1/48 Tamiya VW aka Herbie the War Bug

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Well...I wanted to get into this one and can't be buying kits right now as I am still two weeks out from teaching again and three weeks out from another paycheck...so-looking in my humble stash...I found this:



Don't let it's size fool you...once I've added the appropriate armament (maybe from the Warhammer spares), it'll be mean enough ;)
 

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lol that is a Tiny bug i was surprised how small if actually is
 

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Thanks guys...I'll probably delay this a month to get the other projects on my bench finished...even my advanced ADD would be challenged by 5 consecutive builds ;). Plus it'll give me time to think up ideas on this one...
 

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Well...got some work done on this today. If I were to build this one as is, I'd have it built and painted in a day! But-- I plan on taking my time and having some fun! Put a primer coat using a can of Rustoleum paint...normally I'd expect this stuff to be all grainy-- but this stuff went down smooth...the closeups show some texture-- but that is the hairspray.

I am trying a couple different weathering techniques here...some salt, some hairspray, etc...trying to decide how best to recreate a little rust texture...any ideas?? What would I add to the Mig Rust powder I have to give it a little texture? Trying to decide what layer I want the dab of salt technique I'll be adding to show through...sigh!

So- far-- here is some primer and a bit of the free Badger Rust paint I got from the Spring contest...thinned out a couple fenders and the passenger side door to add some dents...





Growing up-- my dad had this bright blue VW Bug...I remember the interior being white or tan...going to try to recreate that all here...I know I have some pics from when I was a kid somewhere...but for now-- phase one of the hubcap weathering...


And finally-- the seats-- just glued a layer of foil over these holes I added, and I'll poke holes up from behind and add some stuffing and maybe a spring or two...


That's it so far...gotta find those pictures!!!
 

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Hi ya Mike!! Nice to see this underway!! I got a PM coming over to you as I don't want to clog up your thread...yet! ;)
 

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Thanks T....

I followed up on things a bit and here is where we are at so far-- the clear coat is drying...




I know it hasn't cured yet-- but it is a little orange-peel-like right now, but I actually think this will tie in well with the beat up look I am going for...kind of like how a sunny summer can really beat on a paint job...

And work on the other parts continues...here are the seats after the foil was added, painted, poked, and in a few cases, sprung:



And the wheels...no where near done-- but I like the light rust...
 

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Very cool, love the interior ! nice work so far
 

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Thanks guys! Slow and steady wins the race I guess...
 

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eh up buddy,those seats look sweet mym8,lovin ya build so far...peza
 

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Those seats are awesome, love the spring sticking out. Tin foil to get that effect? Very cool,I'll have to remember that!
 

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Yes...I bored an opening in the seat from behind and then glued the foil over it and poked a knife through from behind...added some cotton fiber from a Q-tip (ear bud?) and wrapped a guitar string around a paper clip to get the spring...still need to dirty things up some...
 

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Looking good Mike!!! Right, the texture from the paint of the first coat will actually help later on. Seats are a treat there buddy!! Keep it going!! ;)
 

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Thanks T!

I do appreciate all your great help in the PM and the link to the SBS...
 

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You have some cool detailing going on there!

I need to get back on the buggy I started fro this GB as well, now that I finally got the wife's immigration papers all sent in, I will hopefully be able to scratch together some free time to get back into this :)
 

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After a base coat of rust-- I added some hairspray and salt...then primer...and here is where that led me--



And then after finding some pics of me as a wee lad-- I found an appropriate color-- this was the color of my dad's Bug when I was growing up...




And finally a shot of the loadout options...maybe I'll mount all three ;)
 

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Very cool Mike!! Love the new color!!! She will look sweet all armored up!!! ;)
 

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