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Franklin April 16th, 2011 07:01 AM

I build things...only smaller....
 
As mentioned in my intro, I have been lurking here for a bit, then decided to join. I am amazed at the talent, passion and skills you all have! I have been building VW's for a while, "only smaller" and have gotten a lot of design inspiration for vehicle designs and customizing from this site. My builds are about 1/10th scale and are full function radio control. They combine bits and pieces from kits, toys and a lot of scratch built components. I figured I'd share my latest project, which is still a work in progress. Thanks and please let me know if this is the correct forum.

purplemyth April 16th, 2011 07:21 AM

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Down right cool! love the details , that is one beefy front beam :thumbsup:
We have a model thread if you build other things too, but hmm, not an RC thread (I don't think)~ oh, and you're in the right forum :grin:

marnat3 April 16th, 2011 07:28 AM

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like I said before Badass:thumbsup:

Franklin April 16th, 2011 08:51 AM

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Originally Posted by purplemyth (Post 507313)
Down right cool! love the details , that is one beefy front beam :thumbsup:
We have a model thread if you build other things too, but hmm, not an RC thread (I don't think)~ oh, and you're in the right forum :grin:

Thanks for the comments! I will look for the model thread-I am a slow newbie.

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Originally Posted by marnat3 (Post 507314)
like I said before Badass:thumbsup:

Appreciate the feedback and thanks for your suggestion of posting in the forum!

yimbo April 16th, 2011 08:53 AM

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It take as much skill to build in miniature as it does full size, probably more. Where did you get the good rubber tires. When I got into building model cars back in the late 60s early 70s we used to hoard the good rubber wide tires and we would take slicks and roll them over sections of heated window screen to produce a tread design, use the little bell shaped pieces at the ends of light pull cords for velocity stacks, ink pen springs for coil overs. It was a lot of fun finding things to workwith. We also used the old "Vaccu Form" toy to make copies of hot wheels car for our HO car track.
Your car looks great.

Franklin April 16th, 2011 09:09 AM

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Originally Posted by yimbo (Post 507320)
It take as much skill to build in miniature as it does full size, probably more. Where did you get the good rubber tires. When I got into building model cars back in the late 60s early 70s we used to hoard the good rubber wide tires and we would take slicks and roll them over sections of heated window screen to produce a tread design, use the little bell shaped pieces at the ends of light pull cords for velocity stacks, ink pen springs for coil overs. It was a lot of fun finding things to workwith. We also used the old "Vaccu Form" toy to make copies of hot wheels car for our HO car track.
Your car looks great.

Hey thanks much for the feedback! The front tires are from a kit made by Tamiya, the rears and the wheels are from a company called RC4WD. I had to narrow the fronts. I appreciate and can relate to your comments about tricks and looking for things to re-purpose, like the pull cords and the pen springs. Those are great ideas. I would love to get my hands on one of those old Mattel Vac-Form machines too. I used button covers from a craft store for the dog dish hubcaps, the stinger is the holder from one of those bank counter pens (don't ask where I got it!). The roll cage is made from 3/16 brake line bent and brazed together. There are a lot of other things like that used for function and details. Finding and re-using stuff is part of the fun-

Franklin April 16th, 2011 09:12 AM

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Here's another one:

purplemyth April 16th, 2011 09:39 AM

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http://www.volksrods.com/forum/showt...els#post501209
short cut :)

Steve April 16th, 2011 09:47 AM

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Very cool, man!

Al Low Ha April 16th, 2011 10:05 AM

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Insane! You know.......you might just consider building the 'real deal'.....
Aloha

rodderdan April 16th, 2011 10:09 AM

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Way cool.Looks real in the first photo.

Franklin April 16th, 2011 11:22 AM

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Originally Posted by purplemyth (Post 507323)

Thanks-I found it-pls excuse the newbie-ness.

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Originally Posted by Steve (Post 507326)
Very cool, man!

Appreciate it!

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Originally Posted by Al Low Ha (Post 507329)
Insane! You know.......you might just consider building the 'real deal'.....
Aloha

I've been called that before. I would love to build the real deal but this scale allows me to build a few cars a year in a fraction of the space!

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Originally Posted by rodderdan (Post 507330)
Way cool.Looks real in the first photo.

Thanks. Means a lot!

RichG April 16th, 2011 11:44 AM

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Those things are neat, do you sell them?:smile::thumbsup:

Franklin April 16th, 2011 11:56 AM

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Originally Posted by RichG (Post 507340)
Those things are neat, do you sell them?:smile::thumbsup:

Thanks! Not at the moment-maybe someday-when/if I get tired of having this stuff around. Right now is a good hobby for me and I enjoy having them around to futz with on an ongoing basis.

