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1/35 Ryefield Type 82E Staff Car--Finished

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1/35 Ryefield Type 82E Staff Car--Finished
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, August 3, 2020 8:03 PM

I’ve really been tied up with my Ford Maverick build over in the Drag Cars Section. Never before have I had to do so much in the way of plan out and precise fit to get a model to “work” convincingly before. It seems like it’s been one step forward and two steps back for over a half of a year now. Right now I'm stuck with trying to get an AMT '67 Mustang engine bay to work with the Jo-Han '70 Maverick body and all line up with the frame at the same time. The last few months I’ve needed distractions to keep me motivated in building so that I’m at least getting something accomplished at the bench. With this latest snag with the Mav I again…..need something to keep me motivated. I thought long and hard about either another OOB auto build or something else. :hmm: I pondered my options and thought to myself, “What if I combined the best of two worlds and satisfied my auto craving while at the same time doing something militaristic in nature?”. What I came up with was something that’s a little outside of my scale preference but something that I’ve been wanting to build since late last year.

Ya see…..I’ve got this 1/35 scale Ryefield Type 82E VW Beetle in my collection and right of the box it’s one helluva kit. It’s got an engine and full interior as well as lotsa details under the “hood” where the spare tire and all that stuff is. I’m going to order some 1/35 scale small arms and equipment to kind of set it off a little bit but it’s going to be an OOB build with some teeny mods done to it to enhance what is already there. :whistle:

And with that……we’ll be starting with this……

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, August 3, 2020 8:04 PM

Prior to posting the OP I'd been working on the chassis pretty much all week and I've gotta say that I am thoroughly impressed at all the detail in 1/35 scale. I managed to get all the rear suspension and exhaust work done (except for the tail pipe that I'll install later on to keep from snapping it off). I've also got the weathering done in the way of chipping and dirt effects. I tried as hard as I could to achieve the right balance but then again I'm no expert in the military vehicle field as far as WWII is concerned.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, August 3, 2020 9:00 PM

Looks great so far Joe. I learned how to drive in my brother's 1970 Beetle. Around 1973 I got to drive around the block my neighbor's 1953 split rear window bug. That was his daily driver but it looked brand new.

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Posted by GreySnake on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 10:52 AM
That is looking really good! The weathering is very impressive.

 
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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 11:14 AM

Looks really good. I am very interested in Ryefield, their stuff appears to be highly detailed on all the kits I've seen. This should be fun.

BK

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 12:11 PM

Cool project.  Looks good 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Greg on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 12:40 PM

Oh goodie, a bug build to watch.

If it were only being done by someone who knew something about building cars, though.

Ha ha.

This should be great fun to watch. I agree with greysnake, the bottom panel does look real. Yes

-Greg

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Posted by JOE RIX on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 10:34 PM

What a terrific subject. Uber cool. Your initial work looks excellent. I'm really looking forward to your progress on the Bug.

And don't forget, I have access to an endless amount of reference.Big SmileWink

Do'er justice my friend.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by Greg on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:30 AM

That junkyard pic reminds me, I saw a pristine VW Microbus parked at the grocery the other day. I don't know what there is about those things, I just wanted to take it home with me.

Off Topic <----- I know, couldn't resist.

-Greg

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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, August 14, 2020 3:39 PM

Ok....I'm back. And thank you guys for the comments and input. Joe....thank you for the reference offers buddy. Work has been totally kicking my a$$ as of late. Too far behind on work, not enough people to do the job with and now we're working over time just to not get any further behind. That being said I've been pretty tired and haven't felt much like sitting in front of a computer in what little time that I do have off these days. I did get today off so I figured I'd catch up on the rest of the forum and then here in this thread.

Even though I've been working like a dog I have NOT given up my benchtime. I managed to build the engine and install and start work on the interior.

The engine originally had 11 parts to it but in typical fashion I added the spark plug wires, fuel line from the pump to the carburetor and installed the circuits leading to the generator. I would've posted progress sooner but I took Macro shots and spotted more boo-boo's than I could count so I made all the corrections and now have a presentable bit of progress. If anyone is thinking about getting this kit...I HIGHLY recommend it. Plenty of detail and goes together very well.

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Posted by Greg on Friday, August 14, 2020 8:53 PM

That's sure looking good. I'm crazy about the engine. It looks great.

What's with the brown strips? Are they wood? They sure look like wood. Are they the floor of the car?

-Greg

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Posted by Gamera on Saturday, August 15, 2020 8:01 AM

Yeah that engine looks like the real deal!!! 

