Close

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 28
    1. Kit: , by (Established Member) The creative explorer is offline
      Builder Last Online: Nov 2017 Show Printable Version Email this Page
      Model Scale: 1/8 Rating:  Thanks: 0
      Started: 05-14-13 Build Revisions: Never  
      Not Supported

      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.


      Show Complete First Post

      Show Your Support

      • This build may not be copied, reproduced or published elsewhere without author's permission.
        Please note: The first post will be displayed at the top of every page.

  1. The creative explorer's Avatar Established Member
    Name
    Erik
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    141
    I am able to work a little bit on the Kubelrod in the spare moments, progress is slow, but at least there is some progress.
    Basically because of the warping of the body I decided to put a cross-brace in the rod, giving the body some strength, but also adds to the looks. I put the original seats together and I think I am going to stick with them, although I might going to lower them a little bit, or tweak them into a bench seat.




    I also added the floorsills, giving the body some hard-needed strength at the mid-body joint. I will let the glue do it's work overnight and work on it in the weekend again. Even though it doesn't look a lot just yet, I think the modifications to the body are close to be done and soon will be able to start doing the prep work and getting the body ready for it's (intricate) paintjob. I am still in doubt of whether of making all the panels smooth, but something tells me I should keep with the original panels.


    And whilst I am waiting for parts to cure 1/9 Volkswagen Kübel 'Kubelrod' , I work on some small parts that needs to be glued together, gives me something to do.



    1/9 Volkswagen Kübel 'Kubelrod'
    QUOTE QUOTE #2

  2. The creative explorer's Avatar Established Member
    Name
    Erik
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    141
    A tiny update, I've been doing a lot of work to it, but it basically doesn't show. Today I laid a coat of primer 1/9 Volkswagen Kübel 'Kubelrod' on the body, to see how bad the seemlines are and I keep having problems with it. I put back some bondo on it again and I guess I got my work cut out for the weekend.








    1/9 Volkswagen Kübel 'Kubelrod'
    QUOTE QUOTE #3

  3. The creative explorer's Avatar Established Member
    Name
    Erik
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    141
    Another tiny update; I started to work on the engine in between the glue and bondo drying times. When browsing through the manual and the parts, I discoverd the Kubel had one tiny carburettor and didn't look all that beefy. Time to dig through the partsboxes and after some thinking and digging, I came up with a carburettor set up of a 1/12 Chevy Bel Air, luckily I have several of these kits, so 2 more carburettors were quite quickly cut out the other Chevy's boxes.
    I believe this set up doesn't mismatch the engine and with a nice aircleaner on top, I guess it will fit right in the theme and it sure does will look a whole lot better than the stock part. I already did discover that the airbox on top of the engine needs to be seriously lowered, after the sectioning, it doesn't fit no more :)

    Some pictures to give a rough idea:









    1/9 Volkswagen Kübel 'Kubelrod'
    QUOTE QUOTE #4

  4. Nortley's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
    Name
    Buck
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    401
    Nice project. It's always interesting to see a rod based on something other than the venerable deuce. Looking at the front end I wonder if there isn't some cowling for a Messerschmitt or stuka in the RC airplane parts department that could be fitted to push the air molecules aside in style.
    Scorpio - Builds models the way the prototype should have been built.
    QUOTE QUOTE #5

  5. The creative explorer's Avatar Established Member
    Name
    Erik
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    141
    Thanks, I agree that the front end is difficult, mainly because it doesn't have a engine there to fill it up. But I think I've got it covered by using the original sparewheel, the front axle and some extra tubing and hoping that will be enough to make it look ok. I think the whole looks of the project depends on the front end.

    Finally! The part of modelbuilding that excites me most has come, painting! All those uniform colored parts come to life and when being put together, creation is starting :)
    Again, it is only a small update, only a few pieces of the engine got put together, but it is a start.










    1/9 Volkswagen Kübel 'Kubelrod'
    QUOTE QUOTE #6

  6. spinellid82's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
    Name
    David
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    1,715
    Talk about different! WAY COOL! This should prove fun to watch.
    USMC, Retired

    Evil prevails when good men stand idle.
    QUOTE QUOTE #7

  7. Dr Dave's Avatar Yearly Subscriber
    Name
    David
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    456
    Well Erik, you sure are 'The Creative Explorer'. I don't think many people would tackle a project like this. Looking good mate .
    QUOTE QUOTE #8

  8. The creative explorer's Avatar Established Member
    Name
    Erik
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    141
    Thanks guys! Next to fun watching it, it is also fun building it. Even though I always try to build with realism, these kind of builds are not so serious, one can basically do what one wants to do. :)

    @Dave, thank you. I just like to do things different and try new things. The upcoming paintjob is going to be different as well, to say the least hahaha.


