But first ! lets have a quick look at the Trabant for those that are not familiar with it .
The Trabant first came into production in 1957 ?I think ,and continued to 1991 ,with only really minor changes along the way .It was built as an affordable family car ,a bit like the beetle ,but didnt enjoy quite the same success .The engine was a 600cc Two cylinder Two stroke ! ...tiny , up until 1989 when it was swapped for the VW Polo 1litre engine for the last few years of production .
The whole design was really simple and basic ! And the car was very lightweight ,mainly because most of the exterior body was plastic , or reinforced Fibreglass. Notice the lack of rust on these Trabbys...
This shows just how simple they were ....
Unfortunately because they are so lightweight and simplistic ,they dont survive impacts too well !!!
Threw this one in for Todd ...
Anyhoo ...Time to start cutting some plastic . I dusted some primer over the parts to make it easier for me and you too see ..white is soo hard to photograph ..well for me anyway ..lol
I cleaned up the body and primed first , there will be lots of cutting to do tho ,then sorted the chassis & engine bay ,and put the basic engine together . Well ..its a start !!
Nice underside detail too ...
Dry fit ...
So ,I got to do some chopping to the body and scratch up the interior parts that will be seen through the holes .I want to cut the doors out too ,but Revell havent made that task too easy !! ,I think I will need to scratch up new window frames for the tops of the doors ....oh well ,gotta be done ...lol
The August Horch Museum in Zwickau is just a stonethrow away from here. The Trabant was manufactured there. The main difference of the late models is the Volkswagen Polo Motor > the grille was changed.
Chris, if you dont mind?! More Detail Food - a production video.
You know about the "incorrect Dashboard Problem"? Had the Chance to talk several times with Mr. Axel Dietz on Expos - the man who constructed the model. Hes Aware of it and states it as a mistake of Revell. Anyhow, you gotta make me smile with that Project - by far the coolest Trabi I heard of. So if youre around here in Germany, let me know - you`d be the star at the Expos for sure!
Last Edit: May 29, 2013 17:29:35 GMT -5 by tigrazor
Bravo Chris, some good tricks here. Grey primer is fantastic idea! Experience, pure! I started with cutting, but only from one side. Second side is temp master for foliage copy. Yes its piggy dual duel eating, but im not selfish and give you some great reference:
Last Edit: May 31, 2013 4:00:56 GMT -5 by zlikovac
Grey primer... which one again? Car primer [eg from "AutoK"] works fine - even better than MrSurfacer and stuff. At least thats my personal experience - works perfect on tin, White metal, resine, plastic, PUR parts.... etc. And ist cheaper. And the car industry is updating the recipes every year. Cant say this about some [not all] model color manufacturers