Model: (Click to see more) 58441: Buggy Champ 2009
Status: New built
Date: 8-Sep-2010
Comments: 17
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Since I haven't been working full time as a model builder I've been enthusiastic about doing some of my own custom model work... first time since I'd joined Tamiyaclub actually! So I thought it'd be cool to do a two seater Buggy Champ to look closer to a lot of the Baja Racers etc... Kelly couldn't believe I cut my new shell into 4 pieces... Slowly it came back together again... spliced in a wedge into the bonnet and widened the roof and area where the clip attaches to the roll bar... Side pods have moved back a little and a fillet has been added just fore of the them... The side pods are at approximately the same original width but of course the cockpit area has widened out over the top of them... I've a bit more work to do but I've nearly finished the filling and sanding, will take the time to get the finish perfect. At a glance the modification looks subtle but to my mind it's an improvement and should give more scope to making the cockpit interesting :) I will also adjust the front body mount to lower the shell right down to get it looking sleek at the front :)


Comments

mr alan

8-Sep-2010

Strange........ but nice!

BeetleLover

8-Sep-2010

The co-pilot won't have his arms out stretched when I get around to it...

WW-nut

8-Sep-2010

Nice idea and it looks like you've already done the hard part - what models are you building in Aus? Nige

Frank Lux

8-Sep-2010

Hey James, that look promising!!! What are you planning Paintwise...?

Crash Cramer

8-Sep-2010

It is looking interesting. I would leave the hands out front and put two steering wheels, it would be like a driving instructor car. It is very subtle from these photos, but I know it will look very cool when done. I hope you get some work at work soon too.

Swarm

8-Sep-2010

Looks great James you can hardly see its been chopped .
The double cockpit looks great

Skottoman

8-Sep-2010

That is a cool and truly unique idea! Call it the Buggy Champ WIDE edition!

steerfromtherear

8-Sep-2010

Very original idea, Love it

Fernado Alonso

8-Sep-2010

Wow that is getting cosy in there

KEV THE REV

8-Sep-2010

Nice work James - you'll probably finish this before I finish my Belray Bullet no doubt

def4x4

8-Sep-2010

Woudt be a different project but it looks great when its finished! about the front body post, remove the front post make a little strip on that place and mounted it with velcro! Hold the body good on his place and works great!

Basket Case

8-Sep-2010

Very cool and really subtle. I bet you can't really see how different it is until you park it next to a standard one. Good job!!

BeetleLover

8-Sep-2010

Thanks for your comments, I wanted it so you had to look twice to see the difference... @WW-nut I'm not currently employed as a model builder here in Aus, I had been for the last 6 years in New Zealand. I'm enjoying putting my skills to use on my own stuff like this and my Cheetah I'm rebuilding...

Mr duke

9-Sep-2010

WOW!!! james you have done a super conversion there cant wait to see it finished!!!!!!!!!! allways good to see somthing diffrent well done!!!!

pom144

9-Sep-2010

very nice James , cool idea , i was a bit confused when you mentioned recently you'd cut a new shell up

mr_pushrod

9-Sep-2010

Looks good so far!

zulu69

9-Sep-2010

Great idea James as always...Its great to have time and skills to do magic things...


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