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After finishing Revell's Trabant 601S and work commencing on the 601 Universal, after breaking one part and having to borrow a pair of wiper arms that were too badly molded in the Universal kit to use, again I picked another Trabant Universal off the shelf and borrowed the parts until the replacements arrive from Revell.

With the bodyshell sitting on the side, I got to thinking about building the Lieferwagen (Van) version, after someone mentioned it on one of the Trabant forums, I found some styrene sheet that was the correct thickness, and used the side windows as template, drew round the widows on the card, cut them out and trimmed to fit within the side window recesses, they will need a little filler around the edges as in real life they are part of the side panel of the bodyshell thay didn't get cut out to make the Universal (Estate) version of the Trabbi, so there shouldn't be a gap around them, a little bondo should do the trick.

I still haven't made my mind up what sign writing, if any will go on the side, as at the moment I really can't find too many photo's on the net of the real thing, so after fitting the other side panel and getting it in primer, I will crack on with the rest of the build and decide what I'm going to do with the body.

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Geoff, I like what you're doing with this one. Delivery , panel trucks/vans always appelled to me, I even like the Airfix Anti Pesto van.

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Got the passenger side side window filled and got a little body around the edges, then got to thinking about the interior, the van version is just paneled on the inside, so the Universal interior side panels needed to be modified, so they were cut out and filled in with plain plastic card, I need to get down to Hobbycraft and pick up some more so I can do the other side and floor, two holes that are the mounting holes for the rear parcel shelf brackets need filling in,

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I left the side panel to dry up overnight, fixed it into position using masking tape, I'm pretty happy with the fit, just need to get some plastic card to make the other side and the floor, I'm going to get using the boot floor and the rear panel of the back seat as a template, then I need to work out where to bulkhead needs to go, for that I'm going to have to make up the front seats and see where the bulkhead needs to go, the holes for the rear parcel shelf support brackets were filled with plastic rod and fixed in place with superglue,

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Really cool project, I never knew there was a delivery van version of the Trabant. Your work so far looks really good :)

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Geoff, any update on this project?

Sorry no, I've been away from the model room with car shows, got another one in a few weeks, been taking some time out to get the Cruiser up to scratch, but I'll be back at the bench very soon ....

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Done a little to the bodyshell, but I really want to get the interior correct, I'm waiting on some photo's and other reference material from one of the members on a Trabant forum.

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After doing a bit of work on the Universal I'm building, after cleaning out the airbrush and tidying around, I picked up some parts for this one, and the noticed the part that needs to fixed to the inner wheel arch inside to load bay, in real life the rear shock absorbers fix to the top, but also there is a small bracket for the rear seat to fix to so the backrest can be folded down, of course the van doesn't have them, it probably wouldn't get noticed, but as I'm a stickler for detail, they had to come off, so they were cut off and then sanded down, not it looks like they were never there ...

These are the one's for the Universal I'm building :-

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These are the modified parts :-

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Seat backrest stop removed :-

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More like the real thing now ....

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You are doing some fine work on this one. Very interesting project :)

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I'm really liking this build, keep up the good work.

Thank you, I did a little more to it today, after working on the Universal and waiting for things to dry, I picked up the van and carried on work on it.

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As you can see from the photo's I have, the Van version doesn't have a rear wiper on the tailgate, or fog lamps on the from bumpers, the hole where the rear wiper arm goes was filled in using 2 part bondo, and will be sanded smooth when it's dry.

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and the seat do not have the headrests fitted, so they had to be removed

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Once dry the back of the seats will get the gaps filled by 2 part bondo and sanded smooth, the inner tailgate panel had the hole where the rear wiper motor fits on was filled with styrene rod, and will be trimmed once it's dry

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The trim pieces that run the length of the upper body panels were fitted but on the rear wing there is a small hole that the locating pin fits into, but even when the trim is fitted it leaves a very small hole that can be seen in the rear wing, this was filled with 2 part bondo, and will be sanded smooth when it's dry

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Hi geoff, this build as the other Trabby is going very well! To fill you use a 2 part bondo, of which make is it please?

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Or just get some Isopon P38 at the local motor factor Pat.

It's good stuff, dries in 15 minutes and sands down very well.

 

Looking good there Geoff.

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Or just get some Isopon P38 at the local motor factor Pat.

It's good stuff, dries in 15 minutes and sands down very well.

The Softon Plus is a lot smoother than P38 Shay, and not so hard once dry making the sanding process a lot easier, I've used P38 for years for car bodywork, but this one is much nicer to use.

Did a little more in the hobby room last night before shutting up for the night, got the seats sanded then filled with Bondo, then sanded to shape, the rear tailgate and body got sanded, and while looking for more items that needed modifying, the dashboard came in for a little, removing the molded in radio, making it look like a blanking plate that would have been there if a radio wasn't fitted, the body will need to hole filling where the aerial is supposed to go

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Front seats in primer, looks like the headrest was never there

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Rear tailgate in primer

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Inner panel in primer

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Is Softon plus filler available in the US? I've searched online with no success.

Jim Heikkala

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Is Softon plus filler available in the US? I've searched online with no success.

Not sure, there an Italian company, drop them an email at Info@impa.it

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