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JollySipper

Karmann Ghia build.....

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Hey, Fellas.... I thought I would post my progress as I go of this little car. The kit is a Gunze Sangyo Karmann Ghia. I don't think I've seen anyone do a build thread on one, so here it goes. The kit is very nicely done, but it's very brittle plastic, as I discovered by running too cold water over it and breaking the A-pillars. The interior is molded in the same vinyl as the tires. Luckily the interior will be staying black. I'm using 'Beacon 527 multi-use' glue on the vinyl stuff.......

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The car will be white with a black interior and built as a convertible....  :)

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TJ-

I'm glad you started this one! I look forward to following along. It should tell me a lot about the G-S VW Beetle I have. Good to know about the brittle plastic. I can't recall ever seeing anyone build one either so it will be good to see.

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That appears to be the Gunze kit. I buit one several years ago and recall that the vinyl inner door sides had some fit issues near the front but they could be easily fixed. A nice kit for a curbside and buildable both as a hardtop and as a conv. Gunze had a nice range of small sportscars and if the molds still exist I wish they'd be reissued. I look forward to seeing your built.

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Lookin good so far, love the wood grain on the dash. I'm glad you found one to build...

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2 hours ago, SCRWDRVR said:

 I'm glad you found one to build...

You should recognize it. The kit has done a bit of traveling around the country lately. From you to me to him. Lol.

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great work cant wait to see more

 

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9 hours ago, Modlbldr said:

You should recognize it. The kit has done a bit of traveling around the country lately. From you to me to him. Lol.

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lol I’m glad it’s finally getting built... lol

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On 4/15/2019 at 8:15 AM, SCRWDRVR said:

lol I’m glad it’s finally getting built... lol

and for a good cause! I'm building a replica for a friend......

Here's the latest progress, got the suspensions painted. Also painted the engraved VWs in the wheel covers...... The rear is all one piece, I tried to make it as interesting as I could....

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Thanks for lookin', guys....

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Looks great so far!  Tough kit to build.  Good luck!  

 

I started one a bazillion years ago and haven't finished it.  The windshield frame keeps breaking.  I suggest you paint it asap, and put in the windshield to prevent this from happening.  

 

 

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Thanks for the advice, Ken.... The bracing is still attached to the body, the plan is to leave it in place until I can get it painted and foiled.....

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WOW!!, you're doing a great job with those details!!!

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Thanks, Dann! 

Got some progress to show...... pretty much have the belly pan done, now comes trying to attach the interior.

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Thanks for looking in, guys!

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Nice progress so far TJ.

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16 minutes ago, Modlbldr said:

Nice progress so far TJ.

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Thanks.... this kit is so similar to the Beetle kit, that it has a Beetle dash and steering wheel as extra parts....

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Got the interior put together..... looks like the glue I'm using is gonna hold. We'll see when it's time to join chassis to body....

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nice its looking good so far cant wait to see more

 

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Very nice build going on there, excellent details so far, keep it going! Cheers!

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So far so good.

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