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  1. Legs, feet, limbs, struts. Chopping. Ced's back
  2. I tried pastels on the interior roof Ian. Close up it looked quite good, but at normal viewing distance it just looked grubby. I just can't seem to get the hang of weathering. I'll just print a scale model of me for the driver seat, that should add enough weight to the front. Don't know if the tires will take the strain though I have photo's but the seat detail is all washed out. The real seats were vinyl and had a light woven pattern - impossible to replicate in printing though. I'll just keep muddling on. I have a few spare seats to practice on so we'll see how that turns out. Thanks Ced. Nice to see you back with the fnaars again. thanks Trevor. Just a small update today as I'm going to be a busy man later on... the wife is flying back from Scotland tonight so I believe I have a number of chores to execute prior to her arrival if I want to have a life worth living over the next month. There's also a hectic week ahead filled with doctor visits, vet visits, dentist visits and other general life gets in the way stuff to contend with. So much so that I have taken a weeks vacation but with the hope that I can make some detours downstairs when the opportunity arises. What's been going on since yesterday then? Well, I tried weathering one of the spare seats for a start. I'm a bit mheh over the result. Whenever I use a gloss coat the flory wash always wipes straight off leaving a clean plate that looks as if the flory was never applied. This time I used a satin coat to see what happened. Well, the flory appears to have stained the satin. It has left bits of dirt here and there but the staining is too severe for my liking. I'll call this a fail. I've now gloss coated a few spares so I can experiment some more to see if I can get any better results. Another detour was made to the underside to address another shortcoming of the snap together kit. Thon silvery piece you see there is the kit exhaust and heat exchangers assembly. Not great is it? I've started modifying the heat exchanges from the spare engine I obtained back at the beginning of this build to see if I can adapt them somehow. I know it will never be completely accurate as the kit was never intended to have this level of detail but you can't have a VW flat 4 without heat exchangers can you. It looks like they will fit with some hacking and cutting. The headlamps finally got a gloss coat over the Alclad polished aluminum. I find that gives a more authentic chrome look than their Chrome itself. I then proceeded to damage one while doing a test fit - just as well I have some spares printed and sitting waiting in the wings. I also printed and painted an aluminum door strip for the sliding door entrance. My battered old camera can't pick up the fact that there are a number of grooves along the top surface. Even my old MkI's can pick those up, if I wear my magnifiers. As per SOP it was time for a quick mojo lifting dry fit to see how things have come along. There's a long way to go yet before I can still start with any real assembly work but I am slowly getting there. I'm pleased with the way the interior is shaping up. A porta potty and some other junk in there should really set things off. But now, on to the part some of you have been waiting for. Those bloody air scoops. The things that have been scaring me since the beginning of this build. I won't tell you how many times I've thought I should just have left those rectangular scoops in place as only the VW intelligentsia would ever know the difference. I always have to be awkward though. Despite my misgivings things went remarkable well this morning and after attacking the milliput for some time I had the beginnings of a suitable looking bulge I found these little helpers invaluable. It's not often I resort to tools like these but in this instance they really came into their own. There is a central spine of styrene(?) providing some (but not too much) rigidity, and there is a nice little foam sandwiched between the grit paper and the plastic spine. That really helped me out when attacking those curves, and getting into the tight spaces. I had fully expected to sand through at least part of the printed scoop but things seemed to be going my way for once and I think I just about managed to get away with it. There was minimal collateral damage to either the drip rail of the waist bulge. About an hours worth of careful sanding brought something approaching symmetry though at this stage it was quite hard to accurately determine the success, or not. The orange plastic, the yellow milliput and the grey resin all combined to confuse my tired old eyes. It was going to need a coat of primer to unify the mess and let me try and figure things out. Well, whaddya know... For a first pass I am more than happy with the result. Ecstatic even. If I was being super critical, those bulges should be slightly more slab sided about the halfway point but I'll take this as a win. There's a bit more refining to be done but all in all very little else other than fine tuning. I fully expected to have at least one more milliputing session before getting anywhere near an acceptable shape. An unexpected bonus was the success of my resin to plastic butt joint, seen here in glorious horrorvision. I was really concerned about how I was going to address that joint as trying to file or sand in that region was always going to be problematic at best, and always the danger of snapping or damaging those fins. Based on this shot, some paint weeped into those tiny little gaps will do the job nicely. I really don't think I could get the joint any better than that. I'm going to take a step back from modeling any more today and let this all sink in first. The last thing I want to do now is rush the final shaping and go and ruin it. Now I'm glad I decided to remove those rectangular scoops after all
