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Camper interiors are fairly easy. Nearly everything in this photo is scratch built. The cabinets are basswood and the knobs are brass nails used by ship builders. The countertop is just plastic sheet. I don't think I even painted it. The sink is half a gas tank from my parts box, using the inside of it. Faucet is just a bit of wire. The dishes came from a 1/35 scale military mess set. The silverware is from a photo etch sheet. Microwave is the TV from the old Dodge van kits, with new knobs. Coffee maker is scratch built from sheet plastic and the coffee pot is a length of clear drinking straw topped with a round thing from my parts box, probably a wheel hub. The bottle came from the old MPC Gangbusters cars. The flooring and welcome mat were printed from one of those miniatures sites for doll house builders. I just scaled it to half and printed. The shoe is the foot off a broken 1/25 scale man in my parts box. The bed base is basswood just like the cabinets. The mattress is also basswood shaped in the corners and covered with tissue. The pillow is folded up tissue. The blankets are painted and folded napkins. The magazines were photo reduced and printed. Nothing here that anyone else on this board couldn't do!
Here's the earliest photo of it just mocked up. The base is the interior from the Dodge van.
That's pretty cool! A car that we never got here in the USA, although shortly after this we got your VW Fox. $37,595 on their website. We don't see imports from Brazil which is puzzling to me since there are variations of US cars that would be a big hit here. And the fact that Brazil isn't all that far away. If you were brave, you could drive it! Are there laws either on the Brazil or USA side that makes it difficult?
I think what they did was probably legal. Immoral and bad business? Yes. Cutting their own throat? Yes. They are privately owned so they don't owe anyone outside of their company an explanation, but I bet it will come out sooner or later. I have a feeling they mismanaged their business to the point where they could no longer sustain it. Maybe they couldn't pay their monthly carrying costs for the amount of web traffic. I cannot believe anyone would make the decision they did without their back being against the wall. Time will tell.
I wanted that set up badly when I was maybe 10 years old. It was for sale in the Sears Wish Book. I over estimated the size it would be and thought I could drive it around the neighborhood. I spent time drawing a custom convertible body I was planning on scratch building! What day dreams. My father compromised and bought me the V8 kit. We assembled it together... more like he assembled it and I watched. And that was the end of that dream.
they are fully awake and very attuned to what needs to be done. It's all a matter of what is viable from the bits and pieces of ancient tooling, against the balance of keeping the operation viable and the available project management resources and capital to invest.
Nice family memories! Back in that timeframe my parents house was across the street from a small office building. I believe it was a sales office because everyone had the same Torino 4 door, but in different colors.
Filling in the back window is easy. Use the kit glass to fill in the hole. Either cut the small window out of the kit glass, or mask it off before you putty / paint. I did one and cut the window out, and used clear plastic sheet to make the small window.