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  1. #31
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    You cannot buy the Beetle body from Carisma anymore but you can still buy accessories like lights here. They fit great on this fibreglass body. Next is LEDs. Also need to find some 3mm orange acrylic to try to make the front indicator lights. Still waiting on some Traxxas inner fenders for the Bronco which I plan on cutting down.

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    Cheers eh!
    Todd

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    So the first picture below is a craft foam sheet from Michaels that I laser engraved lines into.

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    I cut it to fit the running boards on the Beetle to try to give it a rubber like effect. Glued it on with contact cement. We'll see how well it holds up.

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    Cheers eh!
    Todd

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    Nice detail work with the running boards. What did you use to cut the lines in the foam? This would make great floor mats for my FJ build. Cheers

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    Thanks, I used a $30,000 laser cutter at work. Floor mats were my next thought if I ever get the interior built.
    Cheers eh!
    Todd

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    You can get a similar effect with an Xacto knife though. Just use thinner foam than in the video.
    Cheers eh!
    Todd

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    Finally got the magnets glued on for mounting the body. Got the stance about where I want it. Also got the engine mounted in the back. Need to adjust the bracket and move it forward a bit. Front bumper is mounted. So is the exhaust. Still a ton to do though.

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    Cheers eh!
    Todd

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    Entered the Bug into its first comp today, the first event of the GCM Racing Call to Crawl Calgary Series at Calgary's Blackfoot RC Park. It did great, crawled well enough to make me quite happy even though it's half done. Now on to that to do list. Windows, rear bumper, interior, driver, wipers, front signal lights, head and tail lights, winch, roof rack, sunroof (maybe), etc, etc.

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    Competition was fun, turnout was great.

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    Cheers eh!
    Todd

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    Looks great! Love a good bug!

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    Thanks dagabba!
    Cheers eh!
    Todd

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    Added windshield last night. Needs cleaning already. Only 7 windows to go. Trying to think of a way to make opening vent windows.

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    Here's the source of the plastic for the windows. A polycarbonate (lexan) replacement face shield. Half the price of lexan at the hobby shop. Got this one at Princess Auto for you Canucks.

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    Also mocked up a rear panel for behind the engine. Got the mount sorted out so the engine sits a little better as well.

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    Cheers eh!
    Todd

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