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Cal-Look Karmann Ghia

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If I were going to build a 1:1 Karmann Ghia, this is how I would do it... low (but not too low) and sitting on some well- chosen Fuchs wheels. Paint is Tamiya Dark Yellow and Black under Testors One Coat clear. Interior is Testors MM Leather with Scale Motorsport plaid upholstery decals. The carbs are AMT Webers with scratchbuilt linkages and manifolds and the Fuchs wheels are 15" pieces from a Fujimi Enthusiast kit... I also adapted the hubs and disc brakes from the Fujimi kit. I narrowed and lowered the suspension all the way around to get the wheels to tuck in nicely. Front seats are early Porsche 911 units and the steering wheel is a Porsche 356 Speedster Nardi wheel. I'm particularly proud of the luggage rack... it's scratchbuilt from Evergreen styrene and wood veneer and painted in Spaz-Stix chrome. Even with all the mods, the Tamiya Karmann Ghia just falls together and was a real delight to build!

 

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The color looks a little more green in photos than in person, but it has a great retro feel to it. Wish that engine cover fit a little better...

 

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Here's a better shot of the luggage rack. I might add some P/E screws to the slats. This was actually rack #4- good thing styrene's cheap!

 

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Here's the engine bay with the Empi-esque twin Weber setup. 

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A couple of shots of the interior- love those plaid seats!

 

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This was one of the most fun projects I've ever completed, and I couldn't be happier about how it turned out.

 

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Sweet!

The only good looking Volkswagen ever built in my opinion.

 

Steve

Edited by StevenGuthmiller

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Thanks guys! I'll be posting up several other builds I've completed over the last few months during the coming days. I finally stepped back from the work bench long enough to take some pictures!

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That, sir, is one beautiful piece of work.

Exactly. Gorgeous!

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Everything about this, colors and build .. beautiful

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I've always loved the Karmann Ghia.  You did a masterful job on your build.

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