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.