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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 11:15 PM

Rwvell sold this one for a while as well.

Greg, are you listening?

It's a great model.

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

 

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    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, October 31, 2019 8:25 AM

Hi;

  Pillowcase linen. Get an old worn one to be sure. I normally use any up-price men's hand-kerchief. They work better with craft paints!

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, October 31, 2019 8:32 AM

I find those window making materials can be used for windows about quarter inch square or so.  But larger windows are problematic with that stuff. 

For larger windows I just cut them from clear acrylic or clear styrene.  Gluing in windows can be a problem too, as many glues disfigure the clear materials.  I have been using that new UV hardening glue.  Only problem is that you need access to the glue line, as the laser light must impinge directly on the glue.  Clear plastics are opaque to blue light.  That means you must glue them in before closing up anything.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by TheMongoose on Thursday, October 31, 2019 7:32 PM

I think I'm going to try the clear acrylic. The window maker looks ok but i know it will have to be done last because it'll be risky taping over it.

In the pattern: King George V, the Tamiya 1/350th version & Werner Voss' Fokker F.1. !

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Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, November 3, 2019 7:07 PM

Been awhile. Honestly its just been little subassemblies and i figure everybody's seen those. Since time has passed  though here's a brief update Angel

ive worked on the frame trying to make it look real. Some overspray on the frame rails and flat black in between the subframe supports. Stil need to wash the engine. These are just set in place. I won't glue them in till after i mount the body.



prepping the interior. nothing provided in the kit behind the front seat So the doors need covered with something to rep the door panels.

just cleaning up the exterior. The bus I'm duplicating doesn't have the big turn signal lights so they have to go. 

I made a big switch in direction on the windows...big reveal later in the week once i paint the interior Wink

In the pattern: King George V, the Tamiya 1/350th version & Werner Voss' Fokker F.1. !

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Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, November 3, 2019 7:15 PM

Tanker-Builder

Hi;

  Pillowcase linen. Get an old worn one to be sure. I normally use any up-price men's hand-kerchief. They work better with craft paints!

 

oooh, this has serious potential. no way I was cutting the roof without a good replacement. I may even have a brown one to match the paint!

In the pattern: King George V, the Tamiya 1/350th version & Werner Voss' Fokker F.1. !

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Posted by TheMongoose on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:42 PM

My 1st coat of primer is on. Just some clean up needed where i filled in the lights up front. 

In the pattern: King George V, the Tamiya 1/350th version & Werner Voss' Fokker F.1. !

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    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 7:25 PM

GMorrison

Rwvell sold this one for a while as well.

Greg, are you listening?

It's a great model.

 

Yep. Just got my attention. Wink

This is looking great! Good attention to detail. Love the hand-crafted seat-support tubes. The body looks fine with a coat of primer, and I am waiting with bated breath to see what you do with the windows. Yes

-Greg

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 12:20 AM

There's also a tube that runs down the middle, or I suppose up the middle, of heated air thats collected over the cylinders and vented into the drivers compartment.

 

The transporter doesn't exactly have a frame as it couldn't be driven around without the body. But it's different from the car, for sure.

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 11:45 AM

GMorrison

There's also a tube that runs down the middle, or I suppose up the middle, of heated air thats collected over the cylinders and vented into the drivers compartment.

 

The transporter doesn't exactly have a frame as it couldn't be driven around without the body. But it's different from the car, for sure.

 

 

Oh yeah that thing was a death trap in the northern winters! The tubes would rust out and pass exhaust up into the car. I remember driving around in my buddies bug with the windows down in the winter. Don't ask how he defrosted the windshield IdeaCoffee

In the pattern: King George V, the Tamiya 1/350th version & Werner Voss' Fokker F.1. !

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 12:29 PM

Making some good progress on this. I love these buses!!! That's funny about the windows down in the winter! When I was a kid I drove a 67 Mustang with no heater and no defrost. I eventually got it fixed after driving around in rainy/ colder weather with the windows either partially or all the way down to defrost the windshield. Unbelievable what we'll endure when we're younger. I wouldn't dream of doing that these days. Gotta have my heater/ defroster and damn sure have to have that A/C.Wink

                   

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Saturday, November 16, 2019 7:49 PM

In the pattern: King George V, the Tamiya 1/350th version & Werner Voss' Fokker F.1. !

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, November 17, 2019 5:03 AM

Hello!

Your model of the VW Bus looks good! If you like, here's my take on that model:

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/4/t/172395.aspx

Now the Hasegawa model of the bus isn't very sophisticated - it has a lot of simplifications and omissions. There is a Revell model of the same machine - and this is very detailed. But you have to watch what you buy, because I believe Revell also used to rebox the Hasegawa, so it's worth chcecking scalemates to see what you are going to get.

