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Austin A35 'Wallace and Grommit' Van

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Austin A35 'Wallace and Grommit' Van
Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:05 PM

After a long, long time away from modelling, I've started again! And very happy that I have! I nearly started again a few years ago, started collecting a few kits, but due to playing with full-size project cars everything just sat in the garage untouched.
I don't think I've ever built a kit straight from the box, always have to be modified and the majority of my previous builds were done in a couple of days. Not too bad quality considering how quick I threw them together, and some were came out really well. Also some strange combinations, Mk2 Jaguar with Dodge Viper roof for example.
 
Anyway, enough history, on with this build. I'm in no rush to build this so it may go on a while and I intend to show pictures of how I've done parts, it helps me visualise stuff but also it'sthse bits of other peoples threads that I enjoy. (I've already started the build so there's a few pictures straight off the bat)

My kit bashing may upset some people, I have been known to buy kits just for a few parts.

This is the base kit



I bought this mainly for the engine and gearbox, but other parts may also be of use

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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:07 PM

The body has quite good detail but as it is supposed to look ratty there are rust spots and dents moulded into it





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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:09 PM

First load of filler plus a mock up with wheels from the '57 Chevy kit



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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:12 PM

The Austin is a small van and the wheels looked too big to me, not the look I was after. I was having a look for parts through some other kits and found this one that had previously been started by someone else



That's more like it!

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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:13 PM

They work out to be roughly a scale 13"







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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:16 PM

The bonnet is moulded shut and there is a strange contraption that should poke out of the grill, but all that needed to be removed. Out came the trusty Dremel







TnT
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Posted by TnT on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:18 PM

I NEED THAT KIT. Never knew there was a kit for W &G. 

Nice work going on with yours. Can not wait to see it finished. 

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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:18 PM

The dent and the hole for the roof light have been filled (plastic sheet and filler for the light hole)



The moulded lump on the roof needed to be removed and the fuel filler filled



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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:21 PM
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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:23 PM

First engine mock-up using the 'Drag' version from the Chevy kit







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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:26 PM

There is virtually no detailed parts under the chassis so a lot of parts will need to be made (gulp) or borrowed from the Chevy kit

Rear axle is the Chevy one, simply cut the ends of, to the right length, and ran a rod through the centre of it that fitted perfectly in the wheels

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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:29 PM
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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:34 PM
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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:35 PM

Then to work with the styrene!





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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:36 PM





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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:38 PM

The first lot of filler was done with a tube that may have well been over a decade old and was a bit firm to work with, ordered myself a new tube for the second go





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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:38 PM

Coat of primer on the rear chassis



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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:40 PM

Out with the Dremel again to make room for the engine!





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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:41 PM





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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:43 PM

Mock up with the engine and floorpan









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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:45 PM

Moulded brke lines and prop mount removed

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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:46 PM

Tidying up the hole for emgine and gearbox



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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:47 PM

The dashboard encroaches right into the engine bay, so back out with the Dremel again





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Posted by mini man on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:48 PM

I am doing something similar.....

Using an Austin 35 van.


Here it is with a 32 frame..


The van chassis would need quite a bit of work  though.


The frame fits well enough,but I fancy a hemi in it...


To give a sense of scale,I was speaking to  someone recently and they asked Why did you get that? no imagination that one...........

Got the bonnet cut out today,it took a while because of the thick plastic..


The bonnet had a nasty molding for a 'working' feature!

Found the kit I wanted,it was under a 6' pile of kits..


Not going to be using this abortion of a floor..


The charger floor is much better,it will need topping and tailing though.


The tyres are a better fit too!


Might.....use this colour on it..


Just to prove that the other charger is ok.

 

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...

Nigel.

 

U.K.

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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:49 PM

Some more work on the rear chassis





Quick squirt of primer

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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:51 PM

There was nowhere near enough room under the front arches..........so back out with the Dremel

 

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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:53 PM

mini man

I am doing something similar.....

Using an Austin 35 van.


Here it is with a 32 frame..


The van chassis would need quite a bit of work  though.


The frame fits well enough,but I fancy a hemi in it...


To give a sense of scale,I was speaking to  someone recently and they asked Why did you get that? no imagination that one...........

Got the bonnet cut out today,it took a while because of the thick plastic..


The bonnet had a nasty molding for a 'working' feature!

Found the kit I wanted,it was under a 6' pile of kits..


Not going to be using this abortion of a floor..


The charger floor is much better,it will need topping and tailing though.


The tyres are a better fit too!


Might.....use this colour on it..


Just to prove that the other charger is ok.

 

 

 

 

 

Cool Looks like a good match, great minds think alike Big Smile

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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:56 PM

My first bit of 'proper' scratchbuilding

Some styrene tubes, a couple of parts from a 1/24 Tamiya Mini, a couple from 1/12 Bentley and a couple of springs that I had lying around (I think they are the rear springs off some old motorbike kits) and the ends that I cut off the rear axle.





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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:57 PM

That's as far as I've got so far (was building the coilovers today), any thoughts, comments, critiques or ideas always appreciated

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Posted by willyswagen on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 3:00 PM

TnT

I NEED THAT KIT. Never knew there was a kit for W &G. 

Nice work going on with yours. Can not wait to see it finished. 

 

 

Thank you

I've got the Land Rover kit as well! Big Smile

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