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60s style 1956 VW Bug street/strip machine - W.I.P. - Uodated 3-22

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  • Member since
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  • From: Seattle, WA
60s style 1956 VW Bug street/strip machine - W.I.P. - Uodated 3-22
Posted by gbk1 on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 2:21 PM

Lately I’ve been continuing my experiments with large area decals as I develop techniques to replicate various lettering and paint styles. This time my guinea pig is a Gunze Sangyo ’56 VW Bug which I’m doing as a 60’s style customized street rod and weekend drag racer. The front end has been lowered 3 scale inches. The rear tires are the little narrow slicks that come in the recent Revell Slingster kit. Other than that the mockup is straight out of the box. The areas that will get the 60’s style panel treatment have paper cutouts of the decal templates I’ve made. The kit is a curbside, although, in typical Japanese style, quite well detailed. The wheels will be either period mags of the type offered by EMPI at the time, or perhaps Moon discs. I plan to cut out the engine cover and pop it open across the upper edge, a cooling trick popular with these types of cars. I haven’t decided whether I’ll customize the interior, since the emphasis is on the paint, stance and wheels. Paint will most likely be either a red or green candy metallic with complementary fogged panels.

Thanx for lookin’,
B.



These are the EMPI wheels I’m contemplating. Oddly enough both styles can be found in the various Revell “Rat Rod” ’29 Ford Roadster Pickup and ’30 Ford Sedan kits.


Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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    December, 2005
  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 6:21 PM

Decal size and shapes look spot on. Looks like another nice project.

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    February, 2007
  • From: Nor Cal
Posted by Draggon on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 6:40 PM

Holy cow, B, I didn't know you had anything like this on the bench. As a former Cal-Look bug owner and long time enthusiast, I can tell you that you nailed it. Everything looks just right! The engine cover trick is called a decklid stand-off. 

Have you heard of Fink's Garage? He and Hideo Motohashi on Facebook have some great wheels that are much better than the ones in the Model A kits. 

I have yet to build a bug ( in scale ) because I'm such a perfectionist I don't know if I'd be happy. However, yours is excellent!

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    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 7:30 PM

Cool project. Good timing too, as I have just been thinking of picking up one of these Gunze bugs and was wondering what the kit was like.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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    January, 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 7:49 PM

Oh, boy! This one is sure to resonate with a lot of us! 

chucky

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  • From: Oregon: Tree Country.
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, March 09, 2017 11:40 AM

Glad to see a new project from you Bernard, and it's a wonderful period "Vee-Wee".

Like everyone here I too love the "Little beetle". I look forward to watching your progress with enthusiasm.

Also, please treat us to more of your gorgeous photography.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions.

I bought all the model stuff I wanted for Christmas because no one else would spend that much on me Laugh Laugh

 

                                     

 

 

  • Member since
    February, 2008
  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by gbk1 on Thursday, March 16, 2017 6:27 PM

Thanks everyone!

The Bug is up on its wheels with most of the final mechanical work completed. I’m going with the shallow offset Torq-Thrust style wheels from the Revell ’29 Ford Roadster Pickup kit. They’ll pass for EMPIs to my eyes. The chassis is assembled and paint detailed. There’s no engine in this curbside kit but the engine compartment is finished out in matte black in the hopes it will “disappear”. I modified a rill bar from an AMT ’40 Ford kit and installed it. The stance is set and the wheels adapted to the Gunze kit suspension with, as mentioned last time, the front suspension lowered about 3 scale inches. I cut open the engine cover and fabricated offset hinges to represent the typical popped-open hood on modified Bugs. The interior will be largely stock other than the roll bar. Now for the critical part: paint and trim.

Thanx for lookin’,
B.




Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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    January, 2012
Posted by notstock on Friday, March 17, 2017 8:21 AM

Awesome job so far on the VW, I had a 1:1 68 Cali style with the Empi 8 spoke wheels.  

I can't leave anything stock!

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, March 17, 2017 10:13 AM

Looking good. I really like the engine cover treatment. I like the wheel choice too, but may need to tone done the chrome some.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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    March, 2016
Posted by davethewalker on Friday, March 17, 2017 4:05 PM

The Polar Lights Spiderman VW Beetle has both the five-spoke EMPI and BRM wheels plus stock wheel covers.

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    November, 2016
Posted by bugs-one on Saturday, March 18, 2017 4:04 PM
Bug's looking good.
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    February, 2008
  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by gbk1 on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 2:44 PM

I’ve been concentrating on the paint and decal art. Everything isn’t quite settled yet, but it looks like I’m going towards gold paint and white decal stock with contrasting red graphics. I’ve also included a vintage EMPI trade logo for a race car flavor. I’ll be trying out a roof panel, and perhaps fender scallops, although I’m concerned that the design might get too busy if I include the fender details. We’ll see… The decals you see on the car were an interim design before I added the EMPI logo. That's the cool thing about working with decals, you can make some pretty radical mods without trashing the paint.

Here’s where I’m at so far.

Thanx for lookin’,
B.


Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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