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AdamC

Revell VW Rabbit

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Two months ago I posted an introduction, and today I finally started the first model I've attempted in over 20 years. I know this kind of car isn't everyone's cup of tea, but it's supposed to go together pretty easily and for whatever reason I've always liked little hatchbacks. My goal is to finish it by the end of January. 

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I found a pretty detailed build log on YouTube for this kit and I'll be following along with most of that. After searching the stock color options for VW Rabbits I landed on this Bali Green example with a tan interior. The plan is to build it out of the box, no super detailing or anything. For my first car model I want to enjoy the build, and have fun with it. 

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Tonight I did some body work. I sanded down the mold seams and removed some very minor flash. Then I sanded down the whole body to get it ready for primer. I also started with "step 1" and worked on painting some bits of the engine. I'll post updates as they come.

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I went looking for paint this weekend, trying to find a color close to Bali Green. I've read about using craft paints and watched a few YouTube videos so I'm going to try one of those and see what happens. Obviously I'll experiment on some spoons before air brushing the body. I ended up with a Martha Stewart multi-surface satin acrylic called "Snow Pea". It's close in my eye, but just slightly too "bright". 

If I want to try to tone it down a bit, without darkening it too much, should I use a drop black or a darker shade of green? Any thoughts?IMG_2194.jpg.a33641942551dc7ab277818782d8f9d9.jpg

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It's actually a gem of a kit; a lot of them got sold cheap at Ollie's. Good luck with it! Great mainstreamer model.

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On 1/2/2018 at 2:00 PM, Zoom Zoom said:

It's actually a gem of a kit; a lot of them got sold cheap at Ollie's. Good luck with it! Great mainstreamer model.

I got three of them for $8@ at Ollie's. It'll be fun to watch someone build it as a regular Rabbit rather than the "custom" slambering that 98% of these kits suffer from...

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2 hours ago, niteowl7710 said:

I got three of them for $8@ at Ollie's. It'll be fun to watch someone build it as a regular Rabbit rather than the "custom" slambering that 98% of these kits suffer from...

My intention with mine is to build just an OOB boring, stock Rabbit with it, to contrast w/the Revell GmbH GTI variant. I already used one Rabbit for my C1 Caddy conversion.

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6 hours ago, Zoom Zoom said:

My intention with mine is to build just an OOB boring, stock Rabbit with it, to contrast w/the Revell GmbH GTI variant. I already used one Rabbit for my C1 Caddy conversion.

Yeah my thought was for $8 it fills the base for the C1 Caddy, build one OOB snorezville, and then maybe turn up the wick on the last one a little bit.

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I had a four door rabbit that color, but I think it was called rally green for that year (75 I think), it was very bright, your color looks about right.

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34 minutes ago, FredRPG said:

I had a four door rabbit that color, but I think it was called rally green for that year (75 I think), it was very bright, your color looks about right.

I'll probably try spraying it as-is over regular grey primer, black primer, and maybe try to tone it down very slightly with some darker color and see what they look like before spraying on the body. 

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13 hours ago, Zoom Zoom said:

My intention with mine is to build just an OOB boring, stock Rabbit with it, to contrast w/the Revell GmbH GTI variant. I already used one Rabbit for my C1 Caddy conversion.

Same here, boring OOB for the one I have

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9 hours ago, martinfan5 said:

Same here, boring OOB for the one I have

It's part of the charm of building a series; once complete I'd have the boring base Rabbit, the GTI, the Caddy, and the Cabriolet. Partly because they're all geeky cool, and also because it's one of Revell Germany's best 1/24 efforts. I doubt anyone will be saying that about the Panamera...

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7 hours ago, Zoom Zoom said:

It's part of the charm of building a series; once complete I'd have the boring base Rabbit, the GTI, the Caddy, and the Cabriolet. Partly because they're all geeky cool, and also because it's one of Revell Germany's best 1/24 efforts. I doubt anyone will be saying that about the Panamera...

I completely agree, they have a bit of a charm to them being factory stock.

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On ‎1‎/‎2‎/‎2018 at 2:00 PM, Zoom Zoom said:

It's actually a gem of a kit; a lot of them got sold cheap at Ollie's. Good luck with it! Great mainstreamer model.

Me too, Ollies in GA.

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I'm reviving this thread after a 3 month break. Everything was going along smoothly until I screwed up some of the interior painting. That frustrated me a bit so I set this kit aside and worked on some other things. This past week I brought it back out and stripped and repainted the pieces I messed up so I'll start posting more updates. When I last posted about color selection the plan was to use an airbrush and some acrylic craft paint. Somewhere between that post and actually painting the exterior I ended up switching to a rattle can. I used Tamiya TS-22 Light Green and for me it falls into the "close enough" category, even if it is a bit psychedelic. I don't think my phone liked a bright green car on a green place mat. It doesn't look quite as bright green in person.

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Next up, painting the black trim pieces on the body and working on the interior. I'm not 100% happy with the interior color I chose so I may play around with some oil washes to shift the color. If I screw it up it'll get stripped and repainted again.

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51 minutes ago, AdamC said:

I'm reviving this thread after a 3 month break. Everything was going along smoothing until I screwed up some of the interior painting. That frustrated me a bit so I set this kit aside and worked on some other things. This past week I brought it back out and stripped and repainted the pieces I messed up so I'll start posting more updates. When I last posted about color selection the plan was to use an airbrush and some acrylic craft paint. Somewhere between that post and actually painting the exterior I ended up switching to a rattle can. I used Tamiya TS-22 Light Green and for me it falls into the "close enough" category, even if it is a bit psychedelic. I don't think my phone liked a bright green car on a green place mat. It doesn't look quite as bright green in person.

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Next up, painting the black trim pieces on the body and working on the interior. I'm not 100% happy with the interior color I chose so I may play around with some oil washes to shift the color. If I screw it up it'll get stripped and repainted again.

Welcome back!!!.....its looking Great!!!

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The colour seems to match the prototype quite well. Definitely close enough.

I really must pick up one of these kits soon.

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I'm building one as we speak, but slammed and stanced.

Very good kit. As good or better than a Japanese kit. Decals are superb. Everything fits.

Keep us posted on your progress

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Tempted to get this kit.  Going to lurk.  Love the color!

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