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Revell 1/16 VW samba bus conversion
« on: February 20, 2021, 07:53:57 pm »

Hi all this was donated to me by a friend(he was doing it as a van) I have other plans for it, it will be a very rare custom made version (the guys at work will know where I'm going with it as we have the actual vehicle in the workshop)








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Re: Revell 1/16 VW samba bus conversion
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2021, 09:49:32 pm »

Cool conversion  :-))

I'm following a guy on Yt doing something similar....    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GEvZtor7rk
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Re: Revell 1/16 VW samba bus conversion
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2021, 08:21:33 pm »

More work done to this, that is the basic shape of the vehicle a few doors to add and lots of details to the bed to add.




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Re: Revell 1/16 VW samba bus conversion
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2021, 08:00:46 pm »

Hi all this is what I'm aiming for, it has a very unusuall way of loading cars (which i am ambitiously aiming to depict)




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Re: Revell 1/16 VW samba bus conversion
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2021, 08:55:21 pm »

I need to make lots of louvers for the samba bus conversion so heres my simple answer, glue bade to base at half the thickness of a cocktail stick run that through blade then turn the resulting halves 180 and run through aginn all I have to do now is round the ends off and I have my louvres.


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Re: Revell 1/16 VW samba bus conversion
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2021, 07:47:19 pm »

It's going to be to be one very light car!  My '59 Microbus was only rated for a 1750 pound load.  Open wheel racer maybe?

Or maybe you're putting a custom tube frame under it?

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Re: Revell 1/16 VW samba bus conversion
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2021, 08:53:05 pm »

Hi don it was a custom built truck specifically for carrying race cars.
Tried making the louvers out of quartered cocktail sticks, not very successful
I measured the louvers and they are 20mm wide the quarterd cocktail sticks are 1 1/4 mm so way out of scale.




I have another idea up my sleeve let's see how that works.
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Re: Revell 1/16 VW samba bus conversion
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2021, 09:33:31 pm »

This one really tickled my fancy, it's similar to one of my "bucket list" projects.  My first car was a '59 23 window Microbus, wish I'd never gotten rid of it now.  If I only knew THEN what I know now.  I keep telling myself someday I'm gonna build me a mid-engine pickup out of a clapped out shell of a VW bus - but it's GOTTA be a split-windshield.  I've even invested in a couple of 1/24 sale models of the donor vehicles, and when the urge strikes me I work on the drawings to be sure it can be done.  (So far it looks doable.)

At one time I had planned on building a mid-engine V6 into a shortened bus, I even started building a model of it.  Everything was looking good until I had to take 6 scale inches out of each of the bucket seats to get them to fit beside the engine.  I gave that idea up since it would be kind of hard to take 6 inches out of the width of my butt.

The latest version will use a 1.6L I4, actually it's the engine out my '73 Datsun pickup, but that's another story.

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Re: Revell 1/16 VW samba bus conversion
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2021, 09:53:28 am »

Here is one of the cars it usually carries (it also carries a 904 a 910 and another rsr cafe mexicano)
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