Still thinking about the boxes but I did a wee bit of work on the doors and bumpers this weekend instead.
Chopped the rear bumpers up to accept the nato standard towing pintle supports and drilled openings for rear fog and reversing lights. Also drilled out the front bumper to form a towing hitch and recess. Original parts and alterred together
Van body has slightly different rear bumpers compared to the short as there are tie down/lifting rings that have to be added to the chassis in between the rear wheels but in front of the bumpers.
The fire service G waggons have horizontally split doors and the rally G waggon vertically split doors that come formed as part of the full body shell part. There is also the board and number plate lights moulded into the doors that are already factory cut with only tiny joints left that are easily carved to free the doors from the body shell.
Van body needs a single, side hung rear door with no glass and supporting a spare wheel. I took all the detail off the horizontally split door and added a new door handle and recess.
Van body bumpers and door with spare wheel (no hinges yet)
Short wheelbase gets the vertical split doors with the number plate board carefully cut off and saved for adding back on later and the hole filled in.
If you have some basic dimensions in mm's of the gurny that came with the VW ambulance I would appreciate if you might pass these on Michael as it looks very like the one that would sit on the flat platform to the left.
I think I will do mine with a red matrass for a bit of contrast with the green and white.
I rose to the challenge tonight as I thought I had better try to get something done and you gave me the push I needed to give it a go!!!!!!
So I will let you guys be the judge of my first attempt. Use of more Aluminium foil again and burnishing "A La Sandy" Ian Sadler style to press the pattern from sections of plastic cut and sanded to shape.
A bit of tweeking on the master still to do and then there is front and opposits of each to make masters of.
I have decided to also narrow the outside lip / vertical lip a bit more as comparing with the real photos they project out but are not as wide a lip as I appear to have formed here as far as I can see it.
What do you guys think :-?
Do you think I should continue with this route or any other suggestions?
Thanks for the kind comments! I am enjoying the build when I get the time to do stuff. Having made the plastic masters to form the foil extensions to the mud guards it made it easy to run off all the pieces I needed in quick succession. I am reasonably chuffed with how easy the pieces fitted to the plastic.
I fitted the two front pieces to the cab of the box body version in no time at all. I need to fill a few minor gaps, smooth the surfaces, prime them and repaint.
Will have to look over the photos to check what other areas need worked on first before I add more paint though. There are the blue beacons and any protectors. Roof racks can be done as separate items hopefully and added after.
The short wheelbase would probably be the easiest to finish off as there is not very much to add that the kit does not provide.
Was attempting to scan and adapt the decals for the Bundeswehr VW's bus conversions and from the 1/24 Unimog kits I have in the stash to alter number plates and give me additional stuff to addorn the models.
Having bother uploading the file to e-mail to my work to use their printers to put on decal sheet. Must have made the file size so damned big with the alterations I did on photo shop 6.
Have got so much to learn on how to use the programme!!!!!!!!!!! Any hints from folks on here would be appreciated.