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Postby Rob'59 » Fri Oct 08, 2021 1:20 am

Hello guys.
Quite a while ago I made this

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out of this one:

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Postby Rob'59 » Fri Oct 08, 2021 1:23 am

It was so much fun to do, so I decided to start another project of this famous VW Beetle.
This time I will transform this one

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Postby Rob'59 » Fri Oct 08, 2021 1:26 am

Up to now, I took it completely apart and sprayed most of the body in a reddish primer

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Postby Rob'59 » Fri Oct 08, 2021 1:28 am

Right now I am waiting for some new rims and tires to come in, which where printed for me in Austria.
To be continued....so be a little patient.
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Postby Rob'59 » Fri Oct 08, 2021 1:42 am

One of these sets will be mounted

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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Fri Oct 08, 2021 3:24 am

Bravo! It seems likely that your Käfer is in 1/18, not 1/16. (The only 1/16 I know of is the Revell kit.) Am I correct? It will be fun to see what wonders you work with this classic VW.
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Postby Rob'59 » Fri Oct 08, 2021 3:59 am

Correct.
Both my VW's are in 1:18 scale, made by Welly.
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Postby Rob'59 » Fri Oct 08, 2021 4:06 am

I forgot to mention.
Before I started spraying with the red primer, I had to get rid of the chrome trims alongside the body on both sides, and on the bonnet up front.
Back than during the wartime, these chromed accessories where not available yet.
I filed them off and finished it with some sandpaper.

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Postby Rob'59 » Fri Oct 08, 2021 4:09 am

The roof I will make in an open folded position, out of some cotton, about the same as on my other VW. Only in a different color.
No lugage rack on top this time. Maybe I will make a soldier with some monoculars, looking out of the roof....
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Postby Rob'59 » Fri Oct 08, 2021 1:30 pm

This afternoon I put some primer on the doors and the motorhatch.
I intend to spray the Dunkelgelb while doors, trunk and bonnet are mounted onto the vehicle.
In this way the red primer shows on spots, covered by the hatches when they are opened.
It is just an idea, no clue if it will work and look good in the end.
We'll see.....
Today's result:

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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Fri Oct 08, 2021 8:46 pm

The Welly VW is also available here in the U.S. Hmm... Do I need another project? No!
Although you, Rob, had to remove the chromed spears from the body the hard way--no way around it--such separate items as chromed bumpers can be "dechromatated" (I have used that silly coinage for over 50 years) with ammonia. At least this worked for me back in the '60s when I built model trucks and cars. It helps after removing the chrome to rough up the part lightly with fine steel wool so primer and finish coats stick better.
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Postby Rob'59 » Fri Oct 08, 2021 11:38 pm

Entire body is die-cast, that's why I needed some effort removing the cast "chromed" trims.
Bumpers are out of plastic, so the chrome did come off very easily, just by scraping it with whatever sharp object I had laying around.
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Postby Rob'59 » Tue Oct 12, 2021 5:32 pm

A little progress was made

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Postby Rob'59 » Tue Oct 12, 2021 5:37 pm

Engine and trunk got a bit dusted too

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Postby Rob'59 » Tue Oct 12, 2021 5:39 pm

Interior got it's part of "aging" too.
But this has to receive some fine-tuning.

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Postby Rob'59 » Tue Oct 12, 2021 5:42 pm

And this is what I had in mind, when trunk and bonnet are in the opened position

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Postby Rob'59 » Wed Oct 13, 2021 6:10 pm

Tires came in

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Postby Rob'59 » Wed Oct 13, 2021 6:11 pm

What a defference in color when you compare the last 4 pics with the last one in the previous post.
Same car, same color, different light.....
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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Thu Oct 14, 2021 1:42 am

I take photos for monthly articles on model farm tractors and equipment. Yellow (e.g. Dunkelgelb) and gold tones seem to be the trickiest. Wow, those balloon tires look rather wild on the little VW. Did the reconnaissance units use those? How interesting!
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Postby Rob'59 » Thu Oct 14, 2021 7:12 pm

Don't know if these balloon tires are accurat for this vehicle.
And as a matter of fact.....it does not even bother me much.
Just wanted to make something different....scale or not...accurat or not.....
The balloon tires were a bit too much outside the fenders, so tonight I took care of that and now they look better on the bug.
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