Welcome back to building and to the forum, Chris. I'm a believer in 'models were made to be built', so I would have everything die cast in the purple pond getting paint stripped. I can't but something for exorbitant prices just because someone thinks it's oldness or rarity deserves it. Everything I buy I plan to build, though I may never live that long! Most car model kits are far cheaper than what they're charging for armor or even planes.
wow .. gonna be one huge bus! It looks like a scaled up 1/24 Samba .. the best bus kit to date. With many more details, of course ... saw the front center heat tube looking like I could push that tab for driver heat, sticker on the oil bath filter. Anyone know what that big, white fan looking thing is to left in engine compartment? I'm only familiar with the '56 Kombi my Dad had.
That's a lot of work you're talking about. Even with a good 3D file it will take some time to make it suitable for a 3D printer ... adding the inside surfaces, for instant. Even more work if you start with 2D files. I'm not trying to discourage, it would be great if something like this was available. I've done a lot of work in 3D Studio Max, but consider myself an amateur at best. I've tried making a 3D mesh from 2D views and never got to far. I just didn't have that kind of time. I have hundreds of 3D meshes of cars as that's what got me interested in 3D. The trouble is, most of these are proprietary and couldn't be used on a site like is proposed. I see the future in places like Shapeways.com that sell 3D files you can download and print.