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Old 10-15-2010, 09:33 AM
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VW Bus

So I have had this model saved for quite a long time now. I have been wanting to build almost since the time I got it. There was also a build thread of it started in this forum not too long ago as well.

Any way, I am going to have my kick at the can on this one too.
The model is available free at VW Samba Bus paper model Mwe Verlag KdF-Wagen
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Old 10-15-2010, 09:44 AM
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I am going to start with the wheels. There certainly appears to be enough parts to these just by themselves.

My printed out copy of the instructions are very faint and I had a difficult time deciphering the small print with any real certainty with regard to the wheel construction. Therefore, I made a larger copy of just the wheel instruction and then determined where the parts were supposed to go. This is what I came up with.
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Old 10-15-2010, 09:47 AM
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I did the tire sidewall first with the mounting ring base.
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Next, an inner rim wall was added.
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Old 10-15-2010, 09:51 AM
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Now the other tire sidewall was made. This was made up to the same level of completion as the first side.
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Old 10-15-2010, 09:57 AM
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I then went on to make the wheel covers, but I wanted to pretty them up a bit so I applied an aluminum tape to it. Nice thing about this was that in addition to joining the cover together with the little joining strip, I was also able to let the overlap of the aluminum tape do some bonding work too. I glued the joiner in after the tape was holding everything together. I opted not to show the paper VW center piece and insead covered it in aluminum tape as well such that the entire cover now has that chrome look.
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Old 10-15-2010, 10:00 AM
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The tire tread has a full circumference inside strip. This not only serves to join the tread, but also is a spacer for up-coming parts, so you want to make sure that it gets centered inside.
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Old 10-15-2010, 10:03 AM
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Now to insert those center discs upto the spacer/joiner. This is going to require a trim to fit exercise (both sides).
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The wheel cover has an addtional ring applied to it before it gets monted onto the wheel assembly.
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Old 10-15-2010, 10:08 AM
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Final installation of the previously assembled tire sidewalls and wheel cover will produce the tire as shown below. I made the inside hub assemblies, but did not install at this time.
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