Here is the diagram showing what I mean and there is also a link to the building instructions of the newer Revell kit:

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/revell-07436-vw-t1-samba-bus-lufthansa--975205

Good luck with your build and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, November 17, 2019 10:42 AM

Pawel that was some nice reading. Great job on that lowered bus! Loved the suspension work for sure.

huge difference between the revel and Has kits based on the instructions. Funny, one of them is based on the other because both sets of instructions would have you put the exhaust pipe on so it would stick out into oncoming traffic Oops

In the pattern: King George V, the Tamiya 1/350th version & Werner Voss' Fokker F.1. !

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    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, November 17, 2019 7:08 PM

Layed down the sealing-wax red today. More work to do on getting a good gloss but not bad for my 1st time i hope. Rubbing it out should help. I applied 3 coats of clear. It’s just a little patching, like i didnt get a good wet coat down consistently. Interior coming along as well.


In the pattern: King George V, the Tamiya 1/350th version & Werner Voss' Fokker F.1. !

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Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, November 18, 2019 10:13 PM

In the pattern: King George V, the Tamiya 1/350th version & Werner Voss' Fokker F.1. !

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, November 18, 2019 11:18 PM

Looks good but rear brake drums should be dirty brown.

We broke a throttle cable on my friend Bill's bus coming back from a concert.

The bus had a hatch in the little cargo tray in the back.

Opened it and Jim bent over the back of the rear seat and held a piece of wire attached to the crank on the carburator. 

Directions from the bridge:

"Gas!"

"Let off!"

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

 

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    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 8:36 PM

Drum brakes now dirty brown lol pics to follow.

just finished up the chestnut brown. Ohhh the chestnut brown is really laying down glossy! MCW didn’t have this color so i took some advice from a local club member that specializes in cars and went down to the local auto paint store. They were able to mix it up in a 2oz touch up bottle. cant wait to see both colors together....

 

and then...

In the pattern: King George V, the Tamiya 1/350th version & Werner Voss' Fokker F.1. !

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Posted by TheMongoose on Friday, March 27, 2020 7:03 PM

Having figured out what i did wrong it's finally time to fix the bus. Took 2 sanding sessions to get the paint cleaned off the front and smooth enough to primer. 



the original problem was that I took the tape off too fast. The clear coat is pretty hot I guess. If it's not allowed to dry for 15-20 minutes the base coat will pull right off the primer. Lesson learned.

now its time to put this baby together!

In the pattern: King George V, the Tamiya 1/350th version & Werner Voss' Fokker F.1. !

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:15 AM

She is looking pretty good. Too bad you don't have the real deal here, they are going for big bucks nowadays. Looking forward to seeing more.

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, March 29, 2020 7:40 PM

Thanks Brandon. Yep, it's a $100k Samba Bus! My best friend used to get the basic VW bugs and buses for almost free. I'm giving him this for his birthday so he'll finaly have a 6 figure bus lol

Heres today's progress. Mostly little stuff tho. My big claim to fame on this is cutting off the plastic card seat supports and making real ones from brass tubing just like the real bus.


that piping sure looks better in person. Much more like a line to the naked eye. Although i do see a few touch ups to do before putting the body on.

In the pattern: King George V, the Tamiya 1/350th version & Werner Voss' Fokker F.1. !

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    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, March 30, 2020 9:44 AM

In the pattern: King George V, the Tamiya 1/350th version & Werner Voss' Fokker F.1. !

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, March 30, 2020 12:57 PM

Using the evergreen as a headliner is a wonderful solution. As for clear coating, the only two options I would recommend is a light brush coat of future as you mentioned or mask each wondow carefully, clear coat, and then remove the masks. I would also masks prior to the BMF and do the foil last (IMHO)...

Ben

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

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- 1/350 USS Alabama (GB) - DONE

- 1/16 1910 Thomas Flyer (WIP)

- 1/78 AC-119 Stinger Gunship (GB-Pending)

 

 

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:58 PM

Bad....ASS!!!!

                   

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Saturday, April 4, 2020 4:03 PM

In the pattern: King George V, the Tamiya 1/350th version & Werner Voss' Fokker F.1. !

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, April 4, 2020 5:21 PM

That turned out great!  Nice build of a very cool subject.

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, April 5, 2020 5:13 PM

Reminds me of my '73 Alpine Microbus.  Only mine was a junkyard find, and only had two seats Smile  It had the gasoline heater instead of the duct, luckiliy, it was Texas, so the aftemarket a/c got a lot more use.

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    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Saturday, April 11, 2020 9:18 AM

Yeah that sounds alot like my buddy's buses! either he got them for free, for some reason people just gave him things, or he paid no more than a few hundred bucks for them. You reminded me of my favorite one, no seats in the back. We would put plastic down, cover it with ice and beer and go to the drive-in Zip it!

In the pattern: King George V, the Tamiya 1/350th version & Werner Voss' Fokker F.1. !

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