Diorama Lighting

Lighting The DioramaLighting The DioramaLighting The DioramaLighting The DioramaLighting The DioramaLighting The DioramaI finished wiring and management of the lighting system for the diorama. I’m very pleased with the way that it turned out. Best part of the lighting system is that it’s controlled remotely. The LED’s, remote control w/remote and battery pack cost less than 10 dollars. Once I had everything in place, it was just a matter of doing a little wire management and tucking everything out of site. I also finished the detail on the Rat Rod Beetle, but still have to finish the detail on the VW flatbed. Now I can concentrate on the details and button this project up, it’s gone on way too long now. I’m sure I’ll add to it from time to time and switch things up, but so far I’m happy with the direction I’m going with it. Great way to pass time and relieve stress.

Diorama Update 1_9_2018

Test Fitting LightsLighting The DioramaCustom VW TruckHad a little time the past couple of weeks to work on the diorama. I had been searching online and at the hobby stores to find the right lights for the shop, but just couldn’t find what I had in mind. So, I made my own using wire nuts, spray can directional tubes and nut holders. The scale is a little larger than what I was wanting, but I think they’re turning out nice. Tonight I began to wire the LED’s and I think they’re going to be perfect, nice and bright. I also decided to add a flatbed, VW truck. I finished the base and custom wheels a couple of weeks ago and got the body in primer. I think I’m going to leave it this way, but maybe give it a little patina. I have a remote that will control the lights once I do a little wire management. Love the way it’s turning out.

10 Degree Cold Start

Merry Christmas

Just an opportunity to wish all of our followers a Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years.

1968 Redline Hot Wheels Custom VW Beetle

1968 Redline Hot Wheels Beetle1968 Redline Hot Wheels Beetle1968 Redline Hot Wheels Beetle1968 Redline Hot Wheels BeetlePulled the trigger and purchased this while it was still available. These move fast and to find one in excellent condition is rare. 1968 Redline Hot Wheels Custom VW Beetle. I’ve been wanting one for a very long time and this one became available for a very nice price. Depending on condition and color, these usually range in price from $80 to $300. It’s a nice find and it’ll be a nice addition to the collection.

3rd Brake Light

Third Brake Light ModThird Brake Light ModThird Brake Light ModPlaying around with the 3rd brake light to make it look more vintage. May keep it this way, may not, still undecided. Click here to see how this project started a couple of years ago. I’d eventually like to find an authentic vintage light, but they’re really hard to find and if you do find one in decent shape, they’re very expensive. I believe I purchased this light from Speedway Motors for around 12 dollars. It was originally clear.

Product Review & Planning Ahead

There are many necessary tools needed for the repair and/or regular maintenance of your vintage VW. I thought it’d be a good idea to share some information on those tools from time to time that may help others out.

Titan Magnetic Parts TrayTitan Magnetic Parts Tray

This first is a must have for working on any car. There’s nothing worse than losing nuts and bolts when it’s time to put everything back together. I use this Titan Magnetic Parts Tray that I believe I bought on Amazon for a little over 7 dollars. It has a magnetic base that allows it to hang securely from your toolbox, car hood, etc. They come in various shapes and sizes and they’re a great to keep your parts organized while you work.

 

13mm Half Moon WrenchNext is a Half Moon Wrench, size 13mm and 11mm. If you’ve ever tried to remove your carburetor or generator stand without one, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Yes, it can be done with a regular open face or boxed wrench, but this 6 dollar investment makes things so much easier. I picked this one up on Summit Racing for about $3.50. It’s a must have!

 

Carb Rebuild KitNew Fuel LinesI had planned on doing some regular maintenance on my carburetor before it got too cold outside, but since the Beetle is running fine, I think I’ll wait til spring. I had it apart last fall to replace the float, but I didn’t clean or replace the jets as I had planned. I also think my accelerator pump diaphragm isn’t working as well as it should. Ethanol in today’s fuel is hard on the diaphragm and it’s probably a good idea to change them every couple of years or so. I’m also going to relocate the fuel filter to underneath the car and away from the engine bay. I know that there’s much debate on this, but I still feel that it’s a good idea. I picked up this rebuild kit and new fuel line from the Dune Buggy Warehouse a while back, it has everything I need for the carb rebuild. I believe the rebuild kit was around 12 dollars and 1 meter for fuel line (the good stuff) was around 13 dollars. You can never have too much spare laying around.