  3. fantastic result Johnny. That last shot does it for me - I love the tonal changes across the surfaces
  4. careful Giorgio, people may start to think you are infatuated... thanks James. It had to be done - the kit had potential and it was just too toy-like in its current state. thanks Ian. You and Giorgio can start a club (if you haven't already) It's going to be displayed with undercarriage down, doors open, canopy up, and the engine bay doors open. I haven't put much thought to how to display it yet, but I think there's going to be a porta-potty to help give it that authentic aroma Ah, the midges. How I miss those midges Crystal, Pete. Surely? I'm glad you asked Johnny. I'll be using my old fall back - the foil from the inside of a ciggy packet. Just enough embossing on it to give the appearance of woven texture even after paint, with paper on the reverse side to add a bit of strength. Takes paint readily on both sides, and cos it's foil it can can hold it's shape. It's also very thin so is ideal for things like seat belts. It cuts easily with a sharp blade and doesn't tear the way foil usually does. This was a quick test with some old left over, already painted foil. WHen it comes to the T2 I'll make sure I paint the cut edges as well but as you can see here, it does a great job of pretending to be a seat belt. Oh, and it sticks great with superglue - particularly if you can make the paper side the bonding surface. Now to that job. The big one. The elephant in the room. Those darned air intakes at the back end. Up until this week, this was as much as I had progressed on the job - nothing more than removing the offending part and nothing more. It was time to leave the trenches and cross no-mans land with my guns a-blazing The weapon of choice was AirScoop1 which had gone through several iterations before landing back on pretty much the item I had started off with, save for a few very minor tweaks. A bit of preparatory work was required to try and get as close a fit as possible. I've left a smidgin of the original panel remaining just aft of the panel line to give the air scoop something to butt up against. This may be agreat help going forward, or there's just as much chance it's going to rear up and bite me in the... stay tuned. After staring at it from various angles and at various times through the week and hoping against all the odds, the sir scoop never bothered to fit itself. I gave it plenty of chance but it just did not want to cooperate. Sadly, the job was left to me. Only after I had messed about with superglue and made a right pig's ear of fitting the first scoop (just as well I printed several spares) and eventually wrestled the 2nd part into place did I remember that I could have used the UV resin. Oh well. The filler of choice here had to be Milliput. No alternative really, so in order to give it a good chance of staying in place for the fighting to come afterwards, I part drilled some half-holes in the rear quarter to help provide a key for the magic stuff. Since this is such a critical job I even opened up a new pack of Milliput to celebrate. I used some dental tools to massage the milliput into any available crevice and started packing out the void. I probably spent a good half hour massaging this blob into place and think I ended up with a reasonably good first pass. I fully expect at least another application of the yellow stuff to follow after the initial sanding. In retrospect I should have increased the wall thickness of the scoop as I'm almost certain I'm going to sand through that top edge as I round that corner. Try as I might though I could not get quite as good a result on the opposite side and after a half hour of applying all sort of tools and saliva, I gave up knowing that it just means I'll have a little additional sanding to do when the time comes. I reprinted the front seat belt housing (on the left) as the last ones were a bit too tall. I also reprinted the seat belt buckles, this time with the slot for the belt added, and then those parts along with the front to rear cabin air vent piece were a colored in. as was the grill for the pop top vent. I deliberately tried to get a close-to-but-not-exact match for the internal headlining and was quite pleased with the result. Throughout the day I had been throwing coloring in juice at those seats - initially with lacklustre results. The seats were/are supposed to be white, but not a brilliant white. More of an ivory/weathered bone type color. Also considering that the camper was over 30 years old when I had it, the seat vinyl was a little weathered and aged. I wanted a white but one that didn't look brand new. After several poor trials I ended up with a mix of 1oz Semi gloss white with 3 drops of Intermediate grey, and 2 drops of Aged White (almost a "buff" color), and I think I got the result I was looking for. It's definitely a white, but stands out against the white of the interior, as it will against the exterior when that eventually gets done. The panel lines need a bit of work though . Some dirt and grime should bring those lines out nicely - if only I could make a decent job of weathering but it's never been one of my strong points. At least I have plenty of seats to practice on.. I'm still not sure what seat width I'm going to go with so in the last print run I used the CHitubox scaling tool to run a set of seats at 95% of the original width and another set at 90%. They've all been given a satin coat and left for the evening while I go curry hunting.