It must be a bit harder though. In car scale - 1/24th-1/25th is small but a VW in armour scale- 1/35th is friggin' tiny!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Greg on Saturday, August 15, 2020 8:25 AM

Gamera
It must be a bit harder though. In car scale - 1/24th-1/25th is small but a VW in armour scale- 1/35th is friggin' tiny!

Never even noticed the 1/35th scale. You're right, it must be!

-Greg

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, August 24, 2020 2:11 PM

Thank you guys for all the kind comments. Yeah.....this is ALOT smaller than what I'm normally used to working with in 1/25--1/24 scale. 

 

This doesn't look like it but there's been a ton of work done to this thing since the last update. Shift, throttle/ clutch/ brake pedal trio and actuating levers installed, seats painted & installed (obviously) and a newspaper on the front seat. Miled weathering adorns the entire floor and rear shelf area as well. The paint job on the seats took two tries before I was happy with the look of them. Stay tuned.....more AM details coming for the interior.


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Posted by Greg on Monday, August 24, 2020 2:51 PM

That looks really good, Joe.

-Greg

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Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, August 24, 2020 5:37 PM

Wow looking good .. I guess black would be a good color?

  

Nick.

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Posted by JOE RIX on Monday, August 24, 2020 5:58 PM

Everything looks sharp Joe. Painting is nicely done.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, August 24, 2020 7:00 PM

That looks really good, love the seats.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 12:35 PM

Thanks fellas!! 

Added a few more details this morning. Eyeglasses on the newspaper up front (to include glass inside the frames), helmet and folded map on the rear package tray. I've also got a leather map case that I'll be painting up and putting in the back. I'm still debating on whether or not to throw an MP40 back there too but wondering just how realistic that'll be. Not many soldiers just leave their weapons laying around you know. Confused







                   

 

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Posted by JOE RIX on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 10:17 PM

Love the details. Those are great. Agreed, you need to add the map case. Still think the Luger would be nice.Whistling

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by Dodgy on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 10:53 PM

Looking fantastic Joe! Love the glasses with the newspaper, great touch. I normally wouldn't recomend using a weapon without and obvious owner, but in this case I agree with the use of a Luger. You are modelling an iconic vehicle and the Luger is an iconic firearm. It would look great with the newspaper and glasses.

True Blue

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Thursday, August 27, 2020 7:10 PM

Greg
I don't know what there is about those things, I just wanted to take it home with me.

It's like a boat, the ideal captures the imagination and engages the emotions.

It's only later when the realities of not having air conditioning or changing the oil or the like does the ugliness of reality set in Smile

Two happiest days are similar, too:  Date bought and date sold Smile

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Thursday, August 27, 2020 7:13 PM

crown r n7
Wow looking good .. I guess black would be a good color?

All the refernce photos I've seen show black seats with a leather-like appearance.  Those wod slats are dead on for color, too.

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, August 28, 2020 9:52 AM

Nice work on the interior. Those extra bits really make it look the part.

BK

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Posted by Greg on Friday, August 28, 2020 11:04 AM

CapnMac82

 

 
Greg
I don't know what there is about those things, I just wanted to take it home with me.

 

It's like a boat, the ideal captures the imagination and engages the emotions.

It's only later when the realities of not having air conditioning or changing the oil or the like does the ugliness of reality set in Smile

Two happiest days are similar, too:  Date bought and date sold Smile

 

Good observations.

Reminds me of the famous Spock line about having being a less powerful emotion than wanting. Was that Amok Time maybe?

I've been drooling over boats for a few years, I should bookmark this page and refer to your comments often.

-Greg

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, August 28, 2020 11:28 AM

That looks good!!! Love the lived-in look that the papers, map, etc give her! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, August 28, 2020 1:23 PM

Thanks fellas. I'm having alot of fun with this one.I decided not to go with any weapons but I did put alot of goodies on the rear package tray and behind the rear seat. Stuff like binoculars, map case and bread pouch. I'm now done with this part and will be moving on to the dash, steering column and steering wheel.

 

                   

 

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, August 28, 2020 1:30 PM

Now you need a half-empty bottle of schnapps...  Stick out tongue

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by GreySnake on Friday, August 28, 2020 9:06 PM
That interior looks excellent. The eye glasses are a really nice touch.

 
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Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, August 29, 2020 4:21 PM

Gamera
Now you need a half-empty bottle of schnapps...  Stick out tongue

Or some French brandy . . . Smile

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