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Ultimate Adventure 2019 Vannonball 1972 G30 4X4 Campervan

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Ok, yes I know that is a long title, but there is a lot going into this build. I am starting with the AMT Rescue Van. I want to build the off road adventure van that I have in my head. So, that is the inspiration for this. 

The transfer case and axles are resin from B-n-L resins and the wheels and tires are from Scenes Unlimited. The front springs are custom made and the rears are from the kit, but I added some leaves to add lift. 

This required a bunch of cutting and custom scratch building to get it all on and sitting right. 

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Next came the body mods. I want this to have a high roof. I am also building a Italeri MAN with a "Space Roof" top. I did not like it and removed it and made a new roof, but it seemed like it had good bones to make a high roof for this. So, I cut it, narrowed it, the lengthened it and put it all back together with lots of sheet styrene and the original roof section cut out of the van. 

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Up next are the body mods. I want the rear and side doors to be open, so I cut them out. I also added back in the body line that is missing right below the drip rail and added the drip rail. I cut out for the side window and added "Doors" and panels to simulate the stuff on a regular camper van like the water heater, heater, city water inlet, etc. 

 

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As you can see in some of the previous pictures, I did some work to the interior. I wanted to have interior panels to replicate what the real van would have had on the inside, so I added rib to the walls and sheeted the inside with .020. I then made some front door panels because the kit came with nothing. 

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On to the camper interior build. I made some patterns and built up a camper interior in the style of the VW camper vans of the same vintage. All the cabinets are rounded, the one with square edges is the refrigerator. The passenger side has the sink, stove, fridge, and storage. The left side has the toilet/shower and the bed/couch and table. The table has a printed map of the world on it with a foil edge, the leg is not shown yet. I still need to make some cushions for the bed/couch. 

 

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So, this is the current look of the van. I have the top and body in primer. Interior is about 80% complete. Front seats are TBD as well as the floor covering. Looking for a vinyl or wood pattern to print and put down. 

As for the paint, it will be a very 70's brown to match the era of the van. I have a trick up my sleeve for the door hinges, but waiting to see if it works out the way I want it to before I paint it. 

Oh, and one more mod, I took the sliding side door and converted it to 2 swing open doors. Better for a camper. 

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Real high level of skill displayed in this build so far!!.

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On January 28, 2019 at 2:34 PM, kelson said:

Real high level of skill displayed in this build so far!!.

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That is beautiful! Excellent details and a whole lot of scratch building. That hi top might make it a bit tricky to navigate off road but it looks like the ultimate wilderness camper.

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I really like all the details and scratch building that you're throwing at this one. Will be following along.

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great looking van I have a open road camper it was a glue bomb  made it a 4x4 looks great

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Any updates on this? Or have you been busy with the dozer and Binder?

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B.R.B.O has taken all of my time, the deadline is sooner. But I may drag it out this next week and do some updates to it.

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We have color! I hope the color combo screams 1975, that is what I was after. As you can see there are a few flaws in the paint I need to sand out before a clear coat. But, it is moving along. In the background you can see my major B.R.B.O. project and why this is taking so long. I have much to do, but I should be on track to have this finished by the end of the year.

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