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'60s Style Street & Strip '56 VW Bug; Updated - 5-04
Topic Started: Mar 7 2017, 03:24 PM (444 Views)
Bernard Kron
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Lately Iíve been continuing my experiments with large area decals as I develop techniques to replicate various lettering and paint styles. This time my guinea pig is a Gunze Sangyo í56 VW Bug which Iím doing as a 60ís style customized street rod and weekend drag racer. The front end has been lowered 3 scale inches. The rear tires are the little narrow slicks that come in the recent Revell Slingster kit. Other than that the mockup is straight out of the box. The areas that will get the 60ís style panel treatment have paper cutouts of the decal templates Iíve made. The kit is a curbside, although, in typical Japanese style, quite well detailed. The wheels will be either period mags of the type offered by EMPI at the time, or perhaps Moon discs. I plan to cut out the engine cover and pop it open across the upper edge, a cooling trick popular with these types of cars. I havenít decided whether Iíll customize the interior, since the emphasis is on the paint, stance and wheels. Paint will most likely be either a red or green candy metallic with complementary fogged panels.

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B.

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Bernard Kron
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The Bug is up on its wheels with most of the final mechanical work completed. Iím going with the shallow offset Torq-Thrust style wheels from the Revell í29 Ford Roadster Pickup kit. Theyíll pass for EMPIs to my eyes. The chassis is assembled and paint detailed. Thereís no engine in this curbside kit but the engine compartment is finished out in matte black in the hopes it will ďdisappearĒ. I modified a rill bar from an AMT í40 Ford kit and installed it. The stance is set and the wheels adapted to the Gunze kit suspension with, as mentioned last time, the front suspension lowered about 3 scale inches. I cut open the engine cover and fabricated offset hinges to represent the typical popped-open hood on modified Bugs. The interior will be largely stock other than the roll bar. Now for the critical part: paint and trim.

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B.

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The bug is looking good. I've built several of those Gunze kits. How do you like the rubber interior?

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Bernard Kron
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The rubber interior. Bizarre! But I can live with it...

Iíve been concentrating on the paint and decal art. Everything isnít quite settled yet, but it looks like Iím going towards gold paint and white decal stock with contrasting red graphics. Iíve also included a vintage EMPI trade logo for a race car flavor. Iíll be trying out a roof panel, and perhaps fender scallops, although Iím concerned that the design might get too busy if I include the fender details. Weíll seeÖ The decals you see on the car were an interim design before I added the EMPI logo. That's the cool thing about working with decals, you can make some pretty radical mods without trashing the paint.

Hereís where Iím at so far.

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B.

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:))) That is some really amazing decal work. I need to spend some time on my computer to learn its capabilities with graphic design. Keep those updates coming.
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Thanks!

Iíve been concentrating on the decal design side of this project. One decision I had made was to use white decal paper in order to get white backgrounds and color into the graphics. As many of you may know, inkjet printers ďassumeĒ white paper and overlay transparent inks onto the white to make color images. If you use clear decal paper the white disappears and the base paint color on the bodywork shows through. White decal paper is very opaque and results in a true color when you print. But white decal paper has some serious downsides. One is that you must cut your decals out very accurately in order to avoid any white edges. Even then, because white decal paper is significantly thicker that clear decal paper, some white may show along the edges. Wherever possible you should design around this issue.

The other significant negative about white decal paper is that is much stiffer and less stretchable than clear. This means that if you are applying white decal stock to a compound curve the decals may bubble or fold on themselves. They may even crack along the surface. The roof of my VW bug is very much compound curved, curving continuously in all directions with virtually no flat surfaces. I attempted to make a single sheet decal for the roof, and while dimensionally it was extremely accurate, the decal would not lay flat and conform to the roofís shape. It wrinkled and bubbled and cracked. The ink layer broke up as a result. A true disaster!!! Take a look:

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So I went back and redesigned the roof art so it could be assembled from several smaller pieces of decal. Hereís the result:

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I also experimented with additional panels on the sides as well as the tops of both the front and rear fenders. As I had feared, the overall look got too busy, so I opted to only put scallops of the front fender tops, leaving large areas of gold on the sides of the front fenders and the rear fenders untouched. It should complement to areas of gold on the roof redesign. Here is the final decal art:


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Bernard Kron
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Unfortunately all the experimenting meant that I ran out of white decal paper. I ordered some but for now I canít show pictures of the final art. Below are a couple of pictures shopping the additional scallops on the front fenders and the rear quarter panels.

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Once the decal paper gets here Iíll apply the final graphics and can move one to clear coating and the remaining mechanical and interior work.

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B.
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fbr Some excellent work. Looking forward to what comes next with this one.
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Nice write-up. Great info.

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Are you by chance using Micro Sol and Micro Set for your decals? I have been using these products for a few years and the results have been nothing but fabulous.....granted I have not done a VW bug roof, but if you haven't tried some, you should.
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Thanks guys!

Brian Conn,Apr 1 2017
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Are you by chance using Micro Sol and Micro Set for your decals?  I have been using these products for a few years and the results have been nothing but fabulous.....granted I have not done a VW bug roof, but if you haven't tried some, you should.


Yes, I use both and have for quite a long time. The problem lies in the thickness and inflexibility of the white decal stock combined with the large area of the decal. Stretching it successfully over the roof's contours is a no-go. From previous experience I suspected it might not play nice and I turned out to be right. Micro Set and Micro Sol work very well with clear decal stock but I have yet to find white decal stock that's flexible enough to respond well to them.
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.... Don't know if this makes a difference or not....I use Bel Inc.decal paper (White and clear) beldecal.com
I'll check over closely the last couple of builds where I used both the clear and White on different decals and see if I can detect any thickness difference.

I have been fallowing this thread reference making decals for larger areas verses trying to do it with paint....something that I will be trying in the future as well.
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I too have found the white decal stock to be less flexible.

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After a brief break to finish up a Revell í29 Ford Roadster, I finally got all the decals applied. There are 20 separate decals on this car. Some are very large like the two side panels between the fenders. Others, like the star-shaped scallops at the corners and the Raus Haus text strips, are very small and thin. The white decal stock is thicker than clear decal stock and far more rigid. It also doesnít adhere as well. And, because of the white color you have to cut them very precisely if you want to avoid white edges on everything. The bottom line is they are a real PITA to apply, big or small. I actually had to print out additional copies of several of them in order to get them down right. Phew! But itís done now.

Below are a couple of photos of the final decal applied. Next steps are to clear coat everything and then move on to (hopefully) fabricate a stinger exhaust and then final assembly.

Thanx for lookiní,
B.


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I like the whole thing Bernard, gives me ideas for the couple of V-Dubs I have collecting dust in the stash. I am kinda confused on one thing--"Der Raus Haus"?? I know its a small car but really? I think "Der Wanze Haus" fits better. Thats just my opinion and it is worth as much as monopoly money---or less. Kool build though, guess I gotta do one now.
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With all the decals applied and the color coats well cured I applied three coats of Duplicolor Clear. Once the clear was cured I foiled the basic trim and then fabricated a stinger exhaust from styrene rod and a paint brush ferrule. And lastly I glued the wheels and tires in place. Here are two photos of where Iím at. Next up is the interior and then final assembly.

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B.

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WOW!! you're really are Sensi or Master and an artist.Slowly gaining skills and slower building,learning from all of you.But you and Brian blow me away. wnw







P.s. Wild Tang is being rebuilt and updated.
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Thanks!

Broken Photobucket links repaired. I hope to get back to this one soon.
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