  5. I do. I do. Not for much else though, sadly. Another meticulous (and somewhat understated) update. Pleased to see that the cockpittery is up to the standards we have come to expect from our learned colleague. (Still drooling at the thought of seeing those canopies being fitted)
  6. Or... he got a helluva fright on the way up! Scale? I would simply have scaled the model up by a factor of 24, then scaled it down again by 1/32 but I'm a bit slow when it comes to sums.
  7. They were fun to drive once you got used to them. Luckily 1971 was the first year they fitted disc brakes so at least it could stop without giving you palpitations (much). My wife preferred driving the T2 over her CRV for some reason. Yes, Giorgio. It's often been commented on about how impressive my bits are. Tiny? wait a minute...! Those lightsabers are definitely handy pieces of equipment Johnny. Defender huh? OOB? Heavens! you simply cannot even begin to contemplate an OOB build now we know what you are capable of. That'd be sacrilege. I spent the morning at work catching up on making all the appointments I should have taken care of during my 2 month hiatus, then by the time I finished that I decided I couldn't be bothered staying at work so took the afternoon off to get some real work taken care of. I spotted this job and immediately avoided it. THose gaps are going to need taken care of but there's little point in attacking them until the interior is ready to be concreted in place. No doubt it will be in and out a gazzillion times before it's ready to fix in place. I did get the interior panels printed out with minimal shape tweaking to get them to nestle nicely inside. The amount of work involved to bring this anywhere near accurate is way more involved than I first anticipated. It may not be particularly complex but it is time consuming. For example, the snap together kit doesn't provide for the interior ledge just below the window line so more plasticky bits are cut and fettled into place, then some supports for the interior panels are added to provide a bonding surface later. I think I had mentioned in my last post that I had made an oopsie on the sliding door panel. I got the features and dimensions correct, but what I had omitted to do was thin the panel out sufficiently to allow it to bend and conform to the curvature of the sliding door. You can see a bit of a gap in this shot, and when I snuck a clamp onto the two parts the printed part stayed flat and the sliding door conformed to the shape of the printed part when I wanted it the other way around Cue another print run with a few quick mods added. Original panel on the right and modified panel on the left and you can see that I have removed enough material to allow the printed part to bend while leaving a couple of strips in the middle of the panel to provide a bonding surface. So when clamped the printed part now conforms to the shape of the kit part. Now to keep Giorgio happy we can take a look at my tiny bits Leading up the race in the front line we have a tie between three seat belt components, then behind by a neck but coming up on the nearside are a couple of floor vents who in turn are being followed by a block of other seat belt stuff and some cabin vents while out in left field we have some pop top roof vent shenanigans going on I'm very happy with how the roof vent turned out. The part on the left (with the grill) is the interior of the pop top and t'other part below that is the pop top itself. then we have the skylight which I think is going to help set things off when the time comes. In other news I spent an inordinate amount of time staring at this screen trying to get my head around that air intake at the back end. It's a lot more complex than it lets on. After printing a number of different versions I settled on this particular version which I know isn't correct but it's as close as I can get without a) major modifications to the bodywork, and b) spending weeks modeling and printing different versions which still lead back to a), and hopefully no-one but a complete T2 fanatic will ever be any the wider once it's all painted up. I hope. THis afternoon I fired up the airbrush and applied the final colors to the interior panels. They just need a satin coat now to give that olde worlde vinyl appearance. I have left myself with a bit of a task on the sliding door panel though - the outer edges of the panel and that top section need to be white, but that's a job for another day. While the coloring in book was out I colored in some seat belt parts. The black/chrome part on the left of the snot ball is being reprinted as I forgot to add a slot for the seat belt to loop through but the other parts passed QC without too many