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    1. Kit: , by (VIP/Sponsor) Old Busted Hotness is offline
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      Started: 03-06-11 Build Revisions: Never  
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      Volkswagen : Bus/Vanagon VW VAN VOLKSWAGEN VANAGON PHOENIX BUS MICROBUS CAMPER | Buy a Volkswagen Classic Car for Sale at UsedCarsPlus.com

      Still trying to decide where this build will go, it hasn't started talking to me yet

      I figured the best way to begin was by chopping up a VW, right?



      This one's been sitting around approximately forever with the ESC and receiver out of it. Old Kyosho body on a Wild Ceptor I bought for the tires, back when that was the only way to get Sand VW Phoenix camper/van/whatever Blasters. 20 bucks for a brand-new kit ain't a bad deal :D The Ceptor (WTF does that word even mean?) has no suspension, so the floor is nice and flat and I can build the wheel wells nice and tight. Other than that it's pretty much worthless.

      So I got this far:



      ... and ran out of glue. The front end needs a bit of tweaking, either it needs to be longer (but I think it's plenty long enough) or the angle needs to be changed, to get the front panel slimmed down to headlight size. That will come in time.

      The Phoenix never came as an assembled vehicle or even a kit; just a set of plans out of a 1978 issue of Popular Science, so no two are alike. I don't know how many are out there.

      For paint, disco stripes seem to be called for Not sure if I'll build it with a fold-out tent, or regular van style. Time's gonna tell. But first I need more glue.
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  1. Some progress:





    Mission statement :D



    Side door (and maybe the back one) will get a gullwing hinge.


    VW Phoenix camper/van/whatever
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
    QUOTE QUOTE #2

  2. More styrene VW Phoenix camper/van/whatever slingin':



    Side door...



    ... with gullwing hinge



    Back panel, prepped for Pinto wagon taillights



    Paneling :D


    VW Phoenix camper/van/whatever
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
    QUOTE QUOTE #3



  3. Got all the seams and corners done. Don't know why this one (all flat panels and sharp edges) needed so much filler when the Firebird (all curves) didn't hardly need any, but there you are. Could see paint or at least primer VW Phoenix camper/van/whatever today.



    Interior panels all closed up and boxed in



    Rear door with funky window



    Gullwing, of course. I'd be real surprised if the 1:1 VW Phoenix camper/van/whatever didn't use trunk hinges for the gullwing doors.



    Hinges aren't that hard, just brass and aluminum tube. I would have used brass for all parts, but the LHS VW Phoenix camper/van/whatever hasn't re-stocked since my last raid.


    VW Phoenix camper/van/whatever
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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  4. Some color:



    Sorry it's a little fuzzy, 1/2 second exposure so you can see the real color.


    VW Phoenix camper/van/whatever
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
    QUOTE QUOTE #5

  5. ScaleMotorcars's Avatar Administrator
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    I just love these RC builds but when are we going to see a Dynamic Manta or vintage on-road car.

    Back in the early 80's I lived just a few miles for all the great RC companies like Associate, Novak, Mip and Cox. I wish I still had them all. Especially my old 1/8 Dynamics.

    Just an FYI my Tamiya Club profile.
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  6. I sold off most of my onroad stuff when I quit racing (got sick of all the BS) so there's not much to pick from there. I do have the front half of an RC12L3 that I tried unsuccessfully to give away

    I have 10 times more fun running the trails with my buds than I ever had racing. Although I'm tempted to bring the Trail Bird out to the local carpet track for the Vintage Trans-Am night.


    VW Phoenix camper/van/whatever
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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  7. Interior decorating:





    Thought about staining the balsa, but I kinda like the blond look :D



    Tinted windows.


    VW Phoenix camper/van/whatever
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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  8. What do you think... too subtle? :D















    Storage in the headboard


    VW Phoenix camper/van/whatever
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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    Busted, I'll bet you have some very strange dreams...
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  10. ScaleMotorcars's Avatar Administrator
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    All I have to say is................

    DISCO BALL !!!!!!
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  11. Nortley's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    Great van, will it get one of those "If the van is rocking...." stickers?
    Scorpio - Builds models the way the prototype should have been built.
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  12. Don Garrett's Avatar Asst. Administrator
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    I'm a little disappointed in the lack of angel hair and a wish nik on the dash.
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  13. Easy Grandpa, I ain't done yet

    State of the art sound system (circa 1978):




    VW Phoenix camper/van/whatever
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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  14. While some joker was busy hacking the site, I started on the engine:





    I built this Weber carb maybe 10 years ago, finally found a use for it


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