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  • From: UK
VW Race
Posted by PatrickW on Monday, January 01, 2018 10:43 AM

The artists impression..................

  

Finding an old Union VW Beetle that I'd used as a custom, rat etc. I turned it into.........

But right at the end the gloss coat attacked the paint, on the body but not on the doors that I put on last thing. Not wanting to tear it all down I left it alone. 

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Posted by justmike on Monday, January 01, 2018 12:38 PM

That is wild! I never would picture a VW looking that way.  Shame about the clear doing what it did. Add some dirt color and call it weathering?

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Monday, January 01, 2018 1:12 PM

Thanks justmike. I went over the body again with brushed on Humbrol Clear Gloss, and added to the black art paper as it had just been driven in the wet, with a wet-look shiny liquid looking ring around the body.

But it doesn't show up as well as I thought it would in the photo's!

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Monday, January 01, 2018 8:37 PM
This bug is freaky good Patrick ! Pikes Peak or bust .
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Posted by litespeedsae on Monday, January 01, 2018 9:05 PM

Over the top imagination! Thanks for sharing. Super.

Little Rock, Arkansas

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Posted by PatrickW on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 2:44 AM

Thanks guys, I'm always searching on Google for unusual, off the wall vehicles where I can use plasticard/rod to modify the original standard, factory boringness!

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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 12:17 PM

Pretty cool.  Really creative.  Nice work !!

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by PatrickW on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 3:49 PM

Thanks mmthrax.

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  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 4:58 PM

That's brilliant, Patrick, a Beetle on steroids (and maybe some other chemicals as well).  Very clever imagineering.  Cheers

Steve

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Posted by PatrickW on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 1:28 AM

Cheers Steve, yes as a multiple 1:1 Beetle owner I can do things with a model of one that I couldn't with a real one!

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 8:48 AM

PatrickW

Thanks guys, I'm always searching on Google for unusual, off the wall vehicles where I can use plasticard/rod to modify the original standard, factory boringness!

 

I've been watching some Euro hillclimb cars recently.... Check out the "silouhette" Fiat 500 ( new one , not the 'lickle' original ... ) The lower 1/4 of the body has been 'removed' , and it seems wider than long Indifferent ... I'd guess the screaming 4 pot ( or V6??)  ain't stock either ! LOL 

 There's some "unusual " ones on here X19 Fiat widebody & a "round"  Alpine I drooled over ... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osuLVNp5kpY&t=137s 

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  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 4:48 PM

Thanks for the interest Spenser. When I started Race marshalling in the mid-70's there was a 'Super Saloon' catagorie where you could put any engine into any chassis/body and the best way to get the car aerodynamic was to cut the bottom off the body and get the chassis and running gear as close to the track as possible. The only restrictions were, the overall weight of the vehicle, and fixed ride height allowed. These depended on engine horsepower!

We had 2 litre Mini Coopers at about 300 bhp, 5-6 litre Vauxhall Firenza's at 500bhp etc! Very interesting times!

Brilliant Hillclimbing video. The first part being Pikes Peak in the USA where cars and trucks can run 1000+ BHP. The second part was a French hillclimb (I've been to a few in the UK) where the saloons are running Kevlar bodywork and alloy tube spaceframe chassis, with 2 litre Turbo or Supercharged (or both) motors at 300+ BHP. The Alfa was running a V6 turbo motor at possibly 500+ bhp.

The little blue Renault Alpines and Fiat X1-9 running 4 Cylinder 1600 'screamer' motors in that class.

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