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    1. Kit: , by (Established Member) The creative explorer is offline
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      A while back I purchased this kit in Belgium because I like big scale and it was affordable, due to not building military I soon sold it again. Ever since I kept looking for a decent priced one and not that long ago, I was able to find one for a good price.
      I got it by mail and soon came the ideas, I did searched online for some reference material, but there are basically no Kubel hotrods, there is one, but it basically a Kübel without it's fenders. I wanted it a bit more radical, so I had to think something on my own.
      I closely looked at the traditional American hotrods and discovered that my Kübel had is needing a major modification on the body, it needed to be shorter, lower and more pronounced.

      I started with putting the body pieces together on a modelshow and when home, did some doodling to find a style I liked. Soon the idea's popped in my head and it was time to get the multitool and saw it into pieces.

      This is the box, it is released by Revell 1/9 Volkswagen Kübel 'Kubelrod' , but it is an older Esci kit


      A few views of the original body, just to give an idea of what it should look originally


      Note the tape on the sides, that will be my reference marks to cut it.








      And everything went into pieces after cutting it up, it is a multipiece body and meant to put together throughout the whole build, but I needed it to be a complete assembled body


      A little leap in time, in the meanwhile I got some wheels from Mspeanut (Thanks!) and got working on putting everything somewhat together. Because I shortened the body, it meant the wheelbase got shorter as well, which is not favourable for a hotrod. So I decided to keep the original floorpan and wheelbase and work my way from there. In this picture the body is as I put it together from the loose pieces and the I assembled quickly the front and rear axle for working on the body


      A small hint of what it is going to be


      I think I keep the original front wheel on the front, it is a important design feature of the Kübel and since there is no engine in the front, I need to keep it entertaining with something.


      I drew some lines of the floorpan, that needs to be cut in order to fit the body to the floorpan


      When the body fits, I made some new bodypanels with white styrene 1/9 Volkswagen Kübel 'Kubelrod' , and it starts to give shape to the body. It does look weird at the moment, but I hope it will work out.


      Different view


      Even tough I measure everything a couple times, for some reason it looks odd and warped.


      Eventually the left doorpillar was 2mm longer than the other side and I must have messed up something somewhere.


      I changed the 'hood' of the car and made it fit, it now gives a bit better look to the hotrod


      At this stage, I lowered the left doorpillar and narrowed the top doorpillar frame, it gives a bit sleeker appearance.


      One of the things I wanted to do, is to convert the Kübel from 5 to 3 doors. I placed them in the new hole, taped them together and cut them at the same line, that way, one can be sure they fit easily to eachother




      For some reason, it still looks warped, but I think there is actually a warp in the floorpan. All the measurements are correct.




      And finally a bit more detailled look of the Kubelrod, this gives quite a good impression of what the car may look like. I need to lower the doors and I think I need to give the car a wider rear axle, but other than that, I think I got the base covered.





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  1. The creative explorer's Avatar Established Member
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    Because I had glued some parts that needed serious drying time in order to put strain on them, I started with the paintjob on the floorpan.
    Be aware; this is a sneakpeak! the paintjob on the body will be different, but hint on this. The paintjob on this project will be very comprehensive, it will not be limited to just the outside of the body, but will go way further than that. Since most area's are visible, the paintjob will continue throughout the whole car.






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    This skull-camouflage is awesome. Really artwork here, not only a paintjob. Looking forward to see more.

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    Way to go Erik......when I first glanced at the pan I thought it was just another camo paint job until I realized it was a collage of skulls. Very creative!
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    Thanks guys!
    OK, so long time errr..... not a lot done,

    But I bring you a new update, I have been able to do some work on the body and finally got it good enough for the paintjob, which will be a huge turnkey in this build.

    First, I got the wheels done:


    And the body in it's second painting stage; after primer 1/9 Volkswagen Kübel 'Kubelrod' it is now Desert Sand 1/9 Volkswagen Kübel 'Kubelrod' Yellow


    For the contrast, in this picture it is shown how different the Kubelrod is from the Kübelwagen


    Step 3: Adding some brown skidmarks


    Step 4: Adding some green ones


    The sparewheel finished, I painted the letters blueish white, just like a brandnew tire


    Step 5: putting on some masking 1/9 Volkswagen Kübel 'Kubelrod' tape


    Step 6: Going back to black


    Step 7: Adding some skulls


    More steps to follow in upcoming days, I hope you enjoyed!


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    cool airbrushing 1/9 Volkswagen Kübel 'Kubelrod' dude! love the paint booth too! Ive done bike tanks so it's neat to see some smaller art work like this. Always wondered what those stencils where like and I think they get it done! very impressed effect!

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    Thanks! yeah, those stencils really pay out, it makes in small scale very nice artwork, which gives me a whole lot less headache!

