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68 VW, Revell ... first car model in almost 50 yrs (Finally finished)

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Monday, April 9, 2018 11:57 AM

Rob Gronovius

 

 
mustang1989

Remember on the Alclad. Get a KILLER gloss black undercoat before shooting a thin coat of that Alclad at lower pressure. I may have some info for you actually from a guy who really knows his stuff with Alclad if your interested.

 

BTW....Your progress is looking pretty dang good there Greg.

 

 

 

The best I do is to get a new can of gloss paint in the color I want. Embarrassed

 

 

As I just mentioned, Rob, I think I have ventured into a whole new world with these automotive glosses. I've not worried about bumps and grains and other imperfections figuring with airplanes, the matte coats and weathering will hide them anyway.

What have I gotten myself into? Indifferent

-Greg

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Monday, April 9, 2018 1:35 PM

Being too impatient to wait for advice, I blew on the Alclad chrome.

It looks a whole lot better in person, I'm almost hesitant to post this. It looks like the kit chome, just less reflective/shiny. Not by a lot, by a little bit.

Alclad said two light coats. Wish I'd have stopped after one, they looked perfect.

You can see the little bumps on the middle portion of the rims. I don't know where they came from, they were visibile after the gloss black base coat. Should have re-done them but I didn't.

This is no big deal to those of you who re-do chrome regulary, but it's my first time and something I've wanted to try for decades.

Anybody knows how long I should wait to handle the rims? They 'feel' dry already.

-Greg

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, April 9, 2018 2:42 PM

they look stunning little black wash and wwa la !

 

Nick.

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Posted by Greg on Monday, April 9, 2018 7:13 PM

crown r n7

they look stunning little black wash and wwa la !

 

Oh no! I never thougth of a wash, Nick. They are mounted up, I 'spose I could try a wash with them mounted. Hmmm

Edit: Been thinking, Nick. What kind of wash over bare alclad high gloss, then?

 I guess it's on the the interior now. I'm really clueless.

-Greg

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Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, April 9, 2018 7:38 PM

wow looks good I use Tamiya flat black or Tamiya smoke( is glossy paint ) try it first on something else if you like it.

 

Nick.

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Posted by Hodakamax on Monday, April 9, 2018 7:54 PM

Wow, looks good Greg. Real ones had that floor pan and you could pull the body parts off. It was hard to find four good hub caps and I just painted the wheels silver and went with it. Mine was the light blue like on the box. Ah, memories, some good some bad, LOL! Hey, the project is looking, well, Real!

Max

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Monday, April 9, 2018 8:34 PM

Hodakamax

Wow, looks good Greg. Real ones had that floor pan and you could pull the body parts off. It was hard to find four good hub caps and I just painted the wheels silver and went with it. Mine was the light blue like on the box. Ah, memories, some good some bad, LOL! Hey, the project is looking, well, Real!

Max

 

That's interesting about the floor pan and also about your silver-painted hubcaps. And you have a powder blue one, just like the box. That's way cool.

Thanks for checking in and for commenting, Max. Won't you be surprised if you check in and I have found a place to mount a turbofan? Smile

-Greg

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, April 9, 2018 9:03 PM

Nick's onto something with the wash alright. But then again it all depends on the environment that you're building to. Roadways and highways wont put as much grime and film on the bottoms of cars as dirt roads and such. I actually have never put a wash on any of my chassis but then again.................all of mine to date are bonafied street cars.

That chassis looks like the cats m-e-o-w buddy.

                   

 

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 12:15 PM

Greg

 

 
Rob Gronovius

 

 
mustang1989

Remember on the Alclad. Get a KILLER gloss black undercoat before shooting a thin coat of that Alclad at lower pressure. I may have some info for you actually from a guy who really knows his stuff with Alclad if your interested.

 

BTW....Your progress is looking pretty dang good there Greg.

 

 

 

The best I do is to get a new can of gloss paint in the color I want. Embarrassed

 

 

 

 

As I just mentioned, Rob, I think I have ventured into a whole new world with these automotive glosses. I've not worried about bumps and grains and other imperfections figuring with airplanes, the matte coats and weathering will hide them anyway.

What have I gotten myself into? Indifferent

 

I actually dug out my Revell of Germany new Beetle Polizei car. I will NOT start it until I finish the kits on the bench right now.

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 2:20 PM

Thanks, Joe. I think Nick was talking about a wash on the hubcaps.

Rob, a VW Police car sounds pretty neat.

-Greg

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Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 4:28 PM

Nice work Greg.

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

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Ask me about Speedway Decals

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 5:01 PM

Hey, thanks Lee. I appreciate it.

-Greg

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 5:13 PM

Yeah there were bolts around the bottom edge of the body. The fenders didn't have liners though, and they came and went with the body.

My 61 was aftermarket painted turquoise.

My 63 was factory sort of Martini olive green, with dark green trim. Gray fabric sunroof.

The 61 did not have a gas gauge, the newer one did. On the 61 there was a lever under the dash that could be turned when you ran out of gas, to drain an extra gallon in the tank. Of course once you used it, you never turned it back again. I kept a little pad of paper that I wrote the miles on when I bought gas. 10 gallon tank went 300 miles pretty dependably.

I was in a club with an older guy, ex Wehrmacht. He lived in Southern California and had a girlfriend in Portland or Seattle and drove up there most weekends.