    1/9 Volkswagen Kübel 'Kubelrod'
    QUOTE QUOTE #9

  9. Dr Dave's Avatar Yearly Subscriber
    Name
    David
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    456
    Take your time and be careful with that paint job. Sounds exciting.
    Bull dust, blowflies, & the outback. Heaven on earth!
    QUOTE QUOTE #10

  10. The creative explorer's Avatar Established Member
    Name
    Erik
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    141
    i've not been posting so quickly new updates for a long time, I think I am back to building again after a long time of absence, finally recovery :)



    The body work is I believe in it's final stage, I need to work on the ribs on the side and then it should be ready for primer 1/9 Volkswagen Kübel 'Kubelrod' . After that, fixing the doors and I can start working on the paintjob.









    And some work got done on the engine, still basic work, but when I am happy, I can work on the detailling of the engine.












    1/9 Volkswagen Kübel 'Kubelrod'
    QUOTE QUOTE #11

  11. The creative explorer's Avatar Established Member
    Name
    Erik
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    141
    Thanks guys,

    I have been working on and off with the body, it is my main-focus and it is a lame job to do, but it has to be done. I got some templates coming in from the USA for the artwork (I am calling that, since it can not be called a paintjob when finished) and I am down to the last little details for finishing the body. When the body is finished, I need to do the doors and I can start with the artwork soon after.

    This is how the body looks, shot in a good coat of primer 1/9 Volkswagen Kübel 'Kubelrod' :






    And after some investigation, I found a couple of problem area's, but was pleasantly suprised by the small amount of them.





    1/9 Volkswagen Kübel 'Kubelrod'
    QUOTE QUOTE #12

  12. spinellid82's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
    Name
    David
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    1,715
    The body and engine look great so far! This is going to be a really unique and [B]COOL[/B] project, I give it an A+ for imagination and craftsmanship!
    USMC, Retired

    Evil prevails when good men stand idle.
    QUOTE QUOTE #13

  13. The creative explorer's Avatar Established Member
    Name
    Erik
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    141
    Ok, so yes, I am still alive, yes, I still am busy, yes, I still model some and yes, I can give you an update finally.



    In the last couple of weeks, I've been working on the body, I think all the major bodywork is now done, all though I've seen a few areas that might need a little attention. But, since there is going to be a intricate paintjob, some flaws will be camouflaged and I can get away with it. Just don't tell anybody!



    Since 2 weeks, I shifted from the body to the doors, they have to be custom made and made them from the original doors, it took me some time to get the right sizes and now I am working on the mechanical bits before I can work on getting it paint ready.

    I want to use an actual doorcrank, that is operatable. I think I have a setup and now working on getting it to work properly. It is more complicated than I thought, but I find it interesting. It is a new part of modelling for me.



    This evening, I worked on hinging the doors. I had in mind to hinge them the regular way, with wire. But thought it would look so out of place in this scale and went browsing through my parts. Finally found some small boathinges that look awesome and are perfect for this model.



    The door taped in place and the hinges layed out for final placement





    The hinges placed onto the body and secured with screws for a hotrod look.





    Go suicide!









    Some rough work on the door latch





    And in place with the door shut




    1/9 Volkswagen Kübel 'Kubelrod'
    QUOTE QUOTE #14

  14. The creative explorer's Avatar Established Member
    Name
    Erik
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    141
    Boy, do I make small tiny steps with this project. In the time I can build/finish a 1/24 engine, I can hardly make some modifications to the lock. I am seriously doubting whether I can even finish this project before the end of the year. I think I need a good month to finish up the doors and get it ready for paint. In my quest to find a good way of making the doorhandles, I was browsing through the manual and found them: the original handles! But they were a bit too big and I shortened them a little bit. Using the kit handles, does require me to change the whole doorlock setup again, but I think it is worth it. I made some doorpanels, not yet finished though Added a bracket with adjustment holes for the spring, that will pull the handle back in position From a different angle:


    1/9 Volkswagen Kübel 'Kubelrod'
    QUOTE QUOTE #15

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Quick Scale Calculator

 
Scale Calculator   Scale Factor   Real Size:     + Deluxe Scale Calculator
  1: th   Which equals Convert measurement: Reset or clear:  
  Any Scale   Scale Size:     + Deluxe Metric Calculator
 
Top