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its probably a bit cheeky of me putting this in here because i suppose its not really a "proper" scratch build....but here goes because i think the end result is in itself a plenty cheeky!!

i've seen these for sale already converted but its not my style to buy something already converted ,nor is it my style to do anything the easy (read ; sensible) way. i picked up the "donor" for £3.99 in a local toy shop and hatched a plan.

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deconstruction......


i grafted on the tail end of an old lotus chassis and brass front axle tube with the aid of plasticard and araldite....


guide blade simply drilled in.....


original interior tray cut down to fit around motor etc. fortunately there were 2 webs on the bottom of the moulding to act as rear axle retainers....


i ended up with a fairly factory look underneath and easy "put-together-&-take-apart-ness" quality bty retaining the bulk of the original chassis....


the finished item. oh , its sooo low!! i love it! its just like the 1:1...noisy , shaky & slow but who cares , it is cool and looking good in the bmw red against the chrome. amazingly the "toy" tyres seem to grip(ish) on my scaly sport track.


last pic....honest! just for comparison....(yes , i had to buy 2!)


ok...i lied but i know how much everyone likes pics!! especially a gratuitous @rse shot!!
 

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Nice tidy conversion, great job.
How did it change from yellow to red half way through the job?
 

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Catapulted back immediately, I feel compelled to go find my ear plugs. Incredibly noisy, sloppy, and slow they were, but very charming in an awkward sort of way. Cheeky or not, great thread, thanks for sharing.
 

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QUOTE (DJ @ 7 Apr 2012, 19:41) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Nice tidy conversion, great job.
How did it change from yellow to red half way through the job?

sorry , in my eagerness to get the thread up i missed the "sparaying the bottom half" bit! plus i forgot to take the camera out to the garage to capture the event. usual rattle can job. a quick blast of white primer after a thorough de-grease , followed by a light rub down then a good hefty coat of bmw zinnibar red. when that was all dry i masked off with 3m fine line tape and wafted some silver over the body split moulding.
 

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Well done, I assumed you'd bought a red one and a yellow one, didn't realise that was home painted, finish looks really good.
Never had a Splitty, had a '72 Bay for a few years, lime green and white, purple upholstery, jungle print curtains..happy days...
 

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cheers , it could do with another quick cut & then a decent polish but it's looking ok. i've got big plans for #2 splittie but it wont involve so much chassis work this time...just a straight swap. if all goes to plan it should be.....different!
 

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QUOTE (loosesalute @ 7 Apr 2012, 21:04) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Noisy & sloppy? Sounds like our lass Pete.
Tremendous job on the VW.
Cheers,
Kev.

brave man kev , brave man!! i take it the kitchen operative never noses round these here parts?? obviously mine doesnt either!!
thanks for the kind words though. its never going to set the racing world on fire but it does raise a chuckle or two and given a bit of a run up can find a bit of speed. despite plenty of measuring i nearly overcooked the lowering job. i had to loose a little thickness from the tail end of the chassis....it was that close. as i said , #2 (when i get to it) is going to sit on a full scaley chassis , probably boxter. it should leave me more time to concentrate on the "cosmetics". watch this space as they say!
 

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Not cheeky at all a definite scratch build, I must put the original wheeels and tyres back on mine if you say they work ok.
 

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QUOTE (rogerbass @ 8 Apr 2012, 11:31) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Not cheeky at all a definite scratch build, I must put the original wheeels and tyres back on mine if you say they work ok.

just to legally cover my @ss i believe i did add "ish" to that particular comment!!
i've not tried "proper" wheels/tyres but to be honest they do seem up to the job.....ish!!
 

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QUOTE (rogerbass @ 8 Apr 2012, 12:31) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Not cheeky at all a definite scratch build, I must put the original wheeels and tyres back on mine if you say they work ok.

was it a "self build"? got any pictures?
 

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Yes it is a self build, used an old Metro chassis with the bumpers and end bits from the original chassis glued on, not lowered like yours but it runs much better on the original wheels which surprised me.

Sorry I must sort some pictures of my many varied scratch builds.
 
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