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I just got some Intel on some of my club members work in progress, and I can see that it seems like every body is chopping this kit up. Kinda hard to see what direction the "blue tape pic" is goin? I'm told that the body is gettin sectioned and narrowed. I'm gettin excited to see everyone else's builds now!

Oh, and I think I got a clear veiw on where my build is headed, more on that soon I promise.

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I've been working on another project and maybe I've gotten sidetracked a bit but I did manage to get some body smoothing done and under primer. Now  back to work on my  other project while the primer cures. more later....

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Great creativity all around from you and your fellow club members.Be sure to post the finished projects when they are done!

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Lookin Good Anthony!!

BTW whats the MSRP, or just what they are going for?

Compareable to most kits, 20 to 25 bucks unless you see it at Hobby Lobby and get 40% off... your local hobby shop might have it for more...

 

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Did some final wetsanding to get rid of some pin holes and WaLa!  bodywork completed  the chop was so clean and accurate that I only used 2 coats of liquid surface build primer! No filler... I also laid down a coat of white now to let that dry and on to the decals.

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Just a quick update on the "Dar Dar" bus lol! 

One thing l forgot to mention in this thread was the chassis used on this project.  AMT 1925 model T ford #31223. I've never built that kit but it offers alot of good parts for kit bashing. 

I spent about 6 hours on getting the decals start to finish (designed, printed, and applied) but now that they are on I'm satisfied how they turned out. 

I painted the frame and engine so I could visualize my thought process. Mocked up it looks just as I interpreted so at least I'm on the right track. 

I hope all my fellow club members are gettin along as well as I am. I'm starting to relax now and enjoy the rest of the build.

This pic is of some left over decals as a sort of sneak peek of what I did to the body. I've got to clear coat and BMF... and then I'll post pics of that next time!

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I've been busy chipping away at the Club challange. I'm in earily stage final assembly now. I thought I'd update everyone on my progress. It's a wrap... "SUNKEN TREASURE" is what I've named the project. I went for the Nautical theme.  The sank ship look. I desided to foil the window frame so it would resemble that of a boat.

The engine is a hemi with a "Latham" blower. I kept the interior kinda simple because with the blue windows, It's hard to see the inside.  I painted it silver and two toned the seats with blue flocking just to break it up.

It's been a fun little project for me. Anyway here are some photos, thanks for looking!

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It looks fantastic! I like that you did the main body weathering with a decal. Cool little build.

Later- 

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What a GREAT build!  This sounds like it was a fun one!

Is there anywhere that we can see some of the other builds from your club? 

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The club meeting is the last Saturday of every month. This up-coming club challange is Anything you can/want to do with the Beetle bus. We usually agree on the club challange two months ahead, that gives you enough time to plan and execute a project. 

Two cases of these kits were ordered (24 kits) amongst our club members so I'm hopeful that everyone who has atleast 2 kits are going to show up with something exciting. With all the interest that I've had here with this kit I am for sure going to post all of the challange pics here. The club meeting is August 27. 

I try to find time to build something in between as a "Surprise Guest" to the club meeting  each month for added "Shock value" it keeps you on your toes so to speak.  The club events are a great way to stay sharp with the hobby, I recommend everybody joining a club. 

Oh and BTW, the next club challange theme is going to be Hot-Wheels. Build your 1/24 1/25 model to look like a hot wheels car. I'm gearing up for that now!

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I've been in contact with some club members who aren't as secretive as the rest are. One member is building a Roman Chariot themed beetle bus with the back opened up and the driver stands up. No Pics of that but I did make a house visit to see his progress and if he can get it built it will be killer. Also here's an earlier pic I posted and his progress since.

It's coming along nicely I think,  I'm digging the dragster theme.

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Thanks everyone for the words of confidence! I've been puttin together the "Surprise Guest" as mentioned earlier and the build is going smoothly. More on that build later I've been taking progress pics of that along the way so when it's done I plan on doin a quick workbench start to finish thread on that also. 

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The Hong Kong phooey hotwheels look like it could easily be made from a speedwagon  kit

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The Hong Kong phooey hotwheels look like it could easily be made from a speedwagon  kit

I'd only briefly thought about what to use if I was gonna tackle that hot wheels. The kit I thought about was the 34 sedan. But you may be on to something with the speedwagon. I'm thinking about build the "Dixie Challenger" Hot wheels.

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