Volvo C202

indigo

Supporting Member
Because he was not that flexible, it took some major surgery (cutting his legs from his body, grinding about one third off his buttocks, shortening his torso and epoxying him back together), but this 50 year old Lone Ranger is now driving a car instead of a horse.

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There are only a few details left to do (adding mirrors, windscreen wipers and mudflaps and painting the inside of the LEDs a few times more so that they are fully opaque). I hope to finish these this weekend although I know I'll probably add and improve some things afterwards.

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indigo

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I made windscreen wipers, mirrors, mudflaps and a fuel cap and painted the inside of the LEDs so they don't illuminate the interior, so after almost 5 years (the first custom suspension parts were made in August 2018), the Volvo C202 is finished. I'll probably find some new things to improve soon, but first, let's just celebrate that it's finally finished. 🥳

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For the next project, I might consider not building almost everything from scratch. I'm also still considering to build a self-driving off-road car. The loneliness due to COVID-19 tipped the scale towards a lot of work and detail in the body for this one (and I'm not going to let my software ruin it), but the idea is still on my radar. 🙂
 

RSRC

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Absolutely beautiful build! I love all the metal/wood work and you appear to be very skilled in both mediums. I know it takes forever, but I really enjoy how much of this is scratch built.
 

indigo

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This thread has gotten a well-deserved move to The Guild's Finest. Congrats!

I'm really happy with the result (and working on this Volvo helped me to get through a difficult period of my life) but I wasn't thinking about it as that special. There are so much splendid builds on this site, both with extraordinary mechanics and with perfect (weathered) scale looks where it's not clear whether it's a real car or a model.

So thank you! I feel really honored. :love:

(and that puts some pressure for the next project 😁)
 

indigo

Supporting Member
I postponed it for a long time as I really prefer making photos over making videos, but I finally had some time and some nice weather and I made a short video of my Volvo C202. My video skills are not that spectacular, but at least you see the Volvo driving around.

 

indigo

Supporting Member
I planned (and still plan) to make some improvements to the scratch-built remote control software: the code lacks unit tests (and the ones that were implemented and worked in the past don't seem to work anymore) and I'd like to add monitoring the status of both the transmitter and car battery (they are fed to analog input pins of their microcontrollers, but reading, transmitting and visualizing them is not yet implemented). It's still on my list, but life is quite busy at the moment and I'd rather start a new build than spend hours on software at the moment.

So, for all who are interested, the full design (electronics, software and the Nextion HMI application) is available here on GitHub. Feel free to look at it and I'm happy to help if someone actually wants to use it (in whole or parts of it).
 
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