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Nigel Chapman (Niz)

The Scoobie-VW-Chevy mash up

I wanted to build something using bits from the joblot I bought as well as spares lying around.

What do you think ?


Bill Newcomer
The rear has kind of a mid sixtys Chrysler Imperial look to it.
21 August 2020, 00:29
Bill Newcomer
Lots of body work I see.
15 September 2020, 03:56
Nigel Chapman
Sorry Bill, missed your comments due to wrong settings.
Just been looking at Chrysler Imperial rear pictures, and your right there is a sort of similarity. It's something I never considered. Bodywork has been fun and a good learning curve
20 September 2020, 18:18
Nigel Chapman
Catching up with this build so got the interior completed after some mods to the dashboard and steering column. Rear bed is made up of drink stirrers painted then sanded for the worn look.
26 November 2020, 14:55
Danny Meer
Looking good allready 👍
26 November 2020, 15:55
Nigel Chapman
Thanks Danny. So near yet so far. Not happy with the fit of some components so rebuilt the prop shaft and modified the radiator. This is slow going
1 December 2020, 10:50
Danny Meer
Everything to keep us busy during the cold winter days😉
1 December 2020, 12:21
Nigel Chapman
Thanks for the thumbs ups guys.
Your right Danny. What would I have been doing if not modelling ??
1 December 2020, 15:01
István Szücs
A really "woww-build"! Great idea! Congrats!
1 December 2020, 15:49
Nigel Chapman
1 December 2020, 17:44
Nigel Chapman
Prop-shaft problems with a bad fit so lengthened it and cut out the middle of chassis for extra depth then bridging the gap with scrap plasticard.
7 December 2020, 17:45
Nigel Chapman
Mated the chassis to body but not happy with end result. The wheel/tyre combo looks strange and the front end is not low enough.
So put on back burner while I look for another suitable chassis and some low profile tyres.
31 January 2021, 13:59
Nigel Chapman
Right plan B using 1:24 Revell MK1 Golf GTI chassis, engine and running gear.
Actual layout is not far off so hopefully minimal cutting will be required.
28 March 2021, 14:04
Nigel Chapman
Spent the afternoon cutting and trimming with the Dremel to get the chassis to fit. I have to say this is working really well (so far!). Middle section will need further adjustment to fit flush.
28 March 2021, 22:47
Nigel Chapman
More grinding and cutting and the chassis fits just fine.
The entire front clip and engine bay looks spot on. Why didn't I think of this earlier?
30 March 2021, 12:51
Brandon H
Very cool. I like your style, Nigel!
30 March 2021, 19:06
Nigel Chapman
Thanks Brandon. I'm even contemplating a change of colour
30 March 2021, 22:19
Christian W
What sanding, cutting, cementing, modelling, sanding, sanding, sandig 😄
Very cool idea and ralization- The bed looks fantastic.
31 March 2021, 07:14
Nigel Chapman
Thanks Christian, you missed another sanding!
Real pleased with the bed - very simple to do. It reminds me those old wooden speedboats.
31 March 2021, 12:33
Christian W
Totally. That came into my mind too. The interior is also great. Like one piece. Well done.
31 March 2021, 22:25
Dominik Weitzer
what a heck of work! i'm very interested of the finish.
12 April 2021, 06:47
Nigel Chapman
Me too!! Not sure about the wheel base. I think I may have to narrow the front and rears chassis parts so the wheels fit in the body. Even with the VW wheels and tyres it's a tight fit.
Some research is required before any surgery takes place.
12 April 2021, 12:29
Nigel Chapman
Bought a Dremel flexible shaft which has proved invaluable for this project. I've had to grind material from the inner body and interior tub to achieve the stance I'm looking for and to get a good fit the chassis parts.
So far the VW tyres/wheels will fit on the front using kit parts.
14 April 2021, 18:18
Nigel Chapman
More chassis mods and tweaks. Rear end narrowed and spare wheel area removed. Black piece is from an AMT Ford van floor
16 April 2021, 20:57
Nigel Chapman
Slow but steady progress. Front end is now done after more grinding to ensure a proper fit for the front clip.
Material removed from the front roll bar mounting area so it now fitts flush within the chassis.
Rear end parts narrowed slightly. Fuel tank had to be narrowed to fit the rear roll bar which now has a nice snug fit for the lowered look.
Hopefully the car will now sit nice and low at an equal height all round!
21 April 2021, 14:24
Chaz Gordon
The flex shaft is my number 1 dremel attachment. To really make the most of it, get yourself a footswitch. I got a £10 industrial one from ebay and wired it in the middle of an extension lead. My dremel is always ready for action now.
21 April 2021, 15:53
Nigel Chapman
Ah, brillant idea. I never thought about doing that. I'll se what I can find
21 April 2021, 16:34
Chaz Gordon
This is the one I Got. Needed to use a connector strip to connect the Neutrals and earths together, but loads of space inside to hold it all in there.
21 April 2021, 17:40
Nigel Chapman
Brilliant, thanks.
21 April 2021, 18:43
Nigel Chapman
Slow but steady progress. Chassis now ready for paint.
Paint stripped from body using Isopropyl alcohol.
6 May 2021, 06:23
Brandon H
Hmmm, so you did decide to change up the body color. What are you thinking instead?
6 May 2021, 13:42
Nigel Chapman
Yep, the Gold just didn't do it for me so now I've got some Rover Pageant Mid Blue
6 May 2021, 20:56
Brandon H
7 May 2021, 00:59
Nigel Chapman
Managed to finish painting all the suspension and engine parts. It seemed to take forever!
20 May 2021, 01:05
Bill Newcomer
Suspension parts usually do not get many colors. I paint them all near the beginning of the build so I can get to the 1+1 gluing stage.
20 May 2021, 06:07
Nigel Chapman
Moving onto the bodywork. A couple of coats of primer to highlight the needy areas. More filler applied and slowly but surely I'm getting a decent base for the topcoat.
22 June 2021, 19:00


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1:25 Subaru Brat (AMT 2709)1:24 VW Golf 1 GTI (Revell 07072)

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