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68 VW, Revell ... first car model in almost 50 yrs (back in progress????)

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  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, November 08, 2018 4:20 PM

I have watched this build from afar and I must say that it is an excellent WIP.  Chatter and all!  I built a Beetle earlier this year and yes, Greg, you did comment on it.  Thank you!  Your Beetle is looking great so far.  Looking forward to seeing it done.  Here's mine.

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On My Bench:  LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria 

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  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, November 08, 2018 4:42 PM

Greg, your interior is looking top notch Yes

Mr Mike, wow nice bug!!!

Steve

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    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Thursday, November 08, 2018 6:51 PM

Mike, I absolutely do remember your blue Bug. It still looks great! Thanks for taking the time to comment, truly appreciated. I remember hoping mine turns out half as good. Still do.

BTW, all the guests here are making the thread work. You're all great.

Hey Steve, thanks for popping in my friend!

-Greg

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    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Thursday, November 08, 2018 7:56 PM

Say Mr Mike,

If you're still around, I'm doing some test fitting and my body seems to be sitting a bit high at the rear end. Did you happen to run into that and do you have any hints? Your VW looks fine, not high in back at all.

I had to do some serious trimming to get the interior assy to fit at the rear. It is sitting down nicely now, I don't think that is it.

-Greg

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    May, 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, November 09, 2018 7:02 AM

Greg, my Beetle does sit a bit high in the back and I supect that it may be for the trailer hitch.  I don't recall having to do any cutting or trimming on my Beetle interior to get it to fit in the rear.  Looking forward to more from your Beetle!

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Friday, November 09, 2018 10:06 AM

Mr Mike

Greg, my Beetle does sit a bit high in the back and I supect that it may be for the trailer hitch.  I don't recall having to do any cutting or trimming on my Beetle interior to get it to fit in the rear.  Looking forward to more from your Beetle!

 

Thanks for your feedback, Mike.

-Greg

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, November 09, 2018 10:26 AM

Rotate your torsioin bars. lol.

On the real thing, the height above the ground was controlled by the angle of the swing arms, and when sitting empty those angles were set by twisting the torsion bar. It has a series of splines on the end towards the transaxle, and there are enough of them that the bar can be rotated one in either direction.

Rock climber. Low rider.

Empyty, the running boards (love it) should be level to the ground.

 

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    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Friday, November 09, 2018 11:14 AM

Hey, look who stopped in!

I can't find the darned torsion bar adjustment. I'm calling Revell customer service. Oh wait, I can't.

GMorrison
Empyty, the running boards (love it) should be level to the ground.

Great line of thought, now I have some point of reference. I've been focused on the wheel well gaps.

The interior test fit is good. Aforementioned test fit problems were due to a couple of globs of CA gel, my bad. Body still isn't fitting right. All the fuss over the bad masking on the door panels was silly, can hardly see a thing in there.

Feel free to click on the image to see it larger.

 

-Greg

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    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Sunday, November 11, 2018 8:09 PM

So what about those running boards? They are supplied as chrome parts in the kit. Model body will be black.

I just can't remember but not sure chrome seems right.

-Greg

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  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Sunday, November 11, 2018 8:44 PM

Greg
I just can't remember but not sure chrome seems right.

My memory is foggy on this ... but i seem to recall, the running board's were Flat Black, with Chrome trim piece's .

EDIT : like this.

Although ... I did find this...

  Dont know if those running board's are stock , dealer option , or aftermarket.

Sorry .... guess I'm no help at all...

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

  

 

    

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 7:51 PM

Tim,

I looked up some aftermarket running boards and as you suggested, the styles are all over the place.

I really like the flat black with the chrome line of trim, and I think that just "looks" right too.. Thanks! That should be fun to do. And whatRUtalking about, that was a HUGE help! Yes

If I was every any good with glossy car bodies as a kid, I sure ain't now. My hat is off to you shiny car builders. I have some serious learning to do. I stripped it due to lint and started over. Second time was worse! Bang Head

-Greg

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 8:06 PM

Thats looking so good Greg!  Your interior detail is paying off looking through the windows.  I'm going to have to get one of these!

Thanks,

John

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    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 8:24 PM

keavdog

Thats looking so good Greg!  Your interior detail is paying off looking through the windows.  I'm going to have to get one of these!

 

Thanks for stopping in, John, and for noticing the interior details. I like those grab straps, man do those bring back memories.

This is really a great little kit, I'd recommend it. The aforementioned fit issues just went away. Trick seems to be install the interior up into the body first, then that assy down onto the chassis. Fits like a glove. I was test-fitting it bass-akwards before.

-Greg

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 8:35 PM

Running boards are flat black rubber with ridges the long way. That finish looks really good.

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  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 8:48 PM

Looking mighty terrific to me Greg. Appears to me that you've achieved a rather nice finish on the body. Certainly better than anything I'd turn out. Seriously, your overall work is primo.

I missed getting back to you on the running board colors but, Tim covered there. I'd have to agree that the standard flat black with chrome would look right sharp on it. You're making righteous progress now. Keep it coming.

"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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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, November 15, 2018 7:10 AM

Greg that doesn't look bad at all. Remember that a large percentage of the time that your paint wont come out all the way smooth. Wet sand out the debris and orange peel with 3200 grit sanding pads and work your way through the ranges 4000, 6000, 8000 and then onto 12000 to smooth the finish out. Sand lightly and watch the corners and high points of the body so as not to "burn through" the color coat into the primer. Then wash the body with MILD soap and cold water. Cold water gets rid of the suds quicker than warm water does. Then dry it all off and clear coat it. Again wet sand any roughness/ debris out and then go onto polishing with the Novus Polish 2 and finish it off with Novus 1 and you're home free. Hang in there bud, you're doin' better than you think.

 

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Posted by Bakster on Thursday, November 15, 2018 8:29 AM

mustang1989

Greg that doesn't look bad at all. Remember that a large percentage of the time that your paint wont come out all the way smooth. Wet sand out the debris and orange peel with 3200 grit sanding pads and work your way through the ranges 4000, 6000, 8000 and then onto 12000 to smooth the finish out. Sand lightly and watch the corners and high points of the body so as not to "burn through" the color coat into the primer. Then wash the body with MILD soap and cold water. Cold water gets rid of the suds quicker than warm water does. Then dry it all off and clear coat it. Again wet sand any roughness/ debris out and then go onto polishing with the Novus Polish 2 and finish it off with Novus 1 and you're home free. Hang in there bud, you're doin' better than you think.

 

Yes--everything that Mustang Joe said.

Let me tell you a story. (Yeah yeah, I know. Not another Bakster story). Lol.

Many years ago, during my first modeling tour I built mostly cars. My goal was to paint showroom smooth finishes. If I had a gun back then, I might not be here today. Broken Heart Every single time something ended up on the model ruining the finish. FINALLY-- after much heartache--the solution presented itself. I found and purchased a polishing kit.

Oh Momma... that's the ticket. I created perfect glass smooth finishes. All those little pieces of lint that menaced me were no longer a problem. The solution was so simple, you just sand them out. The process is exactly how Joe outlined. And let me tell you--it is not that hard to do. 

The kit that I purchased is similar to the one in the link below. You don't have to go with this kit, but it gives you what you need in one crack.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/model-car-Paint-Polishing-Kit-abrasive-cloths-liquid-polish-etc-for-Pocher-/192069951376

 

 

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, November 15, 2018 8:57 AM

It looks great in the photos Greg, but I know what you mean. I have the same issue. Joe knows what he's talking about, his stuff is outstanding, unfortunately I just can't get his technique down yet.

Keep it up, it's looking great.

Steve

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