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Claude Thibodeau

Nailhead powered VW cabrio Beach Buggy

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Hi!

A mash-up of various leftover parts from previous projects...

Frame & IFS from Willys 41 coupe, 1/24 VW coupe body with roof removed & replaced by 1/25 cabrio roof. Scratchbuilt: floor pan, tunnel, dash, rear deck, door panels, windshield posts, gas tank, 4-bar rear suspension, wood pallet for cargo, frt & rr hinges+ 29 roadster nailhead engine with modified  headers & radiator. Fully wired & hosed. Parts box wire wheels & tires. Tamya acrylic custom mixes, with Testor's Wet look clear. 

Hours of fun with styrene!

CT

 

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Different and therefore interesting! Well done and model on! B)

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Killer VW. Awesome build

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Wow! Nice mix of parts! That Willys frame looks like it fit pretty well. I like the colors and the interior work too.

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That is one show stopping, doggone cool Beetle. 

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9 hours ago, Modlbldr said:

Wow! Nice mix of parts! That Willys frame looks like it fit pretty well. I like the colors and the interior work too.

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Hi!

Thanks for the comments. 

Indeed, the frame is almost the same wheelbase as the bug... But it needed to be Z-ed (stepped-up) in the front, to get the correct stance. The track width of the Willys IFS dictated that I use very narrow rolling stock in the front, however.

The interior tunnel & floorpan ended up reminding me of the VW "thing", a  basic utilitarian buggy that you may remember. I wonder if the some units still roll around today?

CT

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Wow a different concept for a VW. Its interesting the the wheelbase of the willys and vw are so close. Another great model.

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WOW dude, that is totally awesome, fantastic work! Love the wheels. 

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I almost didn't open this post because I feared an assault upon my eyes.  But my curiosity got the best of me and I am glad it did. This is a rock solid cool and well done beetle. Uber nice build! I love it.

 

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1 hour ago, Dave Darby said:

I almost didn't open this post because I feared an assault upon my eyes.  But my curiosity got the best of me and I am glad it did. This is a rock solid cool and well done beetle. Uber nice build! I love it.

 

Hi Dave!

Hurting your eyes is the last thing I would attempt to do... Glad they survived my post!

CT

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Awesome build! Great colors and great job of blending such diverse parts!

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That is really terrific. I like the use of the Willys frame. Great thinking.

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