Suzuki Carry Van - WPL D12.

Shannwah

G'day Champions.
Thank you all!

More progress happening. Side layer's glued on with the help of magnets and clamps.

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Then skip ahead a few steps... after much filling and sanding, getting the shape of the roof down and working on the rear.

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Halme

V.I.P. Member
This is some Hi-Ace level of Suzuki work!

..and as always, your work is pure pleasure to follow!
 

Shannwah

G'day Champions.
How cool....Love it!!!

Thanks!

Nice work blending that van body in!

Cheers!

Awesome! - this needs a pop-up roof and camper interior like the HiJet camper conversion!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmxFQ4W-XvI

Not sure of the final direction yet!

This is really looking great. The front and rear sections are perfectly mated.

Thanks so much!

This is some Hi-Ace level of Suzuki work!

..and as always, your work is pure pleasure to follow!

Hahaha! Thanks!

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More progress coming along. I've shaped the curves into the rear edges.

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And I've got the tailights pretty much completed. I could have cut the housings out as part of constructing the body pieces before assembling the body, but i prefer to get the main construction done and then add details afterwards. The cutouts were all cut by hand.

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The lenses are made by cutting pieces out of a plastic container that held paperclips. Usually clear acrylic like this can be a little temperamental to work with, but this went surprisingly smoothly.

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Thanks Champions!
 

Shannwah

G'day Champions.
Amazing work!!

Thank you very much!

Gets better each time I look. What are you using for filler?

Thanks! A combination of Milliput, Tamiya putty and homebrewed styrene putty.

Woah sweet find, I got a feeling this one looks way better though. Love this van build. I'd love one IRL.

Cheers. Yeah hats off to those that 3D model and design full bodies or almost full bodies for printing. I've dabbled a little in 3D design and appreciate the amount of work that goes into it.

really cool!

Thank you!
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For this update, we are looking at the sliding door rails going on and scribing in the detail of the tailgate.

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In the pic above, you can also see a patch that I added to the roof. I've employed this method a couple of times. With the way I've built the roof up with layers and then carved out curves on the edges, you sometimes get gaps opening up between the layers where the material gets very thin. I use a paper-thin sheet of styrene (0.13mm) as a patch. Use the M.E.K. solution to "glue" it on, soak it with a bit more M.E.K. and it melts right in and fills any gap. Then just sand it down smooth.

Also started some work on the interior. The pillars that I installed initially were big and bulky to help maintain the curved shape of the sides and roof, but now that everything is good and solid, i removed the bulk of the material from them.

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Started adding some support pieces for the internal layers to attach to.

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And now is about the right time to start thinking about mounting the body to the frame. The frame had to be shortened a little to fit inside this new body configuration, so out came the Dremel.

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I'm currently working on creating a floor and relocating the battery as it used to go in that large box that just got hacked off.

I'm really digging this build at the moment. Like I said at the start of this thread, spending way too much time and effort on such a cheap RC, but I guess it doesn't matter what it started out as, the end result will be a one of a kind fun little jellybean
 

ShopGTR

Cruisin'
Love your attention to detail.

And agreed, even with the low price it's a fun little guy to mess with. You've just taken it to a whole 'nother level.

Really enjoy watching your progress.
 

Frizzen

Member
The van is really starting to come together!

The cheap junk is the best to hack on and upgrade. If it doesn't work, meh. If it works out, it's awesome and nobody believes what it started as.
 

Frederik

Supporting Member
Very nice work again with the body, it looks like with the interior layer and it's supporting material contact area, it will be very solid!

What are the leaf springs made of? Looks like metal from the reflections. And routing the cables in the chassis rails is awesome, was it like that from factory or you made that up?
 

Shannwah

G'day Champions.
Love your attention to detail.

And agreed, even with the low price it's a fun little guy to mess with. You've just taken it to a whole 'nother level.

Really enjoy watching your progress.

Thank you!

The van is really starting to come together!

The cheap junk is the best to hack on and upgrade. If it doesn't work, meh. If it works out, it's awesome and nobody believes what it started as.

Yeah that's it!

This is ace! Looking forward to the next update(s).

Thanks! See below LOL!

Very nice work again with the body, it looks like with the interior layer and it's supporting material contact area, it will be very solid!

What are the leaf springs made of? Looks like metal from the reflections. And routing the cables in the chassis rails is awesome, was it like that from factory or you made that up?

Yes, the pillars that I put in, even now they've been ground down, have added quite a bit of strength indeed.

The leaf springs are metal, just a single spring. The helper springs are just plastic and are really just there for show.

The cable in the chassis rail came like that.

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For today's update, we are focusing on the floor of the van. I started with the tray bed and chopped it up.

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Sits too high, so I removed material from the mounts on the botton to lower it.

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And as you can see, I then added wheel wells.

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Once the inner panels go in to the side walls of the body, I will have some fine adjustments to do on the side edges of the floor. The floor stays mounted to the chassis when the body comes off. The aim will be to have little to no visible gap between the floor and the side walls once its all done.

I also started sculpting a rear bumper. This thing is not a crawler, so a styrene bumper will be fine!

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And so as you can see, the body is now mounted on the frame. The front of the body already has mounts built in from the original cab set up. The interior has 2 tabs that slot into the front

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I was wracking my brain trying to figure out how to mount the rear, looking at screwing it on, or using magnets and getting nowhere with ideas. Then I sat back and realised I should just use the same concept as on the front. So i made a clip on system. I got the position and thickness of the pieces just in the right place so there is a bit of tension pulling on the body from front to rear. This way, I slot the front mounts in first and then just lower the rear down and "click" as the bar on the frame slots into the corresponding section on the body. Very happy!

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