Diorama Update / 1:64 Scale Swamp Cooler

1:64 Scale Swamp Cooler1:64 Scale Swamp Cooler1:64 Scale Swamp Cooler1:64 Scale Swamp CoolerVW Garage DioramaVW Garage DioramaVW Garage DioramaVW Garage DioramaVW Garage DioramaVW Garage DioramaVW Garage DioramaVW Garage DioramaWorking on the diorama is always a good way to pass time on rainy days. I haven’t had any updates to it since the end of winter, but had an opportunity to add a couple of things this past weekend. I’ve been wanting to add a swamp cooler to one of the shop beetles, but finding material to build one at 1:64 scale proved to be a challenge. I ended up finding a few pieces of plastic tubing in my “junk drawer” that seemed to work perfectly. I can’t remember where they came from or what they were initially intended for. I didn’t take photos of the entire process, but basically these 2 pieces of tubing, a little super glue and JB Weld got the job done. I’m pleased with the way it turned out. Next project for this shop beetle is a new roof rack.

Swamp Cooler Complete

Swamp Cooler CompletedSwamp Cooler CompletedSwamp Cooler CompletedSwamp Cooler CompletedSwamp Cooler CompletedSwamp Cooler CompletedSwamp Cooler CompletedFinished the last step of the swamp cooler this afternoon. Some people include a brace/stand with their cooler, some people don’t. Even though this repo is actually lighter than the original cooler of the 60’s, I thought a support was warranted. I made this one myself with some aluminum tube, all thread and a piece of a aluminum yard stick. Added a suction cup for added support, some fresh paint and it works like a charm. This was a beta build and I may redo it in the future, but for now, it’s perfect.

Poor Man’s Swamp Cooler

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This replica swamp cooler is just what you need to give your ride that vintage look. I originally made one of these swamp coolers for my corvair. I received so many compliments I decided to make more for those who didn’t want to pay the big bucks for an original one. So here it is; this one up for sale is new. It is only a replica as in it is hollow so you don’t add water to this one. However it is functional as a blower, it really moves a lot of air into the car. You can also add ice to the cooler by simply pouring it in the window slot. I get compliments and people asking if its original every time I drive my car. This swamp cooler is professionally built using precision machined parts. It is made from solid 3/8″ thick industrial grade plastic. It is very heavy duty and weighs 8lbs (which is less then the dry weight of an original one). It will mount nice and snug. There won’t be any rattles or vibrations even at highway speeds. This one up for auction is just like the ones pictured except it is NOT PAINTED. It is ready and very easy to paint, all that is required is fine sanding to clean and prep the surface then apply your choice of paint. The grill is removable so you can paint the inside black which helps hide the lack of internal parts. If you need any guidance with painting just let me know and I can walk you through it.

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