VW Typ 60 KdF-wagen, Tamiya 1/48

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  • Erik Gjørup said 5 months, 1 week ago:

    Converting a Typ 82E to a Typ 60

    The KdF wheels arrived the other day,

    and I simply had to start converting a Tamiya Type 82E to a Typ 60.

    As mentioned in the pickup build the typ 60 is some 1,5mm lower in 1/48 scale (due to the reductiongear on the rear wheels – see the type 87 elsewhere in this group) and the conversion starts with sawing off the stubs


    and relocated

    The KdF wheels were made for me by by Djiti’s production, and I had him make 50 sets (200 wheels) as we agreed the airvent needed to be integrated into the resin, and it would look rather stupid with that located in the same position on all 4 wheels.

    next I have some comparisons with the original Tamiya kit coming up, and improvements to the interior has commenced – tune in again (leave a comment and I will mention you to make sure you have the latest post)

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 5 months, 1 week ago:

    Looking great, my friend @airbum!

  • Erik Gjørup said 5 months, 1 week ago:

    Thanks @fiveten


    Dryfitting and comparing

    With the axles lowered it was time for a dryfit

    looks like it is there

    Comparison to a typ 82e

    When parked next to each other the difference is clear.

    The seatbacks are very inaccurate on these kits and needs to be filled

    first some evergreen – later LqS will be used – just need to make a fresh mix of the stuff

    next time the exterior gets some attention

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 5 months, 1 week ago:

    Really nice to see it progressing, my friend @airbum!

  • Eric Berg said 5 months, 1 week ago:

    Yes @airbum - you are making some real progress here. Seats look much better. You're going to fill in the gaps on the back with the LqS and sand smooth?

    That is a lot of superb work you did lowering the body but it does look a tad higher at the front end. Is it really worth the effort to go back and lower it "a tiny bit more"? I didn't notice until you pointed it out. Am I correct in assuming the green VW is finished?

  • John vd Biggelaar said 5 months, 1 week ago:

    Great progress, Erik @airbum
    Nice modification to lower the Beetle.
    A handy sawblade, will search for one myself.

  • Erik Gjørup said 5 months, 1 week ago:

    Thank you for the comments @fiveten, @eb801 and @johnb! Eric, indeed I will use LqS as filler on the chairs and shape them with sanding. Lowering the car is what sets a Typ 60 apart from a Typ 82E, the 82E being on the chassis of a Kübelwagen that is a bit higher than a beetle. Sadly the green one is not finished even though started 1½ years ago! It is shortly getting more attention though (the topic is here https://imodeler.com/groups/work-in-progress-automotive/forum/topic/vw-type-82-tamiya-1-48/)
    John, I may have a spare headed your way.

    Getting some air

    Always on the lookout for more timeconsuming detail, I opened the rear airvents

    First the insides were thinned by a dremel

    creating a lot of sticky dust (due to static electricity)

    and after thinning it was a few hours worth of a small scribing tool and the sawblade

    the left by sawblade only – a bit of a mess, the right by scribing first, then expanding with the saw – looks a lot better.

    will it be more interior next? Tune in and find out!

  • Eric Berg said 5 months, 1 week ago:

    That is real dedication. Those opened vents look way better. You are very brave. @airbum.

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 5 months, 1 week ago:

    Indeed they look superb, my friend @airbum!

  • John vd Biggelaar said 5 months, 1 week ago:

    This looks indeed way better, Erik @airbum

  • Erik Gjørup said 4 months, 1 week ago:

    Thank you @eb801, @fiveten and @johnb. The vents turned out OK, and now I know how to make them a tiny bit better next time I build a Beetle.

    Axles fixed, LqS added to seats

    The axles has been trimmed to the final position and were glued in, and the seatbacks got their LqS

    Having adjusted the axles as best I could, they were glued in place

    and the seatbacks filled

    So, with the seatbacks filled they will take some time before they are ready for more work.

    What next? probably glovecompartments and other interior stuff. Tune in again to check.

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 4 months, 1 week ago:

    Love it my friend @airbum, as it gradually comes together!

  • John vd Biggelaar said 4 months, 1 week ago:

    Amazing work, Erik @airbum.
    Looking forward to the interior details.

  • Eric Berg said 4 months ago:

    @airbum - filling and reconstructing those seatbacks really makes it. Should look fabulous after you fine tune them. Looking good.

  • Erik Gjørup said 2 months ago:

    Thanks @fiveten, @johnb and @eb801. Minor update here, more to follow later.


    Not really an update, just some dryfit

    Well, I did work on the front compartment, but that will be for another update. I just needed to take a few pictures of the wheels for another purpose, and wanted to share them here too.

    As mentioned earlier the air-fillers are located at different places on each of the 4 wheels. The front looks far too high in this picture, but that is due to some internals that will be addressed later.

    Comments encouraged – tune in again later

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