugly stuff update...

Cleaned up the quarter windows and added semaphore openings. Think I am ok with the outside body, but will revisit after working on the chassis.

Thought my original attempt at the rear lights were out of scale, this is v2.

 

Spent a bunch of time on the rear inner panels taking into consideration the hinges I used for the rear lid and other parts I want to use:

 

1942(?) Kubelwagen center tunnel, long block, front beam (narrowed).

Hasegawa pan is great to work with as the rear compartment tin is separate.

Tamiya engine compartment inner panels are a good start for all scale VW engine compartment detailing.

Fujimi 356 trannny with front and rear mount grafted on.

Trying to keep it all old school.

Awesome king/link pin detail on the front beam from Hasegawa. You can see my method for narrowing a scale front beam.

 

Next...convert an extra Hasegawa T1 window insert into the inner bracing that is present on a beetle's body, cutting out the door and window areas.

thanks

 



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Posted 30 September 2013 - 04:28 AM

Hi. very nice work so far. There is a friend of mine (here in Brazil) that is also doing the same work...

 

May I ask you something?

I'm really interested in the Hebmuller body. Could you please send me the email of your "VW nut" friend???

 

Of course, still a lot of work to do 

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WIP here:

http://www.small-dre...hp?f=70&t=14519


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Posted 04 October 2013 - 05:41 AM

Thanks.

Crab leg Fuch's on the front are handmade, you can see how on a tutorial I made that is located on my fotki labeled empinut. 

 

 

http://public.fotki....o_make_crableg/

 

That album is locked, so we need the password (Bosco?) to be able to view it.  ;)



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 07:08 AM

oops, sorry bout that! I unlocked the folder.

 

Nope it's not "bosco". Back to password hacking school for you! I grew up on Hershey syrup chocolate milk.

 

 

 



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Posted 15 November 2013 - 12:37 PM

Working on the inner panels and headliner. I have a plan to make working semaphore turn signals...crossing my fingers it works.

I thinned out and drilled/filed openings in a spare Hasegawa window insert to make the headliner. Had to cut it into 6 pieces to make it work best once I thinned it out. More work to make the B pillar and door panels plus smoothing out the headliner pieces together. The instrument pod insert is from a Hasegawa 1/24 scale Kubelwagen. close enough.

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 02:35 PM

Very cool build so far!

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 03:07 PM

I appreciate all the work going into this one.  On my 1:1 project bug I would be better off trying some of the mods on a model first, I will admit.   It looks like a fun project you are doing.



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Posted 15 November 2013 - 03:11 PM

I really like the split window work you've done.  As you know there isn't a kit split window in 1/24 or 1//25 scale.  I can't figure that one out at all!



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Posted 16 November 2013 - 05:02 AM

Thanks Tony, Ron and Tom.
Ron, I like your convert deck lid. Is that a 69 or 70? My first bug was a 1969 with dual kadrons back in 1980 when living in SoCal.

Tom, maybe with the new ROG vw's we may see some new variants?

Thanks

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 07:08 AM

Tom, maybe with the new ROG vw's we may see some new variants?

 

 

Bill, I saw the ROG VW test shot recently at the Liars Model Car Challenge.  To my untrained eye, it looked like the best detailed kit of a VW to date!   The engine alone looks like it's worth the price of the kit.  Every little detail and rib on the transaxle!  Can't wait to get my hands on one!



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Posted 16 November 2013 - 07:32 AM

Thanks Tony, Ron and Tom.
Ron, I like your convert deck lid. Is that a 69 or 70? My first bug was a 1969 with dual kadrons back in 1980 when living in SoCal.

Tom, maybe with the new ROG vw's we may see some new variants?

Thanks

Bill, Mine is a '70.  This one is going the Volksrod route, I think.  As I said, I probably should have done it first in 1/24 or 1/25 scale.  Too late, I already started cutting.  The sawzall is my best friend and a cars worst nightmare. lol  I think this one is #13 for me.  I like the EMPI nut name you picked, I missed that the first time I looked.


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Posted 16 November 2013 - 08:06 AM

Looks Great Bill!

Real Nice Engine Vents... B)



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Posted 17 November 2013 - 01:31 PM

Thanks IRA, your VW panel is one of my all time favorite articles/vw's.

some Split window inspiration....

 

I used to shop at AutoHaus in the late 70's.

 

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 02:53 AM

Really great build! Love the deatil work you are getting in there.  

 

Kevin