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Huzzah
09-11-2016, 02:00 PM
So, while I've been waiting on the Figuarts TMNT figures, I figured I'd put together a van on the ready for them. Using the Cowabunga Carl Van, since it's one of the only 6" scale vans in an affordable range I stripped it, primed it, painted it, repainted it, repainted it again (originally it was cartoon color accurate, but that was bland so I used a Party Wagon toy as an inspiration but didn't like the greens I used, so I went with the darker green).

I cut out the backdoor, originally planning to hinge it, but that didn't work too well so I just made it removable so I can get some light into the vehicle and be able to do work on the interior when it was reassembled. Cut individual tiles from the vintage wagon roof, kept the front shield, kept the spoiler and the side mirrors, waiting on the red door and a few other bits, which should arrive soon. I used magnets to add a removable fire extinguisher and to help hold the toolbox in place in the interior. I also added a ladder type thing on the side as a means to fill empty space and have a place to hang a skateboard or other items if preferred. There's still work to do on this guy, but he's progressing decent.

I'm not a skilled as some folks when it comes to these kinds of work, but so far I'm not terribly disappointed in it, and I may attempt again in the future, after I garner a bit more skill in these kinds of customs.

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mikeyatemypizza
09-11-2016, 04:05 PM
Funny just starting on mine as well. Have it all in pieces for cleaning and de greasing. Removed the knob and plan on filling the hole. Also planned on cutting out doors and adding hinges. Cool custom all in all the boys should be happy to ride in that party wagon.http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u641/mikeyatemypizza/image_zpszcen3u0t.jpeg

Huzzah
09-11-2016, 04:44 PM
Thanks. I wanted to add hinges but the didn't pan out too well, maybe if I ever try again. I started on the ball removal, but ultimately decided the action feature was non intrusive enough to leave be for now. Though once again, when I have a little more time and better income I'll revisit and remake.

Ultimately after working on a few skills, reassembling pieces and studying up on a few skills and some practice on something more than repaints I'm hoping to make a much more involved representation.

Also, be careful when removing the rear doors, they are attached at the bench joint and a real bugger to cut off, I ended up doing some hard to repair damage. Good luck on yours though, I hope you share its progress.