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MK1 VW Golf Cabriolet (finished)


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Decided to treat myself at Christmas and get a 1:24 model car, something to keep me busy and out of trouble. I didn't have any specific model in mind, so I nipped down to my local model shop and browsed the shelves.
The MK1 VW Golf Cabriolet caught my eye and so the purchase was made.

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Having not done any models for a good few years I decided to just dive straight in do it the way I wanted to. I tend to learn better and quicker when I just have a go, rather than reading or watching videos. 

I started cutting bits out and mocking up the body.

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 I knew I would want different wheels and lowered suspension, so I order a set of 15" banded steel wheels.

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When mocking the wheels on to the body it was apparent I had a slight issue with poke. The wheels came with wider rears, and to get them to fit the car nicely I would really need 2 pairs of fronts (narrower width), these along with a little trimming would fit the arches just right. So I ordered another set of the wheels.
For the car colour I decided to go with a period correct red. I'm pretty pleased with the results for saying I haven't done it for a while, there are plenty of flaws with the job but I'm pleased.

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The wheels fit better now and look better with the matt black centres and gold bolts.

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Next I tackled the engine. I was thinking about getting a VW 16v turbo engine for it, but though I'd stick with the standard engine for this build.

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This is where I am up to in the build now, next up is the interior.

Sorry for the quality of the images, will try and use my proper camera for the next lot of update images. 

 

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Decided to treat myself at Christmas and get a 1:24 model car, something to keep me busy and out of trouble. I didn't have any specific model in mind, so I nipped down to my local model shop and browsed the shelves.
The MK1 VW Golf Cabriolet caught my eye and so the purchase was made.

20161228_180025.jpg

Having not done any models for a good few years I decided to just dive straight in do it the way I wanted to. I tend to learn better and quicker when I just have a go, rather than reading or watching videos. 

I started cutting bits out and mocking up the body.

20161228_180351.jpg

 I knew I would want different wheels and lowered suspension, so I order a set of 15" banded steel wheels.

20170104_202901.jpg

When mocking the wheels on to the body it was apparent I had a slight issue with poke. The wheels came with wider rears, and to get them to fit the car nicely I would really need 2 pairs of fronts (narrower width), these along with a little trimming would fit the arches just right. So I ordered another set of the wheels.
For the car colour I decided to go with a period correct red. I'm pretty pleased with the results for saying I haven't done it for a while, there are plenty of flaws with the job but I'm pleased.

20170111_230327.jpg

The wheels fit better now and look better with the matt black centres and gold bolts.

20170111_230437.jpg

Next I tackled the engine. I was thinking about getting a VW 16v turbo engine for it, but though I'd stick with the standard engine for this build.

20170117_074755.jpg

20170117_074740.jpg

20170117_074746.jpg

This is where I am up to in the build now, next up is the interior.

Sorry for the quality of the images, will try and use my proper camera for the next lot of update images. 

 

I love how you're building this!! Q: Are those wheels and tyres from Aoshima?

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Thanks everyone.

Mynio76 - Look forward to seeing your build.

Dann Tier - The wheels are Tecchin from Hiroboy. 14" banded steels with stretched tyres. 

 

I'm hoping to get the running gear painted and installed tonight. Subframe, wishbones, rear beam, exhaust etc.

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As a huge fan of water cooled VWs, I'm loving this one. I have this one, and started in last year a s a dual build with the Rabbit hardtop. But that idea stalled, so I'm only working on the hardtop right now.

Much like you, lowered height, new wheels are a must. Really like your idea of scraping up the chassis. That idea hadn't even dawned on me. And having owned several lowered VWs and having replaced many oilpans, I should have noticed that right away!

Looking forward to seeing yours done!

 

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