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1/32 Wild Willy Jr. to Tuner Philippine Jeepney

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    May, 2008
1/32 Wild Willy Jr. to Tuner Philippine Jeepney
Posted by pamin2-1 on Sunday, May 11, 2008 10:23 PM

 This was an on and off project which was finished more or less in 10 years time. The project was conceived due to an inaccurate interpretation of a fellow modeler who made use of a Land Cruiser as his base for a Philippine Jeepney.

It was the miltary Jeep left by the US forces after the Second World War and later converted by Filipino Craftsman into what is now known as the Jeepney, the basic urban and rural transport utilized up to the present.

Much of the design I derived from the Jeepney caricature i made, i called it the "Manila Mayhem." 

For authenticity, i used the 1/32 Scale Tamiya Wild Willy Jr. body and did some major surgery on the body, lengthened it, cut out the hood and grille.

Then created the chassis from wood chopsticks:

After working on it for more than a decade and using only basic cutting tools(Xacto knife and a small saw) some local aerosol spray(for the basic yellow on the body) and finally a topcoat of Tamiya Yellow pearl:  

Constructed as a Three-piece model, here is the exploded view.

Wild Willy up close, my sons' name on the Helmet..

And the view from the rear, Junction Produce Muffler, Scratchbuilt wing spoiler.

Two choices of engine hood, clear for show and carbon, to go. 4 cylinder engine conversion from a Revell Datsun 240Z 6 inline.

Lots if details to enumerate but it might take up a lot of space.

And another project in the making.....

..body made of recycled chipboard, a Jeepney built for the typhoon season. 

Hope it won't take another 10years. Wink

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Posted by zodc on Sunday, May 11, 2008 11:58 PM

OMFG that's great! 

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Posted by evil_hanzel on Monday, May 12, 2008 4:23 AM

filipino? fellow pinoy here. i have a jeepney project also, though its already one year in the making, but it will be an owner type jeep. :D


your jeepney looks great!

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Posted by jespamn21 on Monday, May 12, 2008 7:00 PM

Thanks!    Hope to see your owner project soon,(Stainless body, perhaps?)


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Posted by jespamn21 on Monday, May 12, 2008 7:05 PM

Appreciate your comments!Big Smile


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Posted by The Boss on Friday, May 16, 2008 9:04 AM

I like this alot, I'm going to have to research the "jeepney' culture.

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Posted by jespamn21 on Friday, May 16, 2008 10:07 PM


Thank you for your interest sir! The MB/GPW Military Jeep to Jeepney is a very interesting cultural transition.


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Posted by kevinm on Saturday, May 17, 2008 7:50 AM

Bow That is awesome!! I love how you did all the custom work with ordinary tools and materials!! You are awesome!! -kevin

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Posted by elbeik on Saturday, May 17, 2008 12:17 PM

This absolutely fantastic!


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