Unbelievable miles on his car, like 400,000. He'd casually say that he got about 100K out of an engine, maybe 200K out of the transaxle and was still on the original suspension. Kept the car in good shape too. Pretty much get on I5, mash the pedal to the floor and go 70 straight through.

The car didn't have a tach, but the shift points were marked around the circle on the speedo, which went up to 80. Don't think I ever got going that fast.

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

 

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 9:08 AM

Greg

Thanks, Joe. I think Nick was talking about a wash on the hubcaps.

Rob, a VW Police car sounds pretty neat.

 

It is quaint, but the instructions say it is a hypothetical cop car so I don't think it exists. The car can be built as a regular one or polizei car.

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:43 AM

Bill, it is surprisingly interesting hearing you tell about some of your real-life VW experiences. You stories, and those of others are making me feel like I missed an important part of life in not owning one.

Plenty of interesting tibits in your post. Those are incredible mileages for that timeframe, and so was the gas mileage.

Shift points on the speedometer? How cool is that?

Rob, that Revell kit looks fun whether it is a real polizei car or not. Thanks for posting the pic.

-Greg

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 2:35 PM

Here's a bit from a dio project I fiddle on.

One of those toys you see in the aisle at the CVS. Surprising, pretty close to 1/35:

After a trip to the Bugwerks:

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

 

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 3:36 PM

Bugwerks, I like that!!

That is a cool conversion. I like the green color and opening door.

-Greg

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  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 9:49 PM

GMorrison

Here's a bit from a dio project I fiddle on.

One of those toys you see in the aisle at the CVS. Surprising, pretty close to 1/35:

 

 

 

 

Hey !!!!!    I  hitched  a ride with "Those guy's " .... once .

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage"

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 10:20 PM

Bet they were playing “mommas and the poppas” on the radio

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

 

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, April 12, 2018 10:05 AM

GMorrison

 

Reminds me of the VW TMP (transportation motor pool) vans we had in Germany in the 1980s. While this is a photo of an MP one, the exact same type without top lights were used by virtually all units to pick up new soldiers from the airport, bring mail from home station to field sites in Grafenhoer or Hohenfels or Reforgers.

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Posted by LonCray on Thursday, April 12, 2018 10:39 AM

Yeah, I remember those VW vans in the 80's.  MP's drove around in them and they were used for all sorts of utility tasks.  I rode in them multiple times around Augsburg and the Field Station.  Takom did a 1/35 of this and of the pickup version and both are in my stash.  Now I just need to hunt down the correct paints and gen up some decals.  

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Posted by B-36Andy on Thursday, April 12, 2018 3:52 PM

Oh man!

Those bug memories! It would float! It was airtight--you had to roll a window down to close a door! A great jeep in the mountains--in first gear it would climb steep grades! 

I turned my bug into a camper----Took the passenger's seat back of and put in a piece of plywood and foam for a bed and slept in my sleeping bag--it was home for a semester at college!

Remember stick shifting if you didn't have a working clutch? Ha! Also that little engine took a few minutes to get up to 65---and wouldn't do much better unless you were down hill!!

QUESTION to you bug owners---what is behind the back seat? How high is the deck behind the seat---same height as the bottom rear seat cushion?? I'm building the Revell kit and making the bug like my camper.  :) 

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Friday, April 13, 2018 9:14 AM

My parents' bug had a little felt compartment behind the rear seat. My brother and I used to cram ourselves back there when we had more than 5 passengers.

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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Friday, April 13, 2018 11:38 AM

OK, one more. Early VW buses were really underpowered. 36hp as I recall. Low gear was a little tall but you could back up hills if all else failed, as reverse gear was much lower than 1st.  Geeked

Maxie

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, April 13, 2018 11:57 AM
I was given a circa 1960 bus, I don't remember the exact year, from my grandfather who use it to repair TV's...you know, vacuum tube TV's. It was horribly underpowered and very cold in the winter, but I loved that stupid bus. I wish I still had it.
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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Friday, April 13, 2018 7:24 PM

Sure am enjoying all of these great VW stories!!!

I've had a lapse in progress, planning the VW's interior. I always liked a black car with a brown interior, but I'll be that wasn't an option in '68. In Greg-Land, it may be though.

BTW, I'm sorry my pics disappeared. I've been stung a second time, first by Photobucket, now by Postimage. Sorry, I hope to get fixed links up but not sure what direction to go. It isn't going to be another free site and I haven't quite figured out what I think about paying for a 3rd party host.

-Greg

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Friday, April 13, 2018 7:43 PM

Oops, tried an image post from Google pics, didn't work....sorry

I'll be. That is from Google Pics. A bit awkward, but it seems to work?

-Greg

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, April 13, 2018 10:33 PM

Black exterior, red interior was the hot set up.

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, April 13, 2018 11:25 PM

I use Imageshack. It does cost, I think somewhere around $40 a year but I have never had any problems. I've used them for 3 years now. No adds, no pop-ups, just your pictures.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, April 14, 2018 3:57 AM

Sorry about the error with the wash earlier Greg. Should've read better. NO WASH with Alclad. It won't pan out nicely at all.................at least it never did for me in regards to Alclad Chrome. Once it's on there you can buff it a little but that's about it.

                   

 

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