    Today was the make or break day, I had to take the last steps towards the paintjob and it involved the trueflames artwork, that is always tricky and I think it came out ok.
















    This is the scariest moment; the tape comes of...Will I take paint with the tape, will the paint look ok, how did it work out?
    I think it worked out ok, it does blend and it could've been better, but I like it for this build; nice and wild.







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    Thanks guys!
    The body has now been clearcoated twice and needs to be polished. I hope to get that done next week, nice little job to do, glad it isn't huge body (<---Sarcasm)
    I think it came out ok, it is not the finish I wanted, but I think it is not irrepairable and will be decent after polishing. In the meanhwile, I got most parts finished and painted, so I could start working on assembly a bit more.

    I tried to create a cloth-like upholstery for the seats, instead of giving it brand new seats, I kept it with the original seats and with upholstery, rather than the stated rubbery-like material from the kit.






    The engine got some more parts, I wired the sparks and added the fanbelt. I need to Alclad 1/9 Volkswagen Kübel 'Kubelrod' a couple of parts, and then heading for a final assembly and wiring of the engine.




    I clearcoated the floorpan, so I could also work on the suspension


    I really like how this skull came to live with the frontsuspension on his head :)


    The back suspension is a very weak link of this kit, very fragile and with a lot of tolerances, I seriously hope it will hold the car on it's feet when ready.


    The finished backseat in the body, I really like the look of it. It almost looks like some sort of Alcantara.




    And two early mock-up pictures of how the car sits at the moment, it starts to look promising and it really comes together now.





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    Hi Erik,
    just found your build diary - excellent work!!!!! I have been after this kit for a while dont build military vehicles so didnt get one. Then i took the plunge after seeing your build - Its given me the idea for a south african beach buggie special. will be following your model with enthusiasm. Rajen
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    Thanks Rajen,

    I had the same thing, didn't do military, had them, sold them, bought them, sold them, bought them again and kept it. Right after the last one, A idea popped in my head and I went for it, never tried such a huge body-modifying build. But like the result so far quite well, that I bought another kit. We'll see what we can make of that, I already purchased a 1/8 Corvair Trike, so it is needless to say what engine will go in the next Kübel :)

    After a week of polishing, 2 hours per evening, I finally got the body in a decent way. So, that means that it is on to final assembly and detailling at last.
    I started with giving the doors a nice look to it with flocking 1/9 Volkswagen Kübel 'Kubelrod' .




    What you didn't knew, was a suprise inside the doors. before adding the doorpanels, I airbrushed the inside of the doors with some more skulls, but tucked away




    And work on the engine continued;


    I added chromed valvecovers


    Replaced the molded in throttle bars and added throttle return springs




    And finally some preview pictures, needless to say that it sits too high as it is.





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    Most likely the final update, I hope to get'r done tomorrow or friday, just in time for the Nationals on saturday.
    Work has been mostly limited to detailling and fixing weak fitments, the car has some issues with a weak construction, which appeared after installing all the wheels. The car couldn't sit on it's own axles.

    I added some air filters on the carbs.


    Using mesh that I formed over a round object,


    Giving it a realistic appearance.


    The front end got a horizontal bar for installing the headlights on, to prevent the Kubelrod would have that typical volksrod appearance.


    And while playing with some left over parts, I had a fun idea. In the spirit of the Moon gastanks on the front axle with some hotrods, I am using the jerrycan as a gastank for the Kübel


    The decal 1/9 Volkswagen Kübel 'Kubelrod' for the speedometer is a bit weird, it is pointing to 100km/h, which is a bit unrealistic, giving it is on display.


    I installed exhausts on the back end and taillights.


    This will be the new pointer for the speedometer.


    Which looks a whole lot better.


    I installed the windshield


    And the headlights.


    Tomorrow it is time for final assembly.


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    It has taken me more than half a year and this is my first finished build in 2013! Normally, I would've finished about 8 by now, now just this one.

    It was a project where I didn't know for sure how it would turn out and what the final look would be, simply because it has never been done before in this way and even with the real cars, the Kubelwagen is mostly left untouched.



    Not so much with this kit, I decided to modify the heck out of it. I started with cutting up the body and get it from a 4-door to a 2-door model, then I sectioned the body and shortened it. I made a new nose, so the original floorpan could be used and prevented it from making the model look goofy.



    I added a very wild paintscheme, inside and out, and added a lot of different styled touches. I think that overall, the blend does come out nicely.



    I haven't gotten a proper photobooth for this size of cars yet, so I made a rough photoshoot, sorry about that.















































    And to give you a idea of the size:





    I hope you guys enjoyed it!


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    You bet we enjoyed watching this unfold Erik. It turned out exceptionally well. I love the imagination and originality of this project and the craftsmanship is awesome. It really shows that you had a great time building the "THING".

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    A very nice "creative exploration"!
    Regards

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