Steve April 16th, 2011 12:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Franklin (Post 507338)
Thanks-I found it-pls excuse the newbie-ness.

No problems here. I think these things are most definitely worthy of their own thread. :thumbsup:

alykat April 16th, 2011 12:33 PM

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Great work! I would like to see a pic of a person holding one so so I can fix a basis of scale in my mind.

purplemyth April 16th, 2011 12:33 PM

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like I said, there is no RC thread, so ya done good as boss said :thumbsup:
That bus puts the DUB City RCs to shame :bow:

1959cutter April 16th, 2011 01:46 PM

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franklin,youre cars rock!
hey in my work as a dental technitian,I have a 5'X5' vacuume forming machine for vacuuming impression tray's.http://cgi.ebay.com/Lab-Dental-Vacuu...item27ba1c7898 this will work better than any toy (you can find them cheaper on craigslist)the plastic blanks can be purchased at Patterson dental supply. call them and tell them of you're Idea and they will help you find the right thickness sheets to buy.the sheets cost about 14.00 for 25.
I hope this helps.P,S. they alst forever even with daily use.

1959cutter April 16th, 2011 01:50 PM

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on a second note: if you need anything done,I would be glad to form anything you might need,without having to purchace a machine.

V8Transporter April 16th, 2011 02:42 PM

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Hey, that is amazing work! I thought that they were full scale. The detail is just incredible.:clapping::clapping:

Steve White April 16th, 2011 05:02 PM

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I 2nd everything that has been said. I too thought the first car was real when the thread first opened up and my first thought was "holey shit!.. look at that front beam!"

Very very impressive. Welcome to the site, you belong here :D

Franklin April 16th, 2011 05:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Steve (Post 507349)
No problems here. I think these things are most definitely worthy of their own thread. :thumbsup:

Great man, Thanks!

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Originally Posted by alykat (Post 507351)
Great work! I would like to see a pic of a person holding one so so I can fix a basis of scale in my mind.

I will take a pic tomorrow for scale but for reference, these models have a wheelbase of about 12 inches.

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Originally Posted by purplemyth (Post 507352)
like I said, there is no RC thread, so ya done good as boss said :thumbsup:
That bus puts the DUB City RCs to shame :bow:

Ha! Thanks.

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Originally Posted by 1959cutter (Post 507367)
franklin,youre cars rock!
hey in my work as a dental technitian,I have a 5'X5' vacuume forming machine for vacuuming impression tray's.http://cgi.ebay.com/Lab-Dental-Vacuu...item27ba1c7898 this will work better than any toy (you can find them cheaper on craigslist)the plastic blanks can be purchased at Patterson dental supply. call them and tell them of you're Idea and they will help you find the right thickness sheets to buy.the sheets cost about 14.00 for 25.
I hope this helps.P,S. they alst forever even with daily use.

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Originally Posted by 1959cutter (Post 507368)
on a second note: if you need anything done,I would be glad to form anything you might need,without having to purchace a machine.

OK-will keep that in mind. Right now, these are one-offs but if there is a need to dupe anything I will get in touch. Looks like a cool machine.

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Originally Posted by V8Transporter (Post 507374)
Hey, that is amazing work! I thought that they were full scale. The detail is just incredible.:clapping::clapping:

Appreciate the feedback. Inspiring. Thank you.

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Originally Posted by Steve White (Post 507408)
I 2nd everything that has been said. I too thought the first car was real when the thread first opened up and my first thought was "holey shit!.. look at that front beam!"

That is a big front beam-agree. Tamiya makes the front suspension and while it is beefy, it hold up well in this scale. i think if it were scaled off the real 1:1 dimensions, it would not be strong enough to bash around.

Very very impressive. Welcome to the site, you belong here :D

Really appreciate it. Thank you.

Franklin April 16th, 2011 06:02 PM

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Heres a an early glimpse of my next build. I was inspired buy a few of the builds here that go after that "businessman's coupe" look. I started to hack at the body, chopped and shortened the green house, then modified the engine lid area to blend in. Lots more work to go but you get the idea.

Franklin April 16th, 2011 06:06 PM

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Some more progress-still figuring out the chassis components but I wanted to make sure I could pull this off first. I have a lot more filling and futzing to go. The color will be a satin version of the gray you see in the last pic.

Steve White April 16th, 2011 06:47 PM

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lol, your basing it off stuff you have seen here? You keep building stuff like that and there will be people here basing the real thing off stuff you have built. That looks killer!


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