Today, we are working on 1:24 scale Volkswagen Camper Van (otherwise known as a Samba Bus). Now, with a glossy car body, you’d think anyone would be insane to try and paint it by hand. Using an airbrush would make it so much simpler, enjoyable, and produces a professional result. We’ve thought about this, and we were going to use one…but to cut a long story short: we chickened out.
Here is the construction of our hand painted Camper Van:
1) To start, we painted the rubber tyres. It was little difficult to paint directly onto the rubber and took several layers of paint. It may be better to prime the whole tyre first before painting.
2) Next, we went on to the interiors.
3) The mechanical parts were very detailed. Be careful not to paint over any joints or the parts won’t come together, which we learnt the hard way.
4) Next comes the car boot, where the engine sits. The instruction gives you a choice of two colours for the car body; blue or red. We decided to pick a third. “Ew, pink!” we hear you say. No, my friend, this is no ordinary pink. This is in fact the no-longer-in-production Citadel Tentacle Pink! The name alone gives this shade undeniable coolness.
5) To paint the straight window edges, we employed the help of some masking tape.
6) Here are the completed car body parts.
7) The car body was glued together and we’re almost there!
8) Finally, we added the decals and glued on the glass panels.
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- Included in the kit are:
- Laser cut balsa parts
- Plastic nose cowl, canopy, radiator, propeller, and wheels
- Wire propeller shaft
- Covering tissues
2. The frame was assembled using the building plan. Each basal piece was lined up with the drawing to ensure they were correctly placed.
3. Once the main pieces were glued together with wood glue, the stringers were cut to the required length and glued to the main frame. Here is the finished fuselage:
4. Building the wings was a slightly messy process. We made use of a few items available on hand to create the dihedral angle.
5. Here is the completed frame:
6. To cover the frame, the cover tissue was cut slightly large than each section and glued on with diluted wood glue. Finally, any excess tissue was trimmed off.
7. This is what it looked like after all the frames are covered, notice the winkles on the tissues:
8. We lightly sprayed water over it. Once dried, all the winkles are now removed. To protect the tissues, the frame was covered with a diluted layer of wood glue.
9. The plastic and additional parts are added. To make the rear windows, we used the paper and plastic film from an envelope. I’m told the plastic film from a tea cake box works well too, but can you imagine the awful process of eating the cakes inside?
10. The plane was painted with enamel.
11. Lastly, the decals and landing gears were added. Here is the finished plane: