Custom Hot Wheels VW T2 Part V

Hot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateHot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateHot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateHot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateHot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateHot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateHot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateHot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateHot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateHot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateHot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateHot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateI did a little back tracking on the custom VW Bus this week. I wasn’t pleased with the custom tail gate or the rails for the tarp/cover. The rails for the tarp were a bit out of scale (I used large paperclips), so I removed them and made new ones out of small paperclips. The scale is much better. The tail gate looked a little hokey, it just didn’t fit in well. I removed it and made a new one out of a large wire tie. The inner texture of the large wire tie blends perfectly with the texture of the bed. I also removed the numerous coats of primer that I’ve added along the way. I prime the custom after I add something new to keep the color consistent so I can find any imperfections. The whole body got a final sanding and the final coat of primer was added before any painting. I’m at the point that I’ll start adding texture, a little rust here and there, the primer beneath the paint and then the paint itself. This is a very time consuming part of the build, but the outcome will be awesome. Again, I don’t get into a rush when I’m doing this, I want it to look as real as possible. I’ve also started adding a little detail to the interior even though it’ll never be seen. More updates coming soon!

Custom Hot Wheels VW T2 Part IV

More Work On The Custom VW BusMore Work On The Custom VW BusMore Work On The Custom VW BusMore Work On The Custom VW BusMore Work On The Custom VW BusMore Work On The Custom VW BusMore Work On The Custom VW BusMore Work On The Custom VW BusMore Work On The Custom VW BusMore Work On The Custom VW BusMore Work On The Custom VW BusHad some time today to work on the Custom VW Bus. I wanted to add supports to the new rails for a tarp or some kind of cover. 3 large paperclips seemed to fit the bill perfectly. For consistency, I soldered the ends of the paperclips together before I bent them. This ensured that the arches of the supports would be the same for all 3. Once I determined the correct height that I wanted for the supports, I cut them free with wire cutters. I first secured the supports to the body with super glue, then added JB Weld for added support. I then gave everything a fresh coat of primer. I’ll do this many times as I’m working on a custom. It helps to identify flaws. Once the custom is finished, I’ll strip all of the primer and add a fresh coat before it’s painted. Progress on this custom is slow, but I really like the look so far. I also ordered a airbrush kit and compressor. This is more of a starter kit, but it got really good reviews. I look forward to learning how to airbrush. This custom will be the first that I use it on. Before I finished for the evening. I added chains to the tailgate. I bought a very cheap necklace chain to use for this. The scale looks pretty good. Stay tuned for more updates!

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Custom Hot Wheels VW T2 Part III

Custom Hot Wheels BusCustom Hot Wheels BusCustom Hot Wheels BusCustom Hot Wheels BusCustom Hot Wheels BusCustom Hot Wheels BusHad a little time this week to work on the custom VW Bus. Still not totally sure of the direction I’m going with this just yet, but I’ve got a lot of ideas. I’ve added some side panels that still need a lot of work, but I really like the look. I’d planned to exchange the stock Hot Wheels wheels with something more “realistic”, I think I’ll keep them this time and customize them to go with the flow. Of course the ugly blue metallic highlight will go away and I’ll texture the plastic tires to look more realistic. Last but not least, I’ll be adding pizza pan will covers. It took me a while to find something that would fit the stock wheels perfectly and give it that pizza pan look. I finally came across some rivets that I had for the wing windows for VW Beetles and they fit perfectly. I just had to remove the flaring stud on them. I’ll dull them a bit to make them look more like aluminum. I think they’ll be a nice addition. Stay tuned!

Custom Hot Wheels VW T2 Part II

Custom VW Bus UpdateCustom VW Bus UpdateCustom VW Bus UpdateCustom VW Bus UpdateCustom VW Bus UpdateCustom VW Bus UpdateCustom VW Bus UpdateHad a little time this weekend to work on the custom VW T2 Bus. I started by filing and trimming a finishing nail that will be used as the center post for the windshield. Once I cut it to size, I secured it to the body with JB Weld. I’m kicking around the idea of safari windows and still may go that direction, but in the meantime, I’ve modified the front windshield so it’ll still fit securely into the body. I had to cut a groove to accept the new center post. I’m not a fan of the blue tinted glass in this bus, so again, I may go with safari windows and custom glass for the back. I also started on the custom visor. I want the visor to look like something that a person couldn’t buy, but had to make themselves. The story if this bus is slowly starting to develop and I can almost see the finished version. I want it to look custom, but I also want it to look like a work truck. The bumpers on this will be heavily modified to look more like real T2 bumpers. Some will say that this would’ve been easier with a different casting, but what fun would that be?

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