issues. as did the floor mounted heater vents. I still need to add the control lever but one thing at a time eh?. Almost lastly, but not quite... a quick check of the front to rear cabin heater conduit (thon thing at the end of the tweezers. No, the sharp end...) shows that a bit of a tweak is required to allow for a better fit... being reprinted as I type. Seat? Did someone mention a seat? Oh well spotted sir. Yes, there is a printed seat in the shot above. I wasn't too over the moon with the kit part - seen here in the foreground, as it was a bit bland. I daresay there could well have been a seat of this design fitted at some point but it definitely did not represent the seats I had fitted in my old bus and were undoubtedly originals. So I made my own. That was the result of the first test print. A few very minor tweaks were made and they are now happily bathing in UV light as they grow from the resin bath. They are going to look much better than the kit parts. Looking at this I may shrink the seat in the X axis as viewed a little, maybe to 95% just to give me a little leeway in getting the vents and seatbelt fittings all in place at assembly time. Printed parts and paint. What more could Giorgio want? Oops. It just gone 5 - time to finish work now
  8. I look on these in the same way I look on Pratchetts footnotes... always entertaining, and the more the merrier.
  9. Since the upgrade I've been having issues with the jump to first unread post button. Sometimes it only takes me to the top of the last page in a thread, sometimes it jumps to somewhere on the last page but never to the first unread post on that thread. It's mildy annoying and I've actually found it easier to go direct to the last page, scroll to the bottom then work my way back up the thread to find where I left off last time. I've also found that sometimes when accessing BM all I get is a blank page. No 504, 500 or any other message, just a completely blank page. A refresh normally brings BM to life but on occasion it will take 2 or more refreshes to get things kickstarted
  10. thanks Giorgio. There can't be many if any, folks out there daft enough to try and modify this kit and turn it into something semi accurate. Not much of yer actual plastic worrying offenses were committed today. At least not enough to bother taking photos of. Most of my time today was spent on the digital modeling side of things to try and catch up on a lot of the interior stuff that up until yesterday I had conveniently forgotten about. Items such as the air vent transition piece. This fits onto the bulkhead behind the front seats and connects the airflow from the doors through the rear cabin. Now whether some of these pieces actually print successfully or not remains to be seen. If they can be printed, can they even be handled without a) breaking them, b) losing them, or c) pinging them off into oblivion with the tweezers. From left to right, top to bottom: Rear seat belt inertia reel, then seat belt sticky in latchy bit Front seat belt inertia reel, then seat belt feed through bracket Rear floor mounted heater vent, then seat belt catchy latchy bit that grabs the seat belt sticky in latchy bit Also making a grand appearance on screen today was the pop top roof vent. This will be a 3 piece affair with the two flanged components sandwiching the roof or at leadt having a brave attempt at doing so. The 3rd component, the vent cover was a semi opaque (or semi translucent?) plastic. It was almost white but not quite and you could almost see through it but not quite. That presents a problem in that I'm not really sure how to reproduce that effect in model scale. I did think of using the print as a vacuform buck and overheating some PETG which would discolor it towards that white I'd be looking for but I doubt I'd be able to capture the detail on that top cover. More thought required. I also printed out the interior panels today but made a booboo on the sliding doorp panel so I've made some modifications and will reprint that tomorrow, or maybe even overnight.
  11. not great news Steve but at least you have discovered it now and have a chance to rectify it. On the plus side - you could have a spare Xantho to practice your techniques on
  12. You'll do anything to avoid finishing these two won't you Sculpting huh? That's something I have studiously avoided in Solidworks. So studiously in fact that I don't even know if it has that capability though I'm pretty sure it does. You don't fancy practicing some more sculpting do you? I'm short of a couple seat cushions for the T2
  13. Careful there Giorgio. He may just have time to squeeze in another holiday or two before the final curtain.
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