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Thread: Papamobilīs VW Vanagon T3 Syncro

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    Default Papamobilīs VW Vanagon T3 Syncro

    Hi,
    I want to build a offroad camper version of VW-Bus T3 (called Vanagon in America). It will be my first build thread on SBG. Please apologise my poor english. Because of that: more pics, less words

    Similar to this one:
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    As you know, a VW-Bus has single-wheel-suspension front and rear. I decided to use a traxxas slash mini.
    I had to stretch the wheel base.
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    steering angle ist good:
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    Iīll try to get the motor a little bit lower, if this would be necessary because of the interior construction - i donīt know now.

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    Iīll use 1mm styrene to build the body shell and 3mm styrene for construction parts.

    Because of the curvature of the body, my first plan was vacuum forming. But to do this, i would have to made a perfect form first. I īve tried do made a form of Styrodur:
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    But iīve given up. It was too difficult an i think it was not the best idea.

    Now i will do it in a classic method and with simple tools: knife, files, sandpapers ..... and a lot of patience.

    I start with al skeletal construction made of 3mm styrene:
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    to be continued....

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    I love these VW busses. Looks like a great start... thank you for sharing.

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    One side of the body is already done:
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    Wow, those lines look fantastic!

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    Very great! Great start! Regards Jens

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    Wow! Very nice work so far.

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    You made that side from scratch out of styrene?? You have amazing talent!

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    Whoah dude those lines are perfect

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    Great job dude!! It is a very original model. I love this kind of projects. Last year I used the same chassis to build a Land Rover Bowler. However I had to cut the frame in a half in order to make it look more as a 1/10

    I strengthened some parts using metal from an oil can. With some modifications it is an excelent chassis.



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