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hobbybobby

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Li'l Gypsy Wagon - Kitbash

Today, 05:49 AM

I was asked to present here an in progress build, I selected this one, for the beginning...

 

 

 

 

 

This one has one of the best examples of box art you'll ever see and that has always attracted me magically...

 

 

... I spent too much time in my life, to look at this Picture:

 

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... and I have tried for years, to get hold of one of those things, of course, in order to build it!  ;)

 

 

... unfortunately without success, most were already gone, or the deals blew up to much my Budget... :wacko:

 

 

As it happens in life, you often see the trees, but not the forest...  ;)

 

As then this kit has been revived:

 

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I realized that this project is feasible...

 

Most of the parts I will use of this kit, a few parts of others and the rest has to be made... 

 

Well, I'm not going to build an exact replica, but in this direction, start with this:

 

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That is what I have so far:

 

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Hope, you like it, stay tuned... 


The Monkees Mobile (not Barris)

12 October 2014 - 08:01 AM

The Monkees Mobile

The idea for this build, originally came from the old master, Ed "NEWT" Newton.

When Universal Chose the wild Tom Daniel-designed, Barris-sponsored and by Dick Dean`s gang-built The Munster Koach instead, Big Daddy Roth learned, that "low Budget and mild" was apparently not the way to score a TV car contract...

 

So, although they didn`t know it at the time, Tom and Newt were apparently competing against each other for that Munster Coach contract, trough Barris and Roth...


Later, when submitting a design for the upcomming Monkees TV series, he let Newt go all out on the concept.

But alas...

 

... that Time they went fot Jeffries`less-expensive "GTO Touring"...

So, Jeffries`relatively austere Monkeemobile concept was approved for The Monkees Television Show, he beat out this home run attempt by Newt and BDR...

And, uh, oh, yes, much later, California Show Cars by Jay Ohrberg, built something similar, based on Newt's design, and called it GeeTar...

 

... which, in my view, doubled the size while halving the Finesse...

This is my Version, perhaps not quite as Newt thought it...

 

... but I have tried to implement it, as far as it went, and with a couple of my Solutions... ;)

 

No idea what I have installed everything here, because it was one of my many, long-term Projects...

... but finally it's done, hope, you like it.

 

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Li'l Yeller

25 September 2014 - 09:14 AM

Li'l Yeller
School Bus Plus!

•Original year: 1970
•Company: AMT
•Scale: 1/25
•Designer: John Bogosian


Here's the Li'l Yeller, the scholar hauler with a soul!

AMT's solution to heir pollution is crammed full of educational goodies!

Bored of education?

Our Teeny-Bobber Teacher's Pest goes to the head of its class with elementary items as "Think Tank" body design, "Brain Drain" Radiator, "Grad-U-Eight" mill with "Cum Louder" stereo exhaust, "Midnight Oil" pan, "Lunge Box" shifter--sheepskin upholstery--mind-bending vinyl tires (quad slicks out back and ground-grabbin' wide-tread weenies up front).

It all adds up to the kit most likely to succeed, so don't drop out-- close the generation gaps with Li'l Yeller!


Ride on!


This is my version.

While starting and after a few difficulties with the bodyparts, which fit together very poorly, it spent a few years in the box, also because missing parts blocked the assembly.

The mods: Front lowered, aluminum mesh in the cooler and in the interior floor, wired motor, windshield bracing made from 1mm chrome steel wire, a new shifter knob, the roof railing is homemade: four new aluminum holders and inox wire, modified rims from LEGO and some new selfmade Tires...

Hope, you like it.

 

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Vega Mini-Van

08 September 2014 - 05:48 AM

Vega Mini-Van
Customized Chevy Vega Rod

•Original year: 1977
•Company: Monogram
•Scale: 1/24
•Designer: huh.png?


The Chevrolet Vega is a subcompact automobile that was produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors (GM) from 1970 to 1977.

Available in two-door hatchback, notchback, wagon, and panel delivery body styles, all models were powered by an inline four-cylinder engine with a lightweight, aluminum alloy cylinder block.

Variants included the Vega GT high-performance style and the Cosworth Vega, a short-lived limited-production performance model, introduced in March 1975.

The Vega received praise and awards at its introduction, including 1971 Motor Trend Car of the Year.

Subsequently the car became widely known for a range of problems related to its engineering, reliability, safety, propensity to rust, and engine durability.

Despite a series of recalls and design upgrades, the Vega's problems tarnished both its own as well as General Motors' reputation, production ended with the 1977 model year.

The name is derived from Vega, the brightest star in the constellation Lyra.


Take the ever popular Chevy Vega, give it some of the features that make the vans so neat and you've got the Vega Mini-Van...

... compact but comfortable!

The ribbed roof with the plated luggage rack and the wood grained side panels add a touch of class while the oval windows and plated side pipes give it that sporty appearance.

Fat Goodyear tires ride on all four mag wheels and under that sculptured hood sits a potent 454 c.i. Rat motor.



Finally done.

I think, there have passed some twenty years, since I started this project. eyesroll.png

Customizing sub-compacts is a special kind of challenge...

Well, more or less out of the box, only a few modifications here and there and the thing with the Speakers... wink.png

On the underside of the hood, I stuck a chrome foil, the rims and tires are originals from the kit, but modified, the front wheels were made smaller in diameter and the rear were rounded only at the edges, and you get a very different effect...

This is my Version, hope you like it.
 

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Cop Out

03 May 2014 - 09:17 AM

Cop Out


Feast your eyes on the Cop Out...drag strip version of a far out police car!

 

The body of this mean looking Plymouth Duster funny car tilts up to expose the detailed chassis, driver's compartment and big blown 426 Hemi mill.

 

Giant M&H "wrinkled" slicks ride on deep chromed mags, topping it off, a lineup of the very latest emergency lights.


Tom Daniel had developed a cutting edge "Funny Car" Chassis for the '57 Chevy kit "Outcast"...

 

... and the powers, that be at Monogram wanted to utilize that chassis under some other kind of car Body, so TD thought, that was a kind of a cop out; and he wasn't too thrilled about using the Plymouth Duster body, so "COP OUT" it became, complete with Cop car accouterments...

 

We had a contest on the Coffin Corner 2 - board and my friend Chuck (Starry Eyes) challenged me, to build just for fun a boxstock kit during the contest...

 

... this was my choice...

 

 

No idea when I built the last time a kit from start to finish, original, and only with the parts out of the box...

 

Believe it or not, this was certainly a challenge for me!

 

I caught myself several times, as I wanted to replace some parts by others and to improve it in some places...

 

And somehow, did almost nothing be from this build, somehow, the building was difficult, and I had doubts whether I can complete it on time...


But here it is done and except for a few color changes, Boxstock...

 

Hope, you like it.

 

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